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The Argolins were straight out of a David Bowie video but the Foamasi were an interesting and excellently designed alien despite their realisation not being quite so excellent. Highlights include seeing Baker getting his limps ripped apart and an expertly executed aged Doctor, a top make-up job. It was a fresh start for the decade and a signpost of things to come. Ok, so some of you don't like The Slitheen. I'm not a fan of Game of Thrones but I don't go on about it.

For the first time in Who 's history, we got a proper alien invasion story that involved the world and we saw this evidenced through what would become a Russell T. Davies trademark, rolling news items , witnessing the ramifications on the population, not just The Doctor and his companion. The crashing of the ship into Big Ben and then into the Thames was a marvellous slice of imagery, and an iconic moment for the show displaying its new-found ability to utilise special effects convincingly.

And who doesn't love the Space Pig? Detractors of this William Hartnell outing often cite aliens The Monoids and invisible Refusians but any story that features the line "Take them to the security kitchen! In all seriousness, The Ark is notable, and well worth watching for a few things: the interference that The Doctor and his companions have unwittingly caused bringing the common cold into contact with an alien race ; the results of this many years down the line when the TARDIS returns to the same spot; and a cracking and visually beautiful cliffhanger to its second episode.

Another two-parter and another set in the past for Peter Davison and his young gang. Its brevity serves the story perfectly in this Agatha Christie-esque tale with a dark, and horrific, family secret at the heart of the tale. The location shooting is a joy, not mention tremendously English, and the costumes are a blast - though The Doctor's harlequin outfit is deeply unsettling with its eerie mask and deceptively colourful facade.

You might think I'm cheating with this one, but this is a bona fide Doctor Who story from the BBC and even broadcast on television. Killer clowns! Some of you may be saying. Whilst certainly not under appreciated by Sylvester McCoy fans all twelve of them , those who are less impressed with The Seventh Doctor's run will find much to enjoy in this four-parter. Apart from the meta-inclusion of Gian Sammarco television's original Adrian Mole as Whizz Kid - a thinly veiled parody of the Doctor Who fan nice prophetic bow tie though , the highlight is most definitely Ian Reddington's role as Chief Clown.

A superb performance and, still to this day, one of Who 's finest villains. Often overlooked due its placing in the legendary "Season 13", where every story is a classic, and sandwiched between fan-favourites, Pyramids of Mars and The Brain of Morbius , this Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen four-parter has so much going for it, and very little against. The Kraals are a fantastically designed monster and their simple Earth invasion is refreshing, but it's their titular androids that make for such a haunting viewing.

Witness as Sarah Jane Smith's face falls off to reveal the ghostly circuitry beneath. The very essence of classic Who. Like previous entry The Ambassadors of Death , I suspect this six-parter from will be reassessed on its release later this year on DVD. Now restored to full colour, some of us were lucky enough to see the "new" version at the recent BFI screening in March.

And what a cracker this is. Despite being a six-parter, The Mind of Evil keeps its pace and interest maintained throughout. Whilst not quite gritty, prison scenes add to the chaotic nature of the tale and there's yet another delicious appearance from Roger Delgado as renegade Time Lord, The Master. Due to its humour and light tone, a trait loathed by certain parts of Doctor Who fandom, this Gareth Roberts story breezes along and its triumph, by and large, is down to the cast and the fun script.

The story itself, a knowing Agatha Christie pastiche perhaps a little too knowing, at times , has laughs and giggles galore and the cast, featuring legends like Felicity Kendall and Christopher Benjamin and top acting talent such as Tom Goodman-Hill and the beautiful Fenella Woolgar as the aforementioned real-life crime writer. But it's that delightful chemistry of Tennant and Tate who make for the most emtertaining of comedy duos, kissing and deducing their way through this summer picnic of a Who story.

For me, this is a genuine classic and it perturbs me somewhat that there are fans out there who dislike this Peter Davison tale so much but such is the life of a Doctor Who fan, I accept this. That should surely be enough but there's more. It's a proper horror story in the guise of a science-fiction tale, a trope that Doctor Who does all too well. More Agatha Christie style fun here as The Sixth Doctor embarked on his own Murder on the Orient Express someone is even seen reading the book in the story.

It's a solid tale and if you removed the frankly tedious Trial of a Time Lord moments from it, you'd be left with a cracking Who story with a damn threatening monster, The Vervoids. Of course, there's more than meets the eye to these guys and their needs, but I shan't spoil that for you.

One of my biggest gripes for The Eighth Doctor's one night stand in the middle of the Nineties is its name. Anyway, title grumbles aside, the only on-screen appearance of Paul McGann as everyone's favourite Gallifreyan to date does have much in its favour despite an ending that not only makes little sense, it actively pisses on the show's history and the very notion of what it means to be a time-traveler - namely Paul McGann.

The Slitheen! She's told her teacher she has something that she doesn't, and now Miss Susan wants her to bring it in to show the class. My girragundji When a boy has bullies, a scary monster lurking about at night, and a strange noise outside his window to contend with, the last thing he expects is for a little green tree frog to be his saviour.

But he names the frog Girragundji and together they learn how to be brave and face the world together. Jinxed When Jinx accidentally smashes her next door neighbour's python tank with a misplaced totem tennis ball and is expected to replace it, she needs to make some cash fast. No slow and steady job for Jinx, but all her get rich quick schemes are going awry. Anna the goanna and other poems A colourful, engaging picture book containing a collection of poems about living in an Aboriginal community. Rose blanche A picture book that tells of Rose, a little girl living in a small German town during the war, who sees trucks going to a place outside of town and wants to find out more.

Among ants, between bees An anthology covering a wide range of human experiences. Ship kings series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Ship kings: The coming of the whirlpool Young Dow Amber is no sailor. But driven by a strange sea-longing he ventures down to the great grim bay known as the Claw. He hopes there to learn of seafaring, but he finds only a fearful people who scarcely sail at all, for fear they have been cursed.

Ship Kings: The ocean of the dead At long last a captain of his own ship, Dow Amber is determined to venture beyond the final frontier, the still, stagnant waters of the Doldrums, in search of a New World. With Nell finally by his side, he is hopeful they can start again, far from politics, betrayal and war. But, none who have sailed the Ocean of the Dead have returned to tell the tale. Before long, an old enemy appears, bringing new dangers. The fleet will either sail to certain death or to glorious new life beyond the treacherous Doldrums.

The final book in the Ship Kings series. Ship kings: The voyage of the unquiet ice Dow Amber has set sail at last upon the battleship, Chloe, but he wonders if an outsider and an enemy can ever truly belong in the Ship Kings' world. In the icy wastes, Dow must take his fate in hand, discover whether he is truly destined to be a mariner and determine whether the mysterious scapegoat girl, Ignella, is a friend or foe. Ship kings: The war of the four isles Dow Amber, an intrepid sailor, has been unhappily biding his time in the backwaters of the Twin Islands, while war rages on the high seas, between his brave, inventive rebels and the tyrannical Ship Kings.

When an enemy sailor brings news of captured allies, Dow is driven to a daring escape plan. But, he doesn't realise the cost of escape and how troubling the thirst for revenge can become. Coming home Gemma watches her dad as he sits alone in his tangled garden. She doesn't understand why he seems so sad. Gemma's dad is experiencing depression and Gemma wonders what she might be able to do to help him.

Black Sunday Nipper only wants to be one thing, a lifesaver. In his world, they're larger than life, walking, talking heroes. Nipper's too young but he starts to train in secret, challenging himself in the Bondi surf. But, his secret comes to light one hot Sunday in , a day that has become infamous in Australia's history.

Based on a true story. She is surrounded by people of every nationality, with different languages, food and customs, who have come to work on the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Fantastica: king of the beasts Saxten must seek out Coravel, the fearful king of the beasts, and seek his help in destroying Severo. But if Saxton wants Coravel's help he must be prepared to make a huge sacrifice. Fantastica: Saxten's secret Ferdor, a magician, has been hired to find Saxten and trap him, using his friend Lily as bait. But he has not counted on the loyalty of Dargo, the only wolf among all the creatures of the forest who is deaf to Severo's treachery.

Fantastica: Severo's intent A painting in Saxten's house unsettles him, making him feel watched. He is forced to flee through the painting into another world, the kingdom of Drumminor, where evil is everywhere and he is the only possible saviour. Fantastica: wolf's lair Saxten is on a quest to stop the evil Severo from taking over the kingdom. Saxten confronts his enemy, Severo, in his forest stronghold.

Whisperer, The Griff works in a circus and has a unique ability to hear the thoughts of others, without their knowledge. When the greedy circus master discovers his talent, Griff escapes, taking Tess and her collection of magical creatures. On the run, Griff hears a cry for help from a mysterious source he calls the Whisperer. Caddy ever after Saffy and Rose have a near death experience on the moors involving a party balloon.

Indigo is trying to sort out everybody's love life including his own. More importantly, Caddy has found true love and is about to marry and live happily ever after. Casson family series Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books. Go to the Series lists for individual book titles. Forever Rose It's tough being the youngest and Rose is feeling lonely. The family is busy doing their own things and Rose comes home to a quiet, empty house every day.

School is no longer a peaceful place either because of her new, irritating teacher, Mr Spencer. Rose is having a difficult time with reading and is deeply disappointed when no-one has time to shop for a Christmas tree. Indigo's star Indigo dreads returning to school where his sensitive nature makes him a target for bullies. Enter Tom, from America, who is living with his English grandmother to avoid dealing with his divorced parents and Indigo's feisty sister, Rose. Permanent Rose Life hasn't been easy for Permanent Rose but shoplifting will only complicate it further.

Lots of family secrets are uncovered, with sadness turning to forgiveness, and Rose is at last reunited with the person she loves. Saffy's angel Saffy feels like an outsider until her family's actions and efforts on her behalf make her feel very loved, in this, our first meeting with the delightful, Casson family children. True green kids: things you can do to save the planet Set up a swap club with your friends, plant an edible garden, turn-off appliances, use both sides of the paper, cut-down on packaging organise or a rubbish-free day at school.

True Green Kids is full of fun, easy and practical things kids can do to become a green change agent at home, at school and in the community. Last dragon charmer, The: Villian keeper Nothing is more important than slaying a dragon. It will make Prince Caden's father proud, and grant him the title of Elite Paladin like his seven older brothers. But there is one big thing standing in Caden's way: he has been mysteriously transported from his home in the Great Winterlands of Razzon to Asheville, North Carolina-a land with no magic and no dragons.

Or so he thinks. But what if Caden's destiny isn't to slay a dragon after all? Ubby's Underdogs: Heroes beginnings In Broome, a small pearling town in the heart of an ancient land, Ubby, a smart, street-wise Aboriginal girl, is the leader of a rag-tag gang, known as the Underdogs. The gang's efforts to locate Sai Fong, the Dragon Summoner, have been halted by the ambitious pearling master, Paul Donappleton.

Old myths and smoky legends from an ancient scroll begin to take on new meaning and it becomes a race to unravel the truth. Ubby's Underdogs: Return of the dragons It is the late s and Broome, a small pearling town in the heart of an ancient land, is still recovering from WWII. Ubby and her gang of Underdogs cross into the Forbidden Zone on the Broome coastline in a desperate bid to locate their missing friend Sai Fong who has disappeared without a trace.

What they encounter is worse than anything they could ever have imagined. To survive, the Underdogs must call upon the local gangs to unite, solve the mystery of the Dragon Summoner, and make contact with the mysterious Phoenix Dragon to fight the battle of all battles against an evil and unearthly enemy.

What is at stake is the future of humanity itself. The third and final installment in the Ubby's Underdogs graphic novel series. Ubby, a street-wise Aboriginal girl, leads a rag-tag gang known as the Underdogs. When Ubby recruits Sai Fong, a Chinese girl off the boat from Shanghai, they are thrown into a series of bizarre adventures full of myths and legends, and secrets never before exposed.

Me, Teddy I am Teddy. This is my scrap book. It's about me growing up from a tiny puppy, with a boofy head and big, brown, melty eyes, to a big black labrador, weighing forty kilos, and still with a boofy head and big, brown, melty eyes. This is me, Teddy. The alternative, the BayView Leisure Centre, might be modern and flashy, but it is steamy, crowded and no fun. But, Nathan has an idea that is so brilliant in its simplicity. They can dig themselves a pool in the backyard.

Going for broke Nathan Foley wants more than just a participation award, he wants to be in the book of world records. His hairbrain attempts to break a world record with his two, less than helpful friends, Ronnie and Weasel, are more likely to result in his death by misadventure than great recognition. Single stone, A Jena's life as leader of the line, gathering mica from deep inside the mountain, is hard.

But, it is all she knows, accepting everything that her community leaders tell her. After an unfortunate accident, Jena discovers a small polished stone, which brings forth buried memories from her past. These memories disrupt everything and everyone around her. Surface tension When Cassie and Liam start swimming at the lake, neither of them realises the dark secrets that lie beneath.

As summer heats up, the water level gets lower and lower, and a shocking truth is slowly uncovered. Drawn onward From the masterful pen of multi-award-winning Meg McKinlay and dynamic new illustrator Andrew Frazer, Drawn Onward explores shifting perspectives and the inner voice. The text is a palindrome that takes readers from the glass half empty - 'There is no light on the horizon and it is foolish to think you can change anything at all' - to the glass half full- 'You can change anything at all.

It is foolish to think there is no light on the horizon. Blue sword, The Living in the desert country of Damar, shared by the Homelanders and the secretive magical Hillfolk, orphaned Harry Crewe is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk king. He intends to train her in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men. Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba, Africa Presents the fictional diary of thirteen year old Nzingha, a sixteenth-century West African princess, who loves to hunt and hopes, one day, to lead her kingdom against the invasion of the Portuguese slave traders.

Thirteen Thirteen short stories about being thirteen years old written by thirteen different authors. Includes spoilt birthday parties, peer pressure, embarrassing parents, finding your identity and being true to yourself. One of us is lying On Thursday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Thursday, he died. But on Friday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder.

Or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them. Ancient hero, The When Zelder translates three ancient spells she becomes the target of the sinister swordsman called the stalker.

She and her brother, would-be swordsman Corram, must cheat death to stop the whole world being destroyed. Side by side in the beginning One hundred years ago, AFL football was quite different. Footy grounds were rough and muddy, and the game was characterised by long, passing kicks.

Jumpers were canvas cotton vests, laced up the centre, and shorts were long and worn with long socks. Caps and hats were often worn.

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These were tough times of war and depression. But, from the very beginning, Collingwood Football Club wanted to win. Side by side shoulder to shoulder It's and Tom is off with Grandpa to watch his favourite team at footy training. As they walk through the gates of Victoria Park, his grandfather removes his black and white Collingwood scarf and gives it to Tom. This scarf has been passed down through generations of Collingwood supporters.

Infinity Drake: The sons of Scarlatti Infinity Drake, also known as Finn, is on holiday with his mad scientist uncle when they are summoned. Scarlatti, a lethal bio-weapon, has been released, with terrible consequences for mankind. Uncle Al must shrink a military team to track down and kill the beast.

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When Finn gets shrunk, he and three soldiers begin a desperate race to destroy the beast that's very angry and many times their size. Brontide Brontide is a coming of age story about four boys and their lot in life. Recounted through storytelling sessions at their school over a period of five days, these boys chronicle their lives. They are at times demanding, occasionally rude, always funny and unexpectedly profound.

The boys like to challenge themselves and the rules, and soon realise that not everything goes to plan. Forced to work in Apoline's boarding house, slaving at the beck and call of outlandish guests and sharpening the thorns of every plant in the poisonous garden, Whimsy and Woe lose all hope that their parents will ever return. Until one day, quite by accident, the siblings stumble upon a clue that sets them on an adventurous path to finding freedom and hopefully their parents. Can they stop the Purple Puppeteer's evil plan in time to rescue their parents?

Or will the Purple Puppeteer pull their family's strings forever? See how they run A British family is forced to flee to Australia to escape criminals in England. This six-part thriller is exciting and suspenseful. This book is haunted Stories of ghostly fiction. To brave the seas Adam hears the tales of bravery even before the war broke out.

As many did in that time he wanted to be a part of the war, not for the glory but as part of the Merchant Navy. The sea is his home and thus contains the highs and lows of any home. We follow Adam through real storms at sea along with political ones not of his making. Tempered by the sea he learns the value of trust and the friends that trust is found in and through. Vinnie's war Twelve year old Vinnie has escaped from his foster mother and her tough rules and expectations. He has found a friend with whom he can share dreams and music.

Then, war begins and Vinnie is evacuated from the London bombs. All he has left of his old life is his harmonica. On the train, Vinnie meets three other evacuee children and when they arrive in the small country town of Netterfold, their own war begins. Waxing with Wayne More adventures of Wayne Wilson. Wayne's sister is engaged, his hideous young cousin and wonderfully eccentric grandfather come to stay and his best mate seems to upstage him on every occasion, leaving Wayne's love life in tatters.

Cairo Jim amidst the petticoats of Artemis Amidst the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus, Captain Neptune Bone has unearthed an incredible relic which promises him supernatural powers. Cairo Jim and Jocelyn Osgood after the puce empress A mysterious man inexplicably disappears mid-flight on the way to Shanghai. The strange object he thrusts into the flight attendant's hand leads Jocelyn Osgood, Cairo Jim and Joan Twilight on a search for a priceless, Chinese antiquity. They seek out Professor Snerdforst and discover the hammer is more than a dusty relic.

Cairo Jim and Jocelyn Osgood in bedlam from Bollywood Cairo Jim and his friends, including Valkyrian Airways flight attendant Jocelyn Osgood, must uncover yet another mystery of history when they become embroiled in the shooting of an Indian film. Cairo Jim and the alabastron of the forgotten gods A seemingly ordinary vase is stolen from the Greek Archaeological Museum by a figure swathed in mystery. But the vase, an ancient alabastron, holds a potent force that must not be allowed to escape.

Cairo Jim, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, must find out where they came from and why they are shown in such outrageous positions. They search for them in the labyrinth but discover more than they could predict. Cairo Jim and the lagoon of tidal magnificence The kidnapping of the entire Turkish women's Olympic Tent Erection Team sparks an adventure which includes archaeological investigations by Cairo Jim and his off-beat team.

Cairo Jim and the quest for the quetzal queen Cairo Jim must solve the riddle of the sudden and unexplained disappearance of paintings of the legendary quetzal queen. The paintings are not the only thing to disappear, so has Fifi Glusac, contortionist and harmonica player. Cairo Jim and the rorting of Rameses' regalia A very exciting hieroglyphics discovery, in the Temple of Hathor at Dendara, sends Cairo Jim and friends off in pursuit of the secret of turning ordinary metals into gold.

Cairo Jim and the sumptuous stash of Silenus Cairo Jim and his friends set out to stop Captain Neptune F Bone in his greedy pursuit to dominate the world's total gold resources, and to save King Midas's daughter. Cairo Jim and the sunken sarcophagus of Sekheret When Captain Neptune Bone disappears in the Red Sea while diving for a lost sarcophagus of a Pharaoh, Cairo Jim is called in to try and help find him in the dark and watery depths. Cairo Jim and the tyrannical bauble of Tiberius Cairo Jim and his friends are sent to Rome to get to the bottom of an act of felony when a priceless and mysterious artefact, the Imperishable Bauble, is discovered to be missing.

Cairo Jim and the xylophones above Zarundi Jocelyn Osgood, friend of Cairo Jim, becomes embroiled in the theft of a priceless, royal tiara. She is thrown into a world of chaos and mystery in Zarundi, Africa. Cairo Jim at the crossroads of Orpheus In the dusty ruins of the ancient House of the Perfumer at Pompeii, astonishing discoveries are taking place. Long forgotten perfumes are being reinvented. But, when one of these whiffs of wonderment, believed to have legendary hypnotic powers, goes missing, it is up to that well-known archaeologist, Cairo Jim, and his friends to try and stop a rush of evil.

The treacherous and devious Captain Neptune Bone is after the same priceless treasure. Cairo Jim on the trail to ChaCha Muchos Cairo Jim, archaeologist and failed poet, discovers he is not the only one on the dangerour trail to ChaCha Muchos, a mysterious city deep in dark Peru. Cairo Jim series Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books; up to five more can be read as personal choice books.

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Phyllis Wong and the forgotten secrets of Mr Okyto Conjuring is in Phyllis Wong's veins, passed down from her great-grandfather who was the world's most brilliant magician. When a series of robberies takes place in the city, Phyllis realises there is more to the crimes than meets the eye. It may be baffling her friend Chief Inspector Inglis but Phyllis is determined to find out more.

She must find out who the thief is, what he wants and how he is achieving the impossible. Phyllis Wong and the girl who danced with lightning When Phyllis Wong's friend Clement finds a seemingly ordinary old movie poster in an antique shop, little does Phyllis know that the discovery will fling her on a journey into the past Phyllis Wong and the pockets of the shadows When a series of strange and unexpected incidents plunge her world into chaos, Phyllis Wong, brilliant magician and clever sleuth, is faced with danger, uncertainty and an unremembered scientific theory that threatens everything she knows and trusts.

Phyllis must try to solve the mystery of these weird happenings, using her magic to defeat the doom of the gloom. Phyllis Wong and the return of the conjuror Someone has sold a number of valuable first editions of Shakespeare's plays at the auction house and Chief Inspector Inglis suspects foul play. These rare First Folios are in mint condition, where on earth could they have come from. Has a crime been committed. But when a famously lost Shakespearean play is scheduled to be auctioned, Phyllis suspects villainy is seeping into today from the seventeenth century.

Phyllis Wong and the vanishing emeralds When Phyllis Wong--that brilliant young magician and clever sleuth--happens upon a mystery from the past that has proved unsolvable, she knows she has to try to get to the bottom of it. More than sixty years ago an astonishing emerald necklace owned by the famous pianist Isabella Beaufort seemingly vanished off the face of the earth!

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Ever since, the disappearance has stumped the police, detectives and those associated with the missing priceless jewels. How did the prized Flurtis Emeralds vanish? Where are they today? Is there any way they can be traced, after so many cobwebs have covered the case?

Another mysterious intrigue right up the alleyway of our favourite conjuring Transiter! Phyllis Wong and the waking of the wizard Phyllis Wong's great grandfather is on a quest to track down one of history's greatest magicians. But, no one knows if he even exists. To find the answer, Phyllis and her great grandfather will have to transit across thousands of miles and hundreds of years. But, a sinister figure haunts their every step. Phyllis Wong series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.

Hexenhaus In , Veronica and her brother flee for their lives into the German woods after their father is burned at the stake. At the dawn of the eighteenth century, Scottish maid Katherine is lured into political dissent after her parents are butchered for their beliefs. In present-day Australia, Paisley navigates her way through the burning torches of small-town gossip after her mother's new-age shop comes under scrutiny.

A powerful historical novel about three young women caught in the hysteria of their own times. Bloodthirsty Awkward and allergic to the sun, sixteen year old Finbar never gets the girl. When he notices that the female students at his school are obsessed with a vampire romance novel, Finbar seizes the opportunity. He'll become a vampire.

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  4. Or at least fake it. When he meets the one girl who just might like him for who he really is, he finds that his life as a pseudo-vampire is more complicated than he expected. Bringing home the bacons Roger and his friend, Lucy, tour the clubs as a ventriloquist act and try to win the national quiz show, Pick the Porky. Francis Bacon series Any two books from this series may be read as Challenge books and up to five more can be read as personal choice books. My friend Roger Bacon Roger Bacon is a piglet who talks, walks and sings and Lucy is facing lots of trouble raising him.

    Like his father, Francis, Roger is chatty and curious, but he is also a piglet with ambition. Will Lucy manage to keep Roger off the airwaves and out of the clutches of the Genius Gene Corporation? Pig called Francis Bacon, A Francis Bacon is an intelligent, talking pig among intelligent, talking pigs. Roger Bacon reporting Roger Bacon is not only a talking pig, he is the world's first pig reporter.

    Roger goes in search of his first scoop, the thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger, long thought extinct. Roger uncovers a dangerous secret. Send Simon Savage After his father mysteriously goes missing, thirteen year old Simon is invited to follow in his father's footsteps by joining a team that experiments with time travel. Hannah's winter Contemporary and humorous, this story is dotted with snippets of Japanese language and culture, as Hannah and her ghost friend attempt to solve an ancient riddle. In the monkey forest Miki is entrusted to return a piece of embroidered fabric and a silk ribbon to Aiko and inherits a bossy little pixie called Nameless.

    Miki must unravel clues from the past to save the day. Night singing A funny and fascinating story of contemporary Australia with a moving tale of survival in Hiroshima at the end of the Second World War. When Josh breaks his leg, he is rescued by his kind but mysterious neighbour, Mrs Murakami. Enora and the black crane An aboriginal story that tells of Enora's fascination with the coloured birds of the forest. But things have changed. Nomad's secret is out. Her peers know she is a Witness; a sorcerer with the rare ability to read others' magic.

    This causes ripples at HQ, especially when it means that Steel, the most popular cadet in her class, is no longer the centre of attention. But there are greater threats than new rivals. When the cadets are sent to New Zealand to investigate a top-secret case, they find themselves in more danger than they bargained for.

    With no one to trust and time running out, it's a race to stop the Inductors before they have enough power to destroy HELIX for good. Agent Nomad: The eleventh hour Spies. Natalie Palladino was a normal fifteen-year-old, at a normal school, about to face a normal maths test. No one can know that sorcery exists. And no one can know that Nomad is a Witness, with a dangerous magical gift. The Inductors are hunting her.

    If they find her, they will kill her. The problem is, Nomad hasn't mastered her powers. She can't levitate, fight or wield magic like her fellow recruits. If she's the only hope to stop a sorcerous bomb being detonated, the world is in trouble. The eleventh hour is coming. Chasing the valley Danika Glynn is used to struggling to survive. When the tyrannous king launches an attack on her city, she risks her life in a daring escape and joins a crew of refugees, who seek Magnetic Valley, a legendary safe haven.

    Danika also grapples with her burgeoning magical abilities and, when she meets the mysterious Lukas, she must balance her feelings against her crew's safety. Chasing the valley series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books. Chasing the valley: Borderlands Danika and her crew of escaped refugees are seeking the safety of the Magnetic Valley and trying to evade the king's most lethal hunter.

    They must cross the smugglers' territory, the Borderlands, which are lawless and steeped in ancient magic. When one of the crew is badly wounded, Danika seeks the smugglers' help and accepts a bargain that might prove deadly. But, it is Lukas who hides the most dangerous secret. But, they don't know whether it will provide the safe refuge and land of freedom they imagine. When a runaway girl is shot down before their eyes, Danika and her friends realise that this new land is no paradise.

    They must try to fit in at all costs, even if revealing their secrets will mean a death sentence. Hush, The Chester is searching for clues about his father and why he disappeared. But, when he's caught illegally connecting with the Song as he plays his beloved fiddle, Chester is sentenced to death. Only a licensed Songshaper can bend music to their will. Susannah knows the secrets of The Hush, where there is no music, only deadly Echoes that will steal your soul, and she has plans for Chester.

    Changing stories A collection of different versions of folk and fairy stories designed to encourage secondary students to consider different points of view and the ways stories can change over time. Under Wildwood With Alexandra the Dowager Governess seemingly defeated and Mac safely returned home, Prue still cannot settle and finds herself drawn back to Wildwood, her life in danger as well as the very existence of the Wildwood communities, with divisions and politics threatening to destroy the harmony Prue's initial presence brought.

    Rebellion is also close at hand just outside the Impassable Wilderness with industrial tycoons causing havoc on the landscape and their orphan workforce. Whiz mob and the grenadine Kid, The It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible.

    Right before his eyes, in a busy square in Marseille, a group of pickpockets pulls off an amazing robbery. As the young bandits appear to melt into the crowd, Charlie realizes with a start that he himself was one of their marks. Yet Charlie is less alarmed than intrigued. This is the most thrilling thing that's happened to him since he came to France with his father, an American diplomat. So instead of reporting the thieves, Charlie defends one of their cannons, Amir, to the police, under one condition- he teach Charlie the tricks of the trade.

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    Wildwood Life is ordinary for twelve year old Prue McKeel. That is, until her brother is abducted by crows and taken to the Impassable Wilderness, a dense forest where no-one's ever gone in, or at least returned to tell of it. Prue and her friend, Curtis, uncover a secret world, full of warring creatures, peaceable mystics and powerful figures with the darkest intentions. What begins as a rescue mission becomes something much greater. Wildwood imperium The fate of Wildwood hangs in the balance with the reawakening of Alexandra the Dowager Governess.

    It will take the combined efforts of an orphan rebellion, two toymakers, what remains of the bandit team and a vast array of birds and animals to prevent total annihilation. Wildwood trilogy series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.

    After-room, The Benjamin and Janie are trying to live a safe, normal life in America. But, they have the power to prevent nuclear disaster and sinister forces are circling. The advice of a mysterious, unscrupulous magician propels them into danger and towards the land of the dead. When their friend, Jin Lo, washes up on a remote island and finds herself on the trail of a deadly threat in China, they must somehow reach her to help. Apothecary, The In , after her parents are identified as communists, Janie must move from Los Angeles to the safety of London.

    The war has ended but it's a tense time, and Janie is uncomfortable at her new school. She notices Benjamin, a curiously defiant boy, who dreams of becoming a spy. When his father, an apothecary, is kidnapped, Benjamin and Janie are embroiled in a plot involving real espionage and nuclear threats. Apprentices, The It's two years since Janie Scott last saw Benjamin Burrows, the mysterious apothecary's defiant son who stole her heart.

    Benjamin has been experimenting with a new formula, allowing him to communicate with Janie across the globe. When a mystery threatens them all, Janie, Benjamin and their friend, Pip, are thrown into a desperate chase around the world to find one another, while trying to unravel the mystery. The Apothecary trilogy series Any two titles read from this series can be included as official Challenge books; up to five more titles can be included as your personal choice books.

    Moby Dick The classic tale of Captain Ahab who has sworn vengeance on Moby Dick, the white whale that took his leg, told through the eyes of the sailor, Ishmael. Ahab's bitter hatred threatens to destroy everyone. Evocative drawings, the gorier practices of nineteenth century whaling and insightful notes on Melville's deeper themes compellingly invite readers to discover the full text. When Dimple met Rishi Meet Dimple. Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination. Meet Rishi. He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic.

    His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn't be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents - could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?

    Promise horse, The Harry is tired of being the tall new kid with red hair, big feet, and freckles. The one with the dead sister who's voice follows her every where she goes. People tell her she's imagining Sissy, but they are wrong, surely she wouldn't be such a pain if Harry was making her up? When Harry's wish for a horse comes true and Marksman comes into her life she wonders if she should have wished so hard, because Marksman is big, huge even, and Harry wonders if she has taken on more than she can deal with. But could this challenge be just what she needs to learn the difference between standing out and standing up?

    Why should I bother to keep fit An informative guide to the hows and whys of keeping fit, and having fun on the way. Find out why keeping fit is good for you, how to choose the appropriate exercise regime and how to stay healthy in day-to-day life. Why should I bother about the planet Find out what has gone wrong with the planet, what needs to be done, and how every little bit helps to solve the problem of climate change and pollution. Discover how you can save energy, what a carbon footprint is and lots more about the human impact on our planet.

    Cupid's arrow Fleur's recurring nightmare is being hunted through a dark forest by a sinister archer. When her mother inherits a fabulous book collection, they travel to France together. They are in the heart of King Arthur country, steeped with mystery and hidden wealth. Fleur meets Remy, the boy of her dreams, and it's love at first sight.

    But, Fleur's nightmare is just about to begin. Strong language in context and mature themes. Black Cockatoo Mia rescues a dirrarn black cockatoo, and faces her biggest challenge yet when she chooses to care for the bird, knowing it is her totem animal. Mia feels powerless to change the things she sees around her, until she explores the fragile connections of family and culture and discovers her own inner strength. This is the story of how he developed his iconic Ned Kelly series of paintings, brought modernist art to Australia and took Australian art to an admiring international audience.

    Brilliant fall of Gianna Z. She has less than a week to collect and document twenty-five leaves, and she'll lose her spot on the team if she can't pull it off. With a forgetful grandmother, a hearse-driving father, a mean-girl running rival, and new feelings toward her best friend, Gianna wishes life would just leave her alone to finish the project. Can Gianna Z get the stroke of brilliance she needs to make it all work out?

    Anton rocks on Anton might only be little in stature but he has a great talent. By the time he reaches high school, Anton has heard all the size jokes. His resourcefulness and music save the day and the Rock Eisteddfod. Black water When Farren's father goes missing at sea, all he wants is for his older brother to come home from the war in Gallipoli. But, when Danny returns, he has changed from the person Farren remembers. This is a story of two brothers' struggle to make their way in a difficult world.

    Mature themes and very strong language used in context throughout. Brocky's bananagram Matt Brock and his friend write a message on a banana which is to be shipped out from his dad's plantation. What a surprise when they receive a reply. Colour of sunshine, The Following the death of his older sister in a car accident, a nine year old boy is surrounded by the grief of his family. Finn and the big guy Finn comes to the city for his first big break as a stablehand at a large racetrack.

    Working with the horses he loves, Finn feels valuable for the first time in his life. But there's trouble at the track, and Finn finds it difficult to know who to trust. George is scientific, cautious and a pyjama wearing nerd.

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    Chase is popular, rich, carefree and impulsive. After his latest haircut goes seriously wrong, George sparks interest from the unlikely Chase. He sees George's potential in helping him complete a rescue mission. George doubts his abilities to help Chase but finds himself, time and again, getting the two of them out of tricky situations. In effect, the teen had reinvented the wheel. We are guessing that Shouryya will not be deterred by this setback, and will not stop until he has taken Sir Isaac to the apple tree and back.

    At age eight, Gabriel See taught himself calculus and physics from the Internet, but people took serious notice when Gabriel scored a out of score on the SAT math test. When he was 11, he won a silver medal at a competition on synthetic biology for undergraduate college students at MIT.

    In , he started taking upper-level math classes at University of Washington, and now takes graduate math courses. They also want him to have a teenage life, so Gabriel attends Renaissance School of Art and Reasoning, an arts-oriented junior high school, where on half-days he takes drama, language arts, and dance.

    That is especially noteworthy since technically See is not even in high school yet! Nur Muhammed Shafiullah, a teen mathematician, is the youngest student from Bangladesh to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad and in the International Olympiad in Informatics. In Bangladesh, Nur holds a number of math Olympiad records, earning the highest score at the Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad three years in a row.

    Beyond competing in math, Nur works at math camps in Bangladesh, and is a moderator of a Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad online student forum. He wants to study computer science or biology in college abroad, when he has completed high school. Math Olympiads. The teen whiz also has a passion for playing the piano, and has placed in many musical competitions. He plans to major in computer science at Stanford University. In , Raghav received his first Android device, immediately began working on his first Android app, and he has not stopped since. Raghav is currently working on his second book, to be entitled Pro Android UI.

    Raghav is interested in robotics, physics, and mathematics. He is an avid reader, and maintains his own photography website. You will find Stephen R. Stephen started at Morehouse College at 11 years of age because his mother, who was homeschooling him, could not keep up with his potential. The college student is also a talented classical pianist; he began to play the piano at the age of two. I just learn very, very quickly. Due to a Georgia law which requires a student to be 16 to graduate from high school, Stephen will receive his high school diploma one year before he receives his college degrees.

    Marissa Stephens is one of the top young female mathematicians in the U. At this camp, problems were converted into creative and entertaining activities, such as water balloon fights and watermelon seed spitting contests. I really enjoy the AIME since it is a problem-solving math competition and the answers always seem to take a little creativity to solve.

    Marissa has discovered another problem to solve: how to get more girls and women interested in math. In these summers at math camp, she realized there were equal numbers of girls and boys but, as she got older, she observed a significant change:. At the end of my eighth grade year, I looked around the room and realized I was the only girl out of 20 or so students. Sadly, this gross under-representation of girls tends to be the norm in extra-curricular math, rather than the exception. As a female interested in math and science, I find the lack of female participation appalling. Marissa sees herself as a role model and works to inspire younger female students to engage in math and science.

    To further her goal, she developed MathMania, a free student-led math camp for middle school students. The teen whiz kid pursues physical challenges as well. A member of the cross-country and track teams at her high school, she has also competed in various rock-climbing competitions. Math, physics, and computer science. Lawrence Sun masters them all. He was named a national finalist, traveled to Washington, DC, and had a Minor Planet named after him. Lawrence also qualified for the U. Junior Math Olympiad and the U. Math Olympiad in eighth and ninth grades, respectively.

    He also enjoys computer science, having competed in the U. Computer Olympiad in and made it to the silver level. At the International Symposia on Multi-Valued Logic, Lawrence presented his published research on the use of robot programming techniques to find contradictions in laws governing police use of force. He captained his team in the Winter Online Math Open, which placed first out of competing teams. Like many of his fellow teens on this list, Lawrence will head to MIT this fall, forgoing his high school graduation at Catlin Gabel School in Portland.

    He plans to major in physics, computer science, or mathematics. After MIT, Lawrence plans to pursue a career in research in academia or for technology development. Andrey Sushko was born in Russia, raised in England, and has been living in the U. He said he has never spent more than five years in the same home. He invented and built a tiny, yet extremely powerful motor that runs on water surface tension. An avid sailor, Andrey has logged hundreds of hours of experience on the water.

    His interest in model boats led to him looking at micro-robotics in a new way. Andrey credits his love of science to his scientist parents. He interns at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and will attend Stanford University, majoring in engineering physics. Adora Svitak is an internationally published author of essays, stories, poems, blogs, and full-length books.

    A voracious reader since age three, by four her writing was limited only by her handwriting and spelling. Her introduction to the public occurred at age six, when she was recognized for her exceptional writing abilities. At seven years of age, Adora began writing blogs and an online journal, expounding on national and international issues which interested her. Her first full-length novel, Yang in Disguise, was published in Adora also served as a spokesperson for the Verizon Reads campaign for literacy.

    Achille Tenkiang, a high school junior at Wilmington Charter School, created in his parents' garage a working microbial fuel cell that converts mud into electricity. The school project won the teen the U. Achille continues his research on microbial fuels at the University of Delaware.

    Achille placed sixth in the state and thirteenth in the nation in the National French Exam, and was also inducted into the National French Honor Society. He also plays the trombone. The teen whiz kid is clearly committed to community service. Achille is a well-rounded teen. Achille intends to be a chemical or environmental engineer, helping developing nations to effectively use technology. From his early years, Dylan Toh constantly looked for greater challenges in mathematics than his grade or teachers could provide.

    Even his math mentors in Singapore could not out-pace his abilities. In searching the Internet for challenging problems, Toh discovered brilliant.

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    An accomplished tennis player, Nithin was a member of his high school varsity tennis team. He also co-founded and captained his high school robotics team, founded a district-wide math circle for gifted students, as well as a research club for middle school children, and was the leading scorer on his varsity Quiz Bowl team.

    The Port Huron Northern High School graduate, first in his class of , is attending Harvard, where he is studying math and computer science. Nithin plans to pursue a career in computational biology. For now, he is working on Butucu, a startup he developed with friends, which involves digitizing the in-store shopping experience. Sarah really did keep glass flasks under her loft bed to cultivate various types of algae. Hybridizing the algae over generations, she yielded algae strains with high oil-producing ability. The dorm mother should probably check under her bed after she moves in.

    At 11 years of age, he put an operating system onto his iPod Mini to play Game Boy on it. At 13 years of age, he hacked into the operating system of his iPod touch. Ari continues to associate with the Dev team, although his recent efforts are much less controversial. Now, he wants to develop websites and businesses of his own. Ari has learned a few other lessons along the way. He claims to have created a web-based business when he was younger, but, due to lack of experience in finance and marketing, his team could not bring it to market before another company released a similar product.

    Currently working for a startup in California that is developing expanded wireless Internet access, Ari continues to ponder ways to improve operating systems. Not many teens have presented at TEDx Talks even once, much less four times! Brittany Wenger has. Brittany, a high-school senior at the Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, is advancing the diagnosis of breast cancer in big ways: She is making it more accurate and less invasive.

    Brittany began researching neural networks in the seventh grade. Her Cloud4Cancer service collects data from biopsies done with the fine-needle aspiration process instead of the traditional surgical option. In preliminary trials, the service achieved Delivered as a cloud service, Cloud4Cancer is available to every hospital in the world.

    Brittany has recently turned her scientific attention to leukemia. Her work with leukemia shows the Cloud4Cancer service can be altered for multiple cancer classifications. Brittany received recognition at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which assembled 1, high school finalists from all over the world to compete for millions of dollars in awards. Brittany will attend Duke University, and says she wants to be a pediatric oncologist. Continuing her research, she wants to help scientists seeking cures for cancer. Taylor Wilson is a nuclear scientist.

    At 14, he became the youngest person to produce nuclear fusion. He built a working fusion reactor in his garage. Thanks to funding from the U. Department of Homeland Security and the U. Department of Energy, the device is being field-tested for use. A new prototype creates radioactive isotopes in a small device which could help in how and where cancer treatments are managed. Taylor believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs.

    He also believes kids can change the world. Now he wants to save our seaports from nuclear terror. At TED , Taylor presented his ideas about building small self-contained underground nuclear fission reactors, which use decommissioned nuclear weapons to create power. Farrell Wu was already doing math at the age of one. By three, he was trading stocks! The IMO is the most prestigious and most difficult math competition in the world. According to his American math mentor, Farrell is already at the level of an exceptional undergraduate math major.

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