Action / Adventure

The Whisperer

If you like books about:
Magic, special abilities, adventures, quests.

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Griff is an ordinary boy, working at a circus – but he has an extraordinary ability. He can receive people’s thoughts, although in an unfocussed way. When the circus master decides to exploit this talent, disaster ensues. Griff decides to escape, taking fellow circus member Tess and her magical creatures with him. Meanwhile Griff is hearing a cry for help from Lute, the Crown Prince of the realm, under attack from his uncle Janko, who wants to rule in his stead. Escaping from Janko’s clutches, Lute encounters Bitter Olof, a bandit with a long history, and Calico Grace, captain of the pirate ship Silver Wind. With allies both magical and human, Griff and Lute must reclaim their inheritance and discover the truth behind their mysterious communication.

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Mister Monday

Keys to the Kingdom #1
If you like books about:
Magic, plagues, heroes, adventure, good vs evil.

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Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then he is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. Arthur is safe – but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with blood-stained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back – even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him. Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house – a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key – and discover his true fate.

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Inkheart

Inkheart Trilogy #1
If you like books about:
Magic, books and reading, Europe, adventure, good vs evil.

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Meggie loves books. So does her father, Mo, a bookbinder, although he’s never read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared. They live quietly until the night a stranger arrives with a warning. The next day, Mo starts packing but won’t tell Meggie why. They must go into hiding. But from what? From whom? Soon, Mo’s secret is revealed. He has the amazing ability to breathe life into stories, to make characters come alive. Years ago, he accidentally released a merciless villain from a book called Inkheart. And now, this hateful criminal is after Mo and his extraordinary gift. Meggie is hurled into the adventure of a lifetime, where the imaginary has become real. It’s up to her to find a way to alter the course of the story that holds them all in its power.

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Tomorrow, When the War Began

Tomorrow When the War Began #1
If you like books about:
Dystopian future, war in Australia, survival, courage.

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Somewhere out there Ellie and her friends are hiding. They’re shocked, they’re frightened, they’re alone. Their world has changed, with the speed of a slamming door. They’ve got no weapons – except courage. They’ve got no help – except themselves. They’ve got nothing – except friendship. How strong can you be, when the world is full of people trying to kill you? Tomorrow, When the War Began is the first of an enormously popular series that has been translated and published all over the world. It is the book that started the series that became the legend…

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Noble Conflict

If you like books about:
Dystopian worlds, rebels, secrets, adventure.

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How much do you trust the world around you? Years after a violent war destroyed much of the world, Kaspar has grown up in a society based on peace and harmony. But beyond the city walls, a vicious band of rebels are plotting to tear this peace apart. It is up to the Guardians – an elite peacekeeping force – to protect the city, without ever resorting to the brutal methods of their enemy. When Kaspar joins the Guardians, he has a chance encounter with a rebel – a beautiful girl named Rhea. Haunted from that moment on by strange visions and memories – memories that could only belong to Rhea – he realises he hasn’t been told the truth about what the rebels really want, and what he’s really fighting for.

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Genesis

Rosie Black Chronicles #1
If you like books about:
The future, WA, secrets, climate change.

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Five hundred years into the future, the world is a different place. The Melt has sunk most of the coastal cities and Newperth is divided into the haves, the have-nots and the fringe dwellers. When Rosie Black, a have-not, finds an unusual box, she has no idea of the grave consequences of her discovery. A mysterious organisation wants it – and will kill to get it.

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson #1
If you like books about:
Ancient Greek mythology, adventure, quests, heroes.

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“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That’s when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I’ve stolen his lightning bolt – and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.” Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully-fledged war of the Gods erupts?

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Museum of Thieves

The Keepers Trilogy #1
If you like books about:
Dystopian worlds, museums, magic, adventure, secrets.

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It is Separation Day in the city of Jewel, the day when all 12-year-olds are freed from the silver guardchains they have worn on their wrists from the moment they could walk, and for Goldie Roth, the day cannot come soon enough. Constantly protected from any number of real or imaginary threats in the outside world, Goldie’s boldness has frequently put her in punishment chains, a humiliation she can hardly bear, so when the ceremony is dramatically interrupted by the bloodied appearance of the Leader of the Blessed Guardians, she grasps the opportunity to escape. Appalled and excited by what she has done, Goldie finds herself drawn by a mysterious figure to the Museum of Daunt, a place where nothing is as it seems, and where a giant dog, a slaughterbird, and a young boy as spirited as herself will become her close friends. The first part in an exciting fantasy adventure, this is a classic quest story in which Goldie’s courage is tested against the evil determination of the Blessed Guardians to uncover the secret behind the Museum’s closed doors.

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Maze Runner

Maze Runner Trilogy #1
If you like books about:
Dystopian worlds, mazes, adventure, secrets, survival.

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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind. ©Random House

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The Apothecary

If you like books about:
1950s London, alchemy, adventure, espionage.

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A mysterious apothecary. A magic book. A missing scientist. An impossible plan.

It’s 1952 and the Scott family has moved unexpectedly from Los Angeles to London. Janie feels uncomfortable in her strange new school, until the local apothecary promises her a remedy for homesickness. But the real cure is meeting the apothecary’s son Benjamin, a curiously defiant boy who dreams of becoming a spy. Benjamin’s father is no ordinary apothecary, and when he’s kidnapped, Benjamin and Janie find themselves entrusted with his sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia. And it seems that Russian spies are intent on getting their hands on it. What secrets does the book contain? Who is the Chinese chemist Jin Lo? And can they trust a skinny pickpocket called Pip to help them? Discovering transformative elixirs they never imagined could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous quest to save the apothecary and prevent an impending nuclear disaster.

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Eragon

The Inheritance Cycle #1
If you like books about:
Dragons, magic, adventure, quests.

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One boy . . . One dragon . . . A world of adventure. When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands…

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Stormbreaker

Alex Rider #1
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Espionage, adventure, heroes, good vs evil.

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When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Forcibly recruited into MI6, Alex has to take part in gruelling SAS training exercises. Then, armed with his own special set of secret gadgets, he’s off on his first mission to Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art Stormbreaker computers. Sayle has offered to give one free to every school in the country but there’s more to the gift than meets the eye.

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Skulduggery Pleasant #1
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Magic, mysteries, adventure, detectives, good vs evil.

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Hell-for-leather car chases, vampire smack-downs and magical duels. Get ready for the fastest, funniest fright-fest of your life… Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard. When all hell breaks loose, it’s lucky for Skulduggery that he’s already dead. Though he’s about to discover that being a skeleton doesn’t stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there’s anything Skulduggery hates, it’s torture… Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing’s for sure: evil won’t know what’s hit it.

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Missing

Raven Lucas #1
If you like books about:
Mystery, missing persons, detective work.

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Raven Lucas appears to have everything. But something is missing from her life: her father. He has disappeared, suddenly, mysteriously, with no words of goodbye. Has he simply left his family and didn’t have the courage to explain why? Is he dead, either by his own hand or another’s? Has he been kidnapped? But why has there been no ransom demand? Raven is determined to find out what happened to him. Even if it kills her. And it just might.

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The Ruins of Gorlan

Ranger’s Apprentice #1
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Medieval history, magic, adventure, heroes, good vs evil.

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Will is small for his age, but agile and energetic. All his life, he has longed to be a warrior and to follow in the footsteps of the father he never knew, so he is devastated when he is rejected as an apprentice to Castle Redmont’s Battleschool. He’s no happier when he’s assigned instead to the Ranger Corps, the Kingdom’s secret service, as the Rangers are a mysterious group whose uncanny ability to move about unseen is thought by many to be the result of black magic. Will begins training under the dour and enigmatic Halt, and reluctantly learns all the fieldcraft and archery he will need to become a fully-fledged Ranger. But Will soon finds himself needing all his new-found skills as he and Halt set off on a desperate mission to prevent the assassination of the King…THE RUINS OF GORLAN is an entertaining and exciting quest, the first in a new series about Will and his friends from Castle Redmont.

Visit the Ranger’s Apprentice website: http://www.rangersapprentice.com.au

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January

Conspiracy 365 #1
If you like books about:
Conspiracies, mystery, action, secrets, survival.

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On New Year’s Eve Cal is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning … They killed your father. They’ll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days. Hurled into a life on the run, with a price on his head, the 15-year-old fugitive is isolated and alone. Hunted by the law and ruthless criminals, Cal must somehow uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious death and a history-changing secret. Who can he turn to, who can he trust, when the whole world seems to want him dead? Callum Ormond has been warned. He has 365 days. The countdown has begun …

Visit the Conspiracy 365 website: http://www.conspiracy365.com

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Lionboy

Lionboy Trilogy #1
If you like books about:
Mystery, adventure, circuses, cats, quests.

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Charlie Ashanti can speak Cat. He takes it for granted, but when his mum and dad go missing, the cats are the only friends he can turn to. Setting out to find his parents, Charlie stows away on a circus ship. On board he meets six lions who need his help. Together they embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

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