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Chapter Books

The Mystery of the Little Woma

The Mystery of the Little Woma, 'Trekkers' series (2005, Macmillan Education Australia) - for ages 8-10 years. ISBN 0 7329 9921 9

Adam is staying with his aunt while his parents are away, and there are tenants in his house. When he sneaks back inside via a secret entry to get his cricket bat, he stumbles on a terrifying mystery.

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Ping's Birthday Magic

Ping's Birthday Magic, 'Trekkers' series (2005, Macmillan Education Australia) – for ages 8-10 years. ISBN 0 7329 9919 7

Ping sees a magician performing at his sister's birthday party, and he admires a magician on TV. Then he learns and practises magic and, with the help of Ryan, his school mate, they perform at the Save the Park Fair. [This is a revised and shortened version of Rick's Magic (1982).]

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Firelight Secrets

Firelight Secrets, illustrated by Susy Boyer, 'PM Chapter Books' series (2000, Nelson Thomson Learning Australia; Rigby, USA) – for ages 8-10 years. ISBN 1 86961 467 4

Karlie lives in a famous old house that is full of secrets. She discovers treasures once owned by a girl who lived in the house more than a hundred years ago.

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The Great Bear Conflab

The Great Bear Conflab, illustrated by Sharyn Madder, 'Crackers' series (1999, Macmillan Education Australia) – for ages 6-8 years. ISBN 0 7329 5520 3

When Lisette wakes, Bear is ready to leave for the Great Bear Conflab in the stars. She goes, too, and meets all kinds of bears. She tells them she will help to save the endangered ones. How will she do it? If, like Lisette, you are interested in bears and other endangered animals, check this website: www.worldwildlife.org.

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Ghost Dog

Ghost Dog, illustrated by Amanda Graham, 'Magic Bean' series (1990, Era Publications, Australia; Heinemann, London) – for ages 8-10 years. Tiny Book ISBN 0 947212 62 0; Giant Book ISBN 0 947212 61 2

Sarah, Nicholas and their parents are on a long journey, driving on a lonely outback track at night. They have been delayed, first by floods and then by a puncture. They had been told not to drive on that road after dark. Why is it dangerous? Soon they see light - red lights, getting closer and closer!

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Voices

Voices, illustrated by David Kennett, 'Magic Bean' series (1990, Era Publications Australia; Heinemann, London) – for ages 8-10 years. Tiny Book ISBN 0 947212 60 4; Giant Book ISBN 0 947212 59 0

Two scientists, Karen and Greg, are studying emperor penguin on the Antarctic ice. They watch the females leave for their long feeding journey, while the males shelter the eggs at the rookery. At the same time, Sue and Peta, Greg's daughters watch the growth of their little brother and wait for their father to return.

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The Midnight Monster

The Midnight Monster, illustrated by Rory Stapleton (1998, Era Publications Australia; Heinemann, London)) – for ages 8-10 years. ISBN 1 86374 435 5

Eliza doesn't know why she has to fetch Mrs Johnson from a nearby farm in the middle of the night. But she has heard tales of the water-monster by the Wow-ee Rocks, a place she has to pass to reach the Johnsons'. A tale set in the Hunter River Valley in the 1800s.

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The Look-Alikes

The Look-Alikes, illustrated by Pat Reynolds, 'Momentum' series (1998, Macmillan Education Australia; Troll USA; Folens UK) – for ages 6-8 years. ISBN 0 7329 5307 3

Frannie decides to take her dog Yorky to the Pet Show, and enter the section: 'Look-alikes – the pet most like its owner'. She trains Yorky, and hopes they will win.

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Co-Co, Sam and the Swimmies

Co-Co, Sam and the Swimmies, illustrated by Mary Ann Hurley, 'Momentum' series (1998, Macmillan Education Australia; Folens, UK) – for ages 6-8 years. ISBN 0 7329 5544 0

Jessica's Mum and Dad have separated. She spends a week with Mum, then a week with Dad – in turns. She hates leaving Co-Co, the cat, behind when it's Dad's turn. Then something happens when she is staying with Dad, and her life there changes. (This book is a revised version of Marmalade, Jet and the Finnies, (Hamish Hamilton, London, 1987.)

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Hands Up!

Hands Up! illustrated by Pat Reynolds, 'Supa Doopers' series (1998, Addison Wesley Longman) – for ages 6-8 years.

When Alice goes on a fishing trip with her Dad, they encounter two bank robbers on the run. The robbers take Dad hostage. Can Alice, who is blind, find her way to the van and use the mobile phone to get help?

 

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What's in the Red Bag?

What's in the Red Bag? illustrated by Kate Rogers, 'Gazelle' series (1988, Hamish Hamilton, London); re-titled No Pets Allowed, 'Young Corgi' series (1990, Transworld, London) – for ages 6-8 years.

Amy is upset that she can't take her cat, Toff, on holiday to the caravan park, for 'No Pets Allowed' is a strict rule. She makes a new friend, Liz. But there is a mystery about Liz, and Amy is determined to find out.

 

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Marmalade, Jet and the Finnies

Marmalade, Jet and the Finnies, illustrated by Catherine Bradbury, 'Gazelle' series (1987, Hamish Hamilton, London) – for ages 6-8 years.

Jessica's Mum and Dad have separated. She spends a week with Mum, then a week with Dad. She hates leaving Marmalade, the cat, behind when it's Dad's turn. Then something happens when she is staying with Dad, and her life there changes.

 

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A Gift of Squares

A Gift of Squares, illustrated by Catherine Bradbury, 'Gazelle' series (1986, Hamish Hamilton, London); 'Young Corgi' series (1988, Transworld, London) – for ages 6-8 years.

Emma and her family have just arrived in Australia. She likes the children at her new school, but she misses her best friend in London. Then she has an unusual idea for their teacher's leaving-present and, before long the whole class is involved in making it.

 

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Omar's Opal Magic

Omar's Opal Magic, illustrated by John Burge, 'Wheels' series (1985, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich - 1 book, 1 cassette: actor/author) – for ages 8-10 years.

Omar discovers that, by holding an opal wrapped in bay leaves in his hand, he can become invisible. His adventures include terrifying the four bullies in his class.

 

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She'll Fall In, For Sure!

She'll Fall In, For Sure! illustrated by Lyn Twelftree, 'Water' series (1985, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich - 1 book, 1 cassette - actor/author) – for ages 8-10 years.

It is the worst day of Robbie's (Roberto's) life! Against his will, he has to look after his little sister Cathy (Caterina) on the last day of the school holidays because Nanna, who usually minds her, has to go to the doctor. Taking her on an outing to the Botanic Gardens to feed the eels, he is prepared for her to fall in the lake, but the tables turn!

 

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