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Novels

The Long Sticky Walk

The Long, Sticky Walk, illustrated by Dee Huxley, 'Cygnet Young Fiction' (2003, University of Western Australia Press), Notable Book, Children's Book Council of Australia – for ages 8-10 years. Also in the Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge.

It is 1886, and Emily, with her Mama, little brother James and Baby Ann are caught in a terrible flood on their farm. Papa is working far from home. When they have just enough food for one more day, Mama says they will walk to town. They set off, and struggle through the sticky, black mud. First James' boots, then Emily's, are sucked into the mud. How can they go on?

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Clever Juice

Clever Juice, 'Momentum' series (1999, Macmillan Education Australia; Folens UK) – for ages 10-12 years

Whenever Lorin swallows an orange pip, she and Mum joke about an orange tree growing out of her body – up from her head. Then it happens! It's a tiny tree, with enough miniature oranges for everyone in her class. When they suck the juice, they are clever for an hour, and amazing things happen!

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Kitnapped!

Kitnapped! 'Momentum' series (1999, Macmillan Education Australia; Folens UK) – for ages 9-11 years. ISBN 0 7329 5753 2

Simon's kitten, Tibbles, is kitnapped by Hag, the witch, who plans to train her to be Caterwaul, a mean, spitting, witch's cat. Simon has just three chances to rescue her from the clutches of the cackling witch.

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Double Magic: Two Fantastic Stories

Double Magic: Two Fantastic Stories, 'Momentum' series (1999, Macmillan Education Australia; Folens UK) – for ages 9-11 years. ISBN 0 7329 5760 5

'Carrots for Cam' is the first story. Cam, who loves eating carrots, discovers that she has megavision!. She can see through walls, skin – any kind of barrier! 'Invisible' tells about Hassan who 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. (Hassan's story was first told in Omar's Opal Magic, 1985.)

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The Ghost Wagon Mystery

The Ghost Wagon Mystery, 'Crackers' series (1996, Macmillan Education Australia) – for 8-10 years. ISBN 0 7329 3993 3

Richard sets off with his class on a camping trip. 'Perhaps you'll see the family ghosts!' says Grandpa. Two of Richard's ancestors had disappeared in the bush a hundred years ago. As Richard finds clues, his excitement turns to fear. (Richard's story was first told in The Ghostly Jigsaw, 1985.)

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You'll Turn into a Rabbit!

You'll Turn into a Rabbit!, 'Stoat' series (1988, Hodder & Stoughton; Royal Blind Society, NSW - cassettes & Braille)

Rowena and her mother are dieting by eating salad and fruit – 'rabbit food' - and Rowena discovers that by eating her food in a special order, she can turn into a rabbit! This is the beginning of several adventures – some being fun, and others – scary!

 

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Missing

Missing, 'Southern Cross' Series (1987, Macmillan Education Australia) – for ages 8-10 years.

Penny goes on a beach holiday with her father and brother Rowan. She misses her mother, who is studying for her exams. She likes feeding the kookaburras and, when one of a pair goes missing, she gathers clues and helps to solve the bird disappearance mystery.

 

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Fiorella's Cameo

Fiorella's Cameo, 'Southern Cross' series, (Macmillan Education Australia) – for ages 8-10 years.

Fiorella has been in hospital for many weeks. She arrives home to find that her parents and two brothers are going to their cousin Mark's twenty-first birthday party, and she has to miss it. Great-Grandma stays with her, and her evening is full of surprises.

 

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Escape by Deluge

Escape by Deluge, (1989, Walter McVitty Books, Sydney; The Bodley Head, London; Holiday House, New York; Sjostrands Forlag, Stockholm) – for ages 10-12 years. Children's Book Council of Australia, Notable Book, 1990; Adelaide Festival Awards – Shortlisted, 1990 (Best Children's Books 1989-90); WAYRBA (West Australian Young Readers Book Awards) – Shortlisted, 1992

Midnight! Boom-boom-boom! Yal-looooo! Shelley sprang up in her bedroom on the ninth floor of a large building in the heart of the city. She listened, heart thumping. What's down there under the basement? Why does it boom and wail every night? Why don't Mum and Dad, Wesley and the twins hear it? Why does it haunt me? Only me!

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The Ghostly Jigsaw

The Ghostly Jigsaw, 'Stoat' (1985; Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney and London - with audiocassette) – for ages 8-10 years.

Richard sets off with his class on a camping trip. 'Perhaps you'll see the family ghosts!' says Grandpa. Two of Richard's ancestors had disappeared in the bush a hundred years ago. As Richard finds clues, his excitement turns to fear.

 

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Rick's Magic

Rick's Magic, 'Australian Magpies' series (1982, Edward Arnold - audio cassette, 1983) – for ages 8-10 years.

Rick has a paper round to earn money. His Dad approves, and gives him a new bike. But Rick would rather earn money by performing magic. Can he do it?

 

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