The lost boys: The untold stories of the underage soldiers who fought in the First World War
READ WAR 940.4 BYR In the First World War of 1914–1918, thousands of boys across Australia and New Zealand lied about their age, forged a parent’s signature and left to fight on the other side of the world. Though some were as young as thirteen, they soon found they could die as well as any man. Like Peter Pan’s lost boys, they have remained forever young. These are their stories.
READ YA F SIL Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.
READ YA F LOR All's fair in love and cheese - that is, until Pepper and Jack's spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they're publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they're also falling for each other in real life - on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
I want to eat your pancreas
READ YA F SUM A high school boy finds the diary of his classmate - only to discover that she's dying. Yamauchi Sakura has been silently suffering from pancreatic disease, and now exactly one person outside her family knows. He swears to her that he won't tell anyone what he learned, and the shared secret brings them closer together in this first-person story that traces their developing relationship in Sakura's final months of life.
READ YA F BAC Oscar Banks has been secretly sabotaging the subliminal messages that programme the behaviour of the residents of Candor, Florida - until his attraction to a rebellious girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.
How it feels to float
READ YA F FOX Biz knows how to float. She has her people, posse, her mum and the twins. She has Grace. And she has her dad, who tells her about the little kid she was, and who shouldn't be here but is. So Biz doesn't tell anyone anything. Not about her dark, runaway thoughts, not about kissing Grace or noticing Jasper, the new boy. And she doesn't tell anyone about her dad. Because her dad died when she was seven. And Biz knows how to float, right there on the surface - normal okay regular…
Against all odds
READ BIO 363.34 'I just want to warn you. You're going to dive to the end of the cave. You're going to see these kids. They're all looking healthy and happy and smiley. Then, you're going to swim away, and they're probably all going to die.' In June 2018, for 17 days, the world watched and held its breath as the Wild Boar soccer team were trapped deep in a cave in Thailand. Marooned beyond flooded cave passages after unexpected rains, they were finally rescued, one-by-one, against almost…
The erasure initiative
READ MYS F WIL A girl wakes up on a self-driving bus. She has no memory of how she got there or who she is. The 6 other people on the bus are the same: no memories, only nametags. A screen on each seatback gives them instructions. A series of tests begin, with simulations projected onto the front window of the bus. As the testing progresses, deadly secrets are revealed, and the stakes get higher and higher. Soon Cecily is no longer just fighting for her freedom - she's fighting for her life.
4WD treks close to Sydney
CRE 796.54 LEW This completely revised and expanded 6th edition, now in the A4 format so popular among owners of 4WD vehicles, features 18 of the best four-wheel drive day and weekend treks within a few short hours' drive of Sydney. Expert route directions read in forward and reverse as well as featuring both GPS Lat/Long and UTM Grid References.
INV 598.07 HAR A curiosity of everything you ever wanted to know (or realised you never knew) about budgies Beautiful and cheeky, delightful and enchanting, wild or tamed budgerigars are Australia's gift to the bird world. Surprising, charming and occasionally alarming, Budgerigar is the book that at last opens the cage door on the incredible story of the little bird that grew.
The Big O : The life and times of Olsen Filipaina
CRE 796.333 FIL The Big O by Patrick Skene is the story of Olsen Filipaina, a New Zealand Hall of Fame rugby league legend who was a pathfinder for the Maori and Pasifika players who today dominate the Australian National Rugby League. In a career that saw him play 29 Tests for New Zealand and more than 100 first grade NSWRL games, Filipaina was an object of fascination for the rugby league community.
READ SCIFI F BAR Gilly, Talia, Anders, and Jackson are astronauts captaining a new and supposedly indestructible ship in humanity's war against an alien race. Confined to the ship for years, each of them holding their own secrets, they are about to learn there are threats beyond the reach of human ingenuity--and that the true nature of reality might be the universe's greatest mystery. In this near future, our world is at war with another, and humanity is haunted by its one catastrophic…
Chernobyl: History of a tragedy
EXP 363.17 PLO On the morning of 26 April 1986 Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. The outburst put the world on the brink of nuclear annihilation. In the end, less than five percent of the reactor's fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout.
Ugly : my memoir
READ BIO 362.40 HOG Robert Hoge was born with a giant tumour on his forehead, severely distorted facial features and legs that were twisted and useless. His mother refused to look at her son, let alone bring him home. But home he went, to a life that, against the odds, was filled with joy, optimism and boyhood naughtiness. Home for the Hoges was a bayside suburb of Brisbane. Robert's parents, Mary and Vince, knew that his life would be difficult, but they were determined to give him a…
READ BIO 910.4 GRA In 1965, 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham began a solo around-the-world voyage from San Pedro, California, in a 24-foot sloop. Five years and 33,000 miles later, he returned to home port with a wife and daughter and enough extraordinary experiences to fill this bestselling book, Dove.
The boy who harnessed the wind
READ BIO 621.31 KAM When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill.