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Michael Sweeney's Method - Sean Condon
ISBN: 9780143006
Publication Date: 2007
The exquisitely named Michael Sweeney's various adventures, including - but not limited to - a foray into amateur acting, intensive tennis playing and getting the (hearing-impaired) girl of his dreams.

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48 Shades of Brown - Nick Earls
ISBN: 0140287698
Publication Date: 1999-01-01
Australian teenager Dan Bancroft had a choice to make: go to Geneva with his parents for a year, or move into a house with his bass-playing aunt Jacq and her friend Naomi. He chose Jacq’s place, and his life will never be the same. This action-packed and laugh-out-loud-funny novel navigates Dan’s chaotic world of calculus, roommates, birds, and love.

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Feeling Sorry for Celia - Jaclyn Moriarty
ISBN: 9780330403795
Publication Date: 2002-01-10
Life is pretty complicated for Elizabeth Clarry. Her best friend Celia has disappeared, her absent father has reappeared and her communication with her mother depends entirely on fridge notes. And now, because her English teacher wants to rekindle the Joy of the Envelope, a Complete and Utter Stranger knows more about Elizabeth than anyone else. But Elizabeth is on the threshold of change. She is about to lose a friend, find a friend, fall in love and taste wine that smells like compost. A lot can happen in the time it takes to write a letter.

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The one hundred year old man who climbed out the window - Jonas Jonasson
Call Number: F JON
ISBN: 9781743311271
Publication Date: 2013
After a long and eventful life Allan Karlsson is moved to a nursing home to await the inevitable. But his health refuses to fail and as his 100th birthday looms a huge party is planned. Allan wants no part of it and decides to climb out the window... Charming and funny; a European publishing phenomenon. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . . Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving a suitcase full of cash, a few thugs, a very friendly hot-dog stand operator, a few deaths, an elephant and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed. A life in which - remarkably - he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century. The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a charming, warm and funny novel, beautifully woven with history and politics.

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..and that is when it fell of my hand - Louise Rennison  Icon
ISBN: 0007183208
Publication Date: 2010
Brilliantly funny, teenage angst author Louise Rennison?s fifth book about the confessions of crazy but lovable Georgia Nicolson. Louise is a star on the HarperCollins teenage list. 11.20 a.m.This is my fabulous life: the Sex God left for Whakatane last month and he has taken my heart with him.11.25 a.m.Not literally of course otherwise there would be a big hole in my nunga-nungas.11.28 a.m.And also I would be dead. Which quite frankly would be a blessing in disguise.12.00 p.m.It is soooo boring being brokenhearted? ?but Georgia doesn't remain brokenhearted for long: frequent snogging extravaganzas with old flame, Dave the Laugh, and the arrival of jelloid-knee-inducing Italian Stallion, Masimo, mean that Georgia has her work cut out to be the composed sex-kitten that she aspires to be. Follow Georgia's hilarious antics as she desperately muddles her way through teenage life and all that it entails: make-up disasters, rapidly expanding nunga-nungas, school ? urgh, unsympathetic...

 

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Youse Two - Andrew Daddo
ISBN: 0733618588
Publication Date: 2005
Ever yone wants to know what it s like to be a twin and now twin brothers, Jack and Josh Pickering, are about to find out just how much fun twins can have.On a school camp in the Snowy Mountains the twins are keen to get to know some of the girls. Jack likes Angela and Josh likes Jude, but they pick the wrong activity to get closer to their chosen girl. Can the girls tell them apart?And it just wouldn t be a school camp without someone sabotaging the showers and toilets, and throwing eggs. Andrew Daddo s fans won t be disappointed as the twins get caught up in cricket on the field, fart cricket in the classroom and a good deal of snogging in tents. Prepare to laugh out loud with Youse Two Andrew Daddo s first novel.ENDORSEMENTSFor You re Dropped:A fresh take on the familiar, this is an enjoyable read for those just past the boy-germs/girl-germs age, as well as those much older. the adolescent terminology and experience are a trip down memory lane, told so well that those years don t seem so long ago.Sydney Morning HeraldLike adults, children need a varied reading diet, and can t and shouldn t be expected to read the literary equivalent of green vegetables all the time.The Age

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Fergus McPhail - David McRobbie
ISBN: 9780141309224
Publication Date: 2001
Novel for teenagers. Details a year in the life of Fergus McPhail, the highs and lows and the bits in the middle. As the months go past Fergus manages to find himself in many an embarrassing situation and always manages to make them worse. He must also deal with the possibility of romance with the wondrous Sophie, and the crazy situations he gets into with his buddy, Lambert. Author has also written the 'Wayne' books, 'See How They Run', and 'Eugenie Sandler PI'.

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Screw Loose - Chris Wheat  Icon
ISBN: 9781741764338
Publication Date: 2010-07-20
A brilliant black comedy, Screw Loose casts a humorous absurdist lens on a group of ordinary 16-year-olds with ordinary problems#151;kind of nbsp; As anbsp;motley group of teenagers try to navigate the school year, it becomes clear that everyone has problems and no one knows quite how to solve them. Chelsea talks to Barbies and fantasizes about ruling the world. Angelo can't choose between his control-freak soccer club and his clean-freak girlfriend. Zeynep gets sent to live with the goats, Craig likes Matilda but Matilda prefers his dog, Joshua learns to love guinea pigs#151;and on it goes. This quirky, chaotic, laugh-out-loud novel is about first love and new love, and dolls and dogs and soccer and baklava, and a fantastic big, fun, crazy party at the end. It's the perfect book for people who never quite go about things the right way.

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Big Fat Manifesto - Susan Vaught  Icon
Publication Date: 2010
Naomi Klein collides with Jaclyn Moriarty in this fiery and funny novel. Jamie is in her final year of high school. She's playing the lead role in the school musical. She's features editor for the student newspaper. She's struggling with college applications. She's in a committed relationship with her boyfriend. And like so many of her friends, she's trying to work out where she fits in the world. She is also enormously, irreversibly, sometimes angrily (and occasionally delightedly) overweight. Her most immediate need is a journalism scholarship to college, so she writes an explosive and controversial column every week in the school paper in the persona of Fat Girl. She leaves nothing out - including her reaction to her boyfriend's gastric banding surgery, which aims to help him lose weight but could end up killing him. When her column raises all kinds of public questions, Jamie finds herself fighting for her right to be herself - and not quietly. With a new chance at love emerging unexpectedly, and satisfaction in her size losing ground to real frustration, Jamie must find her own private way in the world. At heart is she still Jamie, or is Fat Girl taking over? Tapping into her own experience with losing weight, her training as a psychotherapist, and the current fascination in the media with teens trying drastic weight-loss measures, Susan Vaught writes gripping, hilarious prose that isn't afraid to ask the big questions about life.

 

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The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
ISBN: 034073356X
Publication Date: 2003-02-25
Welcome to a surreal version of Great Britain, circa 1985, where time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem, militant Baconians heckle performances of Hamlet, and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, renowned Special Operative in literary detection, until someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature. When Jane Eyre is plucked from the pages of Brontë's novel, Thursday must track down the villain and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide.

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Worry Warts - Morris Gleitzman
ISBN: 9780330272469
Publication Date: 1993
Dear Mum and Dad,
This is just to let you know that I took the torch, the hammer, the gardening trowel, the plastic strainer, the chocolate biscuits and the stuff that's missing from the bathroom. So it's OK, you haven't been burgled. Please don't worry, things are looking better than I thought opal-wise.
Love, KeithWhat does a kid do when his Mum and Dad are worry warts?

Make them rich, decides Keith. Very, very rich.

It's a brilliant plan–if it works.

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Finding Cassie Crazy - Jaclyn Moriarty
ISBN: 9780330364386
Publication Date: 2003
Year 10 is pretty crazy for best friends Lydia, Cassie and Emily. When their English teacher starts the Pen Pal Project so they can experience the Joy of the Envelope with boys from scary Brookfield High, life gets even crazier. From the author of bestseller Sorry for Celia. Ages 14+.

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The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
Call Number: F SIM
Publication Date: 2013
The feel-good novel of 2013, The Rosie Project is a classic screwball romance. Rights sold into more than thirty countries. Don Tillman is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed the Wife Project, using a sixteen-page questionnaire to help him find the perfect partner. She will most definitely not be a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also fiery and intelligent and beautiful. And on a quest of her own to find her biological father--a search that Don, a professor of genetics, might just be able to help her with. The Wife Project teaches Don some unexpected things. Why earlobe length is an inadequate predictor of sexual attraction. Why quick-dry clothes aren't appropriate attire in New York. Why he's never been on a second date. And why, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love: love finds you. '...the overall effect of The Rosie Project will be, if anything, to increase genuine understanding of Aspergers (or, as it will soon be called, the autistic spectrum) and to refute some common myths. It's great fun, too.' Jo Case, Australian Book Review If you loved The Rosie Project , be charmed all over again by The Rosie Effect , due October 2014.

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I made Lattes for a love god - Wendy Harmer
Call Number: F HAR
ISBN: 9781742379913
Publication Date: 2012
A warm, funny read for teens about best friends and not-so-secret Hollywood crushes Elly Pickering has a juicy secret. A secret her PR mom won't let her tell anyone because if the kids at Oldcastle High found out they might just explode with excitement. Elly's school is about to become the film set for Monster Class 3 , a teen flick starring 17-year-old heartthrob Jake Blake. Elly will do anything to get on set, but when her plans to become an extra are thwarted, she has to find another way to get close to her Hollywood crush.

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