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Issue Details: First known date: 1993-... 1993- Starlight
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  • Only literary material by Australian authors individually indexed. Other material in this issue includes:

    Fire gods and Neo's War by Ken Catran.

Includes

y separately published work icon The Battle of the Galah Trees Christobel Mattingley , Leicester : Brockhampton Press , 1974 Z896279 1974 single work children's fiction children's

Matt saves a young galah and his growing attachment to the bird leads him to a greater concern - saving the huge gum trees on the recreation ground on which the birds perch. (Source: Trove)

Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1992
y separately published work icon The Lion and the Lamb Jonathan Harlen , Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1992 Z365325 1992 single work novel young adult Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1992
y separately published work icon The October Child Eleanor Spence , London : Oxford University Press , 1976 Z561519 1976 single work novel young adult

'The arrival of baby Carl marks a turning point in the lives of the Mariners. Loved and wanted though he is, Carl casts a shadow over the household, and his adolescent brother becomes increasingly resentful and bewildered.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1993
y separately published work icon Time's Lost Hero Bruce Tanton , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1990 Z547934 1990 single work novel young adult adventure Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1993
y separately published work icon The Eye Witness Caroline Macdonald , Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton Australia , 1991 Z574096 1991 single work novel young adult fantasy science fiction The year is 2046 and Leo meets Jack, a boy who has been mysteriously transported from the past. By helping Jack, Leo puts his whole family in terrible danger. The threat comes from two sides: from the leader of a group of dangerous outcasts, and from the authorities who suspect that Leo is in league with the outcasts.
Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton Australia , 1993
y separately published work icon Dawn Ride Karin Petersen-Schaefer , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1993 Z262912 1993 single work children's fiction children's Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1993
y separately published work icon After the Puce Empress : A Jocelyn Osgood Adventure Jocelyn Osgood - After the Puce Empress Geoffrey McSkimming , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1993 Z796491 1993 single work novel young adult adventure 'While on a stormbound flight to Shanghai, a mysterious old man from Manchuria thrusts a strange object into the hand of Jocelyn Osgood, the well-known flight attendant with Valkyrian Airways. The old man inexplicably disappears in mid-flight, leaving Jocelyn with a clue to the whereabouts of a priceless treasure from Chinese antiquity - one that holds the very secret to pure magic ...'

'With advice from Cairo Jim, Jocelyn and her friend Joan Twilight embark upon the search for the Puce Empress, a search which takes them to China's mountainous and uncertain south.

'But Gordon Slenderhead, that renowned prestidigitator, is also after the Puce Empress, and his devious desire is all-consuming...' (Source: back cover).
Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1993
y separately published work icon Shark Island John O'Brien , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1993 Z837570 1993 single work children's fiction children's Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1993
y separately published work icon Pagan's Crusade Catherine Jinks , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1992 Z260009 1992 single work novel young adult historical fiction (taught in 2 units)

'Catherine Jinks spins a colorful tale loaded with action, down-and-dirty details of medieval life, and a healthy helping of sarcasm sure to appeal to teen readers - especially boys.
'Down on his luck and kicked in the pants one too many times, sixteen-year-old Pagan Kidrouk arrives on the doorstep of the Templar Knights in medieval Jerusalem, looking for work as a squire. He's expecting only some protection from the seedier aspects of life on the street and a few square meals. Instead, Pagan finds himself hard at work for Lord Roland de Bram - an exciting life of polishing Lord Roland's armor, laundering his garments, and even training to fight by his side.
'But as the Infidel Saladin leads his army to Jerusalem, it becomes more and more difficult for Pagan and Lord Roland to discern what action to take or whom to trust. Neither Saladin's army nor the Christian Crusaders offer easy answers. Is a bloody battle for control of the Holy City inevitable?' (Publication summary)

Rydalmere : Starlight , 1994
y separately published work icon Love Me Tender Libby Hathorn , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1992 Z461035 1992 single work children's fiction children's A young boy, Alan, is forced to live with his bossy aunt who runs a milkbar/cafe when his mother takes off. When the jukebox is put in her milkbar, Alan sees Elvis Presley songs bring love and then a miraculous change to his aunt. Though she wants to adopt him, Alan is hoping his mother may return. (Source: Trove) Rydalmere : Hodder Headline , 1994
y separately published work icon Feral Kid Libby Hathorn , Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994 Z184606 1994 single work novel young adult Robbie flees a difficult family life to find that living as a homeless kid on the streets of Sydney isn't full of the excitement and freedom he had hoped for. When he meets Iris, an older woman who is also being forced to review her life, he begins to see a glimmer of hope. Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994
y separately published work icon Deersnake Lucy Sussex , Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994 Z184712 1994 single work novel young adult fantasy

'When 15-year-old Kate discovers that her friend Martin has vanished into the nightmare Otherworld, she knows that only she can save him - but the Otherworld does not release its victims so easily.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994
y separately published work icon Changing the Sky Penny Flanagan , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994 Z813127 1994 single work novel young adult Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994
y separately published work icon JB and the Worry Dolls Patricia Bernard , New South Wales : Hodder Headline , 1994 Z833285 1994 single work children's fiction children's 'An amusing tale for young people in which Angelica Rio is given a worry doll and things start to seem clearer. Angelica is a worrier, who at the age of 13 is concerned about being too fat, concerned about her parents who are fighting, and her brother who is stealing, concerned about her friend, Bess, and the boy who has just moved in next door. All this worrying is ruining her life. She discovers that it is not always true that the worry dolls do the worrying for you while you get time to fix things up! ' (Publication summary) New South Wales : Hodder Headline , 1994
y separately published work icon Cairo Jim and Doris in Search of Martenarten : A Tale of Archaeology, Adventure and Astonishment Geoffrey McSkimming , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991 Z837285 1991 single work children's fiction children's adventure humour ' Far away in Upper Egypt, in a place known as the Valley of the Kings, that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim (assisted by Doris the macaw and Brenda the Wonder Camel) is searching for the lost tomb of Pharaoh Martenarten, Worshipper of the Moon and King of Ancient Egypt. But somebody of great deviousness, treachery and manicured evil wants what they are after. And he will stop at nothing to claim it for his own.' (Libraries Australia record). Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994
y separately published work icon Blue Clair Don Campbell , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994 Z333025 1994 single work novel young adult Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994
y separately published work icon Another Sparrow Singing Eleanor Spence , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1991 Z195265 1991 single work children's fiction children's Story of the hopes and dilemmas of 12 year old Courtney and her younger brother Jack, who are forced to come to terms with the separation of their parents. Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995
y separately published work icon The October Child Eleanor Spence , London : Oxford University Press , 1976 Z561519 1976 single work novel young adult

'The arrival of baby Carl marks a turning point in the lives of the Mariners. Loved and wanted though he is, Carl casts a shadow over the household, and his adolescent brother becomes increasingly resentful and bewildered.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995
y separately published work icon Dusting in Love Max Dann , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1990 Z667828 1990 single work children's fiction children's humour Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1995
y separately published work icon Come Danger, Come Darkness Ruth Park , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1978 Z41888 1978 single work children's fiction historical fiction children's adventure 'After the death of their father, two brothers are sent to Norfolk Island penal colony where their uncle is the commandant. Here they find a family friend who had the misfortune of being transported as a convict and with whom they conspire to effect his escape. Interwoven in the story is a good representation of what life was like for both convicts and settlers in the early Australian colonies.' (Source: Library Thing) Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995
y separately published work icon A Candle for Saint Antony Eleanor Spence , Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1977 Z544216 1977 single work novel young adult

'Two teenagers, unlike and inseparable–is it homosexuality? Fifteen-year-old Justin Vincent, cynosure and snob, leads the opposition at a posh Sydney school to that "bloody little ethnic tyke," new classmate Rudi Mayer. But "Cool Rudi"–a self-willed loner since his Austrian musician father's death–intrigues Justin by going his own imperturbable way; and with a little help from Brahms' "St. Antony Chorale," the two become bosom friends. The turnabout scene is a little sticky, and the mutual devotion of the two boys thereafter is even more so. Consequently, much as one admires Rudi and likes Justin for appreciating him, the pivotal episode–in which the relationship between the boys, back in Austria on a class trip, suddenly totters on the nature of Rudi's intentions (proclaiming his love, he asks Justin to stay in Austria with him)–has an offputting sentimental ring. Of course Rudi didn't mean what Justin momentarily suspects and another boy, overhearing their conversations assumes; and the book goes down, finally, on the sweetness and bitterness of their innocent love lost.'

Source:

Kirkus Review (https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/eleanor-spence/a-candle-for-saint-antony/). (Sighted: 29/5/2014)

Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1995
y separately published work icon The Seventh Pebble Eleanor Spence , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1981 Z667637 1981 single work children's fiction children's

'When the Connells move into the run down old mining town of Hollybush Flat, they make a few friends but most of the town is unfriendly towards them because they are Irish, Catholic and poor, and their father is suspiciously absent.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995
y separately published work icon The Min-Min Mavis Thorpe Clark , Melbourne : Lansdowne , 1966 Z949462 1966 single work novel young adult

'Across nearly two thousand miles of flat, sandy desert country runs a railway line, linking east and west Australia. Scattered along it are small groups of houses. Here the fettlers live, isolated from towns and other people, maintaining the line in the blazing heat.

At night, out of the blackness the min-min appears, an elusive and mystic light dancing on the horizon, beckoning and retreating. Aborigines tell of the wonder and excitement this small swaying light arouses. To Sylvie, a young girl living with her family at the siding, the gleam in the dark is symbolic of her life and future.

Her brother Reg, a "young rough", is frightened to stay at the siding after some of the mischief he causes. So he and Sylvie set off across the endless desert, carrying insufficient water and some bread and jam, walking under the scorching sun, in dust and wind, and facing icy nights.'

Source: 1966 publisher's blurb.

Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995
y separately published work icon Spellbinder Mark Shirrefs , John Thomson , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995 Z192547 1995 selected work novel young adult science fiction Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995
y separately published work icon Riana's World Spellbinder: Riana's World Mark Shirrefs , John Thomson , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995 Z192752 1995 single work novel young adult science fiction Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995
y separately published work icon Paul's World Spellbinder: Paul's World Mark Shirrefs , John Thomson , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995 Z192651 1995 single work novel young adult science fiction Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1995
y separately published work icon Xylophones Above Zarundi : A Chaotic Tale of Melody Jocelyn Osgood and the Xylophones above Zarundi Geoffrey McSkimming , Sydney : Hodder Headline Australia , 1995 Z833141 1995 single work children's fiction children's adventure

'A Jocelyn Osgood and Cairo Jim adventure

'While on a stopover in the mysterious African country of Zarundi, Jocelyn Osgood - that well-known Valkyrian Airways Flight Attendant and "good friend" of Cairo Jim - becomes unwittingly embroiled in the theft of a priceless royal tiara. She and her companions find themselves thrown into a world of subtle chaos which carries them across an intriguing and colourful landscape as they try desperately to locate the stolen regalia and two renegade Tropical Xylophonists . . .'(Publication summary)

Sydney : Hodder Headline Australia , 1995
y separately published work icon Thirteen Going on Forty The Last Refuge Dianne Bates , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1986 Z428712 1986 single work novel young adult ''Mitch,' Marty asks, 'why does Dad hate me?'
'Marty, he hates everyone.'
'Why?'
'I don't know... I reckon the grog mucks up his brain.'
'I wish we didn't have to go home.'
'There's nowhere else to go, Marty.'


'Mitch is thirteen years old and life can't get much tougher. When her dad drinks too much he takes his anger out on the family - with his fists. To make things worse, Mitch's mum refuses to leave. Then one day things finally go too far. Mitch is badly hurt and her mum decides it's time to get away. Will they ever find a safe refuge away from their father? And can they ever leave behind the painful memories?' (Publication summary)
The Last Refuge
Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1996
y separately published work icon Shadows of Olive Trees Susanne Gervay , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1996 Z86827 1996 single work novel young adult

'Tessa is a first-generation Greek teenager growing up in Sydney. Her migrant parents are as strict as their parents before them, but this is 1970s Australia and it is hard for a young girl to be left out of all the social contacts of her peers and conform to a rigidly sexist code of behaviour. University brings relative freedom, but when Tessa falls in love with her English professor and rebels against an arranged marriage, the going gets tough.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1996
y separately published work icon Lily Makes a Living Hard Yakka [pre-publication title] Lolo Houbein , Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1996 Z94565 1996 single work novel young adult

'Lily is a young schoolgirl from the country. When she leaves school she bravely faces all the choices and challenges which all young people confront today.' (Publication summary)

Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1996
y separately published work icon The First Time : True Stories Charles Montpetit (editor), Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1996 Z116831 1996 anthology short story young adult Commissioned short stories depicting a first sexual encounter. Themes include sexual identity and orientation, rape, pregnancy and sexual abuse. Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1996
y separately published work icon Mirror, Mirror : An Adventure Through Time Hilary Bell , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1996 Z121380 1996 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Looking through her antique mirror, 13-year-old Jo discovers that she can see into Louisa's world, a world many years before her time. To her surprise, Jo discovers that it is also possible for her and Louisa to step through the mirror into one another's time.

'At first, the mirror is a source of wonder and delight, but the two girls quickly discover that they must alter the past so they can avoid a catastrophe in the present.

'While they struggle through the layers of space and time, Jo discovers Nicholas - a boy whose identity is a mystery - living in Louisa's time. Captivated by each other, Jo and Nicholas work together to save their friends and to find a way of spanning time so they can remain together. (Publication summary)

Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1996
y separately published work icon Paris and Sandylands Mary Tucker , Sydney : Starlight , 1996 Z140288 1996 single work novel young adult Sydney : Starlight , 1996
y separately published work icon Raising the Sun Sally Irwin , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1997 Z1066705 1997 single work novel young adult 'Thirteen year old Christina knows that something weird is happening. For two years her town has been suffering a deep freeze - even in summer it snows. And there are the fires, breaking out everywhere, destroying the town. When Christina learns about her dead grandfather and how he stole precious artefacts from a temple in Japan, she realises that the town is under a curse.'
(Source: Back Cover)
Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1997
y separately published work icon Cairo Jim Amidst the Petticoats of Artemis : A Turkish Tale of Treachery Geoffrey McSkimming , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1997 Z835543 1997 single work children's fiction children's adventure humour "In the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus, an astonishing relic has been unearthed! What connection to the bygone goddess Artemis does this relic hold? What astonishing powers could be unleashed if it were to fall into the wrong, evil and manicured hands? ... " (Libraries Australia record). Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1997
y separately published work icon Spellbinder 2 Mark Shirrefs , John Thomson , Jill Wayment , Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1997 Z192850 1997 selected work novel young adult science fiction Kathy and Ashka are taken to parallel world - the Land of the Dragon Lord, which is ruled by Sun, a spoilt 10 year old and an ancient computer. Sydney : Hodder Headline , 1997
y separately published work icon Cairo Jim and the Secret Sepulchre of the Sphinx : A Tale of Incalculable Inversion Geoffrey McSkimming , Rydalmere : Hodder Headline Australia , 1997 Z835384 1997 single work children's fiction children's adventure 'When that well-known archaeologist and little-known poet, Cairo Jim, and his friends Doris the Macaw, Brenda the Wonder Camel and Jocelyn Osgood make the "find of the century," a new enemy on the scene sets out to discredit Jim and destroy his hard-won reputation... ' (Source: bookseller's website). Rydalmere : Hodder Headline Australia , 1997
y separately published work icon Being Brandie, Being Twelve Mary Tucker , New South Wales : Hodder Headline Australia , 1995 Z833138 1995 single work children's fiction children's ‘Poor Brandie has just turned twelve and now everything seems to be different. Her body is changing in strange ways and her father expects her to behave like a young lady. Worst of all, Brandie and her mother just can’t agree about anything. And when Brandie’s mum decides it’s time for her to learn all about the facts of life, Brandie really freaks out! If this is what being twelve is all about, Brandie wants nothing to do with it.’ (Source: Back cover) Sydney : Hodder Headline Australia , 2003

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