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Issue Details: First known date: 1987... 1987 Sparklers
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  • Series of graded readers by Australian authors and illustrators, with teacher's guides for each level.

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y separately published work icon The Miracle Tree Christobel Mattingley , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1985 Z830977 1985 single work children's fiction children's 'The Miracle Tree is a story of a family separated by war ... a husband and wife and her mother (who was alienated from them by their hasty and unannounced marriage before the war). Taro, the husband, and Hanako, the wife, are parted by the war and after its end Taro discovers that Hanako was in Nagasaki when the atom bomb was dropped. He goes there in search of her but eventually presumes her dead and concentrates on his new garden, caring in particular for the pine tree of the title, which he has planted himself.' (Source: Ginninderra Press) Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1985
y separately published work icon Junk Castle Robin Klein , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1983 Z826515 1983 single work children's fiction children's Mr. Drake thinks it's an ugly pile of old rubbish which should go. Mandy, Irene, Con and Splinter know it's a stupendous castle which should stay. Who will win the battle of the junk castle? Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994
y separately published work icon Bernice Knows Best Max Dann , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1983 Z845973 1983 single work children's fiction children's A boy whose life is a chain of disasters is taken in hand by Bernice who is determined to cure him of his accident-prone penchant. Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994
y separately published work icon The Peace Garden Lucy Sussex , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1989 Z832339 1989 single work children's fiction children's Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton Australia , 1994
y separately published work icon Looking Out For Sampson Libby Hathorn , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1987 Z831994 1987 single work children's fiction children's Bronwyn liked her little brother Sampson a lot but she was tired of always looking out for him. When the unbearably stuck-up Cheryl comes to stay though, she has even more problems. Rydalmere : Hodder Headline , 1995
y separately published work icon Caro's Croc Cafe Pippa MacPherson , Leigh Hobbs (illustrator), Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1991 Z837150 1991 single work picture book children's humour

'Tim and Lucy find their lives in danger when they meet a fearsome, but very lonely crocodile. Caro just can't stop eating people, but the children accidentally find a most delicious cure for her anti-social behaviour.' (Publication Summary)

Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1995
y separately published work icon The Big Brass Key Ruth Park , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1983 Z837882 1983 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Eliza and her sister Paulina find a big black key and soon the sisters are involved in the romantic past of their hundred-year-old home. The story of a key which links past and present.' (Publication Summary)

Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1995
y separately published work icon Old Mr Bannerjee Sandra Clayton , Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1996 Z1009415 1996 single work children's fiction children's

'Old Mr Bannerjee has arms and legs as thin as sticks. His fingers, elbows and knees are knobbly and his clothes are dirty. Old Mr Bannerjee lives all alone (except for his cat and his twenty-seven television sets) in a house that is older than he is. Then, one day, Rick arrives.

'Rick has chipped front teeth, an earring, a ponytail, tattoos on his arms and he rides a motorbike.

'Old Mr Bannerjee is an elderly man living in a ramshackle house on the outskirts of a country town. One day he answers his door to find a "bikie", Rick, there. Slowly and begrudgingly, old Mr Bannerjee and Rick form an alliance that benefits both of them.' (Publication Summary)

Sydney : Hodder and Stoughton , 1996
y separately published work icon A Hairy Question Hazel Edwards , Glebe : Blake Education , 1999 Z973472 1999 single work children's fiction children's

'Freya’s new haircut looks terrible. In fact, it’s a disaster. Bits of hair stick out everywhere. What made Freya decide to have all her beautiful long hair cut off?' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 1999
y separately published work icon Kalo Li's New Country Hazel Edwards , Glebe : Blake Education , 1999 Z973484 1999 single work children's fiction children's Kalo is put to the test when she must leave her home in Hong Kong. A new country! New schools! A strange new life! If you read Kalo's story, you will learn the secrets of how to fit into a new place. (Source: back cover) Glebe : Blake Education , 1999
y separately published work icon Dog Food Elizabeth Best , Glebe : Blake Education , 1999 Z1087383 1999 single work children's fiction children's Mrs McTavish decides to eat the dog's food instead of her own. Glebe : Blake Education , 1999
y separately published work icon No More Worries Elizabeth Best , Glebe : Blake Education , 1999 Z1087398 1999 single work children's fiction children's

'Ned is the biggest worrier in the world. He worries about everything and no one can help. Then Grandpa has a clever idea. Can Ned work out how to get ride of his worries forever?' (Publication Summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 1999
y separately published work icon Ali's Top Secret Diary Sharon Dalgleish , Glebe : Blake Education , 1999 Z1087407 1999 single work children's fiction children's

'Ali keeps a diary with some very private comments on events. She records her own cheeky remarks to Mum and Dad and their consequences. One event she records is the mysterious disappearance of various socks. She suspects the Sock Thief. She constructs a Sock Thief Trap. Unfortunately Dad walks into it in the middle of the night. Ali sets another trap outside, but again it fails. Mum gives little credence to the Sock Thief theory. She is proven correct when she tidies Ali's room and discovers all the missing socks.

'The next day Ali's best T-shirt disappears. She suspects the T-shirt Thief...' (Publication Summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 1999
y separately published work icon Brad : The Wonder Baby Dianne Bates , Glebe : Blake Education , 1999 Z1326041 1999 single work children's fiction children's

'Everyone has a secret! Even one-week old babies! But Brad is no ordinary baby. Find out what makes Brad the "wonder baby.' (Publication Summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 1999
y separately published work icon Ellie and the Magic Computer Jeanette Beaumont , Glebe : Blake Education , 1999 Z1326493 1999 single work children's fiction children's Follow Ellie's journey on the Internet as she goes on a wild adventure. Maybe you'll discover that there is such a thing as magic. Glebe : Blake Education , 1999
y separately published work icon Imagine That! Elizabeth Best , Glebe : Blake Education , 1999 Z1326878 1999 single work children's fiction children's Under Joe's house is a dark, spooky tunnel. Joe leads his friend, Peter deep into the dark tunnel. What is it that gives Peter the fright of his life? Glebe : Blake Education , 1999
y separately published work icon Sticky Fingers Meredith Costain , Glebe : Blake Education , 1999 Z1328039 1999 single work children's fiction children's

'On Saturdays, I work in my dad’s newsagency. Disaster strikes when the till is robbed! Who is the thief? There are quite a few suspects. Can you piece the clues together?' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 1999
y separately published work icon Ariel Jeni Jones , Glebe : Blake Education , 2000 Z1134757 2000 single work children's fiction children's

'Ariel loves motorbikes. She cleans them, designs them and dreams of owning one. Her brothers, Norton and Harley, are big and lazy and just boss her around. When Ariel’s Hairy Godfather appears, things take a turn for the better.' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2000
y separately published work icon Black Dots Elizabeth Best , Glebe : Blake Education , 2000 9503374 2000 single work children's fiction children's

'Bubbles and little black dots float on the pond. They are shiny and wet. What are they? Are they alive?' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2000
y separately published work icon Chocolate Chuckles Pam Harvey , Glebe : Blake Education , 2000 9503415 2000 single work children's fiction children's

'It’s not a party without chocolate crackles, so Sally decides to make them on her own. If only she could remember what’s in them. Oh well, they look OK but what are they going to taste like?' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2000
y separately published work icon The Fine Line Rowena Cory Daniells , Glebe : Blake Education , 2000 9503457 2000 single work children's fiction children's

'Snake is the new guy in school and Jonno and Snake become fast friends. When Snake is on the loose, he is hard to keep up with. He can blade fast and jump high, but just how far will Snake really go?' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2000
y separately published work icon Funny Bone Christopher Stitt , Glebe : Blake Education , 2000 9503500 2000 single work children's fiction children's

'Nothing is funny anymore – not even the clowns at the circus. Zack has lost his funny bone! He has to find it! But what does a funny bone look like?' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2000
y separately published work icon Marcus the Mighty Patricia Bernard , Glebe : Blake Education , 2001 Z1552730 2001 single work children's fiction children's

Marcus has to participate in a history fair with his family.

Glebe : Blake Education , 2001
y separately published work icon Feral and Spam Bev McGregor , Glebe : Blake Education , 2001 9502998 2001 single work children's fiction children's

'Sam is the kind of brother who gives you the creeps. Most of his time is spent getting me into trouble. The rest of the time he’s trying to get out of doing his share of the work. And I wish he’d stop calling me Feral!' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2001
y separately published work icon Isabella Christopher Stitt , Glebe : Blake Education , 2001 9503041 2001 single work children's fiction children's

'Toby loves staying at the lighthouse with his grandparents. He loves the sea and the rocky beach. One evening, while watching a storm blow in, he sees an old sailing ship in the bay. It was there one second and gone the next. Where did it go and will Toby ever see it again?' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2001
y separately published work icon Kevin's Echidna Ross Pearce , Glebe : Blake Education , 2001 9503095 2001 single work children's fiction children's

'Is Kevin going crazy? Can the words of an echidna mean anything? Kevin can’t figure it out. But Kevin’s world hasn’t made much sense since his mum went away. Maybe the echidna is trying to tell him something after all.' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2001
y separately published work icon Lisa Elizabeth Best , Glebe : Blake Education , 2001 9503148 2001 single work children's fiction children's

'Lisa has had a hard life. Hopefully all that will change, now that she has a new family. Everything goes well for a while, until one day something terrible happens. Will her new family send Lisa away?' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2001
y separately published work icon To Rob a Dragon Elaine Argaet , Glebe : Blake Education , 2001 9503215 2001 single work children's fiction children's

'Wizards and dragons are making life impossible inside the castle. Belch, the fire-breathing dragon, has stolen all the Clan’s gold. Still, the wizards want their payment or the Clan will lose everything. There is only one terrifying thing to be done, but will Zac and Wooo succeed?' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2001
y separately published work icon Running Away Alana Peters , Glebe : Blake Education , 2001 9503268 2001 single work children's fiction children's

'Everything’s going wrong today and Eliza has had enough. She’s going to run away. There are a few things that she needs to take with her and getting them all on her bike isn’t going to be easy. Can this day get any worse?' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2001
y separately published work icon Walking on Water Claire Saxby , Glebe : Blake Education , 2001 9503312 2001 single work children's fiction children's

'Just the thought of water-skiing turns Josie green. Now they are about to spend a whole day on the lake. Luckily everyone else can have a go first and maybe they’ll run out of time. But sooner or later Josie is going to have to face the murky water.' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2001
y separately published work icon A Hairy Question Hazel Edwards , Glebe : Blake Education , 1999 Z973472 1999 single work children's fiction children's

'Freya’s new haircut looks terrible. In fact, it’s a disaster. Bits of hair stick out everywhere. What made Freya decide to have all her beautiful long hair cut off?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2008
y separately published work icon Anchovy Circus Bren MacDibble , Clayton : Blake Education , 2010 9493292 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Antonio hates anchovies and won’t eat them. He hides them under his bed instead. Then he has a great idea about what he can do with them. His best friend, Mike, wants to help. What will his parents say when they find out?' (Publication summary)

Clayton : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon A Bit of Magic Jill McDougall , Clayton : Blake Education , 2010 9493504 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Nick’s family, the Amazing Marconis, perform magic tricks. Nick doesn’t do any tricks — his only job is to keep his baby brother, Carlo, quiet. But that’s not as easy as it seems. Will Nick be able to find his own bit of magic?' (Publication summary)

Clayton : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Bobby Bones Sue Cason , Clayton : Blake Education , 2010 9493559 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'William and Joey are all set to watch the football grand final on TV. But Joey has to put his little sister, Chloe, to bed. Chloe wants to have a tea party first. Will they get to see the game?' (Publication summary)

Clayton : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon The Curse of the Cap Michelle Murray-Cox , Clayton : Blake Education , 2010 9493707 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Josh loves his new cap, which his dad sent him from Bermuda. His best friend, Mason, runs off with it, then disappears. Other strange things begin to happen. Is the cap cursed, like the Bermuda Triangle?' (Publication summary)

Clayton : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Danny's Birthday Claire Saxby , Clayton : Blake Education , 2010 9493751 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Danny’s birthday is on Christmas Day. He wishes it was on any other day of the year. Can he find a different day so he can have a party all to himself?' (Publication summary)

Clayton : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon The Dinner Guest Bren MacDibble , Clayton : Blake Education , 2010 9493800 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Jess thinks dinner time is boring. Her mum is always on the phone and it’s no fun. One day, an uninvited guest comes to dinner. Is he a pest, or a dinner guest?' (Publication summary)

Clayton : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Filicudi Friends Lynell Santamaria , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9494621 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Basil and his dad go to the Italian island of Filicudi to visit their family. Basil learns all about Italian life and his family history. He even learns about his own special gifts!' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Go, Go Gecko Bren MacDibble , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9494737 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'There’s a gecko in the chalk box! All the kids have seen it. But Mr Mooney has not. What will happen when the gecko escapes?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Grandpa's Gift Pam Harvey , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9494795 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Grandpa Thomas has come for a visit. He has brought Peter an unusual gift for his train set. As the nights go by, Peter realises there is something very special about this gift.' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Great Uncle Felix Lisa Thompson , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9494845 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Uncle Felix has come for a surprise visit! Arki loves hearing his wild stories from around the world. What happens when Great Uncle Felix is left in charge?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Isaac the Inventor Lisa Thompson , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9495126 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Isaac is an inventor. But then one night, his mind goes blank. Who will come to the rescue for the Inventors’ Competition?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Lighthouse Lucy Kate Walker , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9495296 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Lucy, the lighthouse keeper, likes a quiet life. Unexpected visitors arrive and her life becomes noisy. When a storm blows up, will Lucy be glad she’s not on her own?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Man of Steel Mike Craig , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9495387 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Superman loves to wear his cape so he can fly around the playground. When he tries to stop the school bully from picking on his friend, he gets knocked down. Can Superman beat Knuckles Knox?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Mariah's Tooth Jan Weeks , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9495429 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Mariah has lost her tooth. She leaves it in a glass with a note for the Tooth Fairy. Find out if the Tooth Fairy grants Mariah’s wish.' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Miss Feline's Unusual Pets Lisa Thompson , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9495478 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Stella has to look after Miss Feline’s very unusual pets. One of the pets makes Stella nervous. Will she survive the day?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon My Arms Your Legs Kim Rackham , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9495520 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Jessie McZip is the fastest kid in school in her wheelchair. Jacko is the second fastest on his legs. But will he ever be the fastest?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon No Fishing Bren MacDibble , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9496450 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Matt’s dad loves to fish. But Matt does not like fishing. What happens when Matt goes fishing with his dad?'  (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Songbird Claire Kamber , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9498390 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Lily and her grandpa love to hear the birds sing in China. But then Lily moves to Australia where the birds sing a different song.' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon The Three Rapunzels Lisa Thompson , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9498522 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'The drama teacher, Miss Bell, has announced auditions for the new school musical. Daisy loves to sing, Rani loves to dance — they both want to be the star. Their shy friend, Ming, is the only one who can remember the lines. What will happen on opening night?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Tim's Money Tree Jan Weeks , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9502472 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Tim needs money to buy a bike. His sister, Mandy, tells him to plant a money tree. Will it work?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Treasure in the Sand Sue Walker , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9502612 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Alex, James and Mitch are hunting for lost coins in the sand. They’re hoping to find enough money to buy tickets to Lucky Land. They discover a real treasure in the sand. Will they use it to finally ride the Rad Roller, or will they do the right thing?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon William Wild Lisa Thompson , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9502740 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Nina is excited to meet her neighbour’s nephew. His nickname is William Wild. It isn’t long before Nina finds out why!' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Zara's Solution Sue Walker , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010 9502783 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'Zara’s brother, Tai, wants to play. But Zara needs to do her homework. Can she find a solution to this problem?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Dash! Crash! Splash! Brook Turner , Glebe : Blake Education , 2010 9502946 2010 single work children's fiction children's

'In the book Dash! Crash! Splash!, Daniel is involved in an accident that leaves his legs paralysed. He discovers swimming and through hard work, accomplishes an outstanding feat.

'Daniel's stoicism and determination to rise above his condition reveal qualities relevant to all our lives.

'The story is told without exaggerated pathos.' (Publication summary)

Glebe : Blake Education , 2010
y separately published work icon Cluey Louie Clayton South : Blake Education , 2013 14166696 2013 series - publisher children's fiction children's Clayton South : Blake Education , 2013
y separately published work icon Trivia Olivia Clayton South : Blake Education , 2014 14166580 2014 series - author children's fiction children's Clayton South : Blake Education , 2014
y separately published work icon Sparklers Asian Stories Clayton South : Blake Education , 2014- 14164991 2014 series - publisher children's fiction

'Blake’s new full-colour Asian Stories are contemporary tales set across Asia and the Pacific. Students follow characters their own age in their local environments – at school, at home, in the village, visiting local landmarks – so they can observe everyday life in another culture. With a window into the social and cultural norms of our near neighbours, these books are valuable tools to build both literacy skills and cross-cultural understanding. 

'This series has been written specifically for the Australian Curriculum priority: ‘Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia’.'  (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2014-
y separately published work icon A Cluey Crew Mystery Lisa Thompson , Clayton : Blake Education , 2016 9490152 2016 series - author children's fiction novel

'The Cluey Crew series combines our best-selling Cluey Louie and Trivia Olivia series as they team up to solve mysteries.

'This new series features longer stories to build reading stamina, text features to help improve comprehension and a mystery structure to keep students guessing and wanting to know… What happens next? How will this mystery be solved?' (Publication summary)

Clayton : Blake Education , 2016
y separately published work icon What's Behind the Bin? Sue Walker , Clayton South : Blake Education , 2016 9502655 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'Jarrod really wants a pet. When he finds a mouse behind the bin in his garden, it looks as though his wish has been granted. But what will Mum say when she finds out?' (Publication summary)

Clayton South : Blake Education , 2016
y separately published work icon Saddleback Stables Clayton South : Blake Education , 2018 14165049 2018 series - publisher children's fiction children's Clayton South : Blake Education , 2018
y separately published work icon Fairy Forest Clayton South : Blake Education , 2018-2019 14165530 2018 series - author children's fiction children's Clayton South : Blake Education , 2018-2019

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