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Write a customer review. Showing of 2 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This was a real treat to come across. I really enjoyed the writing and the characters in this book. I'm not sure yet just what the heck is going on in this town, but the story was good enough to keep me coming back for more. Can't wait until the next one! Things in the town of Waters Edge are usually pretty normal and quiet. Until the day the army moves in and takes over and tells everyone to go home and stay there.

A few friends who are in school when this order is given decide to not go and find out what is going on. Well, lets just say that they do find out, and are not pleased with the info. This is the first in a series of short stories involving a group of friends in a town that is over run by zombies. It does have its own style that sets it apart from the regular zombie tale and is an enjoyable read, but make no mistake there IS gore.

The characters are really what carries this book. They are well developed and you get a sense of each ones personality. I am looking forward to the next book in this storyline. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. A Lesson with Mr. Dickson Zombies of Water's Edge. Set up a giveaway. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Magician In a futuristic Tasmania, where our sun is dying, an alien appears who may be able to help. Magician's daughter series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Or, you can search for a series name or the individual titles by using the Search function on the top left hand corner of the screen.

Magician's daughter, The Two friends sink through a magical puddle into Allegoria, the world of the Great Magician. Georgie Tanner is always getting into some sort of trouble or other, but nothing has prepared her for this. Magician's elephant, The The boy, the lost sister, the retired officer, the childless couple, the displaced elephant, the patient nun, the compassionate policeman, the remorseful magician, the bent and broken stonemason and the socialite crippled when the conjured elephant fell through the theatre roof and landed on her legs, all come together in the snow in this meaningful, simply but poetically told story.

Magician's nephew, The This sixth book about Narnia, explains how the comings and goings between our world and Narnia first began, when Polly and Digory found the way to Narnia by accident. Dee enlists the help of Niccolo Machiavelli to capture them, whilst Sophie learns Fire Magic and Josh seeks one who can awaken his powers. Bronze key, The Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe. Under the watchful eyes of the mages, they are taught to use magic to bring order to a chaotic world. But, now, the chaos is fighting back. After the shocking death of one of their classmates, Call, Tamara and Aaron must use the powerful magic they've been taught and risk their lives to track down the killer.

But, magic is dangerous. In the wrong hands, it could bring terrible destruction and reveal the deadliest secret of all. Copper gauntlet, The Callum Hunt's summer break isn't typical, especially when he discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and his companion, Havoc, a wolf. Call escapes to the magical world of the Magisterium but the Alkahest, a copper gauntlet capable of separating magicians from their magic, has been stolen. In their search, Call and his friends attract some dangerous foes and discover an even more dangerous truth. Iron trial, The Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and learn about the world of magic.

He's been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician, so he tries his best to do his worst - but fails at failing. Magpie Author Luke Davies wrote a poem called Childhood Terror which described, in nine lines, the fear of a magpie attack, and a boy's reaction as his father helps him face that fear. This wonderful picture book turns the poem into a story of a dog and his pup on a journey to find the magpie. Magpie Island The story of a magpie raised on the Eyre Peninsula that becomes stranded on an island.

Humans intervene to help him have a happy life. Magrit Magrit lives in an abandoned cemetery. She is as forgotten as the tiny graveyard that surrounds her. One night, a passing stork drops a strange bundle into the graveyard. Master Puppet, her friend and advisor, tells her it is an awful, ugly, terrible thing and she should get rid of it.

But, Magrit has other ideas. Mahtab's story Mahtab's family live in Herat in Afghanistan amongst the ever present Taliban. They decide to leave everything they hold dear behind and journey secretly to Australia via Pakistan and Indonesia. This is an amazing story of struggle and hope for a better future. Make 'em laugh Take a look at jokes and comedians, and what makes people laugh. Making Jamie normal Alex will be the coolest Year 9 student with the weirdest sister in Year 7 if she can't make Jamie 'normal' before she goes to high school. Jamie doesn't realise how lucky she is getting all this great advice.

Some coarse language used in context. Find out how to shoot with a phone or camera, edit your clips and add effects. Mal rider, The Danny discovers girls or, rather, one special girl called Ella, and the joys of riding a malboard.

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Can he overcome the problems of surfing mates who only accept shortboards? He is new to town and needs a break on the waves and at school. A revolutionary voice Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, was a small boy when white supremacists firebombed his family home. Such terrifying moments, along with years of daily racist insults and barriers, shaped Malcolm's life, transforming him into one of the most articulate and rousing black nationalist leaders of all time.

The evil Tall Jake takes children into a fantasy world where they can really die. It takes heroes like Seth and the loyalty of Kady to survive the violent, brutal comic-book pages. Be prepared to be very scared. Malini and Banni travel inland, through jungles and unsafe territories, seeking refuge with their grandfather in his village. They will need to stay alert for soldiers from all sides and work out who to trust. Malkin Moonlight Malkin is a small, black cat with a magnificent tail, who's destined to be a hero.

He just doesn't know it yet. In his third life, Wild Malkin falls in love with Roux, a Domestic cat, who likes the comforts of home. Together, they explore the night and have adventures. When Roux's owners decide to move away, she chooses to become a Wild and stay with Malkin. Setting out to find a new home, they stumble across a recycling centre full of cats at war. An extraordinary adventure awaits as Malkin tries to bring peace to the land.

Mallee Boys Sandy Douglas knows that life at fifteen is hard - his mother died a year ago and his year old brother, Red, has gone off the rails. As Sandy and Red deal with girls, friendship and their futures on their Mallee farm, both boys have to figure out who they want to be without their mum around. One thing is certain - the Mallee, where they live, may seem like the middle of nowhere, but it is going to be one hell of a year. Malvolio's revenge An English theatre troupe travelling in the New Orleans area, in a world of voodoo, black magic and gangsters, are dragged into a suspenseful mystery that involves murder, blackmail and intrigue.

Mammals Mammals have adapted to many environments. They can swim, walk, fly and live underwater or high up in forest trees. Superb photographs bring their fascinating world vividly to life. The book follows a mammal from birth, showing how it grows. Man called possum, A Max Jones, country detective, is determined to uncover the truth about Possum, the town hermit.

Man eater Sam Fox is on a youth conference in Africa when the tour bus takes off without him, leaving him stranded in the wilderness. Sam uses his wits to escape an angry mother elephant, a king cobra, a hyena and a hungry crocodile. It may not be so easy to survive an encounter with a ferocious, man-eating leopard. Man from Ironbark, The When the man from Ironbark visits the local town for a shave, chaos ensues. Because of a Sydney barber's joke on one of their men, long beards become the fashion in a small Australian settlement.

Man from Snowy River, The The full text of the classic poem is beautifully illustrated and includes a CD of an unabridged recording. Man, The A little, hairy man appears in the bedroom of a schoolboy demanding food, clothing and shelter. This story is told in cartoon style. Manga Shakespeare series The sequential stylised artwork known as Manga is combined with authentic Shakespearean text to bring an enriched perspective to the bard's great works, making the plays more accessible and encouraging a response from the reader.

Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Mantis Little street urchin ShaoShu has always wanted to belong. His small size makes him an easy target. This little 'mouse' always needs to find a place to hide. When he is befriended by Hok and Ying, he thinks he has found a new family, and eagerly tags along as they continue on their travels, not knowing that his new friends are the most wanted criminals in China.

Mao's last dancer young readers' edition Engaging biography of a young, Chinese peasant boy who, at the age of eleven, was taken from his school and family to be trained as a classical dancer in Beijing. Maphead Maphead, an alien boy, has the ability to produce maps of anywhere across his face. Breath of the dragon Quinn, Ash, Zain and the crew of the Libertas are racing against the clock to get back to Verdania before the King's deadline. Quinn is trying to complete the first map of the whole world, while Zain must bring back enough treasure to satisfy the King. And, they're trying to win the race to the end of the world while enemies are trying to stop them from getting back at all.

Prisoner of the Black Hawk Farm boy turned reluctant adventurer, Quinn, continues his voyage into the unknown, as the race to map the world continues. When the Libertas docks in an exotic jungle port, Quinn is captured by the ruthless Gelynion explorer, Juan Forden. On board Forden's ship, the Black Hawk, Quinn struggles to outwit his captors, makes new enemies and unexpected allies, and encounters bloodthirsty pirates.

Race to the end of the world The King wants a map of the world. But, everyone knows that if you sail too far in either direction, you would fall off the edge into the jaws of a fire-breathing dragon. With reluctant adventurers, a ship captained by a slave and a mysterious sea monster, Quinn has a fight on his hands just to survive.

Maps Travel the world without leaving home. Fifty two lavishly illustrated maps detail not only geographical features and political borders but also places of interest, iconic personalities, native animals and plants, local peoples, cultural events, and many more fascinating facts associated with each region.

This book is a celebration of the world, from its immense mountains to its tiny insects, and everything in between. Maralinga's long shadow Yvonne Edwards, a highly respected Aboriginal artist and community leader, was just six years old when the first bombs of the nuclear tests at Maralinga were detonated in Australia in The tests continued until and their consequences profoundly affected her family and the community.

The girls are always moving on, looking for a real home.

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When a tornado sweeps through the town bringing an injured horse, Margaret nurses it back to good health. This might be the place to settle down. She became the first African-American to record spirituals for a major recording company. In , she was banned from singing in Washington's Constitution Hall and made history by performing for 75, at the Lincoln Memorial. Marie Antoinette, princess of Versailles, Austria-France The fictionalised diary of an adolescent Maria Antoinette beginning shortly before her arranged betrothal to Louis Auguste, the future and last king of France.

Her diary includes descriptions of life at Versaille and an epilogue concludes the story. She was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize and a PhD in physics. Find out about the importance of Marie's work and the tragic consequences of the dangerous radioactive materials she was researching. Mariel of Redwall Mariel is a young mousemaid who finds protection at Redwall Abbey after being caught in a sea storm. Mariel has no idea of her identity, which turns out to be vital in the battle against the evil sea rats. Marlfox When the strange creatures begin to appear in Mossflower Woods, it is clear that evil is abroad.

A kidnapping and a cunning raid to steal the beautiful Redwall tapestry confirm the worst, that Redwall is under threat. Marly and the goat It's and there's excitement in Marly's house. Her grandparents have arrived from Vietnam and, soon, her mum will have a new baby.

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While Grandma tries to make Marly into a 'young lady', Grandpa digs up the backyard. When he brings home Agnes, a goat, the neighbours want it taken away. Things get dangerous and Marly must try to protect her grandpa and her pet. Marly walks on the Moon It's and baby mania has struck Marly's house. She has a new baby brother and Marly never realised that a new baby would take up so much of everyone's time.

The school concert is coming up and Marly's secret plan is to perform the Moonwalk, the dance she's been practising all year. But, no one is helping with her costume. Marly's business It's and Marly needs a job. She wants to buy Donkey Kong cards to swap with the other kids at school but her parents think the cards are a waste of money.

Then Marly's friend, Yousra, gives her an idea and she decides to start her own business. But, working on your own isn't easy and, when Marly catches a bus that goes in the wrong direction, it's just the start of her problems. Marrying Ameera Ameera is seventeen, the daughter of an Australian Christan mother, and a Pakistani father who is a devout Muslim. Seeking to be like her Australian friends, Ameera discovers that her father strongly opposes social contact with non-Muslims.

When her father discovers Ameera's interest in a Pakistani Christian boy, she is sent to Pakistan, thinking she is attending her cousin's wedding.


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Mars Fascinating facts about the planet, Mars, and the solar system. Includes photographs, a glossary and websites links. Marsh and Me There's a hill out the back of Joey's house. Hardly anyone goes there - it's not a beautiful place, just a covered-over old rubbish tip. But Joey likes it up there.

It's his hill - somewhere he likes to go to wonder about life. He longs to be the best at something, to be a famous astronaut, or mountain climber, to stand out somehow. So when Joey discovers a tree house in an old peppercorn tree on the hill, he is annoyed that someone has invaded his special place.

But he is also curious about who the intruder could be. But making contact isn't easy. The tree-house girl is wild and hostile and full of secrets. Joey needs to work out a way to win her over. And as he does, he finds a way to shine. Martial arts David Mitchell gives expert advice on fourteen of the most popular martial arts. Skilful holds to dramatic throws and kicks are featured. Young Martin must face three new challenges: Martin Luther King Jr: He brought hope that, rather than two Americas, one black and one white, there would be a united country with justice for all.

His life came to a tragic end in when an assassin fatally shot him. Martin Pebble Martin is a little boy who blushes a lot and is happiest in the summer, when everyone else has a red face too. He sets out to find a reason for his strange affliction and finds a friend, Roddy Rackett, who keeps on sneezing even when he doesn't have a cold. The events of life are quaintly told. Martin the Warrior Badrang the Tyrant has his eyes set on ruling over his own empire and will do anything to make sure that his ultimate fantasy is fulfilled.

Little does he realise that the quiet, nameless mouse he is holding captive will one day grow to be the legendary Martin the Warrior. In , aged just seven, tiny contortionist May Zinga was given away to Wirth Brothers Circus by her desperate mother. Imagine Miss May's horror when the first thing the Wirths did was cut off all her long hair. Poor May had lost both her family and her crowning glory!

But this feisty, talented and determined little girl did not give up. Despite many setbacks, including a horrific accident, she kept fighting to fulfil her dream of becoming the best bareback rider in the world, performing the same dangerous acrobatic feats as male riders-only better! His family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until , when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, Joseph Jarvis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an eccentric uncle in London.

A gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives interconnect. Mary Poppins Mary Poppins, the best-loved nanny, comes to stay at the Banks' household. Mary Poppins and the house next door The nanny is back, still living with the Banks family, and still messing with the lives of the other folks on Cherry Tree Lane. Banks's former governess, Miss Andrew, takes up residence in a previously empty home on the street.

Mary Poppins comes back In Mary's care, the Banks children meet the King of the Castle and the Dirty Rascal, visit the upside-down world of Mr Turvy and his bride, Miss Topsy, and spend a breathless afternoon above the park, dangling from a clutch of balloons. Mary Poppins from A to Z The no-nonsense English nanny has been beloved by children and adults everywhere.

Mary Poppins from A to Z offers a unique glimpse of the famous Poppins cast. Twenty-six vignettes--one for each letter of the alphabet--weave unexpected tales of Mary Poppins, the Banks children, and other characters from the timeless novels of Travers. As an added twist, each vignette is filled with fun and unusual words that start with the featured letter. Mary Poppins in the park Only Mary Poppins can lead the Banks children on one marvelous adventure after another. Together they meet the Goosegirl and the Swineherd, argue with talking cats on a distant planet and celebrate a birthday by dancing with their own shadows.

But, the children won't have time to be naughty with all that Mary has planned for them. Mary Poppins series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Mary's Australia Mary MacKillop watched Australia grow from a collection of small colonies into a nation. Follow the changes Australia underwent during her lifetime. Mary, Queen of Scots, Queen without a country, France Mary, the young Scottish Queen, is sent a diary from her mother in which she records her experiences living at the court of France's King Henry II as she awaits her marriage to Henry's son, Francis.

Mascot madness The school athletic coach may be an ex-Olympian and have cutting edge training techniques but he seems to be on the other side. Mr Brainfright's methods may be unorthodox but can they prove to be effective enough to help Henry and his friends finally win the cup for their school. Then again, they just might be hopeless and, unfortunately, too much time in the banana costume seems to be playing with Mr Brainfright's head. Master of the books The Book of Lies has not been completely destroyed and Fergus takes a fragment of it on his quest to destroy the traitor Damon.

Fergus, however, is in great peril so Marcel and Nicola must find him in time before he reaps his revenge. Master of the fallen chairs, The Thirteen year old orphan, Kim, is sent to live with his elusive guardian, surly tutor and various servants in Skirl, a grand but dilapidated old house with many ghosts and a family curse. When one of the servant girls goes missing, a dark cloud descends on the house.

The arrival of a stranger in the dead of night plunges everything further into mystery, and introduces a bit of magic too. Master of the grove After their home is destroyed in an attack, Derin's father is missing and Derin travels across the world to look for him. His quest leads him into the conflict between the people of the mountains and the people of the plains. Master, The Rick lives on a farm with his mum and his grandfather. They're a normal family except for one thing. Rick and his Grandpa are engaged in a constant battle of practical jokes, trying to outdo each other and claim the title of The Master.

Grandpa thinks that his grandson has much to learn from him but Rick thinks otherwise and devises what he thinks is an unbeatable prank.

Mastiff Beka and her partner, Tunstall, are put on the biggest case of their lives. They are on the trail of kidnapping evil-doers who murder anyone that gets in their way or possesses any information about them or their organisation. Murder and treason are afoot, and Beka will be dealing with greedy nobles, a rising religious cult and a hunt throughout the kingdom that will either make her career, or end her life. Matched Cassia believes that Society provides only the best for its citizens. Everything and everyone is regulated, allocated and sharing is not permitted.

Cassia is seventeen and excited about attending her Match Banquet, where she will learn the identity of her perfect Match. But, Cassia falls in love with another and is determined to make her own choices. Mates and other stories A collection of short stories about friendship. Matilda Matilda is an exceptional child with magical powers. Her parents have called her some terrible things.


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The truth is, she's a genius and they're the silly ones. Find out how she gets the better of them and her spiteful headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Matilda saga series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.

But, it took decades to overcome the racism and give African-American explorer, Matthew Henson, rightful recognition for his extraordinary achievements. This is the story of Henson's dramatic, groundbreaking life. Matthew's goals Matthew doesn't care about anything as much as football. What's more, he's the best player in the whole school. But his mother has banned him from playing and she doesn't seem to care if he misses the most important match of the season. The whole team are depending on him. Mattimeo Slagar, the Fox is bent on revenge and determined to bring death and destruction to Redwall Abbey.

His cunning and cowardly plan is to steal the Redwall children and Mattimeo, Matthias's son, is to be the biggest prize of all. Matty forever Bill and Matty are neighbours and best friends. They share their deepest secrets and lean on each other when things aren't right at home. Bill misses his father and is having a hard time at his new school. Matty is realising that her family is not quite the same as everyone else's. When a new girl decides she wants Bill all to herself, Bill and Matty discover what true friendship means.

Some derogatory language used in context. Max Remy super spy series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Max Remy super spy: Blue's revenge Blue is locked up in the world's most secure prison but that has never stopped him from making his evil plans before.

But they don't have too much time to think about it because Spyforce is sending them on their first mission. The next day during Spy training, Max Remy is found unconscious. Did she fall or was she attacked? Why are famous monuments and buildings crumbling around London? Who is behind it, and will Linden survive a madman's deadly plans? This could be the end of Spy force. This time, Max is in Hollywood but it's not all glitz and glamour as she tackles high-speed snow chases, earthquakes and an evil plan to use the movie industry to destroy the world.

Despite the remote location and extremely high security, their top secret location is discovered by Mr Blue. Max is unhappily bundled off to her country relations but finds they are not the hicks she thought they would be. But, this just might be Max's most dangerous mission yet. Maximum Ride series Engaging and fast paced adventure series. Angel Max Ride and her best friends are up against a deadly force that's racing across the globe. And Fang, Max's best friend and soulmate, is gone He's creating his own gang that will replace everyone, including Max.

But, with Dylan ready and willing to fight by her side, Max can no longer deny that his incredible intensity draws her in. Soon, Max, Dylan and the rest of their friends will have to join forces with Fang for an explosive showdown in Paris that's unlike anything you've ever imagined. Angel experiment, The Fourteen year old Max and her adopted family, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gazzy and Angel, were created as experiments in a lab and are genetically enhanced enabling them to fly.

Jeb, a sympathetic scientist, helped them to escape and they are on the run from part-human, part-wolf predators, called Erasers, who have orders to kill them so that the world will never know they existed. Fang Angel says that Fang will be the first to die, and Angel is never wrong. Fang is Max's friend, her soul mate, her partner in leading her flock of winged children. Life without Fang is unimaginable. When Dylan, a newly created winged boy is introduced into the flock, their world is upended yet again. Raised in a lab like the others, Dylan was designed to be Max's perfect other half.

Thus unfolds a battle of perfection versus passion that terrifies, twists and turns. Meanwhile, the apocalypse is coming. Final warning, The Max and the five other members of the flock, who can fly, are asked to help a group of environmental scientists studying the effects of global warming. The expedition seems a perfect combination of adventure, activism and escaping government forces who are watching them.

But, even in Antarctica, Max is an irresistible target in constant danger. For whoever controls her powers could also control the world. Max Max and her flock of virtually indestructible part-human, part-bird hybrids must rescue her human mum who has been kidnapped by a criminal mastermind, with an elaborate plan to wreak worldwide, ecological catastrophe. But, in order to rescue her, fourteen year old Max and the five members of her flock must team up with the US Navy to determine why millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii.

Maximum Ride forever As Maximum Ride boldly navigates a post-apocalyptic world, she and her broken flock are roaming the earth, searching for answers to what happened. All will be revealed in this last spectacular ride. Nevermore Maximum Ride and her faithful friends stand ready to face the two greatest threats that humankind has ever known. And this time, the enemy truly can't be stopped. The danger mounts just as Dylan has finally worked his way into Max's heart and just as her beloved Fang unexpectedly returns to the flock.

An explosive confrontation between the two boys with a claim to Max's heart ensues, and the entire world hangs in the balance. Saving the world and other extreme sports Max and her winged flock face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose to defeat a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race and terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel have always worked together but now they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, across the globe from one another so defeating the forces will be very difficult.

School's out - forever In a flying fight with the Erasers, Fang is injured so seriously that Max and the flock take him to hospital. The lead agent takes the flock home to her farm, where they live a normal life for the first time and begin to search for their birth parents.

Then, everything falls apart and the flock of six face betrayal and extreme danger. A new Australian Born in the year of the snake, May Tang is a dreamer who will never be sensible and obedient like her elder sister Jie Jie or clever like her brother Peter. Her parents are worried by rumoured events in China, and May finds herself on her way to a new life in Sydney. It is so different that May wonders if she will ever be able to love her new country.

Maybe they will evade a lynch mob still angry at the displaced Jews. Maybe Felix's medical abilities will provide the solution for a better new life on the other side of the world. Maybe Felix will have to leave his friends behind. Maybe tomorrow In this story of reconciliation and courage, Boori is determined to carry on his late brother's tradition of storytelling and performing.

Maze of the beast, The In a vast maze of dripping limestone caves under the sea, our heroes must face the Guardian. At stake is the purple amethyst, symbol of truth. Maze Runner series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Maze runner, The The Gladers don't remember how they came to be in their strange world, escaping from Grievers and running to solve the bizarre maze, which changes every night. When Thomas arrives, he feels a strong urge to become a Runner and solve the maze.

One day, McFly and his son, Anton, buy the land next door. Friendship turns to competition when McFly builds a cottage just like McFig's house. When the two start adding things onto their houses, it soon gets out of hand in this tale of jealousy, revenge and death, with a happy ending. Me, Teddy I am Teddy. This is my scrap book. It's about me growing up from a tiny puppy, with a boofy head and big, brown, melty eyes, to a big black labrador, weighing forty kilos, and still with a boofy head and big, brown, melty eyes.

This is me, Teddy. Despite repeated warnings, the environment has become polluted to such an extent that many areas of the globe have become uninhabitable, and wildlife is now extinct. From the ashes, a new style of wildlife is created. Wildlife that will not remain harnessed by humankind. Welcome to the world of Mechanica. Medieval knights, The Find out about the knights' bloody battles during the Crusades, their armour, chivalry and code of honour. Lots of fascinating snippets of information and explanations of foreign or ancient words. Medieval life Learn about life in a monastery, discover why people wore pilgrim badges, why mystery plays were performed and how apprentices learned their trade.

Excellent photographs and thoroughly researched information are presented in clear and concise, easy-to-digest snippets. Medieval Messenger, The 'Mystery plague rocks Europe' and 'Beckett kicks bucket' are feature articles in this wonderful newspaper crammed full of historically accurate references. Homestores catalogue, spot the difference competitions and a personal column also included. Mediterranean, The A lifeless body. One of many in the waters of the Mediterranean.

Precarious boats navigate the waters of the sea, from south to north. And more often than not, it is not only hope that drowns. With eloquent and devastating imagery, the creator of the multi-award-winning book The Island again asks us to examine our responses to the plight of refugees. How long will we remain silent witnesses? Meet Alice It's and the Great War rages on the other side of the world. Alice lives with her big family by the Swan River in Perth and her deepest wish is to become a ballerina.

When she auditions for a famous dance teacher from London, it seems as if her dreams might come true. But, then there's a terrible accident, and Alice must ask herself whether there are more important things than dancing. He was sent to finish his education in Sydney, where he eventually worked as a lawyer. Paterson missed the bush and, using the pseudonym, the Banjo, after the horse he used to ride, began to write poems and stories that brought the bush to the city. In , Cook and his crew on the HMB Endeavour set sail from England in search of new lands and scientific knowledge.

They discovered the east coast of New Holland Australia and claimed it for the King of England in Meet Daisy It's and Daisy lives on a farm, where she loves riding her horse, Jimmy, through the paddocks. Times are tough and, when her father loses his job, Daisy and her little sister, Flora, are sent to Melbourne to live with their aunt and uncle.

Daisy must leave behind everything and everyone she loves for a city she's never seen. Even her wildest daydreams can't prepare her for the new life that awaits her. Meet Daisy and join her adventure in the first of four exciting stories about a hopeful girl in troubled times. Under extreme conditions, he survived the dangers and challenges of the frozen continent. An inspiring story of courage. Meet Grace In , orphaned, London street urchin, Grace, steals three apples to feed a poor, abused workhorse. When her theft is discovered, Grace is sentenced and transported by ship to Australia.

She befriends Hannah and the two girls begin new lives, sailing towards a new land. In the confusion of departure, Letty gets caught on deck and is suddenly sailing as well. The voyage is long and miserable, and Letty must use her wits to keep Lavinia alive when she succumbs to fever. Meet Lina It is in Melbourne and Lina dreams of being a writer. Her Italian parents have other ideas. Lina has a scholarship to an expensive girls' school and in order to fit in, tries to hide her home life even from her best friend.

But, being a refugee from Vietnam doesn't make things easy. When Marly's cousins come to stay and end up at the same school, her friends make fun of them. Marly needs to find a way to stay loyal to her cousins and keep her school friends as well. It was the first of many schools she started, to educate any child, no matter how rich or poor. By the time she was thirteen, Nancy knew she wanted to fly.

She studied under the famous aviator, Charles Kingsford Smith. This is the story of how Nancy began her career as Australia's first female commercial pilot. Ned was daring and clever and bold, in a suit made of iron, and his story is still being told. Nellie and her best friend, Mary, have left the famine in Ireland far behind and are full of hopes and dreams about getting a new job, and a new future.

Nellie longs to learn to read, to be part of a family once more, and to never be hungry again. Meet Pearlie It's and the war is changing Pearlie's life every day. Darwin is full of soldiers, there's a spy on the loose and people are turning against Pearlie's best friend, Naoko, just because she's Japanese.

When everything falls apart, Pearlie must try to be brave enough to stand up for what's right and not let her old fears get the better of her. Meet Pearlie and join her adventure in the first of four exciting stories about a courageous girl in a world at war. When Poppy's brother escapes to strike it rich in the gold fields, Poppy disguises herself as a boy and sets out to find him. Along the way, she befriends and is aided by a series of characters, including an Irish bullocky, a feral dog and the feared bushranger, Harry Power.

Meet Rose In s Melbourne, Rose lives a life of privilege, but the social conventions are predictable. Her life seems destined to be conservative and dull until her adventurous Aunt Alice arrives. Rose realises there are opportunities out in the big world. As she gets ready for her twelfth birthday party, Ruby has never been happier. But, the world she knows is collapsing and people everywhere are losing their jobs and their homes.

Soon Ruby's comfortable life will fall apart in ways she could never have imagined. Meet Ruby and join her adventure in the first of four stories about a happy-go-lucky girl in a time of great change. This is the story of how he developed his iconic Ned Kelly series of paintings, brought modernist art to Australia and took Australian art to an admiring international audience. They embarked on a journey that went horribly wrong. It changed their lives and the course of history.

The name is now a symbol of bravery and friendship. This is the story of how Weary's bravery and compassion helped to save the lives and bolster the spirits of fellow prisoners of war on the Thai-Burma Railway. Mega dramas This collection of eight plays includes information on the major elements of drama, explores different performance styles, plays with traditional tales and shines a light on contemporary Australian issues.

Explores themes of friendship, racism, violence, sport, music and family relationships. Usually read by students in years 9, 10 and above. Megan's journey Thirteen year old Megan discovers her mother is still alive and living in Japan. Her mother has remarried a Japanese man who lives a traditional life and they have two children. Megan has difficult choices to make. His father is Chinese, his mother Australian and Edward tries to fit in to both cultures.

He has to cope with racism at school and bigotry from his cousin at home, while worrying about having to go back to China to understand his ancestral roots. Melting stones Four years have passed since Evvy left the streets of Chammur to begin her training as a stone mage. At fourteen, she's unhappy to be on a new journey with her mentor, prickly green mage Rosethorn, who has been called to the Battle Islands to determine why the plants and animals there are dying. Mennyms, The A family of rag dolls has survived on its own for forty years until now, but they may not be able to survive if their secret is betrayed.

Merchant of Venice, The A tale of young Bassanio, who, in order to win the love of fair Portia, entangles his dearest friend, Antonio, in a dangerous bargain with the moneylender, Shylock. Only Bassanio's heartfelt efforts and a clever intervention by Portia will save Antonio from paying Shylock 'a pound of flesh'. Graphic novel with authentic Shakespearean text. Mercury Fascinating facts about the planet, Mercury, and the solar system.

Merryll of the stones An exciting, modern story with elements from ancient mythology. Message, The Cassie and her friends have been having nightmares ever since they acquired the power to morph. But, when Cassie discovers that Tobias has been having the exact same dreams about the ocean and a voice that's calling to them for help, she decides it's time to start listening.

Now she and the others have to figure out if the dreams are a message or a trap. Messenger bird, The Tanmar's older brother is dead, her mum's gone away and her dad avoids talking about the things that really matter. Plagued by nightmares about her brother, Tamar has no interest in school or friends. When she discovers an old handwritten sheet of music and plays the tune, Tamar meets gifted violinist, Nathaniel, a man from her house's past. She is unwittingly drawn into a journey through time and music.

Messenger, The When a piece of glass angel smashes in front of him, Chris doesn't take any notice. Not even when a stranger tells him it's a warning. But, when Chris and his girlfriend are trapped on the moors, strange things start to happen. Messenger, The Ed Kennedy is nineteen. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. When he receives his first playing card with three addresses written on it, Ed becomes the messenger.

A cryptic journey with laughter, fists and love. Adult themes and strong language, used in context, may offend some readers. She had a short but inspirational life, fighting for freedom during the One Hundred Years War between France and England. She was a farm girl who became the leader of an army of men.

Joan had an unflinching faith in God and in herself, and was prepared to risk everything for freedom and independence. She became the patron saint of France. Meteorite kid, The Morgan is so excited when she thinks she's taken the winning catch in her baseball final but the thing she catches is a strange, blue object. It makes her feel calm and happy but it has different effects on other people. Metro winds Includes five long stories and a novella. A girl is sent across the world to discover her destiny in the dark tunnels of the Metro. Another seeks a lost sister in a park where winter lasts forever.

A young man fulfils a dying wish. A mother works magic to summon a princess for her son. A man seeks an ending to his story. An old man goes in search of his shadow. This is a world of desire and transformation, the real and the not real. Interesting information about the team, the game and about Michael. Exciting pages and great sports photography increase the impact of the text. Michael Rosen's sad book A very personal story about the loss of a loved one. It speaks to everyone whether they have experienced grief or not. Middle School series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.

Life in middle school is finally starting to seem bearable until Rafe spots his grandmother standing in the free-meal line at the local soup kitchen. To help earn some money for the family, Rafe concocts a brilliant plan, a dog-walking business that soon turns into a huge money-making neighbourhood empire. That is, until two terrible twins launch the Great Dog War by sabotaging Rafe's flyers and stealing his customers. Plus, his bratty kid sister Georgia has skipped a grade so now she's in all of Rafe's classes. Throw a kid a bone. Get me out of here After the worst year of his life, Rafe thinks he's it made in seventh grade.

He's been accepted to art school and imagines a maths-free zone. But, It's more competitive than he expected and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. But, when his newest mission uncovers family secrets, he has to decide if he's ready to have his world turned upside down. Going bush It's fair to say that Rafe's recent trip Down Under could not easily be called a success. In Australia, he and his Mom were forced to flee a pack of bloodthirsty zombies after the 'performance piece' by Rafe and The Outsiders traumatised Shark Bay.

Yet, when Rafe receives an offer to attend an all-expenses paid campout in the Northern Territory, he takes precisely six seconds to agree. Hollywood Just when school was at its suckiest, things take a turn for the better when a cool, mysterious new girl shows up. Not only that, she actually wants to be my friend! But, you guessed it, things aren't that simple.

And when Hollywood suddenly rolls into Hills Village, things get weird very fast. Somehow, unbelievably, I, Rafe Katchadorian, am in the movie business. But, here I am, Rafe Khatchadorian, global jetsetter. Now, all I need to do is find a way of avoiding the school bully, getting Jeanne Galletta to talk to me, and trying not to get lost in London. But, things are never that simple. So, fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight because this could be a very bumpy flight.

How I survived bullies, broccoli, and snake hill Rafe Khatchadorian is ready for a fun summer at camp until he finds out it's a school camp. Luckily, Rafe easily makes friends with his troublemaking cabin mates and bunkmate, a boy nicknamed Booger-Eater, who puts up with endless teasing from the other kids.

Rafe soon realises there is more to a person than a nickname.

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Just my rotten luck Rafe heads back to the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, where he's forced to take 'special' classes. He finds himself joining the school's football team, alongside his main tormenter, Miller the Killer. But, Rafe has grand plans for a better year: He decides to start a super-secret art project that's sure to rock the school.

Then, if he manages to make a play to save his team, Rafe might have to deal wit something new, popularity. Million-dollar mess down under When Rafe becomes the unlikely benefactor of a will, it's not all good news. Sure, he gets another free trip Down Under but he also has to go to school while he's in Sydney. And not just any school.

St Mungo's is the snobbiest of snobby establishments and you can bet your bottom dollar that Rafe won't quite fit in. Chaos ensues and Rafe is, once again, in the middle of a very big mess. Can he tidy this one up, or will he be sent packing with another black mark against the Khatchadorian name? My brother is a big, fat liar Georgia plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed.

She's bet him that she'll become one of the most popular girls. But Rafe left a big mark and no one will give Georgia a chance. Rafe has sneakily signed up her band to play at the school dance, and she's terrified to embarrass herself in front of the snooty Princesses who run the school and the boy who's caught her eye. Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe. Rafe's Aussie misadventure Life is finally starting to look up for everyone's favourite troublemaker, Rafe Khatchadorian. No bullying, zero girl dramas and rising grades.

And, when Rafe wins an all-expenses-paid trip to Australia, he can't quite believe his luck. That is, until his dreams of beaches, surfer chicks and cuddly koala bears go horribly wrong. Australia isn't exactly the island paradise Rafe imagined. And, nobody mentioned the zombies.

Rafe will repeat a year unless he can prove himself on an outdoor survival excursion, complete with dangerous white-water rafting, dizzying rock climbing and military style counsellors. But so far this is easy. Rafe and the rest of the pack of 'delinquent' trainees are forced to cooperate as they prepare for their final test. Ultimate showdown The Khatchadorian kids are an opinionated duo and they don't exactly see eye to eye. But, when wild-card Rafe and mostly-straight-laced Georgia go at it, the only thing more fun than their ranting is getting to join in.

Their back-and-forth banter covers a range of topics,from bullying to cafeteria food to school dress codes. There's room for readers to share their own points of view. Worst years of my life, The Rafe has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got a plan for the best year ever, if he can pull it off. With his best friend awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's Code of Conduct.

Chewing gum in class, running in the hallway, pulling the fire alarm. But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding. Midnight This is the story from World War I of Guy Haydon and his horse, Midnight, as they enlist with the army, travel across the world and play a starring role in a great cavalry charge.

Midnight charter, The In the city of Agora, anything can be bought and sold. Even children are possessions until their twelfth birthday. Mark has been sold by his father, and Lily, an orphan from birth, has bartered for her life. Thrown together, they face an existence of poverty and servitude, unless they can find a way to break free. But, unbeknown to Mark and Lily, they are being watched by the ruler of the city. From little Dave, the puppy, to Gus, the guinea pig, the chosen animals tell of their own misadventures and share tales such as the story of the purposeful guinea pig, the courageous turtle and the trustworthy snake.

Midnight gang, The Tom is hit on the head by a cricket ball at boarding school and is promptly sent to hospital to recover from his injury. While there, he becomes involved with the adventures of The Midnight Gang, a gang of patients from the children's ward, who are under the strict control of the hospital's evil, children hating Matron and scarily deformed porter. Will the Midnight Gang accept Tom into the group and can they outsmart the wicked Matron and make all the gang's wildest dreams come true?

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Midnight mercenary, The It's a dark and stormy night at the Gateway Hotel, and the latest intergalactic visitor is the most terrifying yet. Why has he come and who is he after? With their families and the hotel in grave danger, it's up to Amelia and Charlie to save the day! Midnight over Sanctaphrax Twig, the young sky pirate captain who had dared to sail over the Edge, returned with his memory shattered and his crew flung far and wide. But, to recover his memory and take action, Twig must first find his lost crew. This means a dangerous journey back into the Deepwoods and beyond.

Midnight zoo, The Two gypsy boys, carrying a secret bundle, are fleeing through a war-ravaged countryside during the night and come across a small zoo, untouched by the war. The animals are in need of hope, as are the boys. Midsummer knight A courageous bear and a bold boy find themselves in a magical forest full of faeries.

Unfortunately, the bear ends up in a dungeon but he devises a clever escape, and goes into battle to save the monarch. This wordless picture book, a companion to The boy, the bear, the baron, the bard, is loosely based on Shakespeare's play, A midsummer night's dream. Midsummer night's dream, A: A magical retelling of the classic love story of Hermia, Helen, Demetrius and Lysander - and of the impish fairy Puck, who meddles in their tangled web of love with hilarious consequences. Midwife's apprentice, The In 14th century England, Alyce is taken from a life on the streets to be an apprentice to a village midwife.

Mighty Greek myth raps A humorous anthology of poetry including poems on Odysseus in Greek mythology. Mighty Murray, The Australia's greatest river system now and then, with many stories about the people who lived on or in the Murray Valley. Includes archaeological finds, Aboriginal legends, riverboat traders and dam engineers. Refugees Find out about Australia's responses to people arriving as refugees, from colonial times up until the present. Read about the contributions refugees have made to Australia and the challenges they have faced.

Mike Mike and his mother have moved from Melbourne to live in Sydney's west. Mike soon wishes they had never left. At school, he becomes the victim of a bully, Shane and meets Riny, a neighbour with a secret success story. As part of a Phoenician fleet in the service of King Solomon, he experiences danger on the high seas and in deepest Africa, but he also finds the truest of friends in unexpected places.

Mill girl, a Victorian girl's diary Eliza is shocked when she is sent to the Manchester cotton mills in The mill is noisy and suffocating, the work is backbreaking and dangerous and the workers are wrecked by poverty, sickness and unrest. Eliza realises she must fight to escape the fate of a mill girl and the miseries of the factory. Millie and the night heron Millie's artist mum needs a change but Millie isn't so keen. When they move, Millie must start Year 7 in a new school. Fitting in and making friends is hard but Millie is a very special girl and mum's love interest, the new boyfriend, helps.

Million shades of grey, A Thirteen year old Y-Tin is an elephant trainer. His life revolves around Lady and the other elephants in their small herd. But, this is Vietnam in and, now that the American forces are gone, the North Vietnamese threaten the Dega people of the Central Highlands. When the feared attack comes, Y-Tin is captured. He must risk his life and save his elephants by fleeing into the jungle. Millions When a bag full of money drops out of the sky, Damien and Anthony find they are very, very rich.

Suddenly, the brothers can buy anything they want except for the one thing they really need. Winner of Carnegie Medal. Milo and the restart button Starting over is like pressing the reset button on a game that makes you lose all your points and wipes out any of the good stuff you've spent hundreds of hours learning. Surviving the year is all Milo has to do. Start to finish in one whole piece. But, it's not just a new school he's dealing with. It's a new house, a new neighbourhood, a whole new life.

And, it's one without his mum in it.