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2 8 y separately published work icon Peggy : A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure Anna Walker , Anna Walker (illustrator), United States of America (USA) : Turtleback Books , 2017 Z1888208 2012 single work picture book children's 'Peggy lives in a small house in a quiet street. One blustery day a big gust of wind sweeps down and scoops up leaves, twigs and ... Peggy! The wind blows Peggy into the city, where she discovers strange new things, but how will she find her way back home?' (Publisher's website)
1 15 y separately published work icon The Dead I Know Scot Gardner , United States of America (USA) : Turtleback Books , 2016 Z1775654 2011 single work novel young adult 'You wake in the middle of the night, your arms and feet pinned by strong hands. As you thrash your way to consciousness, a calm voice says, "Steady. We're here to help." Your mind registers a paramedic, a policeman, an ambulance. You are lying on the lookout at Keeper's Point, the lookout Amanda Creen supposedly threw herself off. And you have absolutely no idea how you got there.

'Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can't explain, and memories he can't recover. Death doesn't scare him - his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn't discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.' (From the publisher's website.)
20 16 y separately published work icon Sabriel Garth Nix , United States of America (USA) : Turtleback Books , 2014 Z822173 1995 single work novel young adult fantasy (taught in 2 units) Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.
3 5 y separately published work icon Boris Andrew Joyner , St Louis : Turtleback Books , 2013 Z1768332 2011 single work children's fiction children's 'Meet Boris. He lives with his Mum and Dad in Hogg Bay. Their home is a bus that once travelled all over the world but now stays put in their garden. Boris wishes the bus would travel again... Then, one morning, Boris feels a jolt while he is eating his breakfast. Could it be? Is the bus really moving? Is Boris on an adventure at last?' (Trove record)
3 7 y separately published work icon Zombies Vs Unicorns Justine Larbalestier (editor), Holly Black (editor), New York (City) : Turtleback Books , 2012 Z1745897 2010 anthology short story young adult fantasy horror

'Edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie). Zombies Vs Unicorns is a unique short story feud that pits horned beasts against the shuffling undead.

'It's a question as old as time itself: which reigns supreme, the zombie or the unicorn?

'"For too long, the zombie has dominated the public consciousness, but the reign of the unicorn is at hand!" Holly Black - Team Unicorn

'"I think that posterity will look upon this as the moment when zombies took their rightful place at the top of the food chain." Justine Larbalestier - Team Zombie

'Contributors to this unique collection include bestselling teen and YA authors, Garth Nix, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson and Margo Lanagan. Zombie Vs Unicorns challenges you to pick a team, and stick to it. But be warned, these are stellar story-tellers, and they can be very convincing...' (From the publisher's website.)

3 4 y separately published work icon Chasers James Phelan , St Louis : Turtleback Books , 2012 Z1692828 2010 single work novel young adult thriller science fiction 'Jesse is on a UN Youth Ambassadors camp in New York when his subway carriage is rocked by an explosion. Jesse and his three friends, Anna, Dave and Mini, crawl out from the wreckage only to discover a city in chaos. Streets are deserted. Buildings are in ruins. Worse, the only other survivors seem to be infected with a virus that turns them into horrifying predators ... Outnumbered. No sign of life. Just Them. And you... ALONE.' (From the publisher's website.)
1 y separately published work icon Teeth : Vampire Tales Ellen Datlow (editor), Terri Windling (editor), St Louis : Turtleback Books , 2011 Z1916410 2011 anthology short story horror A selection of 'bite-sized' tales exploring the intersections among the living, dead, and undead. The authors selected include Neil Gaiman, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Garth Nix, and Kaaron Warren.
17 11 y separately published work icon Halo Alexandra Adornetto , St Louis : Turtleback Books , 2011 Z1708528 2010 single work novel young adult

'Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove.

'But everything changes when three angels, Ivy, Bethany and Gabriel are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls for the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him?

'Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.'

'The angels and Xavier must work together to overcome the dark forces - but will Beth survive the battle?' (From the publisher's website.)

1 1 y separately published work icon Shaolin Tiger Sandy Fussell , St Louis : Turtleback Books , 2011 Z1573190 2009 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction 'Long before Sensei Ki-Yaga built the Cockroach Ryu, he travelled to China and studied at the Shaolin Temple in the north-western Song Shan Mountains of China. Sensei promised to return to help the abbot in the Temple's time of need. Telling the Samurai Kids that the abbott has a treasure in need of safekeeping, they set off on a journey to China.' (Source: publisher's website.)
2 6 y separately published work icon Mascot Madness! Andy Griffiths , St Louis : Turtleback Books , 2009 Z1568830 2009 single work children's fiction children's humour

'The Mascot Madness! Test:

'1. Northwest Southeast Central School have never beaten Northwest West Academy at their annual track and field challenge because A: they're better at knitting than they are at sport. B: they are losers. C: Northwest West Academy will stop at nothing to win.

'2. Mr Brainfright dresses up in a banana suit and dances around because A: he's bored. B: he goes bananas. C: he thinks it will inspire the students of Northwest Southeast Central School and lead them to victory.

'3. When Henry McThrottle attempts the triple jump, instead of a hop, step and a jump he does A: a burp, a dribble and a sneeze. B: a twirl, a spin and the splits. C: a stumble, a trip and a fall. 4. Mascot Madness is A: a new type of dance. B: when a mascot gets angry. C: a very funny book about running, jumping, throwing, winning, losing, cheating, chasing, biting and really hard squeezing.

'The answers to these questions - and many more - are contained between the covers of this very funny book about running, jumping, throwing, winning, losing, cheating, chasing, biting and really hard squeezing.' (Publisher's blurb)

4 4 y separately published work icon Across the Wall : A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories Across the Wall : Tales of the Old Kingdom and Elsewhere Garth Nix , New York (City) : Turtleback Books , 2006 Z1204749 2005 selected work short story novella fantasy young adult

'Nicholas Sayre will do anything to get across the Wall. Thoughts of Lirael and Sam haunt his dreams, and he has come to realize that his destiny lies with them, in the Old Kingdom. But here in Ancelstierre, Nick faces an obstacle that is not entirely human, with a strange power that seems to come from Nicholas himself.

With "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case," Garth Nix continues to explore the magical world of the Abhorsen Trilogy. In additional short stories that range from two widely different takes on the Merlin myth to a gritty urban version of Hansel and Gretel and a heartbreaking story of children and war, Garth Nix displays the range and versatility that has made him one of today's leading writers of fantasy for readers of all ages' (Amazon).

24 85 y separately published work icon Gould's Book of Fish : A Novel in Twelve Fish Richard Flanagan , New York (City) : Turtleback Books , 2003 Z912793 2001 single work novel (taught in 4 units) 'Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all the living things on the land and the fishes in the sea were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a convict in Van Dieman's Land who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer, forger, fantasist, condemned to live in the most brutal penal colony in the British Empire, and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Once upon a time, miraculous things happened'. (Source: Trove)
31 186 y separately published work icon True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey , New York (City) : Turtleback Books , 2001 Z668312 2000 single work novel historical fiction (taught in 29 units)

'"I lost my own father at 12 yr. of age and know what it is to be raised on lies and silences my dear daughter you are presently too young to understand a word I write but this history is for you and will contain no single lie may I burn in Hell if I speak false."

'In TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG, the legendary Ned Kelly speaks for himself, scribbling his narrative on errant scraps of paper in semi-literate but magically descriptive prose as he flees from the police. To his pursuers, Kelly is nothing but a monstrous criminal, a thief and a murderer. To his own people, the lowly class of ordinary Australians, the bushranger is a hero, defying the authority of the English to direct their lives. Indentured by his bootlegger mother to a famous horse thief (who was also her lover), Ned saw his first prison cell at 15 and by the age of 26 had become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over whole towns and defying the law until he was finally captured and hanged. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist.' (From the publisher's website.)

18 26 y separately published work icon English Passengers Matthew Kneale , New York (City) : Turtleback Books , 2001 Z375635 2000 single work novel historical fiction It is 1857, and Reverend Geoffrey Wilson has departed England to prove the literal truth of the bible. The expedition heads towards Tasmania, where he is convinced he will find the real Garden of Eden. But the other passengers have their own agendas. As the English passengers near Peevay's land, their bizarre notions become painfully at odds with reality. (Source: Trove)