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13 94 y separately published work icon Dirt Music Tim Winton , Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 Z918096 2001 single work novel (taught in 15 units)

'Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognises herself.

'One morning, in the boozy pre-dawn gloom, she looks up from the computer screen to see a shadow lurking on the beach below, and a dangerous new element enters her life. Luther Fox, the local poacher. Jinx. Outcast...' (From the publisher's website.)

1 y separately published work icon What Zola Did on Wednesday Melina Marchetta , Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 20060869 2020 single work children's fiction children's 'Zola loves living on Boomerang Street with her mum and her nonna. Every day of the week is an adventure. But Zola has a problem. No matter how much she tries, she can't keep out of trouble! Like on Wednesday, when Zola has a plan to help find her friend Sophia’s missing turtle . . .' 

(Publication summary)

1 1 y separately published work icon Moonlite Moonlite : The Tragic Love Story of Captain Moonlite and the Bloody End of the Bushrangers Garry Linnell , Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 19693596 2020 single work biography

'Charismatic, intelligent and handsome, George Scott is unlike any other bushranger. Born into a privileged life in famine-wracked Ireland, Scott's family loses its fortune and is forced to flee to New Zealand. There, Scott joins the local militia and fights as a soldier against the Maori in the brutal New Zealand wars.

'After recovering from a series of serious gunshot wounds, he sails to Australia and becomes a Lay Preacher, captivating churchgoers with his fiery and inspiring sermons.

'But Scott is also prone to bursts of madness. The local villagers back in Ireland often whispered that a 'wild drop' ran in the blood of the Scott family. One night he dons a mask in a small country town, arms himself with a gun and, dubbing himself Captain Moonlite, brazenly robs a bank before staging one of the country's most audacious jailbreaks.

'After falling in love with fellow prisoner James Nesbitt, a boyish petty criminal desperately searching for a father figure, Scott finds himself unable to shrug off his criminal past.

'Pursued and harassed by the police, he stages a dramatic siege and prepares for a final showdown with the law - and a macabre executioner without a nose.

'Meticulously researched and drawing on previously unpublished material, Moonlite is a brilliant work of non-fiction that reads like a novel.

'Told at a cracking pace, and based on many of the extensive letters Scott wrote from his death cell, Moonlite is set amid the violent and sexually-repressed era of Australia in the second half of the 19th century.

'With a cast of remarkable characters, it weaves together the extraordinary lives of our bushrangers and the desperation of a young nation eager to remove the stains of its convict past.

'But most of all, Moonlite is a tragic love story.

'For these are the dying days of the bushrangers and Captain Moonlite is about to make his last stand.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Nala the Koala Penguin Random House Australia , Min Pin (illustrator), Melbourne : Puffin , 2020 19545208 2020 single work picture book children's

'Nala the koala has lost her home. She searches far and wide, but some places are too sandy, some are too scary and some are just too small! Where have all the trees gone?

'A sweet story that gently touches on displacement, finding your home and preserving precious environments.

'All royalties from sales of this book will be donated to charity to help protect koalas and other Australian animals in need.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Baby Shark : Adventure Down Under Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 18605535 2020 single work picture book children's

'Based on everyone's favourite song, join our own pygmy shark for a swim in the oceans of Australia. Who will Baby Shark meet and will Baby Shark make it home safely?' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon The Last Convict Anthony Hill , Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 18573245 2020 single work novel historical fiction

''It's a good story, Samuel. You're a piece of living history.'

'Oxford 1863- Young Samuel Speed sets a barley stack alight in the hope it will earn him a bed in prison for the night. He wants nothing more than a morsel of food in his belly and a warm place to sleep off the streets. What he receives is a sentence of seven years' servitude, to be served half a world away in the penal colony of Fremantle, Western Australia.

'When Samuel boards the transport ship Belgravia, he is stripped of his clothing and even his name, and given regulations of when to rise, eat, clean and sleep. On arrival at Fremantle Prison, hard labour is added to the mix and he wonders if life can get any worse. The only solace he finds is a love of reading, which allows the likes of Tom Sawyer and Oliver Twist to become his lifelong friends.

'Samuel is granted a ticket of leave in 1867 and full freedom in 1871, but what sort of life can a man forge for himself in the colony, with no skills, no money and no family? Will it be the beginning of the life he has always dreamed of, or do some sentences truly never end?

'A colourful recreation of the life and times of the last known convict to be sent to Australia, The Last Convict is a moving study of old age and loneliness, as one social outcast finds meaning in his impoverished life through the power of literature. Meticulously researched and brilliantly woven into an engaging fictional account, it is an unforgettable story by an award-winning writer and historian.' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Either Side of Midnight Benjamin Stevenson , Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 18573203 2020 single work novel thriller

A compelling new thriller from the author of Greenlight. When a popular TV presenter shoots himself live on air, his twin brother calls on the help of Jack Quick (from Greenlight) to help him search for answers – and they uncover a disturbing link to a suicide in their past . . .

'One million witnesses. One impossible murder.

'At 9.04pm, Sam ‘Midnight’ Midford delivers his light entertainment monologue to kick off his nightly current affairs show. He’s nervous and his assistant is convinced he’s about to propose to his girlfriend live on air. But instead of a ring, he pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head.

'When child pornography is discovered on his work laptop, it is assumed that Sam killed himself before his dark secret was revealed.

'But Sam’s grief-stricken twin brother Harry is adamant that the porn was planted and is convinced Sam was murdered. He may have pulled the trigger on live TV, watched by millions, but Harry believes someone made Sam do it. He hires Jack Quick, TV producer and true crime podcaster, to help him discover the truth.

'Together Harry and Jack watch Sam’s final broadcast more closely and in a reflection on the TV monitor behind Sam they see the scrolling words from the teleprompter: I thought you wanted this. Don’t back out on me now.

'Did someone talk Sam into killing himself via the teleprompter? And what could someone say to make a person shoot themselves in front of one million viewers? What secret did Sam have that would be enough to compel him to take his own life? And what is the link with the suicide of Sam’s girlfriend Lily 13 years before?' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Croc Country Kerry McGinnis , Docklands : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 18572713 2020 single work novel crime

'Why would the police come back looking for a dead man?

'Young widow Tilly is making a new life for herself, keeping house for the rangers at the Binboona Wildlife Sanctuary in the isolated wilderness of the north-western Gulf Country. Caring for injured wildlife and helping to run the popular tourist campsite are just the distraction she needs from everything she left behind when her husband, Gerry, and young daughter were lost at sea.

'But when the police show up asking questions about Gerry, the peaceful routine she's built is disrupted as she begins to question what really happened to her family. The arrival of botanist Connor stirs up even more emotion and has Tilly questioning who she can trust. When she and young ranger Luke stumble across evidence of wildlife smugglers on a visit to the local caves, suddenly her sanctuary is no longer safe and it becomes clear the past has well and truly come back to haunt her.

'Set against the lush backdrop of the Northern Territory with its vibrant birds and deadly wildlife, this is a chilling and highly evocative family mystery about the wild and dangerous things that can happen in the most remote and untamed corners of our country.'  (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Meet Katie at the Beach Rebecca Johnson , Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 18572301 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Hi! I'm Katie.
'I have a wobbly tooth that won't come out! But it's not going to spoil my trip to the beach. We're going to eat mangoes and play beach cricket!'  (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Meet Eve in the Outback Raewyn Caisley , Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 18572232 2020 single work children's fiction children's

'Hi! I'm Eve.
'I live at a roadhouse in the Nullarbor. We don't get many visitors. But today my cousin Will is coming. We'll have so much fun!'  (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Aussie Kids 2020 Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 18572123 2020 series - publisher children's fiction children's
1 y separately published work icon Maggie's Going Nowhere Rose Hartley , North Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2020 17117474 2020 single work novel

'Maggie Cotton's life is a hot mess.

'In one day, she's dumped by her boyfriend, disinherited by her mum, and kicked off the three-year degree course she'd stretched to a decade. And that was before she received the letter saying she owed the government $70,000.

'But that's no reason to grow up, is it?

'With a decrepit 1960s caravan to call home, Maggie has to prove to her mother she can survive without a safety net, stop her loyal best friend Jen from marrying a scumbag, and convince her sexy workmate Rueben that she's not a walking disaster. For someone who's spent her life avoiding hard work, she sure can move mountains when she's got a little motivation - just don't ask her to move the caravan.'  (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Mermaid Holidays Delphine Davis , 2019 North Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019- 16886720 2019 series - author children's fiction

'Four best friends and an ocean full of adventure!

'Sophia, Willow, Chloe and Olivia have been best friends since they were merbies. Even though they don’t go to school together, whenever they come home to Turtleville for the holidays, they are inseparable.

This holidays, something super exciting is happening – Turtleville’s first Talent Show! Sophia can’t wait. She was born to perform! The besties enter as a group, but will Sophia’s love of the spotlight ruin everything?

'Whatever happens, the show must go on!

'This series has been created in house by our super talented editors with illustrations by Adele K. Thomas.'  (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Toffle Towers Tim Harris , North Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019- 16886251 2019 series - author children's fiction children's
1 2 y separately published work icon Alice-Miranda in Paris Jacqueline Harvey , Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019 Z1936432 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'Trés chic sightseeing, singing and fashion! Alice-Miranda and her friends are in Paris with a group of teachers from Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale and the Fayle School for Boys. The students have a very exciting opportunity: to sing at Paris Fashion Week. The amazing city is humming with excitement and outrageous fashion choices -- quite often coming from Mr Lipp, the children's choir conductor. But a couple of France's best known designers are harbouring serious secrets, and when Christian Fontaine has some expensive fabric stolen just days before his show, Alice-Miranda and her friends realise there is a darker side to the glitz and glamour of the famous city.' (Publisher's blurb)
1 y separately published work icon Lulu Bell and the Moon Dragon Belinda Murrell , North Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019 Z1935198 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'Lulu's best friend, Molly, is preparing for the Moon Festival. But there's so much to do! There are dragon costumes and paper lanterns to make, and yummy moon cakes to bake, too.

Lulu and her mum offer to help out, and soon everyone gets involved. This will be a Moon Festival to remember!' (Publisher's blurb)
1 y separately published work icon Clementine Rose and the Perfect Present Jacqueline Harvey , Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019 Z1934702 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'Clementine Rose is thrilled! There's a giant tent in the back garden and guests arriving by the car load. A wedding at Penberthy House is just the thing her mother needs to help pay for the much needed new roof. But amid the excitement Uncle Digby falls ill, an invitation goes astray and, to everyone's horror, Aunt Violet is left in charge.

All those beautifully wrapped parcels give Clementine a great idea but will she find the perfect present in time?' (Publisher's blurb)
1 y separately published work icon Clementine Rose and the Farm Fiasco Jacqueline Harvey , Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019 Z1934691 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'Clementine Rose and her classmates are all abuzz. They're off on a springtime excursion to a local farm. When Aunt Violet comes along to help out, no-one is sure just how helpful she'll really be. Things get a little out of control when Aunt Violet and Mrs Bottomley go missing and Joshua is cornered by Ramon the feisty ram. Will Clementine and her friends escape from Ramon and find the missing ladies too?' (Publisher's blurb)
1 2 y separately published work icon Lulu Bell and The Fairy Penguin Belinda Murrell , North Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019 Z1919217 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'It's a hot day and the Bell family is going for a swim. But when a runaway dog chases a little penguin that is waddling up the beach, Lulu has to leap into action! Is the little penguin hurt? And as if that's not enough for Lulu to worry about, where is Pickles the cat, who's about to have her kittens? Let the search begin!' (Publisher's blurb)
1 2 y separately published work icon Clementine-Rose and the Pet Day Disaster Jacqueline Harvey , Sydney : Penguin Random House Australia , 2019 Z1885239 2013 single work children's fiction children's 'Clementine Rose is completely excited! She's going to start school with her best friends Sophie and Poppy and she can't wait. But when she gets there, instead of the lovely Miss Critchley, her teacher is the much sterner and shoutier Mrs Bottomley. And then there's Angus, a little boy who delights in tormenting her from the moment they first meet.

After her first day, Clementine decides school may not be so much fun after all. But the announcement of a Pet Day changes everything. If Lavender the teacup pig can come to school with Clementine, everything will be all right . . . won't it?' (Publisher's blurb)
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