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Thirteen Reasons Why
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'Sir?' she repeats. 'How soon do you want it to get there?' I rub two fingers, hard, over my left eyebrow. The throb­bing has become intense. 'It doesn't matter,' I say. The clerk takes the package. The same shoebox that sat on my porch less than twenty-four hours ago; rewrapped in a brown paper bag, sealed with clear packing tape, exactly as I had received it. But now ...
Specky Magee
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1 Saturday Play 'Come on, get the ball down here,' mumbled Specky under his breath. Specky and his team-mates had to play the best footy ever, especially if they were to have any chance of winning today's competition. He guessed there were about two minutes of the game left to go, and the opposition were ahead by just five points. Hugging the boundary line of Specky's ...
Specky Magee
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1 Saturday Play 'Come on, get the ball down here,' mumbled Specky under his breath. Specky and his team-mates had to play the best footy ever, especially if they were to have any chance of winning today's competition. He guessed there were about two minutes of the game left to go, and the opposition were ahead by just five points. Hugging the boundary line of Specky's ...
Specky Magee & the Spirit of the Game
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1. Rivergum 'Brian! Brian! Wake up!' Brian Edwards struggled to open his eyes. He read the time on his bedside clock and groaned. He pulled the curtain aside and waved half-heartedly at his smiling coach. Ernie was leaning out the window of his ute, parked in the driveway. 'Come on, champ! No time to sleep in,' he called, and beeped the horn. 'Get a move on! Ernie's waiting ...
Specky Magee & a Legend in the Making
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1. Rivergum 'Brian! Brian! Wake up!' Brian Edwards struggled to open his eyes. He read the time on his bedside clock and groaned. He pulled the curtain aside and waved half-heartedly at his smiling coach. Ernie was leaning out the window of his ute, parked in the driveway. 'Come on, champ! No time to sleep in,' he called, and beeped the horn. 'Get a move on! Ernie's waiting ...
Specky Magee & the Boots of Glory
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Caught in the middle of a mini-stampede, Specky streamed into the school theatre with his fellow Gosmarians. Most of the students were already there. To Specky's surprise, it felt more like the start of a Grand Final match than a school assembly. Everyone was stamping their feet and chanting the Gosmore song – which had the same tune as the Carlton Blues song. We are ...
Specky Magee and the Season of Champions
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1. Tough Enough Cupping his right knee tightly, Specky groaned. Trying to force himself back to sleep, he rolled over onto his stomach and buried his head under a pillow. But it was no use, the pain was excruciating. He sat up, switched on his bedside lamp and gently rubbed his shin. 'Man, this is killing me,' he said, biting his bottom lip and glancing over to the football-shaped ...
Specky Magee & the Great Footy Contest
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'Are you sure you've packed everything?' 'Yeah, Dad,' answered Specky, rushing out the door. 'I'll see you after the game.' 'Good luck, champ!' his father shouted after him. Specky ran across the front lawn and jumped into Mr Robert's car. He and Josh Roberts, were off to play the first game of the season for their Under 14's Aussie Rules football team – the Booyong ...
Specky Magee and the Battle of the Young Guns
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Chapter 2 . . . and here he is again – young Simon Magee for the Vics – about to have his fifth shot at goal. He hasn't quite had his kicking boot on today, managing two goals and two behinds, but the boy has lived up to all the hype surrounding him over the past week.    I agree, Jim. This kid has been one of the stars of this Under-Fifteen national ...
Specky Magee and the Best of Oz
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Prologue Specky zipped up his suitcase and propped it against his bedroom wall. He had a few minutes to spare. He shoved his passport in his pocket, sat in front of his computer and typed International Rules Football Ireland v Australia  into YouTube. A score of clips appeared on screen. Specky clicked on one and turned up the volume. 'And both teams are amongst the ...
Specky Magee & The Great Footy Contest
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'Are you sure you've packed everything?' 'Yeah, Dad,' answered Specky, rushing out the door. 'I'll see you after the game.' 'Good luck, champ!' his father shouted after him. Specky ran across the front lawn and jumped into Mr Robert's car. He and Josh Roberts, were off to play the first game of the season for their Under 14's Aussie Rules football team – the Booyong ...
Specky Magee & the Season of Champions
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1. Tough Enough Cupping his right knee tightly, Specky groaned. Trying to force himself back to sleep, he rolled over onto his stomach and buried his head under a pillow. But it was no use, the pain was excruciating. He sat up, switched on his bedside lamp and gently rubbed his shin. 'Man, this is killing me,' he said, biting his bottom lip and glancing over ...
Specky Magee & the Boots of Glory
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Caught in the middle of a mini-stampede, Specky streamed into the school theatre with his fellow Gosmarians. Most of the students were already there. To Specky's surprise, it felt more like the start of a Grand Final match than a school assembly. Everyone was stamping their feet and chanting the Gosmore song – which had the same tune as the Carlton Blues song. ...
Specky Magee and the Spirit of the Game
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1. Rivergum 'Brian! Brian! Wake up!' Brian Edwards struggled to open his eyes. He read the time on his bedside clock and groaned. He pulled the curtain aside and waved half-heartedly at his smiling coach. Ernie was leaning out the window of his ute, parked in the driveway. 'Come on, champ! No time to sleep in,' he called, and beeped the horn. 'Get a move on! Ernie's ...
Specky Magee & the Battle of the Young Guns
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Chapter 2 . . . and here he is again – young Simon Magee for the Vics – about to have his fifth shot at goal. He hasn't quite had his kicking boot on today, managing two goals and two behinds, but the boy has lived up to all the hype surrounding him over the past week. I agree, Jim. This kid has been one of the stars of this Under-Fifteen national football ...
Specky Magee and a Legend in the Making
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'Derek!' growled Mr Johnson from his armchair. 'While you're there, get me another one, will ya?' Screamer shuffled into the lounge room and handed his dad a can of beer. 'Can you believe this joker?' Mr Johnson continued, pointing at the TV. Screamer looked over at the screen as he dropped onto the couch in the corner of the room. He and his dad were watching Sensational ...
Specky Magee and the Best of Oz
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Prologue Specky zipped up his suitcase and propped it against his bedroom wall. He had a few minutes to spare. He shoved his passport in his pocket, sat in front of his computer and typed International Rules Football Ireland v Australia into YouTube. A score of clips appeared on screen. Specky clicked on one and turned up the volume. 'And both teams are amongst the goals ...
Andy Roid and the Camp Howl Crusaders
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PREVIOUSLY… Andy's not a regular kid, but he's trying his best to act like one. His parents are government scientists, specialising in robotics. After a terrible accident, they rebuilt him using their latest, untested research, giving him superhuman powers. His parents nicknamed him Andy Roid, but it's more than just a nickname: it's his government code name. And there's ...
Andy Roid and the Heroes of the Night
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Previously . . . Andy's not a regular kid, but he's trying his best to act like one. His parents are government scientists, specialising in robotics. After a terrible accident, they rebuilt him using their latest, untested research, giving him superhuman powers. They nicknamed him Andy Roid, but it's more than just a nickname: it's his government code name. And there's a ...
Andy Roid and the Turbine Runaways
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1 BAD BOY As Andy walked through the gates of his school he noticed something weird. It was hard to miss. Everyone was staring at him, whispering as he walked past. He glanced down to see if his fly was open. It wasn't. Maybe they know it's my birthday, he thought. No, that can't be it, he decided. Andy walked quickly down the busy corridor towards his locker. 'Seriously, ...
Andy Roid and the Sinister Showdown
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1 BURGERS WITH FRIES 'I think we lost 'em!' said Judd, switching off the roaring engine of the Ducati 1199. 'For now…' Reggie climbed off the bike and leaned against the wall of the roadside diner, looking shell-shocked. 'We've gotta keep going, Judd,' said Andy, still sitting on the Ducati. 'My dad's missing and Molly's life is in danger.' For a moment, Andy ...
Andy Roid and the Tracks of Death
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1 MIGHTY BIRD 'There they are…the Swiss Alps!' Andy looked down at the gigantic peaks and breathtaking valleys. 'Whoa!' he gasped, marvelling at one of the greatest mountain ranges in the world. 'Amazing!' Andy still couldn't believe that he was a secret agent, travelling to Switzerland in the cockpit of a fighter jet. They were flying so high that they had to wear ...
Andy Roid and the Unexpected Mission
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1 AGENT TRAINING Andy stood looking out over the ocean as fighter jets howled and whooshed across the sky. He shook his head in amazement. If someone had told him a year ago that he'd be standing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on the runway of an aircraft carrier as tall as a skyscraper, he never would have believed them. He turned to look at his dad, who was super ...
Andy Roid and the Tracks of Death
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1 MIGHTY BIRD 'There they are…the Swiss Alps!' Andy looked down at the gigantic peaks and breathtaking valleys. 'Whoa!' he gasped, marvelling at one of the greatest mountain ranges in the world. 'Amazing!' Andy still couldn't believe that he was a secret agent, travelling to Switzerland in the cockpit of a fighter jet. They were flying so high that they had to wear ...
Andy Roid & the Field Trip Terror
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1 NEW KID It wasn't easy acting normal, not from the moment Andy walked through the gates of his new school. He was met in the hall by a geekylooking boy wearing thick glasses. 'Welcome to Renfrew High!' he said. 'Are you Andy or Judd?' 'I'm Andy.' For a second he struggled to remember his new last name. Andy . . .' Finally it came to him. 'Andy Masters.' 'I'm Reginald ...
Andy Roid and the Unexpected Mission
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1 AGENT TRAINING Andy stood looking out over the ocean as fighter jets howled and whooshed across the sky. He shook his head in amazement. If someone had told him a year ago that he'd be standing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on the runway of an aircraft carrier as tall as a skyscraper, he never would have believed them. He turned to look at his dad, who was super ...
Andy Roid & the Superhuman Secret
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Prologue 'Hurry! Grab your bags! Now!' ordered Andy's dad. 'What's going on?' Andy asked as he walked through the front door. His dad was racing around the house, packing boxes like a madman. 'Why do I need to pack my bags? Where are we going?' 'We're moving!' his dad announced, pulling things off shelves and stuffing them into a suitcase. The lounge room looked like a ...
Andy Roid & the Missing Agent
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PREVIOUSLY . . . Andy's definitely not a regular kid – his parents are government scientists, specialising in robotics. After a terrible accident, they've rebuilt him using their latest, untested research. His parents nicknamed him Andy Roid, but it's more than just a nickname: it's his government code name. Andy's rebuild has given him superhuman powers, and now Andy ...
Andy Roid and the Camp Howl Crusades
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PREVIOUSLY… Andy's not a regular kid, but he's trying his best to act like one. His parents are government scientists, specialising in robotics. After a terrible accident, they rebuilt him using their latest, untested research, giving him superhuman powers. His parents nicknamed him Andy Roid, but it's more than just a nickname: it's his government code name. And there's ...
Andy Roid and the Avalanche of Evil
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PREVIOUSLY . . . Andy's definitely not a regular kid – his parents are government scientists, specialising in robotics. After a terrible accident, they've rebuilt him using their latest, untested research. His parents nicknamed him Andy Roid, but it's more than just a nickname: it's his government code name. Andy's rebuild has given him superhuman powers, and now he's ...
Andy Roid and the Heroes of the Night
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Previously . . . Andy's not a regular kid, but he's trying his best to act like one. His parents are government scientists, specialising in robotics. After a terrible accident, they rebuilt him using their latest, untested research, giving him superhuman powers. They nicknamed him Andy Roid, but it's more than just a nickname: it's his government code name. And there's a ...
Andy Roid and the Missing Agent
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PREVIOUSLY . . . Andy's definitely not a regular kid – his parents are government scientists, specialising in robotics. After a terrible accident, they've rebuilt him using their latest, untested research. His parents nicknamed him Andy Roid, but it's more than just a nickname: it's his government code name. Andy's rebuild has given him superhuman powers, and now Andy ...
Andy Roid & the Sinister Showdown
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1 BURGERS WITH FRIES 'I think we lost 'em!' said Judd, switching off the roaring engine of the Ducati 1199. 'For now…' Reggie climbed off the bike and leaned against the wall of the roadside diner, looking shell-shocked. 'We've gotta keep going, Judd,' said Andy, still sitting on the Ducati. 'My dad's missing and Molly's life is in danger.' For a moment, Andy ...
Andy Roid and the Avalanche of Evil epub
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PREVIOUSLY . . . Andy's definitely not a regular kid – his parents are government scientists, specialising in robotics. After a terrible accident, they've rebuilt him using their latest, untested research. His parents nicknamed him Andy Roid, but it's more than just a nickname: it's his government code name. Andy's rebuild has given him superhuman powers, and now he's ...
Andy Roid & the Turbine Runaways
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1 BAD BOY As Andy walked through the gates of his school he noticed something weird. It was hard to miss. Everyone was staring at him, whispering as he walked past. He glanced down to see if his fly was open. It wasn't. Maybe they know it's my birthday, he thought. No, that can't be it, he decided. Andy walked quickly down the busy corridor towards his locker. 'Seriously, ...
Whippersnapper
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Chapter One 'And Gus Delfino drives the ball from mid-court in to a fifteen footer. He steps in and floats it up . . . and he's got it! It's all net! The crowd goes berserk!' I grin as I commentate. I dribble the ball behind my back and through my legs – changing hands, left to right, practising my skills. I look up at the ring and pop up a simple shot from the free-throw ...
Andy Roid and the Superhuman Secret
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Prologue 'Hurry! Grab your bags! Now!' ordered Andy's dad. 'What's going on?' Andy asked as he walked through the front door. His dad was racing around the house, packing boxes like a madman. 'Why do I need to pack my bags? Where are we going?' 'We're moving!' his dad announced, pulling things off shelves and stuffing them into a suitcase. The lounge room looked like a ...
Andy Roid and the Field Trip Terror
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1 NEW KID It wasn't easy acting normal, not from the moment Andy walked through the gates of his new school. He was met in the hall by a geekylooking boy wearing thick glasses. 'Welcome to Renfrew High!' he said. 'Are you Andy or Judd?' 'I'm Andy.' For a second he struggled to remember his new last name. Andy . . .' Finally it came to him. 'Andy Masters.' 'I'm Reginald ...
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales
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Introduction to The Sandman No one in the world knows as many stories as The Sandman. Yes, indeed, he tells really wonderful stories! The Sandman comes in the evening, when children are sitting at the table, or perhaps on their stools. He comes upstairs very quietly in his stocking feet, opens the door softly, and then he sprinkles the finest sand into their eyes. They don't ...
Shark Wars
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Prologue For time beyond memory there was the ocean and it was empty. Then the first fish, a shark named Tyro, was borne from it. Tyro circled the Big Blue's vastness and found he was alone. So he swam once more through the seven seas and with each stroke of his mighty tail created everything that lives in and under the waters. He chose several sharks to hunt with him and called ...
Keeper of the Realms: Crow's Revenge
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Chapter 1: Mr Crow The house sat at the end of the small London street and it looked wrong. Not wrong in itself, although it was a peculiar-looking house, but wrong for the neighbourhood. Big, cranky and ancient, it squatted between its smaller neighbours and glared down the narrow backstreet as though daring anyone to say anything about its battered appearance. Yet beneath ...
Evangeline Wish Keeper's Helper
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One morning, when Evangeline was lying under the bed, as usual, wondering what to think about next, a broom suddenly appeared and swept her out onto the bedroom floor. The next thing she knew she was thrown into a big black plastic bag with a jumble of other toys, books and old clothes. She lay there for a while, quite comfortable on what felt like a fluffy jumper, with her eyes ...
Evangeline, The Wish Keeper's Helper
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One morning, when Evangeline was lying under the bed, as usual, wondering what to think about next, a broom suddenly appeared and swept her out onto the bedroom floor. The next thing she knew she was thrown into a big black plastic bag with a jumble of other toys, books and old clothes. She lay there for a while, quite comfortable on what felt like a fluffy jumper, with her eyes ...
The Lost Island of Tamarind
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Chapter One Maya's Dilemma * The Pamela Jane * 'A long time ago, near the equator' * A Mysterious Octopus * A Sinister Visitor Dolphins had been riding in the bow waves of the Pamela Jane all morning. They were plump and shiny and they played like children and spoke to each other in their strangely human language of squeaks and whistles. Usually Maya loved ...
Conrad Cooper's Last Stand
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Auckland, 1978   1   Dear Tane, I've never prayed to a god, so hope this is okay. If I get it wrong, don't strike me down with a thunderbolt or anything – I'm just a kid. There's no jail for kids, just grownups, so maybe gods have the same rules, like it doesn't count until you're sixteen. Hope so. Anyway, I would've said hi before, but I didn't ...
Kids' Night In 2: A Feast of Stories
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Felice Arena Soccer Freak I've gotta keep it going. It's all in the mind. I have to focus and try not to get distracted. Knee. Head. Head again. Left knee to right knee. On my right foot. Keep it going. I can't believe I haven't messed it up so far. I bet I've been juggling this soccer ball for about five minutes now. 'Stay away! I've been going for ...
Kids' Night In: A Midnight Feast
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Markus Zusak Teeyah the Terror goes on Who wants to be a millionaire ? Teeyah the Terror was not your standard, assembly-line dog. On the night she was born, a violent storm roughed up the sky and she was struck by lightening not once, but three times. The daggers of light surrounded the newborn Rottweiler for many minutes, and it was obvious that something was ...
Kids' Night In 3: A Sea of Stories and Oceans of Other Stuff
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Jessica Adams Lost Inside the Internet, by Matthew Wilde (as told to Jessica Adams) I am staring at my glow-in-the-dark alarm clock when I realise I'm going to lose all my races at the Autumn School Swimming Championships. It's now 5.42 a.m. exactly and the Championships start at 10 a.m. – but no matter how hard I try, I can't get back to sleep. Meanwhile I can see ...
Dragon Frontier
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PROLOGUE I have a story to tell you. Many years ago I found myself at the beginning of it. I was a child then, lulled by the nodding rhythm of a westbound wagon. It seems so far away now. I see the start of the story as nothing more than a group of tiny figures on a distant plain. They are blurred by the heat, moving across the landscape, just specks upon a giant world. ...

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20 Oct 2014
Penguin Random House Authors Shortlisted for Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
We are delighted with the news that the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist features seven Penguin Random House authors, including recent ManBooker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan.The awards recognise ‘the role Australian writers play in enlightening and entertaining us, reflecting on our history and taking our stories to the world’ and weare so proud that our authors have bee

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