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500 Minutes of Danger by Bobby wakes up somewhere dark, enclosed. Has he been buried alive? Ella's trapped in quicksand. Will she escape before one of the jungle predators finds her? Kelsey's found a giant crocodile that's about to attack the city.
Call Number: SHORT STORIES HEATH
Agent 21 SERIES by Some authors just write about it. Chris Ryan has been there, done it, and lived to tell the tale. Agent 21 is the first in the action-packed adventure series by the real-life SAS hero.
When Zak Darke's parents die in an unexplained mass murder he's left alone in the world. That is until he's sought out by a mysterious man: 'I work for a government agency,' the man tells him. 'You don't need to know which one. Not yet. All you need to know is that we've had our eye on you. There's a possibility you could help us in certain . . . operational situations.'
Call Number: ADVENTURE RYAN
The Road to Winter by Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and most of his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast. He has stayed alive for two winters, keeping out of sight of the Wilders, an armed and dangerous gang that controls the north, led by a ruthless man named Ramage. But Finn's isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach. Rose is a siley - an asylum seeker - and she has escaped from Ramage, who had enslaved her and her younger sister, Kas. Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn's help. And Ramage wants the girls back - at any cost.
Call Number: ADVENTURE SMITH
Gone SERIES by In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE. Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents,unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...
Call Number: ADVENTURE GRANT
Young Sherlock SERIES by Young Sherlock Holmes is a series of young adult thriller novels by British author Andrew Lane featuring Arthur Conan Doyle's detective Sherlock Holmes as a teenager in the 1860s and 70s that is faced with numerous mysteries, crimes and adventures throughout the series.
Call Number: SUSPENSE LANE
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Fifteen-year-old Christopher has a photographic memory. He understands maths. He understands science. What he can't understand are other human beings. When he finds his neighbour's dog lying dead on the lawn, he decides to track down the killer and write a murder mystery about it. But what other mysteries will he end up uncovering?
Call Number: SUSPENSE HADDON
Two Can Keep a Secret by Summary: Ellery's never been to Echo Ridge, but she's heard all about it. It's where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen's murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen's death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. No one has forgotten Malcolm's brother - and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe. And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.
Call Number: GENERAL MCMANUS
Poetry & Verse Novels
The Crossover by "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . . The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. ;'Cuz tonight I'm delivering," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood--he's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it's all on the line. As their winning season unfolds, things begin to change. When Jordan meets a girl, the twins' bond unravels.Told in dynamic verse, this fast and furious middle grade novel that started it all absolutely bounces with rhythm and bursts with heart.
Call Number: GENERAL ALEXANDER
Run by Dee lives for parkour, and the alternate worlds he invents to escape his mundane life. He knows the city better than anyone--the hidden spaces at night, the views that no one else sees, from heights no one else can scale,. With parkour, he's not running away. He's free. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you. And soon Dee is running for his life, running for real. Run is an unmissable, paranoid thriller--genre fiction meets literary verse novel.
Call Number: ADVENTURE SINCLAIR
By the River by A memorable YA novel about the tough and tender sides of growing up in a small country town. Fourteen-year-old Harry has a knack for wriggling out of trouble, but escaping the constraints and memories that keep him trapped is not so easy, until it's a matter of life or death.
Call Number: 811.9 HER
The Lightbringer SERIES by This series was originally referred to as a trilogy, but has eventually been extended to a 5-book series.
This is an epic story and is designed to be read in order, with all 5 books comprising a single story.
The Black Prism (#1) - When Gavin Guile, high priest and emperor, the most powerful man in the world and known to all as the Prism, discovers he has a son, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
Call Number: FANTASY WEEKS
The Lord of the Ring SERIES by Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring a striking black cover based on Tolkien's own design, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth.
Call Number: FANTASY TOLKIEN
The 5th Wave SERIES by The New York Times bestseller comes to the big screen! A USA Today bestseller Winner of the 2014 Red House Children's Book Award 2014 Children's Choice Book Awards Finalist for Teen Book of the Year A YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults A YALSA 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers A Booklist 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults A VOYA 2013 Perfect Ten An Amazon Best Book of the Year "Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."--Entertainment Weekly The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic New York Times bestselling series debut from award-winning author Rick Yancey. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. "Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough."--Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review "A modern sci-fi masterpiece . . . should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires."--USAToday.com Books in the series: The 5th Wave (The First Book of The 5th Wave) The Infinite Sea (The Second Book of The 5th Wave) The Last Star (The Third Book of the The 5th Wave)
Call Number: FANTASY YANCEY
The Illuminae Files by Summary: The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, exes Kady and Ezra - who are barely even talking to each other - are forced to fight their way onto the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But the warship is the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results. The fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again. (Publisher).
Call Number: FANTASY KAUFMAN
The Hunger Games by Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. The Hunger Games is a searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. Welcome to the deadliest reality TV show ever...
Call Number: FANTASY COLLINS
Paladero SERIES by Welcome to Thunder Realm, where cowboy-knights known 'paladero'; herd dinosaurs during peacetime, and take up arms during war. Joss, a young orphan, has always wanted to be a paladero - but first he must prove himself by going on The Way, a treacherous journey through the kingdom to retrieve a rare Questing Egg. With his trusty raptor Azof by his side, Joss will face off against witches, bloodthirsty monsters and even his own brethren to learn what it truly means to be a paladero - all while uncovering a dark conspiracy at the heart of the kingdom.
Call Number: FANTASY LOCHRAN
The Longest Memory by From William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner to Toni Morrison's Beloved, modern American fiction engaged with slavery has provoked fiery controversy. So will The Longest Memory, the powerful, beautifully crafted, internationally acclaimed fictional debut of prizewinning Guyanese poet Fred D'Aguiar. In language extraordinary for its tautness and resonance, The Longest Memory tells the story of a rebellious, fiercely intelligent young slave, who in 1810 attempts to flee a Virginia plantation - and of his father who inadvertently betrays him. The young slave's love for a white girl who slakes his forbidden thirst for learning and his painful relationship with his father are hauntingly evoked in this novel of astonishing lyrical simplicity. It is a measure of D'Aguiar's achievement and bravery that The Longest Memory is informed not only by the complicities between black slave and white master but also by the tensions among slaves themselves - between stoic survivalists and passionate rebels.
Call Number: HISTORICAL D'AGUIAR
12 Years a Slave by Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup is a memoir of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before the American Civil War. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, DC, as well as describing at length cotton cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.
Call Number: BIO NORTHUP
1915 by Includes historical notes.
Summary: When Australia throws its support behind Britain in its fight against Germany, young teacher Stan Moore is one of the first to join up, swapping the classroom for adventure in Europe. But the 11th Battalion is sent with the newly formed Anzac Corp to Gallipoli where Stan is confronted by the hard lessons of war. (Back cover)
Call Number: HISTORICAL MURPHY
1917 by Summary: The German planes patrolled in hunting squads. They flew fast fighting craft, streaking across the sky in tight formation. The greatest of them was the Red Barron, the deadliest ace on the Front. He'd shot down twenty-one of our planes in a single month. And now we were in his firing line. The war in France rages in the skies, and support for the war in Australia turns cold. Alex flies high above the trenches of the Western Front, while a world away his sister Maggie finds herself in the midst of political upheaval. Somehow, both must find the courage to fight on.
Call Number: HISTORICAL GARDNER
The Trenches by It's 1917 and Billy Stevens is a telegraph operator stationed near Ypres. The Great War has been raging for three years when Billy finds himself taking part in the deadly Big Push forward. But he is shocked to discover that the bullets of his fellow soldiers aren't just aimed at the enemy...
Call Number: HISTORICAL ELDRIDGE
Voyage to Botany Bay by I dared not move ... I was a bread stealer. A chicken feather villain. A salted mutton thief. I guiltily recalled the paper, the ink, the leather pouch I had stolen. And even though I had not intended it so ... I was a stowaway. Julienne roams the fortress tunnels of Brest, France, cold, hungry and knowing only one thing about herself-her name. Soon she must abandon even that remnant of her identity. She becomes Jules, ship's boy, journeying to Botany Bay and beyond on a voyage of discovery for the glory of France, led by Commander Laperouse. Jules/Julienne sees new and strange things on board the Boussole, but what she would most like to discover is her own history: who is Julienne Fulbert?
Call Number: GENERAL MICHAELS
One Would Think the Deep by Summary: It's 1997 and seventeen-year-old Samuel Asher is mourning the sudden loss of his mum. After her death from a brain aneurism, Sam's Aunty Lorraine takes him to live in her dilapidated house on the South Coast of New South Wales. Sam's mum cut off all ties with Aunty Lorraine seven years ago and Sam hasn't seen his aunt or cousins, Michael (Minty) and Shane, since. Despite being suspicious of Aunty Lorraine and Shane and feeling like they are perfect strangers, the easy bond Sam shared with Minty as ten year olds skating on their Nan's driveway and pissing on her geraniums, is rekindled instantly. Minty has blonde dreadlocks, tattooed arms and Labrador enthusiasm. He is also a talented surfer headed for the pro circuit. As Sam navigates his grief, he also has to forge a new identity with a family as unfamiliar to him as the new home in which he suddenly finds himself. When their Nan returns after her disappearance a decade before, Sam is forced to re-evaluate everything he thinks he knows about himself, his family and his place in the world.
Call Number: GENERAL ZORN
Changing Gear by Summary: Merrick Hilton's done a runner. His folks think he's studying, but the real world has been calling for years and he can't ignore it any longer. A postie bike, a bedroll and a big sky - that's all he needs. But there's no telling how he'll handle the rough stuff, let alone roadkill, stolen oranges and unexpected romance. And in the real world nothing goes entirely as planned. Thankfully Victor - the old bloke he meets on the road - knows a thing or two about broken bike chains. And broken hearts.
Call Number: GENERAL GARDNER
Currawalli Street by A beguiling celebration of the extraordinary in ordinary people's lives, this gently moving and beautifully written novel tells the stories of the people of Currawalli Street across the generations. It's a modern classic in the making that will stay with you long after the last page is turned.
Call Number: GENERAL MORGAN
Catching Teller Crow by Summary: Nothing's been the same for Beth Teller since she died. Her dad, a detective, is the only one who can see and hear her - and he's drowning in grief. But now they have a mystery to solve together. Who is Isobel Catching, and what's her connection to the fire that killed a man? What happened to the people who haven't been seen since the fire? As Beth unravels the mystery, she finds a shocking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town, and a friendship that lasts beyond one life and into another.
Call Number: INDIGENOUS KWAYMULLINA
Wraith by Summary: James, a young Darug teen, can fly, although his landings need some work. However, this is the least of his problems as he crash lands into a city in the clouds. Soon James is drawn into a race against time to find the SAFFIRE, a new technology designed to save the city from the effects of climate change. Finding his way home seems impossible but with the help of Aureole, a young girl determined to save her city and the daughter of the ruler, James just might be able to fly away and help save the city in the process.
Call Number: INDIGENOUS SMITHERS
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia Summary: What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, attempts to showcase as many diverse voices, experiences and stories as possible in order to answer that question. Each account reveals, to some degree, the impacts of invasion and colonisation - on language, on country, on ways of life, and on how people are treated daily in the community, the education system, the workplace and friendship groups.
Call Number: 305.89 GRO
Deadly Unna/ by Fourteen-year-old Gary Black's life in Australia centers around his large family and footy (Australian football), until he becomes friends with an Aborigine boy and realizes how horrible prejudice can be.
Call Number: INDIGENOUS/ GENERAL GWYNNE
Freedom Ride by Robbie has a hard life, the bulk of which is spent doing chores for his Gran. Robbie knows bad things happen in his small Australian hometown of Walgaree. He knows the Aborigines have always been treated poorly in a system that represents an unwritten apartheid. But even though it's wrong what can he do about it? The majority of his friends and family seem to think it's the natural order of things. When the University of Sydney Freedom riders turn up in town in 1965 demanding equality for all, Robbie has some decisions to make. A novel based on true events.
Call Number: INDIGENOUS GENERAL LAWSON
Coming of Age
The Haters by From New York Times bestselling author Jesse Andrews ( Me And Earl and the Dying Girl ) comes The Haters , a wry and witty coming-of-age novel about encountering the world on your own terms for the first time. A road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.
Call Number: GENERAL ANDREWS
Just Breathe by Summary: Hendrix's father has a vision - to see Hendrix run for Australia at the Olympics. Hendrix's days are completely mapped out - what he eats, when he trains, when he sleeps - even the air he breathes. A girl was never meant to part of that vision, especially in the lead-up to the Nationals. But when Hendrix literally bowls Emily over on a training run, he just can't get her out of his head, and chinks begin to appear in his training regime as he falls for her. But Emily has a deadly secret that she's reluctant to share even with Hendrix. As their bond grows and Hendrix strays further from his father's strict schedule, the tension builds to a heart-wrenching climax.
Call Number: GENERAL DADDO
When Elephants Fight by In the South Sudanese village of Pacong, Juba is young and old at the same time. Forced to grow up quickly in the civil war, he's nonetheless fun-loving as well as smart. But his little world cannot deflect the conflict raging around it and soon he must flee the life he loves. Ahead lies a long trek to a refugee camp, a journey arduous and fraught.
Call Number: GENERAL TULBA
Fifteen Bones by Jake is not a bad person. But now he's been expelled again and there's only one school left that'll take him. This is his last chance. But Jake is drowning in grief - and he is ready to self-destruct. Until he meets Robin, the girl next-door. Perhaps, in helping her, he can save himself...
Call Number: GENERAL MORGAN
Palace of Fires by Summary: Sixteen-year-old Lily lives a pretty normal life with her mum, Angela, on a farm in Northern California - until Angela vanishes. Lily discovers that her mum has been abducted by a secretive and powerful organisation of black witches called Baphomet who intend to extract Angela's soul as payment for a deal with.
Call Number: HISTORICAL BENNETT
Chronicles of Nick SERIES by At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough, and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, the teenaged Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity. Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead. But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh-eating zombies--and he's next on the menu. As if starting high school isn't hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chain saw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?
Call Number: HORROR KENYON
CRYPT SERIES by Meet Jud Lester: Star agent with CRYPT, the Covert Response Youth Paranormal Team. When a crime is committed and the police are at a loss, CRYPT is called in to figure out whether something paranormal is at work. Jud is their star agent. Jud, unwillingly paired with new recruit Bex, has just landed his biggest case yet ... people have been disappearing in mysterious circumstances while others are viciously attacked - yet there are no suspects and a complete lack of hard evidence. The only thing that links each attack is the fact that survivors all claim that the culprits were 17th century highwaymen. Can Jud and Bex work out what has caused the spirits of these dangerous men to return to the streets of London before they wreak more death and destruction? A fantastic blend of teenage spies, horror and ghost-busting for fans of Cherub and Young Bond.
Call Number: HORROR HAMMOND
Rot & Ruin SERIES by In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.
Call Number: HORROR MABERRY
Enemy SERIES by When the sickness came, every parent, policeman, politician - every adult fell ill. The lucky ones died. The others are crazed, confused and hungry. Only children under fourteen remain, and they’re fighting to survive. Now there are rumours of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city down alleyways, in deserted houses, underground - the grown-ups lie in wait. But can they make it there - alive?
Call Number: HORROR HIGSON
New Boy by She noticed him before anyone else...Arriving at his fourth school in six years, diplomat's son Osei Kokote knows he needs an ally if he is to survive his first day - so he's lucky to hit it off with Dee, the most popular girl in school. But one student can't stand to witness this budding relationship: Ian decides to destroy the friendship between the black boy and the golden girl. By the end of the day, the school and its key players - teachers and pupils alike - will never be the same again. The tragedy of Othello is transposed to a 1970s suburban Washington schoolyard, where kids fall in and out of love with each other before lunchtime, and practise a casual racism picked up from their parents and teachers. Watching over the shoulders of four 11-year-olds - Osei, Dee, Ian, and his reluctant 'girlfriend' Mimi - Tracy Chevalier's powerful drama of friends torn apart by jealousy, bullying and betrayal will leave you reeling.
Call Number: GENERAL CHEVALIER
Farewell to Arms by In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the 'war to end all wars'. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experiences came A FAREWELL TO ARMS. Hemingway's description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer and the men and women he meets in Italy with total conviction. But A FAREWELL TO ARMS is not only a novel of war. In it Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.
Call Number: CLASSICS HEMINGWAY
Lord of the Flies by Golding's iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age. This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler. At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything. But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.
Call Number: CLASSICS GOLDING
Invisible Man by Tells the extraordinary story of a man invisible 'simply because people refuse to see me'. Published in 1952 when American society was on the cusp of immense change, the powerfully depicted adventures of Ellison's invisible man - from his expulsion from a Southern college to a terrifying Harlem race riot - go far beyond the story of one individual.
Call Number: CLASSICS ELLISON
Soul Surfer by They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the tremendous passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing - not even the loss of her arm in a horrific shark attack - could come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii Bethany responded to the shark's stealth with a calmness beyond belief. Pushing pain and panic aside, she immediately thought: 'Get to the beach...' Rushed to the hospital, where her father, Ted Hamilton, was about to undergo knee surgery, Bethany found herself taking his spot in the operating theatre. When the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was 'When can I surf again?' it became clear that her unfaltering spirit and determination were part of a greater story - a tale of courage and faith that this modest and soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.
Call Number: BIO HAMILTON
I Beat the Odds by The football star made famous in the hit film (and book) The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher shares his personal account of his story, in this inspirational New York Times bestseller. Looking back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, Michael talks about the goals he had to break out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family. Eventually he grasped onto football as his ticket out and worked hard to make his dream into a reality. With his adoptive family, the Touhys, and other influential people in mind, he describes the absolute necessity of seeking out positive role models and good friends who share the same values to achieve one's dreams. Sharing untold stories of heartache, determination, courage, and love, I Beat the Odds is an incredibly rousing tale of one young man's quest to achieve the American dream.
Call Number: BIO OHER
Leaders Who Changed History by Comprehensive in its scope and depth, and fully illustrated, Leaders profiles leaders from all walks of life - kings, queens, and political leaders; military leaders; religious icons, revolutionaries, and business leaders.
Combining accessible text with specially-commissioned illustrated portraits
in a range of bold artwork styles, photographs, and infographics, these entries showcase each individual in a fresh, visual way.
Covering political masterminds and military geniuses such as Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan, great kings, queens, and rulers like Elizabeth I or Cleopatra, icons of religion and rebellion from Muhammad to Mohandas Gandhi to Emmeline Pankhurst, and inspirational captains of industry, Leaders explores and explains the groundbreaking contributions made by these men and women and their legacies.
Call Number: BIO LEADERS