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Onion Tears - Diana Kidd  Icon
ISBN: 0732273447
This is the story of young Nam-Huong who escaped from Vietnam but lost her grandfather on the long terrible voyage to Australia. She has many reasons to cry but finds it hard to release her pent-up grief as she struggles to understand a different culture. This simple tale of refugees and the trauma they face is a valuable text for classroom discussion.

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The Blitz - Vince Cross  Icon
ISBN: 9781407103716
Edie and her little brother, Tom, are evacuated to rural Wales during the Blitz on London. Many parents sent their children to live in a safer place when German bombs rained down on the major cities of England during World War II. For Edie and Tom it is not a happy solution. Edie struggles to mother and protect Tom in harsh countryside with an austere family and an unfriendly school community.

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Midnite: the Story of a Wild Colonial Boy - Randolph Stow
Call Number: JF STO
ISBN: 0370308174
Even though Midnite was 17, he wasn't very bright. So when his father died his five animal friends decided to look after him. Khat, the Siamese, suggested he became a bushranger and Red Ned his horse offered to help. But it wasn't very easy, especially when Trooper O'Grady kept putting him in prison. So it was just as well that in the end he found gold!

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Into that forest - Louise Nowra
Call Number: F NOW
ISBN: 9781743311646
Publication Date: 2012
From one of Australia's foremost literary talents, this is an unforgettable and heartbreaking story about two young girls living in the wild with Tasmanian Tigers. Me name be Hannah O'Brien and I be seventy-six years old. Me first thing is an apology - me language is bad cos I lost it and had to learn it again. But here's me story and I be glad to tell it before I hop the twig. So begins this extraordinary novel, which will transport you to Australia's wild frontier and stay in your mind long after you've finished reading.

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Through my eyes Zafir - Prue MAson
Call Number: STR F MAS
ISBN: 9781743312544
Publication Date: 2015
Zafir has a comfortable life in Homs, Syria, until his father, a doctor, is arrested for helping a protester who was campaigning for revolution. While his mother heads to Damascus to try to find out where his father is being held, Zafir stays with his grandmother - until her house is bombed. With his father in prison, his mother absent, his grandmother ill and not a friend left in the city, Zafir must stay with his Uncle Ghazi. But that too becomes dangerous as the city becomes more and more besieged. Will Zafir survive long enough to be reunited with his parents?


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The Girl Who Came Home - Hazel Gaynor
Call Number: F GAY
ISBN: 9780062316868
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
Ireland, 1912, fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Seamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage to survive. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that fateful night again. Chicago, 1982, Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her great-grandmother Maggie shares the painful secret about Titanic that she's harboured for almost a lifetime, the revelation gives Grace new direction, and leads both her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

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Act of Faith - Kelly Gardiner  Icon  Icon
ISBN: 9780732292805
In 1960 England, Isabella is forced to flee her home when her father's strong opinions lead to take a stand against the army. She takes refuge in Amsterdam with an elderly printer, who is brave enough to print topics which stir religious intolerance. This results in a dangerous journey to help him escape certain death for his books.

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At the sign of the sugared plum - Mary Hooper  Icon  Icon
ISBN: 9780747561248
It is 1665 and Hannah has come from the country to assist her sister in sweet making at the Sugared Plum sweet shop. The plague has also come to London so Hannah's life is now full of dangers as well as the sights and sounds of the crowded city.

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India Dark - Kirsty Murray
Call Number: F DAR
ISBN: 9781741758580
Publication Date: 2010
A strong and vivid novel based on the fascinating true story of a group of young Australian performers - children aged from seven to seventeen - who toured Asia and India early in the twentieth century before mounting a strike against their manager and precipitating a sensational court case. 'Daisy opened her mouth and lies flew out. Her face so pink and white, her lips so plump and sweet, her lies so vile. I had to cover my ears. I shut my eyes, wanting to block out the courtroom, to neither see nor hear the evil: but Tilly grabbed my arm and twisted the skin on my wrist in a Chinese burn. 'Poesy Swift,' she whispered, her breath hot against my neck, 'open your eyes, and take that look off your face. We will never get home if you ruin everything.' Madras 1910: a troupe of child performers are stranded, having staged a strike against their manager. Their fate now depends on the outcome of a court case, and an alliance with gentlemen of the British Raj. Based on a true story, INDIA DARK recreates shifting friendships and loyalties and the clash of innocence versus experience against the backdrop of India's seductive mysteries.

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The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile - Bianca Turetsky
Call Number: F TUR
ISBN: 9780316224901
Publication Date: 2014-12-02
Walk, talk, and dress like an Egyptian. When Louise Lambert tries on a lavender Grecian gown during a visit to the mysterious Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, she feels a familiar tug and falls back in time, arriving at the dusty base of an enormous pyramid. She has landed in ancient Egypt...or has she? It turns out that Louise is on the legendary Old Hollywood film set of Cleopatra , but her time there is short-lived. Rummaging through the wardrobe tent, Louise gets her hands on a pearl necklace that dates back to 51 BC, and she suddenly finds herself whisked away once more, this time to the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt. Gold and jewels shimmer in the Egyptian sunlight, but poisonous snakes and dangerous enemies also roam the palace halls. Louise quickly learns that life as a handmaiden to Queen Cleopatra is much more treacherous--and fashionable--than she ever could have imagined.


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Catherine called Birdy - Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0330345249
Set in the Middle Ages, this is a story of Birdy, the teenage daughter of a minor lord and lady in Lincolnshire. Birdy keeps a diary and as her father tries to marry her off to different suitors she records not only her reactions and evasions but also presents a clear portrait of life in the Middle Ages.In this funny and engrossing novel, Catherine may sound like a medieval Adrian Mole but the Author’s Note provides background information that helps to position the reader in the historical reality.

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Chinese Cinderella - Adeline Yen Mah  Icon  Icon
ISBN: 9781741146363
Following a fall at the river town of Feng Jie, Chinese Cinderella is taken to hospital. There she sees a copy of an ancient painting, Along the River at Qing Ming. As she lapses in and out of consciousness, she is haunted by vivid dreams that seem strange, yet somehow familiar. A tale emerges, of friendship, wealth and poverty, eunuchs and an Emperor who loved art, as Chinese Cinderella recalls a life lived eight hundred years ago during the Song Dynasty.

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Pagan's Crusade - Catherine Jinks
Call Number: STF JIN
ISBN: 0195534859
Publication Date: 1992
In the first adventure of the ‘Pagan Chronicles’, sixteen-year-old Pagan is assigned to work for Lord Roland de Bram, a Templar knight, in medieval Jerusalem. Set against a background of mounting tension as the Infidel army closes in on the city, Pagan’s Crusade traces the growing friendship between the knight and his orphaned squire.

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Pagan in Exile - Catherine Jinks
Call Number: STF JIN
ISBN: 1862912165
Publication Date: 1994
The second book in the Pagan Chronicles is set in 1188, after the Infidels have conquered Jerusalem. Forced into exile, seventeen-year-old Pagan escapes to France with his Templar lord, Roland. But Roland’s homecoming is marred by conflict as his violent family clash both with their neighbours and with each other.

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Pagan's Vows - Catherine Jinks
Call Number: STF JIN
ISBN: 1862912750
Publication Date: 1995
The third book of the Pagan Chronicles is set in the Abbey of Saint Martin, where former squire, seventeen-year-old Pagan Kidrouk, and Lord Roland de Bram are trying to become monks after renouncing the sword. But they soon discover that it’s not so easy to escape violence, even in a monastery . . .

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Pagan's Scribe - Catherine Jinks
Call Number: STF JIN
ISBN: 1862912793
Publication Date: 1996
The fourth book in the Pagan Chronicles, this is the story of delicate, bookish Isidore, who becomes scribe to Pagan Kidrouk, Archdeacon of Carcassonne, in 1209 – the year in which papal forces from the north begin their bloody crusade against the Cathar heretics of Isidore’s country.

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Pagan's Daughter - Catherine Jinks
Call Number: STF JIN
ISBN: 1741147697
Publication Date: 2006
The fifth book in the Pagan Chronicles. At 16, Babylonne is desperate. She's been starved and beaten, she's endured six bloody sieges, and now her aunt wants her to marry a crazy old man who thinks he's a giant olive.

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The river and the book - Alison Croggon
ISBN: 9781925081725
From the internationally bestselling author of The Books of Pellinor comes a powerful story about the exploitation of indigenous people by the First World. In Simbala's village they have two treasures: the River, which is their road and their god; and the Book, which is their history, their oracle and their soul. Simbala is a Keeper of the Book, the latest in a long line of women who can use it to find answers to the villagers' questions. As developers begin to poison the River on which the villagers rely, the Book predicts change. But this does not come in the form that they expect; it is the sympathetic Westerner that comes to the village who inflicts the greatest damage of all.


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