Romulus, my father – Raimond Gaita

Writing the true story of his father’s life, Gaita tells the extraordinary tale of growing up in country Victoria with his father who fled his native Yugoslavia at the age of thirteen. A story of passion, betrayal, madness and friendship, he captures the joy and despair of his father’s life, and evocatively conveys the immigrant experience. Compelling and terrible in parts, it is also humorous and entertaining. Great for mature readers.

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Shadow Spinner – Susan Fletcher

The search for a story can be as dangerous as any intrigue a story reveals.

Based on the story of ‘Arabian Nights’, Marjan lives in a land that was filled with terror – an enraged Sultan (whose wife cheated on him) marries a new girl every night and has her beheaded in the morning. Until he married Shahrazad, who tells him a new story every night and earns herself a reprieve each day by leaving him in suspense with huge cliffhangers… however, she is running out of stories. Marjan – a crippled servant girl – knows one that she doesn’t know and subsequently gets caught up in the intrigues of the harem, the dangers of the street and the anger of the Sultan.

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The Witch in the Lake – Anna Fienberg

Leo is an unusual 12 year old boy living in a small town in Italy: born into a family of wizards, he has been taught to see into the very essence of things. Because their families are estranged, he and his friend Mirlee have to meet in secret, by a haunted lake in the forest. A combination of fantasy, mystery and romance, this struggle between good and evil creates a real sense of menace as you discover what is in the lake.

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side – Beth Fantaskey

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica’s senior year plans. But then a bizarre new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu claims Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth and he’s her long-lost fiancé. He’s arrogant, embarrassingly overprotective, and, well, incredibly hot. Armed with a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica tries to imagine the transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal damnation. Full of plot twists and turns that will keep you guessing this fast-paced story is a light-hearted and amusing take on teen vamps in love.

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George’s secret key to the universe – Lucy and Stephen Hawking

Take a rollercoaster ride through the vastness of space with George, his new friends next door – the scientist Eric and his daughter, Annie – and a super-intelligent computer called Cosmos. Cosmos can take them to the edge of a black hole and back again… Or can it? And, who else would like to get their hands on Cosmos?
This funny adventure story written by Stephen Hawking – considered one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein – and his daughter, Lucy, reveals the mysteries of space, time and the Universe!

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Fergus McPhail – David McRobbie

The school year is about to start and fourteen-year-old Fergus is moving from Queensland to Victoria. Absurdly comic in parts, this novel also has something serious to say about bullying, friendship and the opposite sex.


See how they run – David McRobbie

Emma Cassidy’s family is on the run! Her father is to be a key witness in a case against a drug dealer, and to protect the family the police move them around the country in the Witness Protection Scheme. Out on bail, the drug dealer tries to track them down, burning down their family home in the process. The tension rises as it seems that he can find them where-ever they go, driving them to emigrate to Australia. However, even then, all is not well…

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