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Premier's Reading Challenge 2017 - Year 7 to Year 9 booklist

Encouraging your students to read as often as possible - not only to learn but also for enjoyment - is a critical element of improving reading for all students.

While there is no compulsory reading list for the Premier's Reading Challenge, a booklist has been developed to help students, teachers, parents and guardians select appropriate reading material. Students may select any suitable books including those on previous years' Premier's Reading Challenge lists.

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Author Title F/NF Pages Theme ISBN
Angus, Sam A horse called Hero F 279 War stories; Horses; Courage 9781447235774
Bauer, Michael Gerard The Pain, my mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy and me F 263 Single parent families 9781742991504
Caddy, Meg Waer F 320 Fantasy; Battles; Werewolves 9781922182210
Carter, Ally See how they run [Embassy row series] F 318 Murder; Suspense; Secrecy 9781760153571
Castagna, Felicity The incredible here and now F 191 Cultural relations; Australian stories; Adolescents 9781922146366
Chan, Crystal Bird F 295 Family; Death; 9781922147707
Colfer, Eoin The hangman’s revolution [WARP series] F 360 Fantasy; Adventure; Time travel 9780141341804
Condon, Bill All of us together F 158 Great Depression; Family; Australian history 9780994642806
Crew, Gary; O’Sullivan, Paul (illus) The visions of Ichabod X F 36 Exceptional children; Future; Picture book 9781922134547
Crowley, Cath Words in deep blue F 352 Grief; Letter writing; Adolescents 9781742612386
Cunxin, Li Mao’s last dancer [Young readers edition] NF 333 Biography; Cultural relations; Resilience 9780143301646
Dolan, Hugh; Threlfall, Adrian Reg Saunders: an indigenous war hero NF 55 WWII; Aboriginal people; Graphic novel 9781742234243
Ferris, Fleur Black F 276 Superstition; Suspense; Romance 9781925324976
Flanagan, John The Ghostfaces [Brotherband series] F 386 Adventure; Fantasy 9780857980113
Fraillon, Zana The bone sparrow F 234 Refugees; Detention centres; Imagination 9780734417138
French, Jackie If the blood should stain the wattle F 544 Historical fiction; Australian history 9781460753118
Gardner, Scot The way we roll F 197 Social class; Friendship Homelessness; 9781760290399
Gleitzman, Morris Snot chocolate and other funny stories F 162 Short stories; Humour; Reluctant readers 9780143309222
Goes, Peter Timeline: a visual history of our world NF 80 World history; Time 9781776570690
Gwynne, Phillip Take a life [The Debt series] F 480 Quests; Crime; Adventure; 9781742378626
Hawke, Rosanne Dear Pakistan [Beyond borders series] F 176 Cultural relations; Belonging 9781925139549
Herrick, Steven Another night in mullet town F 216 Adolescents; Friendship 9780702253959
Jacobson, Megan Yellow F 259 Ghosts; Alcoholism; Mystery 9780143573333
Jonsberg, Barry My life as an alphabet F 256 Family relations; Individuality; Humour 9781743310977
Kane, Kim When the lyrebird calls F 302 Australian history; Australian federation; Racism 9781741758528
Kostakis, William The sidekicks F 255 Death; Friendship; Secrets 9780143309031
Masson, Sophie Hunter’s moon F 329 Fairy tales; Love; Magic 9780857986030
McKinlay, Meg A single stone F 271 Child labour; Survival 9781925081701
Miles, Chris Spurt: a balls and all story F 253 Adolescents; Puberty; Conformity 9781742974651
Millard, Glenda The stars at Oktober Bend F 288 Child abuse; Epilepsy; Poetry 9781743315897
Moloney, James The beauty is in the walking F 248 Family relations; Friendship; Independence 9780732299941
Morgan, Michelle Flying through clouds F 246 Historical fiction; Australian history; Great Depression 9780995386501
Morgan, Sally Sister heart F 250 Stolen Generations; Indigenous story; Verse novel 9781925163131
Niven, Jennifer All the bright places F 388 Grief; Friendship; Loyalty 9780141357034
Pitt, Darrell A toaster on Mars F 240 Humour; Science fiction; Detectives 9781922182869
Rodda, Emily The Hungry Isle [Star of Deltora series] F 170 Magic; Adventure; Courage 9781742991337
Rowling, J.K.; Thorne, Jack; Tiffany, John Harry Potter and the cursed child F 350 Magic; Family 9780751565355
Russell, Rachel Renee Frenemies forever [Dork diaries series] F 310 Friendship; School story; Reluctant readers 9781471158032
Smale, Holly Head over heels [Geek girl series] F 400 School story; Friendship 9780007574650
Stephens, John The black reckoning [Books of Beginning series] F 432 Magic; Adventure; Time travel 9780385755788
Tarakson, Stella; Morden, Richard (illus) Aliens, ghosts and vanishings: strange and possibly true Australian stories NF 282 Mythology; Mysteries; Australian history 9781925324969
Weetman, Nova Everything is changed F 272 Friendship; Guilt; Accidents 9780702254161
Whamhower, Shogun; McKenzie, Heath (illus) Nerdy ninjas vs the really really scary guys [Nerdy ninjas series] F 123 Humour; Adventure; Reluctant readers 9781742830278
Zorn, Claire One would think the deep F 305 Grief; Relationships; Surfing 9780702253942


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Last reviewed
5 May 2017
Last updated
5 May 2017