Spring Holiday Reading 2019

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Love From Lexie
Cathy Cassidy
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ver since Lexie’s mum vanished, her world hasn’t stopped spinning. A new home, a new school – even a new family but Lexie never gives up hope that her mum will come back and writes her letters every day to tell her all about her new life.

There’s plenty to tell – the new group of misfits she calls friends, the talent for music she never knew she had and the gorgeous boy with blue eyes and secrets to hide. But her letters remain unanswered and she’s starting to feel more alone than ever.
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Things That Go bump in the Night
by Patrick Carman
Read, watch, and listen to each chilling story in 15 minutes or less!
3:15 means several things. It’s a time when things go bump in the night. A place where spooky stories find a home. A feeling . . . that chill running down your spine.

It means 10 terrifying tales that you’ll experience in 3 parts: A frightful audio introduction. Several spooky pages of text. And a creepy v.
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Sami’s Silver Lining
by Cathy Cassidy
The must-have second book in the brilliant Lost and Found series from Cathy Cassidy, bestselling author of the Chocolate Box Girls.

Forced to flee his home in Syria for safety in England, Sami attempts to begin a new life but struggles to overcome the pain of the past. Memories of the long and dangerous journey across icy waters, armed with only his dad’s old coat, a flute and the hope of a brighter future, are never far away.
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Brindabella
by Ursula Dubosarsky
From an extraordinary novelist and an award-winning illustrator comes this lyrical and unforgettable story about a boy and the untameable wildness of a hand-reared joey.

“This is a story about a boy called Pender and a kangaroo called Brindabella, about how they became friends, and all the things that happened to them because of it.”
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Miss McAllister’s Ghost
by Elizabeth Fensham
‘You can’t imagine how strange it is to realise that there is no one left living who knew you,’ said Miss McAllister. ‘It makes you wonder if you really are alive.’
‘We know you,’ I replied.

When Cassandra and her brothers climb the garden wall hoping to spot the ghost in the old hollow-eyed house, they have no idea what awaits within. At first violently, then seductively, they are drawn into a world long-lost, a world preserved by a woman whose memories have kept her trapped in time and place.
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My dog Gets a Job
by Elizabeth Fensham
From one of Australia’s most-loved and prolific authors comes a funny and endearing tale about a boy called Eric and his dog Ugly. My Dog Gets a Job picks up where the very successful My Dog Doesn’t Like Me left off. At almost ten years of age, Eric is now the responsible owner of his dog Ugly. But when Ugly is involved in a series of mishaps including the theft of a roast chook and a bedroom decorated with duck poo, it is clear Eric needs to do something to keep his dog out of trouble. 
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My Dog Doesn’t Like Me
by Elizabeth Fensham
My dog doesn’t like me. It’s a fact. When I got back from running away, I explained this to my family.

Eric is very disappointed in the dog he got for his eighth birthday. He thought the dog, named Ugly (because he is just that), was going to be his ‘best friend’. But Ugly doesn’t even consider Eric his first-or second-best friend. Ugly loves Eric’s mum, grandad, dad, and his horrible sister Gretchen, even more than him.
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The Girl Who Rode the Wind
by Stacy Gregg
An epic, emotional story of two girls and their bond with beloved horses, the action sweeping between Italy during the Second World War and present day.


When Lola’s grandmother Loretta takes her to Siena, Italy, for the summer, Lola learns of her family’s history of heartbreak and adventure, stretching back to the Second World War. In 1945, Loretta’s nickname was ‘The Daredevil’ due to her fearless competing in the town’s famous Palio horse races – until war broke out and led to sadness and loss for Loretta.
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The Fire Stallion
by Stacy Gregg
An enchanting and empowering standalone story from the author of The Princess and the Foal.

Twelve-year-old Hilly has landed her dream job, riding on the set of Brunhilda, an epic film based on the fearless warrior of Icelandic legend. Norse fire ritual tells that on mid-summer’s day, animals and humans can shape-shift and one night Hilly finds herself connected to the young warrior and her fire stallion. As the two girls’ lives intertwine, Hilly soon realises that they’ll both have to risk everything for the love of their horses…
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Michael
by Phillip Gwynne

4 boys, 4 stories, 4 great Australian writers in an important new series.

Stuff happens sometimes.

Everyday stuff.

At school, at home, with sport, with mates.

For Ned it happened with a new teacher.

For Sean it happened starting at a new school.

For Michael it happened when he thought he was disappointing his parents.

For Jack it happened when a game at recess went wrong.
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The 117-Storey Treehouse
by Andy Griffiths
Andy and Terry’s treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party room, an Underpants Museum, a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a Door of Doom, a circus, a giant-robot-fighting arena, a traffic school, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas and a treehouse visitor centre with a 24-hour information desk, a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus and a gift shop.

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!
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Daisy in the Mansion
by Michelle Hamer
It’s 1930… and Daisy has been adopted and whisked away to a beautiful mansion. She’s to be a companion to Annie, a girl with a mysterious illness. While Daisy’s new life is full of luxuries she could never have imagined, what she wants the most is the thing her new parents can’t provide: the freedom to find her real family before it’s too late…
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The Little Wave
by Pip Harry
When a Manly school sets out to bring a country class to the city for a beach visit, three very different kids find each other and themselves. 

Noah is fearless in the surf. Being at the beach makes him feel free. So where does his courage go when his best mate pushes him around? 
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Pie in the Sky
by Remy Lai
When eleven-year-old Jingwen moves to a new country, he feels like he’s landed on Mars. School is torture, making friends is impossible since he doesn’t speak English, and he’s often stuck looking after his (extremely irritating) little brother, Yanghao.

To distract himself from the loneliness, Jingwen daydreams about making all the cakes on the menu of Pie in the Sky, the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly passed away. 
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Maxi the Lifeguard: In Deep Water
by Trent Maxwell and David Lawrence
Maxi joins Buckler Ocean Swimming Club to have a bit of fun with his mates. But then a big prize for the Junior Ocean Challenge is announced. The winner will get money for their club and a day with legendary lifeguard Mick Hawk! Maxi would do anything to win. Especially as it might help save Buckler. Will his hard work and determination pay off, or will Maxi’s arch-enemy ruin his chances?
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Black Cockatoo
by Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler
‘Black Cockatoo’ is a vignette that follows Mia, a young Aboriginal girl as she explores the fragile connections of family and culture. Mia is a 13-year-old girl from a remote community in the Kimberley. She is saddened by the loss of her brother as he distances himself from the family. She feels powerless to change the things she sees around her, until one day she rescues her totem animal, the dirran black cockatoo, and soon discovers her own inner strength. A wonderful small tale on the power of standing up for yourself, culture and ever-present family ties.
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Polly and Buster: The Search for the Silver Witch
by Sally Rippin
Is being best friends enough to save a whole town?

Polly and Buster have always believed that witches and monsters can be friends, but it seems no-one else agrees. With the witches furious and the monsters in uproar, their whole town is heading for a war … and yet no-one realises that a much greater menace lurks nearby.
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Ghosts
by Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.
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Sick Bay
by Nova Weetman
Two very different Grade 6 girls meet in their school sick bay. Meg is a loner. Grieving over the death of her father, and struggling with changes at home, she wears slippers to school and hides out in sick bay to avoid other kids. 

New girl Riley, is a Type 1 diabetic and already popular. She doesn’t want to go to sick bay, but sometimes she has to if she’s having a high or a low. As Meg and Riley are forced to spend more and more time together in the cramped sick bay room, they start to uncover each other’s secrets and find the courage to be who they really are. 
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