Keeper – Mal Peet

This is the story of how a boy from a poor village on the edge of a South American rainforest grew up to become “El Gato” (The Cat), a famous goal keeper in a World Cup winning team. Of how as a young, gangly boy he got tired of sitting on the sidelines and so went off exploring in the rainforest where he came across a hidden soccer field. And of an apparition that appeared and over many months taught him to become the greatest goalkeeper ever known. Not just an enthralling soccer story, this is also a story about family, a ghost story, an environmental story and ultimately a mystery. Just who is the mysterious coach?


The 39 clues

What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family’s power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 Clues? What if you were given a choice, take a million dollars and walk away, or get the first Clue? If you’re Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the Clue, and begin a very dangerous race around the world.

Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan is the first of ten books in this action-packed series filled with suspense, mystery, humour and puzzles to solve. Each book in the series is written by a different author.
There are also cards to collect, an online game to play and over $100,000 in prizes to be won.

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The Piper’s son – Melina Marchetta

This heart-wrenching novel takes up the story of the group of friends from Melina Marchetta’s Saving Francesca – only this time it’s five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving.

 After Tom’s favorite uncle was killed in the London bombings everything around him fell apart. Tom watched his family collapse. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can’t forget. Aiming for oblivion, he’s hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom’s in no shape to mend what’s broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship.

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My Girl Friday

The happiest refugee – Anh Do

The comedian, Anh Do, came to Australia as a young Vietnamese refugee. His family just survived the treacherous journey when they escaped war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But neither murderous pirates, nor hunger and dehydration as they drifted for days, could quench their desire to make a better life in another country. Anh’s incredible story is one of hard work and sacrifice, family and friends, love and heartache, triumphs and tragedies. Discover how Anh after completing a law degree ended up becoming one of Australia’s favourite comedians. His inspiring and honest story will move and amuse you.

Melbourne near and far

Marrying Ameera – Rosanne Hawke

Seventeen-year-old Ameera is caught between two cultures. Living in Australia with her Australian Christain mother and her Pakistani Muslim father, she has been brought up as a Muslim. When her father hears of her growing friendship with Tariq, her best friend′s older brother, he sends her to stay with his family in Kashmir and to attend her cousin Jamila′s wedding. Only when she gets there does Ameera discover the devastating truth – the intended marriage is not Jamila′s but her own!

Will Ameera be trapped forever or will she gain her freedom?

My Girl Friday

The Enemy – Charlie Higson

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?

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The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Amir is the son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan is the son of Amir’s father’s servant. As children the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories until an unspeakable event changes their lives and friendship forever. When the Soviets invade Afghanistan Amir and his father flee to America, but Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and the memory of Hassan. Set in war-torn Afghanistan this is a heartbreaking story of betrayal and redemption, friendship and loyalty, and the bonds between fathers and sons.

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