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Brad's Brainwave

Pearson Australia

Big Pumpkin

Blake Education

Energy Alert

Pearson Australia

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A Bit of Magic
The Amazing Marconis perform magic tricks. Nick Marconi doesn't do any tricks. His only job is to keep his baby brother quiet - not an easy task. Nick needs to find a bit of magic of his own.

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Smarty Plants
This is not your average gardening book. There is nothing about planting roses and growing vegetables in here. This is all about the incredible lives and survival of plants - and who could have imagined it would be so nasty?

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Famous Animals

Pearson Australia

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Strawberries at school

Pearson Australia

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Vikings! The word might make you think of barbaric invaders with names like Blood-axe and Skull-splitter. Were they just a bloodcurdling bunch who liked to loot and plunder and generally scare people to death? This book gives you the inside story on the Vikings. Dust off your leggings, leap into your longboat and hold on to your helmet. It's going to be a rough ride .... 

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jinxed_book_cover.jpegThis zany book for 9-12 year olds has been released by Walker Books.
Available now from all good book stores.

After accidentally smashing her  neighbour's pet python's tank, Jinx has to come up with a plan for some fast cash.  She devises a number of schemes, but they all end in hilarious disaster. Just when Jinx is about to give up, something surprising happens. 

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Rome Sweet Rome
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Author: Jill McDougall

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The Swamp Monster
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Alice and her sister Poppy are excited about going to stay with their Aunt Hettie at Sparkle Bay. Aunt Hettie is a filmmaker, and Poppy dreams of getting a starring role in her next film. They are disappointed to find that their aunt's place is on the edge of a lagoon called Slime Swamp and that they are expected to take part in a search for the Green Warty Swamp Monster. 

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Author: Jill McDougall
Illustrator: Annie White
The trouble with worms
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Fletcher thinks Plainsville is the most boring town on the planet. But then the substitute teacher arrives and suddenly Fletcher's life is full of ... well, worms. And boy do they cause some trouble.

The Trouble with Worms is a fun read but on a deeper level it's  about learning to notice the ordinary, and amazing, things around you. It also touches on the issue of bullying. Read the first chapter .
Author: Jill McDougall
Illustrator: Deborah Baldassi

Jackson's Bear
Author: Jill McDougall

Illustrator: John Bennett

Publisher: Macmillan
Spick and Span
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Daisy Petal's parents are not pleased when she brings home the class rats, Spick and Span. The Petals like everything to be perfect. They have won an award for Hygiene and All-Round Cleanliness, and a TV crew is on its way to interview them. Spick and Span tells the story of a family catapulted into a series of hilarious mishaps and a surprising solution. Read first chapter .

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Author: Jill McDougall
Illustrator: Greg Holfeld

Beetle is in trouble. He has been summoned by the queen to find her gold ring, which is lost. She has heard that he has magical powers for finding things. He is frightened about what she will do to him when she discovers he is a fraud. Beetle is a retelling of a Russian folktale. It is engaging and funny. But at a deeper level Beetle is about problem solving and honesty.

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Author: Jill McDougall
Illustrator: Tim Ide
The Big Bad Wolf

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You know what happened when the Big Bad Wolf came to the house of the three little pigs. Or do you? You see the little pigs can't stand all that huffing and puffing because of the wolf's ... ahem .. toxic breath. There's plenty of surprises and loads of laughs in this light-hearted fractured fairytale.

The Big Bad Wolf is in two parts - a play and a short story. Perfect for the primary classroom!

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Author: Jill McDougall
Illustrator: Deborah Baldassi


Oceans of Courage - Andrew's Story

Oceans of Courage.jpgA true story ...

Andrew Hartley had it all - good looks, sporting skill and a great family. No-one could have guessed how his life would turn out - especially Andrew. Some people think his story is sad. Others say it's amazing and even inspiring. You can judge for yourself. It made my editor cry!

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Postcards from Mexico

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Bienvenidos! Welcome to Mexico. Snow-capped volcanoes, ancient pyramids, glitzy resorts and steamy rainforests ... Mexico has all this and more. Pack your camera and hiking boots and get ready to explore.

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Good Luck Lilly!

Good luck, Lilly.jpgWhen her family moved to a new house, Lilly said, 'I bet I can find an adventure in the forest next door.'  Before you could say, Good luck!", Lilly was kidnapped by aliens and taken to a planet with humming flowers and three suns. Lilly meets some strange creatures who want her help. But how will Lilly get back home?

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Author: Jill McDougall
Illustrator: Simon Scales  
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