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Great Reads

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Alice-Miranda in Paris - Jacqueline Harvey  Icon
Call Number: Y JF HAR
ISBN: 9781742752884
Publication Date: 2015-05-01
Alice-Miranda is in for some très chic sightseeing, singing, and fashion in Paris Alice-Miranda and her friends are in Paris with a group of teachers from Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale and the Fayle School for Boys. The students have a very exciting opportunity: to sing at Paris Fashion Week. The amazing city is humming with excitement and outrageous fashion choices--quite often coming from Mr. Lipp, the children's choir conductor. But a couple of France's best known designers are harboring serious secrets, and when Christian Fontaine has some expensive fabric stolen just days before his show, Alice-Miranda and her friends realize there is a darker side to the glitz and glamour of the famous city.
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Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor - Jacqueline Harvey; J. Yi (Illustrator)  Icon
Call Number: Y JF HAR
ISBN: 9781742755410
Publication Date: 2015-04-01
Clementine Rose was delivered not in the usual way, at a hospital, but in the back of a minivan, in a basket of dinner rolls. So begins the story of a lovely little girl who lives in Penberthy Floss in a large ramshackle house with her mother, Lady Clarissa, Digby Pertwhistle the butler and a very sweet little teacup pig called Lavender. When her scary Aunt Violet arrives unexpectedly, the household is thrown into disarray. What is it that Aunt Violet really wants and what is she carrying in her mysterious black bag?
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Ella and Olivia: Best friend showdown - Yvette Poshoglian and Danielle McDonald
Call Number: O JF POS
ISBN: 9781742833552
Publication Date: 2012
Ella and Zoe are best friends. They do everything together. But when they compete for the chocolate drive prize, their friendship is put to the test!
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Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone - J.K Rowling  Icon
Call Number: Y JF ROW
ISBN: 9781408810545
Publication Date: 2010
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!The first book in the Harry Potterseries makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.
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Ivy + Bean - Annie Barrows; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
Call Number: O JF BAR
ISBN: 9780811849098
Publication Date: 2007-05-03
The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quick. Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming and addictive introduction to Ivy and Bean.
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Meet Grace - Sophie Laguna  Icon
Call Number: YB JF LAG
ISBN: 9780143305286
Publication Date: 2011
It's 1808 . . . and Grace is living with her uncle in London. They have no money, and Grace is always lonely and often hungry. The best part of her day is going to Fleet Street to talk to the horses that she loves so much. One afternoon Grace can't resist taking a shiny red apple from a grocer's cart - and then another... Before she knows it, Grace is being chased through the streets! Will she be caught and sent to prison - or worse? Meet Grace and join her adventure in the first of four exciting stories about a brave convict girl who is given a second chance.
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The Accidental princess - Jen Storer  Icon
Call Number: Y JF STO
ISBN: 9780670074969
Publication Date: 2011
When the pixies and fairies of the lilac hedge mistake Matilda for royalty, she is drawn into a wondrous world. But evil forces threaten the hedge and its folk, and Matilda must fight to save her new friends. She can't do it alone, but could it mean losing her sister forever?

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The Cleo stories - Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood  Icon
Call Number: O JF GLE
ISBN: 9781743315279
Publication Date: 2014
Cleo desperately wants a necklace. Her parents say special presents are only for birthdays... but Cleo doesn't want to wait. In the second story, it's her mum's birthday and Cleo doesn't know what to give her - until she has the best idea of all. Delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big imagination can always find a way to have fun.

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The Swamp boggles - Linda Chapman and Lee Weatherley
Call Number: Y JF CHA
ISBN: 9780007411658
Publication Date: 2011
Together with her brave best friend and loyal sidekick, Sam, Sophie must find a way to stop an invasion of disgusting slime-filled, stinky Swamp Boggles from causing mayhem in her town. It'll take all of Sophie's guardian magic powers to defeat it.
PART OF 'Sophie and the Shadow Lands' SERIES.

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Truly Tan - Jen Storer  Icon
Call Number: Y JF STO
ISBN: 9780733331213
Publication Date: 2012
The funniest series for girls since CLARICE BEAN! Meet Tan. She′s funny. She′s lively. She has the mind of a Great Detective... Dear Diary, It′s official. Our whole family has moved to the country. The pets are disturbed and restless. My sisters are disturbed and restless - although that′s normal. What is not normal is a cursed fox and a haunted clubhouse. That is definitely unnormal. At least the country people now have an expert in their midst. Someone with a cool head and a sharp eye. Someone who can solve intriguing mysteries and knows how to keep detailed Secret Spy Files. Really, it′s lucky I came along when I did.
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The truth about Verity Sparks - Susan Green  Icon
Call Number: Y JF GRE
ISBN: 9781921720277
Publication Date: 2011
Verity Sparks is good at finding lost things, but will she be able to uncover the truth about her own past? Verity Sparks is a thirteen-year-old orphan working as a milliner in Victorian London. But Verity is no ordinary girl - she has an almost perfect memory and possesses the talent of Teleagtivism. She can easily find things that are lost! When Verity is wrongly accused of theft and dismissed from her job, she goes to live with the Plushes - a slightly Bohemian family who run a Confidential Inquiry Agency. Verity helps them solve cases and slowly becomes one of the family. But patches of the truth about her past begin to surface, along with the special talent that Professor Plush is helping her explore. Who were her real parents? Is she the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter? Who is sending poison pen letters about Verity to the Plushes? Who doesn't want them to learn the truth about Verity Sparks? An adventure/mystery with a dash of the supernatural thrown in; The Truth About Verity Sparks is packed with chases through the dark alleys of London, séances in high-class dining rooms, pet pythons named Anthony and Cleopatra, murdered opera singers and much, much more.
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Heidi - Sarah Hines Stephens; Johanna Spyri
Call Number: Y JF SPY
ISBN: 043922506X
Publication Date: 2002-07-01
Heidi is the perfect introduction to classic stories for younger readers. Heidi, a lively orphan girl, goes to live with her cranky grandfather in a little hut high in the Alps. Soon she is happy and healthy, leading a carefree life with her grandfather, her new friend, Peter, and the goats on the Alm. But Heidi's happiness is short-lived when she is sent to stay with a rich city family as a companion for a sick girl, Clara. Although she grows fond of the older girl, Heidi is terribly homesick. She eventually returns to the Alps and finds happiness once again in the clean, pure natural mountain setting.

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Charlotte's web - E.B. White  Icon
Call Number: Y JF WHI
ISBN: 9780141333380
Publication Date: 1952
This is the tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig, Wilbur, from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs.

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The lion, the witch and the wardrobe - C.S.Lewis  Icon
Call Number: B JF LEW
ISBN: 000675368X
Publication Date: 150
This is the best-loved of all the Chronicles of Narnia, the first one ever written, the one that everyone remembers reading. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe introduced readers to the wonders and enchantment of Narnia when it was first published almost fifty years ago. Since then, the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers have been caputured by the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia, once the peaceful land of Talking Beasts, dwarfs, giants and fauns, but now frozen into eternal winter by the evil White Witch.
PART OF 'The Chronicles of Narnia' SERIES.

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Five on a treasure island - Enid Blyton  Icon
Call Number: Y JF BLY
ISBN: 0340548754
Publication Date: 1942
Five on a Treasure Island is the first book in a series of twenty-one books written by Enid Blyton. This series is about five cousins: Julian, Dick, George, Anne, and George’s dog: Tim. Julian, Dick, and Anne are siblings. Georgina is a single daughter. She hates being a girl, so she insists on being called George. Tim is George’s dog, who sticks with them throughout the whole series. The first book starts at Julian, Dick, and Anne’s house. Their parents tell them that they will be going to their Uncle Quentin’s house for the summer. When Julian, Dick, and Anne arrive at Uncle Quentin’s house, they are curious to see who their eleven year old cousin is. At first, George is very reluctant to talk to her cousins. She tries to be mean to them. But then, after a while, she starts showing the, around. George takes them to her island: Kirin Island. At the island, the gang starts to notice some unknown remains. They start to investigate. What they encounter is far more than just amazing…
FIRST BOOK IN THE 'Famous Five' SERIES.

 

Great Reads

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A friend for Grace - Sophie Laguna
Call Number: Y JF LAG
ISBN: 9780143305293
Publication Date: 2011
Grace's journey continues in this, the second of four books about a convict girl who is given a second chance. Grace is on board the Indispensable , being transported to New South Wales from London to start new her life as a convict servant. Even though she misses the horses on Fleet Street, she is happy to have her new friend Hannah with her, who makes even the most horrible situations magical. But when sickness sweeps the ship, who will survive? A dramatic and exciting insight into the trials of our convict ancestors, A Friend for Grace is a tale of bravery and friendship from a writer of immense talent.
PART OF 'Our Australian Girl' SERIES

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Violet Mackerel's possible friend - Anna Branford  Icon
Call Number: O JF BRA
ISBN: 9781921977565
Publication Date: 2014
The charming Violet Mackerel must overcome self-doubt to make a new friend in this fifth illustrated chapter book of a delightful series. Violet Mackerel hopes and hopes that her new next door neighbor, Rose, might turn out to be a very good friend. But even after a nice morning at Rose's house, Violet still has quite a few worrying thoughts. Is she too messy for Rose's tidy family? Will Rose be disappointed that the ice in Violet's house comes from a plastic tray instead of a special box with fancy tongs? Will Violet wear the wrong sort of costume to Rose's flower-themed birthday party? And what if the present Violet brings is a good bit smaller than the other presents? Luckily a helpful older sister, a big imagination, and a particularly brilliant idea just might turn Violet's possible very good friend into a definite one.
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The tender moments of Saffron Silk - Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King  Icon  Icon
Call Number: Y JF MIL
ISBN: 9780733329838
Publication Date: 2011
Flame-haired Saffron is the youngest of the five Silk sisters. Her family know that she has a talent for becoming Anne of Green Gables or Cleopatra, and that she loves reading myths and legends. But they don't know about the firebirds that come to warn her of terrible headaches. And Saffron doesn't know how to tell them. In a big family, it's easy to be overlooked. But when Saffron is sent to the city to see a specialist, she learns that her family's love for her is deeper than she ever imagined. And that when you're a Silk, miracles are never far from home ... Another heart-warming story in Glenda Millard's multi-award-winning Kingdom of Silk series. Ages: 7+ Shortlisted for the 2013 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards Shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
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Penny Dreadful is a complete catastrophe - Joanna Nadin
Call Number: Y JF NAD
ISBN: 9781409536079
Publication Date: 2011
When Gran ends up in hospital on her birthday thanks to Penny's patented burglar trap, Penny is determined to cheer her up with a visit from Barry the cat (and a half-eaten Battenberg cake). But Barry is not too keen on the idea - and neither is beady-eared Sister Goggins.
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Tashi - Anna Fienberg; Barbara Fienberg; Kim Gamble (Illustrator)  Icon
Call Number: O JF FIE
ISBN: 1863738061
Publication Date: 1996-08-01
Jack has an extraordinary friend, the elf-like Tashi. Tashi's poor parents sold him to a war lord. He escaped and flew to Australia on a swan.
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The 13-storey treehouse - Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton  Icon
Call Number: Y JF GRI
ISBN: 9780330404365
Publication Date: 2011
Andy and Terry's 13-storey treehouse is the most amazing treehouse in the world! It's got a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of man-eating sharks, a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you're hungry.Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!
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The Great Pet Plan - Rebecca Johnson; Kyla May (Illustrator)  Icon
Call Number: O JF JOH
ISBN: 9780143307044
Publication Date: 2013-04-01
Juliet and her best friend, Chelsea, love animals. Juliet has a dog, Curly, and two guinea pigs but they need more pets if Juliet is going to learn to be a vet. Then it happens! The local Pet Hotel closes down and they have the best idea ever... a pet sleepover. Everything is fine until the rats disappear, the snakes gets out, and things start to get a little bit crazy.
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Hot & cold - Susannah McFarlane  Icon
Call Number: Y JF MCF
ISBN: 9781921684005
Publication Date: 2010
The heat is on as someone seems to be melting the polar ice cap. Special Agent EJ12 needs to crack the codes and keep her cool to put the evil-doer's plan back on ice. That's the easy part. As EJ12, Emma Jacks can do anything. So why can't she handle the school Ice Queen of Mean, Nema? Perhaps she can after all.
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A Very Good Idea - M. C. Badger  Icon
Call Number: O JF BAD
ISBN: 9781742976242
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
A warm, inventive and funny series about three siblings who live by their own rules. The Tinklers Three celebrates the freedom and inventiveness of childhood - when the ordinary can become extraordinary.Marcus and Mila Tinkler are very good at climbing. But can they go from their house to the town clock tower without once touching the ground? It won't be easy. It will probably be dangerous. And almost certainly dirty. It's a very good idea!
PART OF 'The Tinklers three' SERIES.

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Precious and the monkeys - Alexander McCall Smith  Icon
Call Number: Y JF MCC
ISBN: 9781846972041
Publication Date: 2011
Well before Precious Ramotswe founded her Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, as an eight-year-old girl she was already solving mysteries. Here, in this delightful, enchanting tale for children, we find out just who has been stealing her schoolfriends' snacks and how the young Precious became the crafty and intuitive private investigator we all know and love!
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My happy life - Rose Lagercrantz  Icon
Call Number: O JF LAG
ISBN: 9781877467806
Publication Date: 2012
Dani is probably the happiest person she knows. She's happy because she's going to start school. Dani has been waiting to go to school her whole life. Then things get even better-she meets Ella Frida by the swings. After that, Dani and Ella Frida do everything together. They stick together through wet and dry, sun and rain, thick and thin. But then something happens that Dani isn't prepared for . . .

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My heart is laughing - Rose Lagercrantz
Call Number: O JF LAG
ISBN: 9781877579516
Publication Date: 2014
Dani's been trying her best to stay happy ever since her best friend Ella moved away. But when some girls in Dani's class start being cruel to her, it starts a chain of rather unhappy events. It would all be okay if only Ella would move back.

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When I am happiest - Rose Lagercrantz
Call Number: O JF LAG
ISBN: 9781927271896
Publication Date: 2015
A warm and heartfelt story about Dani's love for her dad and her friendship with Ella. It's a story about sorrow and joy - and how life really is. It's the second-to-last day of school and Dani's so happy she could write a book about it! In fact, that's exactly what she's done, although it's not quite finished yet. Now the book is in her backpack with all the other things she has to take home before the summer break. But then Dani gets some bad news. How will she ever be happy again? Sometimes a good friend is all you need to make your heart start laughing.

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Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren
Call Number: Y JF LIN
ISBN: 9780192782403
Publication Date: 2007
Lauren Child.Pippi Longstocking is nine years old. She has just moved into Villa Villekulla where she lives all by herself with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. The grown-ups in the village try to make Pippi behave in ways that they think a little girl should, but Pippi has other plans. She would much rather spend her days arranging wild, exciting adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories. Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull's tail.Generations of children have fallen in love with Pippi Longstocking. Just like Tommy and Annika, readers are instantly charmed by her warmth and sense of fun.

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James and the giant peach - Roald Dahl  Icon
Call Number: Y JF DAH
ISBN: 0141311355
Publication Date: 1991
James's aunts call him names, beat and starve him and make his life a misery. If only his parents hadn't been eaten by an escaped rhinoceros, he wouldn't be in this mess. But one day he meets a man who gives him a bag of magic crocodile tongues and so begins the adventure of his dreams.

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