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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