Book List in Order: 9 titles


  • ‘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...



  • Here are twenty-one fascinating stories about the forgotten heroes of war: animals who have served beside Australian forces. These are all animals that dazzle with their courage and loyalty or sometimes just by being lovable. Whether it's a rooste...



  • 'What are they saying?' Isaac asked Taiata. 'They are calling us tupua. . . goblins and demons.' 'And what else?' 'They say they will come back and kill us all.' When young Isaac Manley sailed on the Endeavour from England in 1768, no one on board k...



  • 'I wonder what you've seen and done, Harriet, over all those years?' asks Ellie. The Tortoise pokes her head a little and blinks one naughty eye. 'Tell me!' Hatched on an island in the Galapagos, Harriet enjoyed an enchanted life, as generations ...



  • When Nat is asked to help out on a paddle steamer, he gets to live his dream—and even get paid for it! But he also has a secret that could risk not only his own life but the lives of the entire crew....



  • The true story of Jim Martin, the youngest Anzac. On 28th June 1915, young James Martin sailed from Melbourne on the troopship Berrima, bound ultimately for Gallipoli. He was just 14 years old. This is Jim's extraordinary story of how an inexperienc...



  • A small boy, an orphan of the First World War, wanders into the Australian airmen's mess in Germany, on Christmas Day in 1918. A strange boy, with an uncertain past and an extraordinary future, he became a mascot for the air squadron and was affectio...





  • When John was nearly five, he was brutally separated from his Aborigine mother and his tribe and was taken to live in a mission, because his father was white. This story is based on fact and tells of the boy's struggle to decide where he belongs in a...