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Premier's Reading Challenge booklists 2008

Year 5 - 7

Graphic novels or picture books included contain a significant amount of text and conceptual ideas suitable for readers at this level. Students can read independently or read with peers and adults. A print friendly version (new window 361K Adobe PDF document ) of this list can be downloaded.

Students, parents/caregivers and/or teachers may choose books from these lists, but it is not mandatory.

Author Title Fiction/NF Pages Year level
Arena, Felice; Lyon, Garry Details and Review. Specky Magee series
- including Specky Magee & the season of champions
F 222 p 6-9
Banks, Lynne Reid; Jacques, Robin (illus) Details and Review. The Indian in the cupboard F 160 p 4-7
Boyce, Frank Cottrell Details and Review. Framed F 311 p 6-9
Cheng, Christopher Details and Review. New gold mountain: the diary of Shu Cheong [My story series] F 230 p 5-9
Caddy, David Details and Review. The reef F 128 p 4-9
Costain, Meredith Details and Review. All stars series
-  including Maddy goal defence
F 107 p 5-9
Colfer, Eoin Details and Review. Artemis Fowl F 277 p 6-12
Crew, Gary; Wilson, Mark Details and Review. I said nothing: the extinction of the Paradise Parrot F 31 p 4-9
Daddo, Andrew Details and Review. Muffin top F 165 p 5-8
D'Ath, Justin Details and Review. Extreme adventures series
- including Bushfire rescue
F 123 p 4-7
Deary, Terry; Brown, Martin. Details and Review. Horrible histories series
- including The frightful First World War
NF 128 p 6-9
Disher, Gary Details and Review. The bamboo flute F 79 p 4-9
Drummond, John; Drummond, Sam (illus) Details and Review. Big lives series
- including John Simpson Kirkpatrick
NF 91 p 6-9
Ellis, Deborah Details and Review. Parvana's journey F 199 p 6-12
Flanagan, John Details and Review. Ranger's apprentice series
- including The icebound land
F 307 p 6-10
Flynn, Pat; Jellett, Tom (illus) Details and Review. The tuckshop kid F 81 p 4-7
French, Jackie Details and Review. Hitler's daughter F 136 p 5-9
French, Jackie Details and Review. Tom Appleby: convict boy F 286 p 6-9
Funke, Cornelia; Latsch, Oliver (translation) Details and Review. The thief lord [translation] F 348 p 6-9
Geronimo Stilton (sic) Details and Review. Geronimo Stilton series
- including The Mona Mousa code
F 112 p  4-7
Gleitzman, Morris Details and Review. Boy overboard F 180 p 6-9
Hartnett, Sonya Details and Review. The silver donkey: a novel for children F 191 p 4-7
Heffernan, John; McLean, Andrew (illus) Details and Review. My dog F 32 p 4-9
Herrick, Steven Details and Review. Do-wrong Ron NF 126 p 4-7
Hill, Anthony; Tulloch, Coral (illus)  Details and Review. Harriet NF 178 p 4-9
Hirsch, Odo; Kiuru, Inari (illus) Details and Review. The book of changing things: and other oddibosities F 196 p 6-12
Jennings, Paul; Smith, Craig (illus) Details and Review. The cabbage patch war F 65 p 4-7
Jones, Lloyd; Maxey, Timon (illus) Details and Review. Everything you need to know about the world by Simon Eliot F 181 p 4-8
Klein, Robin Details and Review. Hating Alison Ashley F 181 p 4-7
Larkin, John; McKenzie, Heath (illus) Details and Review. Harry Highpants and the salivating beast F 71 p 4-7
Lewis, C.S.; Baynes, Pauline (illus) Details and Review. Chronicles of Narnia series
- including The lion the witch and the wardrobe
F 171 p 4-9
Lucas, Diane; Searle, Ken Details and Review. Walking with the seasons in Kakadu NF 34 p 4-7
McDonald, Meme; Pryor, Boori Details and Review. The Binna Binna man F 91 p 4-9
McSkimming, Geoffrey Details and Review. Cairo Jim series
-  including Cairo Jim and the tyrannical bauble of Tiberius: a tale of ancient atrocity
F 285 p 6-10
Malbunka, Mary Details and Review. When I was little, like you NF 30 p 1-7
Mason, Prue Details and Review. Camel rider F 170 p 6-9
Meehan, Kierin Details and Review. Hannah's winter F 204 p 6-9
Moloney, James Details and Review. Grommet saves the world [Aussie chomps series] F 84 p 4-7
Morgan, Sally; Barbara Ker Wilson (ed) Details and Review. Sally's story: My place for young readers part 1 NF 142 p 4-9
Morse, Jenifer Corr; Harris, David G. Details and Review. Australian & world records 2007 NF 224 p 5-12
Murray, Martine Details and Review. The slightly bruised glory of Cedar B. Hartley (who can't help flying high and falling in deep) F 233 p 7-10
Newton, Robert Details and Review. The Punjabi Pappadum F 150 p 6-9
Nicholson, John Details and Review. Songlines and stone axes NF 32 p 6-10
Norman, Mark Details and Review. The Antarctica book: living in the freezer NF 30 p 4-9
Norrington, Leonie  Details and Review. The Barrumbi kids F 197p 6-9
Panckridge, Michael Details and Review. The legends series
- including Chasing the break
F 117 p 4-7
Paulsen, Gary Details and Review. Hatchet F 195 p 6-9
Pausacker, Jenny Details and Review. The perfect princess [The Quentaris chronicles series] F 160 p 6-9
Pyers, Greg Details and Review. Jack Brown series
-  including Jack Brown and the labyrinth of the bats
F 172 p 5-9
Renner, Clarie Details and Review. 100 Australian sports stars of the 21st century NF 32 p 5-10
Rodda, Emily Details and Review. Deltora quest series
- including Cavern of the fear
F 136 p 4-7
Sachar, Louis Details and Review. There's a boy in the girls' bathroom F 195 p 6-9
Savvides, Irini Details and Review. A marathon of her own : the diary of Sophia Krikonis Melbourne, 1956 [My story series] F 185 p. 5-9
Shakespeare, William; Rosen, Michael; Ray, Jane (illus) Details and Review. Romeo & Juliet F 73 p 5-10
Stewart, Paul; Riddell, Chris Details and Review. Corby Flood [Far-flung adventures series] F 226 p 4-8
Strauss, Rochelle; Woods, Rosemary (illus)  Details and Review. One well: the story of water on Earth NF 32 p 3-7
Svendsen, Mark Details and Review. Shadow snake [Takeaways series] F 143 p 4-7
Thiele, Colin; Inghen, Robert (illus) Details and Review. Storm boy F 61 p 6-7
Torok, Simon; Holper, Paul; Axelsen, Stephen (illus) Details and Review. Who dun it series
- including Priceless painting pinched!
F 64 p 4-7
Tucker, Alan Details and Review. The bombing of Darwin: the diary of Tom Taylor, 1942 [My story series] F 199 p 6-9
Wilkinson, Rick; Looby, Mic (illus) Details and Review. It's true! series
- including Animals are electrifying
NF 88 p 4-8

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Last reviewed
8 March 2011
Last updated
8 March 2011