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              The Shadow of the Wind
                 

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              By Ruiz Zafon, Carlos

              Barcelona 1945: young Daniel Sempere is taken to a fabulous secret library called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books where he is told he must 'adopt' a single book, promising to care for it always. Entranced by his chosen book, The Shadow of the Wind, Daniel begins a quest to find t...he truth about the life and death of its mysterious author.
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              ISBN 9781921921704
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              Published NZ 16 Dec 2011
              Publisher The Text Publishing Company
              Interest Age 13+ years
              Series The Cemetery of Forgotten Books
              Language (English)
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              Animal Farm
                

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              By Orwell, George

              'All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.' Drunken Mr Jones of Manor Farm has neglected his livestock for too long. In a burst of insurgent fervour they rise up and he is deposed, with the pigs taking charge of the newly named Animal Farm. Everything r...uns smoothly, productivity soars, and all animals are well-fed and happy. But the further away the memory of the revolution, the more distant seem its ideals, and when Boxer the workhorse is betrayed, the horrifying extent of the pigs' corruption is revealed. Orwell's 'fairy story', a scathing satire of Soviet communism, is as potent now as it was in 1945. Animal Farm is one of literature's most electrifying examinations of power and corruption. George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair (1903 - 1950) was a teacher, novelist and journalist. He also served his country, including in the Home Guard during the Second World War. He later became the literary editor of the Tribune and wrote for the Observer and Manchester Evening News. The author of nine books, Orwell is best know for the allegorical Animal Farm (1945) and dystopian satire Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). They have gone on to become two of the most influential books of the twentieth century. 'A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable.' New York Times 'There are no replacements for George Orwell, just as there are no replacements for a Bernard Shaw or a Mark Twain...he pricked, provoked and badgered lazy minds, delighted those who enjoyed watching an original intelligence at work.' Time 'A book for everyone and Everyman, its brightness undimmed after fifty years.' Ruth Rendell 'Timeless, even transcendent.' Christopher Hitchens 'Absolutely first rate.' New Yorker
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              ISBN 9781922148735
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              Published NZ 2 Jan 2014
              Publisher The Text Publishing Company
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              This is How We Change the Ending
               

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              By Wakefield, Vikki

              A gritty, ultimately triumphant novel from one of Australia's most loved YA writers, the author of award-winning Friday Brown

              ISBN 9781925774900
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              Published NZ 3 Sep 2019
              Publisher The Text Publishing Company
              Interest Age 13+ years
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              Australia Day
               

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              By Cheng, Melanie

              Winner, Prize for Fiction, The 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 'Melanie Cheng is an astonishingly deft and incisive writer. With economy and elegance, she creates a dazzling mosaic of contemporary life, of how we live now. Hers is a compelling new voice in Australian ...literature.' Christos Tsiolkas Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes abut are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world. This is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider's sensitivity and understanding with an outsider's clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we've seen before. Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. Of Chinese-Australian heritage, she was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne with her family. In 2016 she won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Her debut short story collection, Australia Day, won the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Book Award for debut fiction and the 2017 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Her writing has been published in the Age, Big Issue, Meanjin and Overland among other publications. 'A stunning debut that takes its place among Australian short story greats.' AU Review 'The book bears witness to the author's empathetic eye, multicultural characterisation and easy facility with dialogue...This short story collection explores what it means to belong, to be Australian; i
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              ISBN 9781925410839
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              Published NZ 3 Jul 2017
              Publisher The Text Publishing Company
              Interest Age General Audience
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              Amal Unbound: A Novel
               

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              By Saeed, Aisha

              Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when-as the eldest daughter-she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. ...Amal is upset, but she doesn't lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens-after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt. Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal-especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal's growing awareness of the Khans' nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams. Aisha Saeed is a Pakistani-American writer, teacher and attorney. She has been featured on MTV, the Huffington Post, NBC and the BBC, and, as one of the founding members of the much talked about 'We Need Diverse Books' campaign, she is helping change the conversation about diverse books. Aisha lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and sons. 'A Pakistani girl's dreams of an education dissolve when she is forced into indentured servitude...Amal narrates, her passion for learning, love for her family, and despair at her circumstance evoked with sympathy and clarity, as is the setting. Inspired by Malala Yousafzai and countless unknown girls like her, Saeed's timely and stirring middle-grade debut is a celebration of resistance and justice.' Kirkus Reviews, starred review 'Readers will find that a little perseverance and a heart filled with hope can eventually surmount a harsh reality. Saeed fills her prose with lush descriptions of Pakistani life, while still man
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              ISBN 9781925626971
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              Published NZ 28 May 2018
              Publisher The Text Publishing Company
              Interest Age Children / Young Adults
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              Please Don't Hug Me
               

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              By Kerr, Kay

              A powerful and funny Own Voices story from a debut Australian writer, for fans of Simone Howell's Girl, Defective and Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl.

              ISBN 9781925774825
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              Published NZ 28 Apr 2020
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              Interest Age Children / Young Adults
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              Every Day
                

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              By Levithan, David

              Can you love someone who is destined to change each day? Every morning, A wakes in a different person's body. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. And then A wakes up in the body o...f Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon.
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              ISBN 9781921961205
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              Published NZ 26 Sep 2012
              Publisher The Text Publishing Company
              Interest Age 13+ years
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              The War I Finally Won
               

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              By Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker

              Like the classic heroines of literature, Ada wins our hearts as she continues her World War II adventures after the Newbery Honor-winning The War that Saved My Life. When Ada's clubfoot is surgically fixed at last, she knows for certain that she's not what her mother said she wa...s-crippled in her mind as well as in her body. But who is she, she wonders? Ada and her brother, Jamie, are living with their guardian, Susan, in a cottage in the English countryside, on the estate of the formidable Lady Thorton and her daughter, Maggie, Ada's dearest friend. Life in the crowded cottage is tense. Then Ruth, a Jewish girl from Germany, moves in. A German? Everyone is horrified. Ada must decide-where do her loyalties lie? The War I Finally Won is the marvellous conclusion to Ada's powerful, uplifting story. Kimberly Brubaker Bradley has written several historical novels for children and young adults, including the bestselling Newbery Honor Book The War that Saved My Life. She lives on a farm in Tennessee with her family. 'Brubaker Bradley is unsparing in her rendition of the human toll that wars incur. But it is a book, like its predecessor, that teems with beauty...Both books leave a profound afterglow and establish themselves firmly as classics to be loved and revisited.' Magpies 'A fitting sequel.' NZ Listener, 50 Best Books for Kids Ada's voice is honest and authentic and true...A novel to curl up with on a rainy day; it took me back to the novels I read and loved as a child.' Steph Bowe, author of Night Swimming Achingly lovely...Nuanced and emotionally acute, this vivid tale from the wartime home front will have readers ages 10-14 wincing at Ada's stumbles and rejoicing to the point of tears in her victories. Wall Street Journal 'Bradley sweeps us up in the story she's telling and at the same time raises hard questions and makes us think-even as she moves us to tears.' Starred Review, The Horn Book 'This absorbing adventure, with its gentle humour and
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              ISBN 9781925626056
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              Published NZ 2 Oct 2017
              Publisher The Text Publishing Company
              Interest Age Children / Young Adults
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              Will Grayson, Will Grayson
                

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              By Green, John; Levithan, David

              This collaboration between superstar young-adult authors John Green and David Levithan, is the one of the best, gayest, funniest, life-affirming books you'll ever read. It's tragic, romantic, feel-good, poignant and philosophical. It stars three very memorable characters, who mee...t one night in Chicago and find their lives forever changed.
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              ISBN 9781921776076
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              Published NZ 16 May 2010
              Publisher The Text Publishing Company
              Interest Age 13+ years
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              The Peacock Detectives
               

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              By Nugent, Carly

              Shortlisted for the 2017 Text Prize Today would have been an ordinary Saturday, except that two things happened: 1) The peacocks escaped and 2) I started writing this story. Dad says if you want to write a story you should start by choosing a topic that you know a lot ...about. That's why this is a story about peacocks. I know a lot about peacocks because: (a) Two peacocks live in the holiday flats across the road from me and (b) I'm good at finding them when they go missing. The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her 'Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective'. So this time she knows what to do-she'll look for clues and track them down. But the clues lead her in an unexpected direction and Cassie finds herself investigating a confusing mystery about her family. The Peacock Detectives is a warm and engaging story for middle-grade readers about dealing with change and finding out who you are. Carly Nugent lives in Bright in Victoria. Her short fiction has featured in numerous publications, including the Bellevue Literary Review and Award Winning Australian Writing. The Peacock Detectives is her first novel. 'Heartfelt and funny...Carly Nugent's debut is a lively and generous story that acknowledges the powerful feelings of its readers, and the space they occupy in the world.' Books+Publishing 'Nugent gently explores issues of depression...and brings the whole adventure satisfyingly around with a delightful peacock discovery.' SA Weekend
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              ISBN 9781925626681
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              Published NZ 28 May 2018
              Publisher The Text Publishing Company
              Interest Age 9-11 years
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