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Learn what tools are needed as well as how to build shelters in all types of climates, including hot, cold and wet. Bear Grylls: Spirit of the jungle Mak and his family are in India. Things are going well until their raft is capsized on a wild river and Mak is separated and lost deep in the Indian Jungle. Can Mac survive long enough to find his way out of this strange, unfamiliar and dangerous landscape of bugs, bats, monkeys, snakes, bears, wolves, panthers and worst of all poachers?

And if he can survive, will he really want to leave? Beast Eleven year old Jamie, a fearful boy, confronts his biggest fear, the class bully. Through his ordeal, he comes to realise that, while magic can't stop bad things from happening, intelligence and courage can. Beast from the east, The Ginger Wald and her identical twin brothers, Nat and Pat, are lost in the woods. No problem. After all, Ginger did go to that stupid nature camp. Still, there's something odd about this part of the woods. The grass is yellow. The bushes are purple. And the trees are like skyscrapers.

Then Ginger and her brothers meet the beasts. They're big blue furry creatures. And they want to play a game. The winners get to live. The losers get eaten. Sebastian and Elanor seek help from Crowthorne Castle but both allies and enemies will reveal themselves. Tom and Quinn venture into the mysterious moors where a hideous beast lies in waiting. Beast of Hushing Wood, The Ziggy Truegood feels a threatening presence in her tiny town of Hushing Wood, which is deepened by a recurring nightmare she has.

When Raffi, an exotic young boy, and his grandfather come to town Ziggy's fears intensify. Unfortunately, her own wise and knowledgeable grandfather is ill, unable to help her. She wonders are the pair there to save her or to hunt her? Beat goes on, The If you want to be the next rock superstar, find out what it takes to be part of a rock band on the road.

Beetle boy When his dad mysteriously goes missing from his job as Director of Science at the Natural History Museum, Darkus Cuttle moves in with his eccentric uncle. Next door live two lunatic cousins with an enormous beetle infestation. But, the beetles are anything but ordinary. They're an amazing, intelligent super species, and they're in danger of being exterminated. Darkus and his friends must save the beetles. But, they're up against the mad scientist of fashion and haute couture, Lucretia Cutter, who has dastardly plans for the bugs. Beetle soup: Australian stories and poems for children An anthology of Australian stories and poems with whimsical pictures.

Before they were famous series Historical fiction, easily read but with mature and fascinating content that gives an insight into the people who have shaped history. Beginner's guide to revenge, The At just thirteen, Romola has changed school five times and always has trouble making friends. By chance, she meets Sebastian and they help each other resolve some serious feelings of injustice. Romola is having trouble with some friends who are being mean to her and Sebastian is missing his dad. If someone did something very hurtful to you and you had a perfect way to pay them back, would you do it?

Romola and Sebastian have to make just such a decision. Beginner's luck Shelby and her friends are horse mad. Shelby must find a new home for her horse, Blue, who has been evicted from his paddock or her parents will get rid of him. Being Jack Jack is in Year 6 now and still loves his photography, surfing and crazy family.

Things are going well for him, particularly at school where he isn't bullied any more. But, he notices that his best friend, Christopher, is starting to miss school, hiding out and avoiding everyone. When a football match turns ugly and Jack and Christopher witness some unfair dirty play, they know that, again, the bullying has to stop. Belonging This wordless picture book, with exquisite collage illustrations, explores the re-greening of a city, the role of community and the significance of children, family and neighbourhood in changing the urban environment.

Beowulf Beowulf, the fearless warrior battles three evils that terrorise the entire kingdom of Denmark. He slays Grendel the merciless ogre and his vengeful sea hag mother. In his old age, Beowulf faces a bloody struggle with the deadly dragon of the deep in which he may not be as successful as in his youth. Best mate Joy and heartbreak combine in this bittersweet tale of a champion greyhound's journey through life as he passes from owner to owner.

A wonderful story of the bond between a pet and three families who get back much more than they could have imagined from allowing a dog into their lives. This book is also known as Born to Run. Beth: the story of a child convict After being caught stealing on the streets of London, Beth is sent to Australia as a child convict on the First Fleet.

Through Beth's story, we discover the unbearable hardships those first convicts suffered, not only on the long journey to Sydney Cove but also in the two years of near-famine following their arrival. A story inspired by the life of the youngest female convict with the First Fleet. Your aunt and uncle told you to stay out of their basement. So, of course, you check it out. That's where you find the dusty old refrigerator. In the fridge there are two containers.

One is filled with purple goop. It smells just like a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. The other holds a piece of chocolate cake. Your stomach is growling. If you eat the purple goop, you start shrinking. Pretty soon you're battling it out with a gigantic monster - a mouse! If you choose the cake, you grow into a tall giant. Now you're trying to escape the police, who are convinced you're a mutant alien! Beware of the storybook wolves This book with colourful illustrations and an interesting layout will tell you what to do if the wolves ever escape from your storybook.

Beware, the snowman Sherpia is a cold, cold place. It is a tiny village on the edge of the Arctic Circle, and there is lots of snow. When Jaclyn moves into Sherpia, she soon finds that it's not just the snow that freezes the blood in Sherpia. Beyond the knock-knock door After ruining a classmate's costume party, the Bowman triplets are chased into the city sewers. Locked inside, they discover a gateway to another world where sharks fly, swashbucklers scheme and party costumes become real.

The triplets are mistaken for famous heroes and must fight the biggest trouble of all. BFG, The The big friendly giant captures Sophie but he only wants to keep her, not eat her, as the other giants would. Big bash league 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. Big bash league: Academy smash Billy loves to bowl, fast! He is also a massive Melbourne Stars fan and when his friend Wen Lee lets him know about a cricket academy camp, run by none other than the Stars, Billy is desperate to go!

So is Wen Lee, even if she does barrack for the Brisbane Heat. Trouble is, the applications are about to close and Billy needs to find a way to raise money for the entry fee. Perhaps a speed bowling competition is in order! Big bash league: Bowling blitz Talented fast bowler Jimmy and his sister, Izzy, have just moved from Perth to Adelaide. Both are huge BBL fans- Perth Scorchers, of course- but while outgoing Izzy has already signed up to the local cricket club, Jimmy isn't sure he's ready to be part of a new team. Especially if they're all Adelaide Strikers fans!

Then one day, Jimmy has a run-in with a kid and his dad from a neighbouring cricket club- they want him to play for their team, not Izzy's. The dad seems seriously desperate and Jimmy is sure something fishy is going on. Will Jimmy find the courage to join the local club and let his bowling do the talking?

Big bash league: Captains' clash Fletcher, Jana and their mates are counting down to their greatest game ever - a full T20 match! The gang have organised the whole thing themselves and can't wait to get out onto the pitch. But before that, they're off to watch a blistering double-header between the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder, where they witness a school cricket team display their impressive skills at half-time. The group are inspired by what they're seeing, but when Fletcher and Jana arrive at the field on the day of their big game, another team is already playing.

Will Fletcher and Jana work out a way to settle the score with the intruders? Big bash league: Carnival splash The first T20 Crickomania Carnival is happening and two teams of kids have been selected to represent the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder. The event begins with lots of excitement but also some strange occurrences. There is a mix up with the coaches, unexplained rules and an opposing team who really wants to win. Can everyone pull together to make the carnival a success?

The stakes are high with the winner qualifying for the State T20 Championships in Perth. They will also receive tickets to the Perth Scorchers versus Melbourne Renegades double header! The Galahs haven't beaten the Eagles in 30 years, but that was before they had the mysterious and brilliant Allunga on their team. Can they finally turn the tables? Big bash league: Double delivery Cricket-mad twins Millie and Maggie are on holidays in Queensland at their uncle's caravan park. Straight away, they notice a group of kids on the oval playing cricket.

The girls are dying to join in, but apparently it's 'boys only'. Millie and Maggie are not impressed -they're huge Hobart Hurricanes fans and can bat, bowl and field as well as any boy! It's time to come up with a plan to show these Brisbane Heat-loving boys that girls can play too! Meanwhile, there's something strange going on at the caravan park, with all manner of things slowly disappearing- including a beloved cricket bat!

Will the girls outshine the boys and unravel the mystery before their holiday is over? Big bash league: Representative clash Tommy is a huge hitter and loves nothing more than smashing balls out of the park with his impressive handmade bat. He is a diehard Hobart Hurricanes fan and has his fingers crossed that he will be selected for the Hobart representative team that will take on Adelaide in the upcoming Adelbart Clash.

But when Tommys bat goes missing he can feel his chances slipping away. It is up to his friends to help him find his bat so he can chase his place on the rep team! Big bash league: Switch hit showdown Star batter and die-hard Melbourne Renegades fan Barney is pumped that his school team is going to play in the first-ever T20 Blast School Cup!

The competition is nearly full, with just one spot remaining. Then Barney meets Fifi- a Melbourne Stars supporter who is desperate to be part of the action. Problem is, her school doesn't have a cricket team. So when word spreads that the final school has signed up, Barney is shocked to discover that it's led by none other than Fifi. To make matters worse, her team blitzes the opposition in their opening game. It seems a spy mission is in order! Will the truth come out before Barney and Fifi's teams collide in the grand final?

Big book of Antartica, The Antarctica is the driest, coldest and windiest continent on Earth. Even though it is a harsh and difficult place to live, Antarctica is home to more than a thousand plant and several hundred animal species. Antarctica has 90 per cent of Earth's ice and plays a major role in our weather.

Big Nate: From the Top

Scientists from around the world live and work in Antarctica to better understand the future of our planet. Welcome to The Big Book of Antarctica. Big book of Aussie dinosaurs Everything you have ever wanted to know about when dinosaurs ruled Australia. Big book of fantasy quests Detailed and colourful fantasy-adventure scenes filled with things to find, mysteries to solve and colourful creatures and characters to outwit.

The good news is Mrs Payne, their fifth class teacher, won't be going. The bad news is the Principal is going instead. Most pupils are scared to do anything to upset Principal Dorking but Harry and Jessie can always be counted on to make or find trouble. 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.

Big little book of happy sadness, The One Friday, George visits the animal shelter and, in the very last cage, he sees Jeremy, a sad dog who looks as lonely and lost as George feels. Big Nate and friends Sixth-grader Nate Wright is on top of the world, with a little help from his friends.

His best buddies, Francis and Teddy, stick with Nate through thick and thin, usually thin. Nate's disastrous love life, his chess tournament trash talking, even his misguided attempt to be a bad boy. Along the way, Nate and his pals are joined by Artur, the gentle exchange student who's popular with almost everyone.

And, don't forget Gina, the teacher's pet who gets an 'A' for annoying. Big Nate blasts off Nate's landed a job at the school paper and he can't wait to show off his cartooning talents. But, making fun of the toughest kid in class might not be the brightest idea. And, telling blabber-mouth Dee Dee about his secret crush isn't such a smart move either.

Big Nate flips out When Nate gets his best friend into big trouble, he needs to clean up his act, fast, before someone else ruins everything. Then Nate decides it's time to go from zeroes to heroes. But, Nate can't crack under the pressure of the 'Ultimate Snowdown'. But, that's no easy task - Breckenridge is a plant-doodling, total fun-sponge. There's also something strangely familiar about this guy. Big Nate makes the grade Nate Wright is known to his pals and teachers for many things, his penchant for mischief and his school record for detentions being the foremost.

But beating out brainiac Gina's grades is not one of those things. Big Nate on a roll Nate's a big deal in his scout troop until Artur, also known as Mr Perfect, joins. Now, Nate's stuck in second place. And Artur means business. Nate wants to take the grand prize and not wipe out, big time. Big Nate out loud: graphic novel Eleven year old Nate Wright is living out loud and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Even though his friends won't let him be the lead singer in their band, Nate continues to rock. He's a superstar of the comics pages and of the best-selling series of Big Nate books and he's a big hit with kids everywhere. This collection features daily and Sunday strips that originally appeared in newspapers. Big Nate 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.

Big Nate strikes again Big Nate will surpass all others but it won't be easy. He's stuck with Gina, his all-time enemy, who just might ruin everything. Nate wants to win but there's always detention, again. Big Nate: Crowd goes wild, The Nate is 11 years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He's a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Nate, who lives with his dad and older sister, enjoys pestering his family and teachers with his sarcasm. Big Nate: From the top Big Nate is taking it from the top.

That is, the top of the troublemaker's list. Nate Wright is eleven years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for school detentions in school history. He's a self-described genius and sixth-grade Renaissance man. So, when he suits up for any sport, he does it with an unmistakable swagger. From fine-tuning his trash-talking skills on the basketball court to his cocky attitude in the soccer goal, Nate can be a bigger challenge to his teammates than their opponents.

Big Nate: Great minds think alike Nate Wright is a wisecracking eleven year old who knows he's destined for greatness. He's a sixth-grade chess prodigy, a self-described genius and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He's often in hot water with his teachers and classmates but Nate's winning personality and can-do attitude always make him a big hit with readers. Big Nate: Here goes nothing Nate is pleased to hear his school will be closed for months to clean up toxic mould in the building. Then, he learns that he will have to attend Jefferson Middle School while his school is cleaned.

How will he be able to stand it? He is star goalie for his school football team and Jefferson is undefeated in this year's competition. Will Nate defend his goal and save the day? Or will Jefferson win again? Big Nate: In a class by himself Nate knows he's meant for big things, really big things. But, life doesn't always go your way just because you're awesome. Trouble always seems to find him but Nate keeps his cool no matter what.

He knows he's great. A fortune cookie told him so. Big Nate: In the zone Nate's not having the best of luck. In fact, he's not having any luck at all. But, with a little boost, thanks to Chad's lucky foot, suddenly good luck is everywhere. Nate's in the zone, for now.

Big Nate: Super scribbler This companion activity book to the Big Nate series is packed with laughs, activities and fun. Big Nate: Thunka thunka thunka Nate Wright's baseball team has just been given the lamest name in Little League history; he's on the verge of becoming know-it-all Gina's personal servant for a day; and Spitsy, the closest thing he has to a dog of his own, is in love with a cat.

Nate's up to his ears in stress. Luckily, an empty plastic soda bottle is the perfect remedy. All Nate has to do is drum it gently against his head, thunka, thunka, thunka, and the pressures of dealing with Coach John, Mrs Godfrey and the terrifying Kim Cressly begin to fade away. Big Nate: Welcome to my world Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is eleven years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history.

He's a self-described genius and sixth-grade Renaissance Man who lives with his dad and older sister and enjoys pestering his family and teachers with his sarcasm. This comic collection includes over three hundred black and white Big Nate comic strips, with bonus Big Nate activities. Big picture book of environments, The With stunning images and fact boxes, this book reveals Earth's diversity and beauty.

It explores the effects of changing climate on environments around the world including the great rivers, deserts, Arctic regions, cities and forests. Big picture book of human civilisation, The If you love facts and figures or you are a budding scientist, this book will tell you about the great advances and crises of human history, from 20, years ago until now.

Read about the first cultivated crops, the taming of cats and dogs, the discovery of electricity, the earliest city and lots more. Big picture book, The Description of Planet Earth's history from twelve billion years ago until now. Also includes a prediction about its future. Bill rules Bill and Matty are the best of friends and neighbours which leads to exciting adventures and, sometimes, more than a little trouble.

When Bill learns that his father is coming home from jail, his world is tipped upside down. Worries start to mount but Matty has an idea to help Bill. But life doesn't always go according to plan. Billie and the parent plan Billie's mum is getting married to a bald, old man. Billie doesn't fit in with her uncool stepfather and her posh stepsister and would rather live with her best mate, Archie. A funny book about Billie's valiant attempts to resist her new family. Billionaire boy Joe Spud is the richest twelve year old because his father reinvented toilet paper and became rich.

He owns a racing car and a crocodile, but the one thing he can't buy is a friend. When he changes schools, he encounters twin bullies, a greedy lunch lady and new friends. Billy Mack's war When Captain Mack is released from prison camp at the end of the war, no-one is sure what to expect, least of all his son Billy. He might be the same man who went off to war full of hope and pride or his experiences may have changed him forever. Billy that died with its boots on, The Paying homage to the rhythms, word play and humour of Banjo Paterson and C.

J Dennis the author has looked to everyday Australian activities, landscapes and people for inspiration. The 65 poems are gathered in fifteen loose groupings including animals, leisure activities, and places. Best read to or with someone. Bionicle: legacy of evil The Piraka are the embodiment of evil. It is a mystery how they met, what caused them to join forces and how they learnt about the Mask of Life.

Even more mysterious is the seventh Piraka. Bird Let your imagination fly in this evocative, wordless picture book. Birds Be an eyewitness to the breathtaking moment when a chick hatches from its egg, Find out why wings are different shapes and sizes. Discover lots of interesting facts about birds including the world's biggest, smallest and fastest birds. Birds of prey close up Take a closer look at these amazing predators. They use their keen eyesight, curved beaks, sharp talons and powerful legs to hunt, capture and kill their prey. Birrung the secret friend Birrung, a young indigenous girl, lives with the family of Richard Johnson, chaplain to the Australian colony in When Birrung befriends orphaned Barney and Elsie, a mute, the Johnson family also takes them in.

As Barney's feeling for Birrung grow, he is advised that his friendship with a 'native' girl, and all that she taught him about her language and lore, must remain a secret, forever. Birthday book: an illustrated treasury of stories and poems, The A collection of fact and fiction, some extracts and some complete works, with a common theme of birthdays. Illustrations by Quentin Blake add a lovely dimension. Lee Hargrove only wants one thing-to win a scholarship to Summer Sports Camp. His school is holding a competition and the winner gets to attend the camp for free.

Lee is one of the favorites to win along with his friend, Cory "Lucky Duck" Duckworth and another athletic classmate, Laura Grodin. Laura is good Lee has an idea and he's about to give Cory an unforgettable birthday present that will really get the party started. Bit of a hero, A Tom is finding it hard to come to terms with the death of his father, a firefighter, who lost his life trying to save a child. Life just gets worse when a bully joins his class at school and Mum meets a new man. Tom wonders whether he can find the courage within himself to stand up to the bully, and to accept the many changes in his life.

Blabber mouth Rowena cannot speak. Unlike Rowena, her father, whom she decides to change, is blundering and enthusiastic and obsessed with country music. Black Baron Black Baron was the best racing cockroach ever, in fact he was unbeaten. He lived a secret life of privilege and fame hidden under Jake's bed, until the day that Jake's mum discovered him.

Black Baron must survive the exterminators if he is to live to race again. Black book of colours, The An extraordinary and unique picture book, complete with Braille and embossed illustrations. All black in colour, it is stylistically striking and offers the sighted reader an unparalleled insight into the interpretation of the world from the perspective of a blind child.

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.

When a powerful weapon is stolen, the three of them must battle through sixteenth-century Japan and present-day New York to stop a power-hungry shogun from destroying the city. Betrayal and the testing of friendships combine in a battle for world supremacy. And, even worse, Battle Boy has a new SimulSkin. 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. Black swan, The A black swan escapes from a cage and flies away to another land, where villagers welcome her to settle. They believe that birds bring good fortune and, each year, the villagers build nests beside the lake to lure them. The people ask the swan to incubate an egg found in one of the nests. When the ground shakes and everyone is afraid, the swan asks them to leave their valley. Black tengu The Samurai Kids are finally back in Japan. But not at their ryu in the Tateyama Mountains. Instead, Sensei has taken them to the snowy lands of Ezo - the place of his birth.

The place where Sensei must face his demons and right the terrible wrong that has tormented him. Will Niya have the courage to help Sensei as he promised? Is Sensei really a black Tengu? Black warrior Everyone close to Roxy has been cursed and the monster Tigon has been unleashed on her hometown. Lanternwood's only hope is for the ninja and samurai clans to join forces.

Among the chaos, Roxy can't shake the urge to find the father she has never met. Blackbird fly Apple is twelve and a bit of a social outcast at school. When she finds out she is on the list of the ugliest girls in her class, her world is shaken. Her so-called friends abandon her and music becomes her main escape. By escaping into music and with the help of the school music teacher, Apple finds her strength and some real, supportive friends along the way.

For anyone who has ever felt like they just don't belong. Blading Advice to the beginner blader, whether young or old, on what equipment to use, where to skate and styles of blading, competitions and sponsorship. Introduces sports that use blading like hockey and speed skating. Bleakboy and Hunter stand out in the rain Some things are too big for a boy to solve.

Eleven year old Jesse is tackling many problems in life, especially fitting in to a new school. He must confront the school bully and try to come to terms with many other issues like whaling, poverty in Africa and, of course, parents. Luckily, he meets Kate who has curly black hair, braces, an infectious smile and needs Jesse's help. Blind trek Hilton and Tim can't stand each other. They are forced together via their parents' friendship and their bike has crashed in the middle of nowhere. The only way home is to walk. Danger lurks and, if the boys are to survive, they must work together. Blitz: a wartime girl's diary Edie and her little brother, Tom, are evacuated to rural Wales during the Blitz on London.

Many parents sent their children to live in a safer place when German bombs rained down on the major cities of England during World War II. For Edie and Tom it is not a happy solution. Edie struggles to mother and protect Tom in harsh countryside with an austere family and an unfriendly school community. Blob that ate everyone, The A famous horror writer. That's what Zackie Beauchamp wants to be. He's writing a story about a giant blob monster. A pink, slimy creature who eats up an entire town! Then Zackie finds the typewriter. In a burned-down antiques store.

He takes it home and starts typing. But there's something really odd about that typewriter. Something really dangerous. Because now every scary word Zackie writes is starting to come true. Blood brothers The year is and the powerful Han Dynasty is no more. Kai is years old, a teenager in dragon years. His search for the person predestined to be his dragonkeeper leads him to a Buddhist novice, Tao.

But, Tao, believing his path lies elsewhere, has no interest in caring for a difficult dragon. Tao must listen to the voice within himself and learn that no journey ever reveals its true purpose until it's over. Blood hound The wife of anchorman Dermot O'Flannery dies during a bungled burglary and the killer is never caught. Poppy and Graham are dog walking for her neighbour when a malicious prank is played on their fellow dog walkers, Poppy and Graham find themselves crossing paths with Dermot O'Flannery, with lethal consequences.

Bloodaxe Boodaxe was the Viking King of York, a fierce and uncompromising leader. Battle Boy jettisons into the Viking camp and, with the help of Viking FightRite , defends himself against Bloodaxe's son, Haeric. Mission objective isi to collect Bloodaxe's DNA and record his famous last battle.

Bloodhound boys: great blood bank robbery The undead world has many dangerous creatures, many of which Rocky the werewolf and Vince the vampire meet in their search to find who has robbed the city's blood bank. Bloodhound boys: monster truck tremor dilemma Rocky and Vince are competing in a monster truck race. Full of twists and turns, the lethal race will send the boys way off track. Queen Mary will come to the throne, ousting Lady Jane Grey.

Mary's executioners will be busy removing her perceived enemies. Even Princess Elizabeth, the future queen of England, is imprisoned in the Tower. Tilly Middleton, who lives in the Tower of London where her father works, finds she has an important role to play. Bloom Beauty. As a little girl in Rome, Elsa Schiaparelli was told she was not pretty. What is beauty Elsa wondered as she grew older. So she sought out beauty around her and found it everywhere: in the colours and scents of the Rome flower market, in the garden, and in the attic of her family home, buried in a chest of old dresses.

She found affection from her dear uncle in Milano. She developed an artist's eye and imagination. These bloomed in the wildly imaginative dresses, hats, shoes, and jewellery that made her an important name in fashion. Defining beauty on her own creative and rebellious terms was the key to Elsa Schiaparelli's happiness and success, and is still seen today in her legacy of wild imagination. Daring and different, Elsa Schiaparelli used art to make fashion, and it was quite marvellous. Blossom Lottie is excited when a lost little girl arrives on her doorstep. Lottie, who only has Uncle Bobby in the world has always wanted a sister.

Blossom isn't like other kids. She doesn't speak and is obsessed with her flower, refusing to go anywhere without it. Everything changes when Blossom gets sick and is taken away to hospital. Lottie with her friends must do whatever it takes to rescue her. Blueberry pancakes forever Winter has fallen in the world of story and Tuesday's typewriter lies silent.

Far away in the Peppermint Forest, Vivienne fears she will never again feel the touch of the sun. When the mysterious Loddon appears in Vivienne's treehouse, he brings terrible danger. Without warning, Tuesday is swept up into the world of story as she has never seen it before.

In this forbidding and unfamiliar place, and without her beloved dog, Tuesday becomes Loddon's captive and has to muster all her resources to survive. BMX: extreme sports One of a series of books about extreme sports. With action photographs, diagrams and a glossary of terms, this book tells you about the history, how to get started, the equipment and tricks of BMX riding. Bob Livy has visited her maternal grandmother before, on her farm outside of Melbourne, Victoria - but, she was only five years old then, and she can't seem to remember much. Her grandmother shows her around, reminding her of all the fun they had last time she stayed, but only Livy seems to recall a 'wrong chicken' Bob the railway dog In the early days of the railway, when shiny new tracks were opening vast areas of Australia, there was an adventurous dog who was part of it all.

As the tracks were being laid, he was there on the train, riding in his favourite spot on top of the Yankee engine. Everyone knew him. The true story of Bob the railway dog, who had adventure in his heart and the rattle of the rails in his soul. Bog bodies: mummies and curious corpses All the facts necessary to know about dried, pickled and frozen preserved people are contained in this unusual book. Bollygum A beautifully illustrated story with a strong conservation message. Bomber balloon, The When a Zeppelin aircraft crashes over a British town, the German soldiers meet those they have been bombing, including one very angry girl.

Bones Twins,Danny and Nicki, notice that their dog, Patch, is bringing home bones to bury in the garden. The only problem is that the bones look like human bones. The police are called in and their dad's prize-winning flowers are dug up. When they follow Patch around the neighbourhood, they get a very big surprise indeed. Bony fish, sharks and rays Excellent information, photographs and diagrams provide details about the appearance, food, habitat and reproduction of bony fish, sharks and rays.

Book For centuries, I've told other people's stories. Now it's time to tell my own. Discover the evolution of the printed word, told by one who knows - Book. Book takes us on a wonderful journey, from its origins in oral story and doodling in clay, to papyrus, parchment and paper, and to the e-book of today. Book from Baden Dark, The Marcel, his cousin, Fergus, and Bea, the half-elf, must travel into the forbidden underground world of Baden Dark on a rescue mission. The compelling conclusion to the Book of lies trilogy takes you on a journey deep into yourself, as Marcel and his friends struggle with the meaning of life and death, and make decisions that involve huge personal sacrifice or vanity as they witness loyalty and betrayal.

Books like those touched our hearts and taught us about the bravery and heart-ache and struggle that life can present. They keep me up to date on the books they read for school book assignments, and I encourage them to choose a few to read over the summer break. Every book in the Big Nate series is a winner. Written in comic book fashion, the stories revolve around Nate, an energetic and rebellious 6th grader whose shenanigans are are always landing him and his friends in hot water.

Both of my boys are huge fans of the Wimpy Kid series. From Matilda to The Fantastic Mr. Fox , Mr. Here are 3 of our very favourites. Night after night, my boys and I howled over the hilarious hijinks of the conniving Count Olaf. For the better part of a year, we worked our way through all 13 books, and each one delighted and thrilled us as much as the one before. You MUST read this series. Anyone familiar with the J. Barrie original will find it fascinating to learn of the thrilling adventures and trials that Pan experienced long before he entered the lives of Wendy, John and Michael Darling.

This was another story that we fell in love with. Peter Pan in Scarlet is the first authorized sequel to Peter Pan ever to be written. He writes with the middle-school and teenage boy in mind, and my boys love everything he churns out. My younger son read Zoobreak when he was 11, and re-read it again when he was 12, to give you an idea of how good it is.

I read this remarkable account of solitude and survivorship to my older son when he was Another tale of survivorship and bravery, this time about two young teenage boys in the north, who set out on an adventure only to find themselves horribly lost and all alone in the wilderness. Together, they face the countless dangers and challenges that that nature throws at them — wild animals, foraging for food in the frozen tundra, frigid temperatures in their attempt to find their way back to civilization.

Written by the late Farley Mowat, a world-renowned author from our own small town, this thrilling adventure ranks high on our list of all-time favourite reads. Tuck Everlasting is the enchanting tale of a family who is granted eternal life after drinking from a magical spring. For both of my boys, Hatchet is their favourite Gary Paulsen novel. Armed with nothing more than the hatchet his mother gave him, he draws on his inner-strength, determination and instinct to survive 54 days of solitude while awaiting rescue. Hmmm… maybe not! Read it to your boys! I read this book to my oldest when he was about My son found the action and excitement of the sport intriguing, and of course, the moral dilemma had us pondering honesty, trust and integrity.

If you have a hockey player in your family, he will love this entire series. For years, my boys loved following the adventures and escapades of teammates and school chums Travis, Nish, Larss and the gang. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — C. My older son, the more reluctant reader of the two, read City of Ember when he was in Grade 7. He raved about it. This is another novel that I have not yet read, but my 14 year old devoured it while on vacation this summer, and then handed over to his best friend who read it with the same voracity.

My younger son plowed through this one when he was My 14 year old gave me The Giver for my birthday last year, after reading it and loving it himself. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and could see why he was so enthralled by it. When my 14 year old reluctant reader blew through this trilogy during a 2 week vacation, I knew it had to be good. I read all 3 books as well, and absolutely loved them. My husband followed suit and a couple of years later, my younger son read them as well. This book, the first in a series, swallowed my 14 year old whole.

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Again, being that he does not love to read, that speaks volumes about the book. He went on to read the sequels: The Scorch Trials and the Death Cure, and he enjoyed those thoroughly as well. They ARE available in hardcopy from Amazon. And there you have it, over 40 of the all-time best books for boys that even the most reluctant readers will love.

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Love hearing from more experienced moms what books their kids enjoyed! Pinning for when my son gets older! I loved the Hardy Boys series. I read them in the seventies around age My Side of the Mountain. Full of adventure, saving nature , and growing up strong. Thank you, Phyllis! If you loved The Giver you should read Son. Very good! Oh cool! Thank you! They take place in the same world. A great series at any age! Rick Riordan has many books and my son, now 16, is hoping that he will write more. He loved the series. Great list! Thought your son would like to know his wishes have been granted.

About Norse mythology. Hi, good choices. I enjoyed your post. My son absolutely love The Rangers Apprentice Series. Great ideas! Those my boss really loved! Loved your list!! So many reluctant readers in my 6th grade class began to finally read after completing the first book. Thank you!! Hi Nora. I agree with Nora. Until I heard these books, I never cared for books-on-tape.

These are outstanding.

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As a retired librarian and former school teacher, I highly recommend the Harry Potter books for boys of the age you are suggesting, as well as girls and adults! My kids have all loved those books. Thanks for letting me know about them though. It was the second book that hooked me. Sorry, I just saw the comment above. But if your boys are past the age of being read to, this is still a series you would enjoy. So many neat ideas on this list! We love, love, love The Cricket in Times Square. It was my favorite growing up and is now a favorite of my 4 year-old! We all loved it!

Love this list. Will be using it for gift ideas for my nephews. They live in another country so I am always looking for gifts I can send via Amazon. Great set of stories that I think would interest a reluctant reader. And is not overwhelming as you can read one story at a time. Thanks for the recommendation, Raeyle. One of my favourites from it is about a rajah from asia who has big ears and hides it so no one knows except his barber who is sworn to secrecy.

Great list and I am glad to find some new selections, as well as old favorites, for my son. I am going to try Peter and the Star Catchers. I have boys aged 12 and 10, and this story of two boys, a father, and the frightening circus that comes to town was perfect for them.

It explores themes of dreams and responsibilities, and has been a favorite of mine since I was 13! Do you have a similar post for girls? She can literally go through up to 5 books a week ummm, bookworm much!?! Island of the Blue Dolphins, the Lemony series, and the 2 Peter Pan books would likely appeal to her though. That girl knows her books!

The title of the post just makes it easy for Moms of boys to find a great book list for their sons. In my experience, girls will often read just about anything, but boys tend to be a little more particular about their reading material. Especially reluctant readers.

This list simply puts a collection of books that boys find particularly appealing in one place for those looking for books for their sons to read. I think the entire Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome 12 novels belongs on this list. This is a great list.

Half Brother looks intriguing. A great series for boys. If you are a Star Wars, fan you will find them especially fun. We still laugh about some of the chapters. There are actually 3 more books. You must get to book 3 before you will see a connection, since originally book 2 was written as a companion book, not a sequel. They are amazing. My 12 year old finished the series this week. We also enjoyed the Divergent series. Peter and the Starcatchers series appeals to boys and girls. Just FYI. The Divergent series is good.

I have one child that also reads a few grades ahead and we cannot keep him in books. The Outsiders is a good book, lots of talking points, some dark stuff, though. Good luck! Although I am no longer a boy, once upon a time, a long time ago, I was. The main character is a girl, but she pretends to be a boy.

I stumbled across this series in the juvenile section of the Library and so far have read 9 of the 12 books in the series. The reader need to start with the 1st book and read the rest in order. I actually listened to the books on audio while driving a truck. The person narrating the books is very good at changing her voice for the different characters in the story.

The 1st book in the series has a long title. Just wanted to thank you for specifying that your BOYS loved these books. There are tons of books out there that appeal to girls, but not so much for boys. Keep up the good work! I really wanted to reach mothers of boys, Liz, as we have a difficult time finding books that specifically appeal to our sons. Thank you for this awesome list! I have 3 boys and we read every night.

I read this book over and over when I was young, but anyway! I too hope to be reading to my boys until they are far too old for it! They got me into reading years ago and my sons have followed suit. We are both loving it!! My 9-year old recently read Escape from Mr. There was a puzzle to be solved at the end and the author invited you to email him if you did. My son solved it and emailed the author. Within a day or 2 the author emailed him back a very nice note. My son was absolutely thrilled! Girls will love these books too!

Teaching 4th grade I did many of these as read alouds. Great literature engages boys and girls. We need our girls to hear stories of bravery and our boys to hear ones of tenderness. Sounds like the mom compiling the list has boys. Lucky kids to have a home with such great books! Awesome list! They were terrific. Blair, and most girls like the Boxcar Children and Judy Bloom. I hope some of these suggestions work for you! Great list. I would suggest parents preview the books first as some have content they may find unsuitable for their children.

Yes, Kim, I was thinking the same. Although the majority are probably squeaky clean, I think there are a couple in the list that have some sexual content. It would be great if the books with some sexual content would be marked with an astrix just so we know. Tim Green has awsome books for boys or anyone who likes sports.

My son loved them, and he even has contests on his Web page to have your name used as a character name. He was a football player for Atlanta Falcons and now he writes and visits schools promoting reading. Awesome guy and awesome books! The Mysterious Benedict Soceity books are fantastic as well. And, I agree with the others who have said this is a good list for everyone, not just boys. My 12yr. Dean Hughes has some great historical fiction pieces! He goes back and forth between the siblings that are serving and the family at home. Some marry during the series and a German family becomes involved in the stories.

Definitely fiction, but lots of great facts. His book are full of adventure with great values. Thank you for a great list! My boys got interested in reading once they tried the Gregor the Overlander series by SuzAnne Collins. A teacher recommended it, and they read them all! And its a great openingconversation book for boys. Or that other things are not for boys. Such a beautifully-written book. It was my favorite book as a young girl and read it more than a couple of times. I read it to my son when he was about 8. Now my 7-year-old daughter is asking me to read it to her.

Two more books in the Little House series to finish first. One devoured C. Lewis and the other Roald Dahl.

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My boys love Rick Riorden. Most of these authors write fantasy and adventure stories. My eldest 12 is also discovering the delights of Terry Pratchetett and his Discworld series. I am sorry, but the simple fact that you have never read any of the Chronicles of Narnia books negates all credibility for the ability to suggest a list of books to read to anyone.

Tough crowd at times;. Thanks so much for the list! Thanks again!

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The Rangers Apprentice is rhe series which helped my son at the age of 16 begin to read. Prior he was second grade level as he has learning disabilities. His teachers were floored. Itwas all about interest! He loved Hugo also which my now 9 yr old is reading. There are three in the series surrounding a girl named Eva 9. Really good science fiction. Light reads. He read all seven that we have in about a week. More teenager in style than Riordan. And finally, a series called Dreamhouse Kings by Robert Lipardo about a family that moves into an old house where doors take them to other places and time.

He is an advanced reader but is he too young for the content? Grateful for some advice. As an upper elementary school teacher for many years, my students always enjoyed The Indian in the Cupboard series. I believe you can search by age and gender there. Kara, I would love to help you find the perfect books for girls! These books are amazing and are certain to please. If you are interested, email me at ubambrittj aol. Thanks for the suggestions, James! So glad your boys have also enjoyed many of the books that my guys have!

Here you can find some book list for girls. You can also check whether the books are available from you local library. Best Picks for Girls. Jevic and the Stone is an amazing book for boys! Such a great story. Highly recommend. Great books for boys! May I also offer a book to your list? It is a new series just came out Oct called Zane the Brain, for ages It is about a boy-genius and his experiments that lead him into many misadventures.

Volume 1 is available on Amazon. Thanks for the suggestion! Hi guys!! I was beginning to wonder the same thing. My son and I read several of these. We also plowed through at least a dozen of the Redwall books. Another fantastic book is The Phantom Tollbooth, a story that likely turned me into the editor I am today. Am just so glad to know that you read TO your children till they were much older.