Not this, anything but this.
In the aftermath of their devastating tragedy, the Academy turns towards an unlikely ally. But Sam's trust in everyone around him continues to be tested to the limits.
Sam journeys to South America, his dream leading him to a long-lost ancient city. Hidden deep within the Amazon rainforest, he is forced to navigate deadly traps in pursuit of another Gear. Can Sam work out who the next dreamer is in time, or will his enemies succeed once more?
from Good reads
We have the next three in this popular series - 9, 8 & 7 Gorto
Out of sight, out of their minds: It's a school-trip splatter fest and completely not cool when the other kids in her class go all braindead on new girl Bobby.
The day of the ski trip, when the bus comes to a stop at a roadside restaurant, everyone gets off and heads in for lunch. Everyone, that is, except Bobby, the new girl, who stays behind with rebel-without-a-clue Smitty.
Then hours pass. Snow piles up. Sun goes down. Bobby and Smitty start to flirt. Start to stress. Till finally they see the other kids stumbling back.
But they've changed. And not in a good way. Straight up, they're zombies. So the wheels on the bus better go round and round freakin' fast, because that's the only thing keeping Bobby and Smitty from becoming their classmates' next meal. It's kill or be killed in these hunger games, heads are gonna roll, and homework is most definitely gonna be late.
Combining the chill of THE SHINING, the thrill ride of SPEED, the humor of SHAUN OF THE DEAD, and the angst of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Kirsty McKay's UNDEAD is a bloody mad mash-up, a school-trip splatter-fest, a funny, gory, frighteningly good debut!
A unique collaboration between non-Indigenous Queensland author David Spillman and Northern Territory Aboriginal woman Lisa Wilyuka. Us Mob Walawurru explores cultural difference and untold history through the eyes of Ruby, a young Aboriginal girl. Set in Central Australia in the 1960's, Ruby's journey is a a heart-warming tale that focuses on the importance of family, culture, education, friendship, and self-respect.
Buddy is a good dog. After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own. When Buddy is reborn, he realises that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs - who will take care of his girl? A charming and heartwarming story of hope, love, and unending devotion, A Dog's Journey asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us? More than just another endearing dog tale, A Dog's Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers.
Have you heard the one about the guy who lost a grandfather, but found a girlfriend? It's funny. It's also kind of sad. And some of the bits that are sad are also kind of funny (but only if you laugh at that sort of thing).
Adam thinks Samantha could be the one for him. But first he has to sort out his parents' crumbling marriage, stop getting into embarrassing situations involving public nudity, find out what's making his gran so angry, stop his little brother doing something really, really dangerous and work out what's so funny about two tigers on a beach. It can't be that hard, can it?
A novel about how comedy unites and divides us, from the award-winning author of The Shiny Guys and The Life of a Teenage Body-Snatcher.
It's eight months since Sophie went missing from a music festival in the summer after her GCSEs. The police search has lead nowhere and Jit, Sophie's best friend and soul-mate, is going slowly crazy not knowing what's happened to her. He has to DO something. So he starts on a search that will take him all over Britain, following the clues he finds after tracking down the people Sophie met at the festival.
Eventually the search takes Jit to Scotland and the remote farmhouse that's home to a racist cult. Surely he's close to finding the answers. . . but then everything falls into place and the horrific and unimaginable truth comes to light . . .
This one has quite mixed reviews. I'm keen to read it.
Adam Farmer is on a journey - he has to get to Rutterburg with a parcel for his father. But as he travels, he starts to remember the events leading up to this point, memories which are also being prised out in gruelling psychiatric interviews. What is the secret of Adam Farmer? And what will happen when he finds out?
This is replacing an old copy. I haven't read it for a long time but this repurchase has reminded me I need to go back and read it again. I remember being compelled to read this book way back then. I could thoroughly recommend it. I think it might be one of Mrs Thornton's favourites too!
"I don't want you mustering any more," Dad said. "You're to knuckle down and do your schoolwork. If you stay here with me, you can keep things going in and around the house, while Mike and I run the farm. Those are my rules. Otherwise you can go and live at your mum's."
Zoe reeled. There was clearly something she was missing. "What do you mean?" she said.
Zoe wakes up in hospital after a mustering accident and can't remember a thing. When she gets home, everything has changed. Her dad is being really harsh and her boyfriend Scotty and bestie Caitlin aren't answering her messages. What's going on? Most importantly, what is her brother's mysterious friend Josh hiding, and can he help find her dad's stolen cattle and save him from having to sell the farm? Zoe needs answers and she needs them fast.
Another in the very popular "My Story" series.
Allusions to shakespeare
Go on, break a leg.
Velvet S Pye stood outside the gates of Yarrabank High and a creeping feeling came over her. This was going to be the worst day, the beginning of a miserable year. In fact, the rest of her life was destined to be a complete write-off. She used to have it all - private school, luxury holidays, loads of friends - but then her world fell apart, sending her crashing to grubby, sports-mad Yarrabank High. Could things get any worse? Sure they could. Velvet is yet to meet her cultural studies class.
Ophelia lives to tell the tale of what happened at Elsinore.The nights at Elsinore are longer than anywhere else.
I have stayed awake these many weeks, which has aided me greatly in my portrayal of one who has gone daft. For my skin is pale as fresh daisy petals, and my eyes sink inward, rimmed by bruise-like swells of purple. The servants and courtiers whisper that surely, Ophelia . . . most beautified Ophelia . . . has lost touch.
It isn't easy dating a prince, especially when that prince is Hamlet. It could easily drive a young girl to madness, or so it would seem.
Since the death of his father, Ophelia's beloved Hamlet has descended into a deep depression. To make matters worse, the Danish court is filled with lies and deceit. Was Hamlet's father murdered by King Claudius? Is Polonius truly the father of Laertes? Who can be trusted as a friend? And who is to be feared as an enemy? It is up to clever Ophelia, with the help of her friends, to find a way to save her prince and herself. Only then can she finally reveal the truth about what really happened in the famed castle at Elsinore.
With Shakespeare's classic play as a frame, Lisa Fiedler gives voice to Ophelia in a gripping novel full of romance, ghosts, and a touch of alchemy.
In the third installment in the Willy Waggledagger series, Willy arrives in London to discover that his long lost uncle has just died. Suddenly, a mysterious figure arrives, claiming to be the ghost of Willy's uncle and begging Willy to look into his death. Should Willy trust the ghost and risk his own future by trying to find the murderer? And what on earth could the bee that was found in his dead uncle's ear have to do with anything?
A tingle ran down Willy's spine—or possibly it was a rat. It was hard to tell, so closely packed was the audience. Whatever it was, Willy knew one thing: he wouldn’t have swapped places with anyone! This hilarious tale is an irreverent, action-packed introduction to Shakespeare and the Tudor period.
The ABC’s best journalists and photographers bring you a moving account of the devastating Queensland floods, and a tribute to the bravery of individuals and communities. All royalties donated to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.
The Queensland floods of 2010-11 wreaked untold destruction, with three-quarters of the state declared a disaster zone. But out of the devastation to lives and property we have seen countless examples of the bravery and selflessness of individuals, and of communities banding together.
With its extensive network of regional and metropolitan reporters, the ABC was on the ground when the floods hit, often getting first access to inundated towns and communities. As Premier Anna Bligh writes in her Foreword, ‘The ABC played an incredibly important role during the flooding disaster, broadcasting regular updates across the state.’ The events that ABC journalists witnessed, the people they met, and the extraordinary stories they were told are now captured in 14 poignant essays and hundreds of unforgettable images.
From Emerald and Rockhampton to Brisbane and Grantham, this is a moving account of one of our worst natural disasters in living memory. It serves not only as a record of the floods and their impact on both small towns and cities, but as a lasting testament to the courage and strength of the people of Queensland.
This selection includes courage and survival for year 8, Teacher Reference, Short Story, Quick Reads and Premiers Reading Challenge.
Courage and survival Year 8!
The explosion jolts him awake. He sits up, gasping for air, heart thumping.
Was the blast real? Perhaps it had only happened in his head, a bad dream. Demons of the dark, his father had called them. 'Push them away. They'll only poison your thoughts. Seek the light and they can't hurt you.'
Naveed is sick of war - of the foreign powers and the Taliban, the warlords and the drug barons that together have torn Afghanistan apart. He's had to grow up quickly to take care of his widowed mother and little sister, making what little money he can doing odd jobs and selling at the markets. When he adopts Nasera, a street dog with extraordinary abilities, he has a chance to help rebuild his country. But will a new friend's betrayal crush his dreams of peace forever?
From the winter of war comes the spring of hope.
A celebration of the amazing canines who perform feats of bravery every day
Dogs don't just make loveable pets. They also do an incredible number of jobs; police work, therapy, service, and more; and help humans in countless roles. From working with search-and-rescue teams to finding missing persons to helping patients recover from injuries, Lisa Rogak covers the many ways in which dogs are an essential part of our world. And she tells the surprising stories of regular dogs who have gone above and beyond to help their owners – and even one another.
Dogs of Courage reveals the heartwarming and awe-inspiring stories of these hardworking dogs, from the training they receive to the ways we honour their sacrifices and reward their years of service. Affirming what every dog lover knows, this book shows how deep a dog's loyalty and friendship can go
One of the most difficult things about being bullied is the feeling that nobody else knows what it’s like.
Twenty-two of Australia’s most talented and successful people know exactly what it’s like.
In candid and entertaining interviews, leading lights from across Australian life recount how they were bullied and shunned at school just for being different. Not only did they survive the ordeal but their experiences helped shape them into the remarkable individuals
they are today.
For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book that features a subversive collection of prompts, asking readers to muster up their best mistake- and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them). Acclaimed illustrator Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts-poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, and more-in order to experience the true creative process. Readers discover a new way of art and journal making-and new ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.
I've popped this and its mate (see below) into teacher reference because it is so subversive and I don't want it to be wrecked! I thought it might provide artists and writers to explore their creativity from the blank page - for the English and Art staff!
Packed with more than 300 challenging exercises, "Boost Your Brain" helps target the memory challenges of modern life, like remembering PIN numbers, passwords, and matching names with faces.
With dynamic infographics, technique boxes, a scoring system, and at-home challenges, "Boost Your Brain" is a complete mental fitness regime in one book
Teaching thinking skills
Sixteen stories of discovery from Australia's best writers. Each story in some way addresses the idea of discoveries, new beginnings, or literal or figurative "small steps", but each story takes you to places you far beyond the one small step you imagine... Journey through worlds and explore the reaches of the universe with this collection.
"Sand and Seawater" by Joanne Anderton & Rabia Gale
"Indigo Gold" by Deborah Biancotti
"Firefly Epilogue" by Jodi Cleghorn
"The Ways of the Wyrding Women" by Rowena Cory Daniells
"The ships of Culwinna" by Thoraiya Dyer
"Shadows" by Kate Gordon
"By Blood and Incantation" by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter
"Ella and the Flame" by Kathleen Jennings
"Original" by Penny Love
"Always Greener" by Michelle Marquardt
"Morning Star" by DK Mok
"Winter's Heart"by Faith Mudge
"Cold White Daughter" by Tansy Rayner Roberts
"Baby Steps" by Barbara Robson
"Daughters of Battendown" by Cat Sparks
"Number 73 Glad Avenue" by Suzanne J Willis
Enter a world where terrible secrets are hidden in a wind chime's song
Where crippled witches build magic from scrap
And the beautiful dead dance for eternity
The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories collects the finest science fiction and horror short stories from award-winning writer Joanne Anderton. From mechanical spells scavenging a derelict starship to outback zombies and floating gardens of bone, these stories blur the lines between genres. A mix of freakish horror, dark visions of the future and the just plain weird, Anderton's tales will draw you in – but never let you get comfortable.
premiers reading challenge
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