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Mitch Weber believes there's only one way to stop everyone in town hating him. Become a champion diver. It's a risky plan, but Mitch also believes in a guardian angel called Doug. He hopes Doug is listening...
Set in Australia, this humorous and touching story of the misadventures of a clever girl who cannot speak and her social misfit of a father will delight readers.
This is the hilarious, heart-stopping climax to the adventures of Rowena Batts, heroine of Blabber Mouth and Sticky Beak. Morris Gleitzman again shows himself to be a master storyteller as he takes us from tears to laughter in the same breath.
Trying to fit in at a posh new school is really hard when your loving and lovable family also happen to be criminals. Bridget is succeeding pretty well and has even made a friend, Menzies, the son of the federal Minister for National Development.
The adventures of twelve-year-old Keith as he tries to cheer up his parents in many different ways include painting their shop in bright colors and convincing them to move from gloomy England to a place called Paradise.
Once I escaped from an orphanage to find my Mum and Dad. Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house. Once I made a Nazi with toothache laugh. My name is Felix. This is my story.
In this sequel to Worry Warts and Misery Guts, Keith Shipley is still trying to bring happiness to his now-separated parents, this time by finding each of them a new partner. A punchy narrative, droll characters and original plot make this a real page-turner. -Publishers Weekly. The emotional currents run true and the authors adroit mix of humor and desperation make Keith a hero to cheer for.
When Rowena, who is mute, rescues a pet cockatoo from the class bully, she begins to make sense of her feelings about the new baby her father and stepmother are expecting.
Limpy has a vision. A world where cane toads and humans play mudslides together. And help each other with the shopping. And share their slug sauce and maggot moisturiser. But how does a young cane toad discover the ancient secret of living in peace with humans? First he has to dodge the killer trucks and supermarket trolleys. Then he has to stop his cousin declaring war on the entire human race. Oh, and he has to take a trip to the Amazon. The uplifting tale of one cane toad's heroic journey (with his sister and cousin) across oceans, continents and some really busy roads.
'Ouch,' said Limpy. 'Why's my back hurting?' A horrible thought hit him. Perhaps it was a fork wound. Perhaps while he was unconscious the human had tried to eat him. He looked around. 'Stack me,' said Limpy. All he could see was blue plastic. Limpy's on a quest to find toad heaven. A place where cane toads won't be blown up with bike pumps or bashed over the head with folding chairs. Limpy's determined to find this place if it takes the rest of his life. But first he has to get out of the bucket. The stirring saga of one cane toad's dream - and what happens when he wakes up.
Winner Best Book for Older Readers, YABBA Awards 2000. Book 1 in the internationally popular Toad series. 'Uncle Bart,' said Limpy. 'Why do humans hate us?' Uncle Bart looked down at Limpy, and smiled fondly. 'Stack me, Limpy,' he chuckled, 'you are an idiot. 'Uncle Bart reckons humans don't hate cane toads, but Limpy knows they do. He's spotted the signs. The cross looks. The unkind comments. The way they squash cane toads with their cars. Limpy is desperate to save his family from ending up as placemats. Somehow he must make humans see how nice cane toads really are. Risking everything, he sets off on a journey that is mucus-chillingly dangerous and wart-tinglingly daring. This is the epic story of a slightly-squashed young cane toad's quest for the truth.
Sent to live with relatives in England when his younger brother develops a rare form of cancer, Colin tries to see the Queen to help find a cure for his brother.
Pearl's life is decidedly wonky. Her dad's run off, her mum doesn't love her, her cousin Mitch is mad and her guinea pig's in the freezer. The only thing she can think of to straighten things out is to have a grandmother. Then she inherits Gran, and things are never quite the same again.
Worried because his parents' constant fighting has been aggravated by their financial troubles, twelve-year-old Keith decides to solve the problem by running away to pick up a fortune in the Australian opal fields.