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In the Lamplight

In the Lamplight Author Dianne Wolfer
ISBN-10 9781925815177
Release 2018-06-08
Pages 120
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From fighting for the right to vote to nursing conscripted young men, Rose's life changes forever when World War I arrives in the peaceful English village of Harefield. With an influx of wounded Australian soldiers, the villagers rally around to provide care and comfort, despite suffering their own casualties and grieving for their own losses. Training to nurse Australian soldiers like Jim the Light Horse boy is hard work, but with it comes much for Rose to treasure—in the gaining of a vocation, in confidence won, and in finding new love in a new land.

Lighthouse Girl

Lighthouse Girl Author Dianne Wolfer
ISBN-10 9781925162448
Release 2014-11-01
Pages 120
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At the outbreak of World War I, Fay’s isolated life on bleak, windswept Breaksea Island takes a dramatic turn. As a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, Fay knows semaphore and Morse code and responds when the soldiers on the ships signal to her. Soon, the soldiers are semaphoring messages for their loved ones, which Fay then telegraphs on their behalf. Although they never meet, Fay eventually becomes friends with one young soldier who has no family. After the soldiers depart for the battlefields of Egypt and Gallipoli, Fay follows their fortunes and continues her long-distance conversations with them through letters and postcards. Drawing on archival material and interweaving fact with fiction, Fay’s tale is based on a true story and brings to life the hardships of those left at home during the war.

Light Horse Boy

Light Horse Boy Author Dianne Wolfer
ISBN-10 9781925162479
Release 2014-12-02
Pages 120
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Brought to life by illustrations, historical photographs, and memorabilia, this cloth-bound book is made to look like a notebook from the periodIn 1914, Jim and Charlie abandon the Australian outback for the excitement of the war to end all wars. But, they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline, and nothing will ever be the same again. A beautifully illustrated historical picture book about the fate of horses during World War I, this adventure goes behind the scenes with the great Australian and New Zealand Army Corps legends for an intimate look at their experience.

Photographs in the Mud

Photographs in the Mud Author Dianne Wolfer
ISBN-10 1921361042
Release 2007
Pages 32
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The Kokoda Track, 1942. Jack and Hoshi are soldiers on opposite sides in the war who meet in battle, discovering that they have much more in common than they had ever realised. Photographs in the Mud is a beautifully illustrated and moving story of events on the Kokoda Track during the Second World War from the point of view of two soldiers - one Australian, the other Japanese. It tells a compassionate story about the personal human tragedy of war, for both the combatants and their loved ones at home.

The Shark Caller

The Shark Caller Author Dianne Wolfer
ISBN-10 9780143780540
Release 2016-08-01
Pages 256
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Only a twin from a shark calling family can appease the ancestors and bring a community back together in this powerful and haunting story. Isabel is on a plane heading back to her island birthplace in Papua New Guinea. Izzy is looking forward to seeing her family again, but there's another tragic reason for the trip. Izzy's twin brother, Ray, died in a freak diving accident, and Izzy and her mum are taking his ashes home for traditional death ceremonies. After they arrive, Izzy realises things have changed since their last visit. Logging threatens the community's way of life and sharks no longer answer the song of the shark callers. Izzy's cousin Noah explains that the clan needs someone to undertake a traditional diving ritual. The person must be a twin from the shark calling lineage. The dive will be perilous. And Izzy is the last twin. Will she have the courage to attempt the dive? And what deep, dark secrets will the ocean reveal if she does?

Annie s Snails Large Print 16pt

Annie s Snails  Large Print 16pt Author Dianne Wolfer
ISBN-10 145968883X
Release 2014-10-29
Pages 52
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Annie loves her pet snails. They have lots of adventures together. She even makes them a special home in an ice - cream container. She thinks they'll be very happy. But will they?

Border Line

Border Line Author Dianne Wolfer
ISBN-10 1863682082
Release 1998
Pages 190
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When Cassie's dad is retrenched her whole life turns upside down - He has accepted another job in remote Eucla, far away from her friends and school.

The Kid Whose Mum Kept Possums in Her Bra

The Kid Whose Mum Kept Possums in Her Bra Author Dianne Wolfer
ISBN-10 1921064315
Release 2006
Pages 55
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I'm not really difficult, it's just that my mum is enough to drive anyone mad. She rescues injured or abandoned animals and our house is overflowing with joeys and bandicoots. When I was little I thought it was cool, but now I am in Year Six, Mum doesn't understand that I have other things to do with my life. Charmingly illustrated, The Kid Whose Mum Kept Possums in Her Bra is a warm, heartfelt story about a young girl who just wants to be normal like her friends. And, more importantly, she wants her mum to be normal - like her friend's mums- they don't have kangaroos in the kitchen or possums in their bras. To be fair, Mon's mum does offer to change, to become 'normal' - but is that really what Mon wants? Full of gentle humour, this latest offering from Dianne Wolfer makes for a splendid read for middle primary readers.

Nanna s Button Tin

Nanna s Button Tin Author Dianne Wolfer
ISBN-10 9780763680961
Release 2018-08-07
Pages 32
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Nanna's button tin is very special. It has buttons of all shapes and sizes and they all have a different story to tell. But today, one button in particular is needed. A button for Teddy.

Dolphin Song

Dolphin Song Author Dianne Wolfer
ISBN-10 1863680969
Release 1995-01-01
Pages 171
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First published in 1995, Dolphin Song has quickly established itself as a popular best-selling children's story. This new edition comes with an attractive new contemporary cover, which will appeal to a fresh audience of young readers.

Riddle Gully Secrets

Riddle Gully Secrets Author Jen Banyard
ISBN-10 9781925163988
Release 2016-06-01
Pages 224
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Just when famed youth reporter Pollo di Nozi thinks she’ll never find another news story she stumbles upon not one, but two very surprising secrets. With hidden treasure, cunning crooks, mistaken identities and mysterious disappearances, unravelling them may be Pollo’s greatest challenge yet.

Australia s Great War 1918

Australia s Great War 1918 Author Libby Glesson
ISBN-10 9781760272401
Release 2018-02-01
Pages 288
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The planes kept flying low above them. They were dropping bombs and the noise drowned out all other sounds. After an hour the signal rang out and they surged forward through the smoke. Thousands of men screaming and yelling, their line was kilometres wide. Behind them came Monash’s tanks, those huge, new mobile machines. They smothered the land they ran over; flattening the crops and then any wire left standing. With Russia out of the war, the Germans have sent all the troops to the Western Front. Almost defeated, a small group of Australians fight to hold the enemy back at Villers Brettonneux. Weary after years of fighting and deadlock, Ned and his mates know that the war will be lost if they can’t turn the tide. More and more, Ned’s thoughts turn to home, not knowing if he will ever see his family, or his brother, again.

In Love and War

In Love and War Author Liz Byrski
ISBN-10 9781925161489
Release 2015-07-01
Pages 216
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In the aftermath of the Battle of Britain, airmen filled a small town where pioneering plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe established revolutionary surgical and therapeutic treatments. For the child Liz Byrski, growing up in East Grinstead, the burnt faces of these airmen filled her nightmares. In her late 60s, Liz returned to make peace with her memories and to speak not only with the survivors—known as the Guinea Pig Club—but with the nurses who played a vital and unorthodox role in their treatment, sometimes at a significant personal cost.

Swimming on the Lawn

Swimming on the Lawn Author Yasmin Hamid
ISBN-10 9781925164862
Release 2017-08-01
Pages 176
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Told through the eyes of Farida, as well as her inquisitive sister and brothers, this is a beautiful story about growing up in Sudan. Sudanese culture and customs are brought to life, from the ubiquitous tea service and hearty breakfasts to the commemoration of Muslim holidays and the rites of birth and death. But a happy childhood spent in the capital and the rural villages of 1960s Sudan ends startlingly with a sudden military coup that changes the make-up of Farida’s family forever. Swimming on the Lawn is a powerful reminder that many children around the world are affected by war and are helpless against it.At a time when Australia’s reaction to refugees and asylum seekers is ambiguous, this book makes a strong case for compassion and care. Told in short, standalone chapters in direct and unadorned prose, the book is perfect for teachers to use as excerpts in the classroom. Teaching notes available from and the book will be promoted via direct mail campaigns to state teaching associations.

Spectacular Spencer Gray

Spectacular Spencer Gray Author Deb Fitzpatrick
ISBN-10 9781925164688
Release 2017-07-01
Pages 168
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Spencer Gray is just an ordinary kid, but he manages to get in to some pretty extraordinary situations. Playing soccer at school with his mates he accidentally uncovers a sinister animal smuggling operation and rescues a super-endangered potoroo. But when the smugglers discover him trying to release the potoroo , he risks becoming super-endangered himself. Trussed up and left in the bush, he needs to use all his inner strength and ingenuity to break free and get help – for himself, and for the animals. With good friends and a great family to back him up, Spencer manages to triumph in the end. A page-turning adventure story for middle readers.

Killer Boots

Killer Boots Author Wendy Jenkins
ISBN-10 9781925163940
Release 2016-05-01
Pages 172
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Thirteen-year-old Greg Lukin loves footy – playing it, and watching it. So when he bumps into his favourite AFL player Matt Tognolini at the local park, it’s like a dream come true. The accidental ‘gift’ of a pair of killer boots just makes it all that much better. But Toggo misses the boots and Greg knows he didn’t really mean to leave them for him. It’s going to be a rocky season!

A Sausage Went for a Walk

A Sausage Went for a Walk Author Ellisha Majid
ISBN-10 1921888032
Release 2011
Pages 22
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A sausage went out for a walk on day. 'I'll be eaten for breakfast if I stay.'