The Lily in the Snow

      Jackie French

The Lily in the Snow

1929: JAZZ, PARTIES AND AN ENDLESSLY RISING STOCKMARKET. BUT AN INSIGNIFICANT POLITICIAN CALLED ADOLF HITLER PLANS BLACKMAIL - AND EVEN MURDER - TO SNARE MISS LILY, HER ESPIONAGE NETWORK - AND THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY. Unimaginable danger creeps ever closer to Miss Lily and her loved ones . . .Amid the decadence and instability of Berlin in the 1920s, a band of women must unite to save all that is precious to them.With her dangerous past behind her, Australian heiress Sophie Higgs lives in quiet comfort as the Countess of Shillings, until Hannelore, Princess of Arneburg, charms the Prince of Wales. He orders Sophie, Nigel - and Miss Lily - to investigate the mysterious politician Hannelore believes is the only man who can save Europe from another devastating war.His name is Adolf Hitler.Long-lost love 'John' has also returned to Sophie's life, as well as a young woman determined to kill the woman she believes...
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    Clancy of the Overflow

      Jackie French

Clancy of the Overflow

From Australia's best-loved storyteller comes the final book in the bestselling Matilda Saga This is the story of our nation, told in a single sweeping love story Jed Kelly has finally persuaded her great aunt Nancy to tell the story of her grandparents. The tale that unfolds is one of Australia's greatest romances, that of Clancy of the Overflow, who gave up everything for Rose, the woman he adored, and yet still gained all he'd left and more.But Nancy's story is not the history that Jed expects. More tales lurk behind the folklore that surrounds Clancy - the stories of the women hidden in Australia's long history, who forged a nation and whose voices need to be heard.It is also a story of many kinds of love. Clancy's growing passion for the bush, immortalised in Paterson's poem, which speaks to him in the ripple of the river and the song of the stars, and Nancy's need to pass on her deep understanding of her country. But perhaps...
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    The Last Dingo Summer

      Jackie French

The Last Dingo Summer

'GRIPPING, EMOTIONAL AND MOVING'— New Idea on Facing the Flame (The Matilda Saga, Book 7) A body has been found in the burned-out wreckage of the church at Gibber's Creek — with older skeletons lying beneath it.The corpse is identified as that of Ignatius Mervyn, the man who attempted to kill Jed Kelly and her unborn child.Newcomer Fish Johnstone is drawn into the murder investigation, convinced that the local police are on the wrong track with their enquiries. But as she digs beneath the warm and welcoming surface of the Gibber's Creek community, more secrets emerge.And Fish must also face her own mystery — the sudden appearance and then disappearance of her father, a Vietnamese refugee she never knew.Set during the Indigenous rights and 'boat people' controversies of the late 1970s, this haunting story shows how love and kindness can create the courage to face the...
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    Christmas Lilies

      Jackie French

Christmas Lilies

'The story is equal parts Downton Abbey and wartime action, with enough romance and intrigue to make it 100% not-put-down-able.'
- Australian Women's Weekly on Miss Lily's Lovely Ladies Paris,Christmas 1914 Despite her love for Huw, Elspeth will not give up her espionage work while World War One rages. She will wear his ring around her neck, and marry him when the war is over. But a pregnant unmarried woman cannot, officially, work either. Sent on a secret mission into occupied Belgium, and unable to contact Huw, Elspeth begins to realise she is risking not just herself, but also her unborn baby. As danger escalates, will there ever be a joyous Christmas for Elspeth, Huw and their child? For those who love the Miss Lily series, this is a story about the 'army of women' who played such a major role in World War One, but were left out of official histories. It is also a story of a...
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    Pirate Boy of Sydney Town

      Jackie French

Pirate Boy of Sydney Town

A SWASHBUCKLING ADVENTURE FROM AUSTRALIA'S CHILDREN'S LAUREATE Twelve-year-old Ben Huntsmore is the son of a shipowner, an only child who loves the farming life on his family's estate, Badger's Hill.But when Ben's father loses their ancestral home to pay a gambling debt, Ben reluctantly joins his father in a desperate venture to win it back, capturing enemy trading ships off the west Australian coast.While at sea, Ben must face not just the giant waves of the Southern Ocean but also Dutch guns, as well as unexpected treachery as he realises that his almost-unknown father will sacrifice even his son to make his fortune. Only the unexpected friendships of the mysterious convict Higgins and the young Indigenous sailor Guwara will help Ben survive, as well as show him the true meaning of loyalty and riches.From renowned children's author Jackie French comes a book filled with swashbuckling adventures that uncovers Australia's hidden...
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    The Secret of the Youngest Rebel

      Jackie French

The Secret of the Youngest Rebel

'HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL READERS'— ReadPlus on Barney and the Secret of the Whales The whisper in the darkness is: rebellion! (Or: death or liberty!) Frog is an orphan, a pickpocket, starving on the streets of Parramatta in 1804. But when the tall, commanding Irish rebel Mr Cunningham talks of freedom from tyranny and the lash, Frog creeps out to join the rebels, the 10,000 convicts who will take over the colony and proclaim the Republic of New Ireland. Will farmers like Barney and Elsie Bean join the battle against the corrupt New South Wales Corps? For the fate of the colony — and Australia — will be decided at Castle Hill. Based on eyewitness accounts, this fifth title in The Secret Histories series uncovers the secrets that the colonial government hid for over 200 years.
PRAISE FOR THE SECRET...
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    My Name is Not Peaseblossom

      Jackie French

My Name is Not Peaseblossom

A FRESH REINTERPRETATION OF A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM BY THE AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN'S LAUREATE His name is Fairy Peaseblossom, but he'd rather be known as Pete. Pete prefers pizza to sugar plums — and wants to choose his own life too. But how can he when his role is to serve the fairy queen, Titania? This is Shakespeare's delightful comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream reinterpreted with an army of Amazons, a sea serpent and a selkie called Gaela, who luckily for Pete makes the best pizza in the world. It is also a story of the intrigues of the fairy court, of vampire plots to dominate the world and impossible loves that might just come true. Not with enchantment, but when two hearts thread together making a magic of their own.
PRAISE FOR JACKIE FRENCH'S SHAKESPEARE SERIES
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    Dingo: The Dog Who Conquered a Continent

      Jackie French

Dingo: The Dog Who Conquered a Continent

Jackie French's critically acclaimed and best-selling ANIMAL STARS series looks at history through the eyes of an animal. Ages: 9-13 All of Australia's dingoes may be descended from one south-east Asian 'rubbish dog' who arrived here over 5,000 years ago. this is a story about the first dingo. It is also the story of Loa, who heads off across the sea in his canoe when the girl he loves marries another. He takes only his spears and a 'rubbish dog', one of the scavengers from around the camp to eat if he gets hungry, or to throw to threatening sharks or crocodiles. But when a storm blows boy and dog out to sea, both must learn to survive in a strange new world as partners - and even as friends. From renowned author Jackie French comes a story about survival in our earliest times. Praise for tHE HORSE WHO BIt A BUSHRANGER: 'this is a gripping, moving story that is also wonderfully evocative of an era when survival meant growing, creating or killing everything you needed. Kids will...
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    Dark Wind Blowing

      Jackie French

Dark Wind Blowing

Mike is just like any other normal kid - he lives with his mum in an ordinary house, in a small town, where nothing unusual ever happens. His next-door neighbour is Lance Loosley, a boy who's known at school as 'Loser' because he's so unpopular. Loser tells Mike that 'tenterfield' - the old property nearby, which was recently bought by some foreign investors is being used as a laboratory to run dangerous experiments. Of course, Mike doesn't believe Loser for a second. He's always concocting stories to make himself look good. But one day at school, Loser is pushed too far by the other kids. this time the humiliation and teasing is too much, and Loser seeks revenge. He smashes a test tube in class, a test tube that he says contains a deadly virus from the 'tenterfield' property. Is Loser telling the truth Have they all driven him into becoming a killer Will they all die from the virus Mike is just like any other normal kid - he lives with his mum in an ordinary house, in a small...
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    Goodbye, Mr Hitler

      Jackie French

Goodbye, Mr Hitler

Third title following on from the award-winning and best-selling HITLER'S DAUGHTER and PENNIES FOR HITLER. Ages: 10 years + This is the story of Johannes, and Frau Timmins, and the strange girl now known as 'Helga'. It is also the story of how they survived the death camps, the vast wilderness faced by refugees in World War Two, and how they eventually found happiness in Australia. The final title in the multi award-winning Hitler series, this compelling story follows on from Heidi's story in Hitler's Daughter and Georg's in Pennies for Hitler, and shows us that evil must be fought and won. But once you've won, the hardest and most necessary battle is to understand and forgive. And to learn how to love and live again. Ages: 10 years+
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    Facing the Flame

      Jackie French

Facing the Flame

There have been fires before, but not like this. Heartbreaking and powerful, FACING THE FLAME is a story of the triumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not even bushfire can erode it. 'The perfectread for anyone who loves immersing themselves in Australian fiction. Gripping,emotional and moving, Facing the Flame is a great book to curl up with on awarm spring night.' - New IdeaThere have been fires before,but not like this. In 1978, as the hot windhowls and the grass dries, all who live at Gibber's Creek know their land canburn. But when you love your land, you fight for it. For Jed Kelly, an evenmore menacing danger looms: a man from her past determined to destroy her. Findingherself alone, trapped and desperate to save her unborn child, Jed's onlychoice is to flee - into the flames. Heartbreaking andpowerful, Facing theFlame celebrates thetriumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not evenbushfire can erode it.
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    Somewhere around the Corner

      Jackie French

Somewhere around the Corner

Just shut your eyes and picture yourself walking around the corner. That′s what my friend told me. Somewhere around the corner and you′ll be safe. The demonstration was wild, out of control. Barbara was scared. She saw the policeman running towards her. She needed to escape. She closed her eyes and did precisely that: she walked somewhere around the corner - to another demonstration - to another time. Barbara was lucky she meet young Jim who took her out of this strange, frightening city to his home. It was 1932, when Australia was in the grip of the depression, and Jim lived in a shantytown. But Barbara found a true friend and a true home - somewhere safe around the corner. Ages 12+
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    The Diary of William Shakespeare, Gentleman

      Jackie French

The Diary of William Shakespeare, Gentleman

THE DIARY OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, GENT is part comedy, part love story, the threads of Shakespeare's life drawn from his plays. Could the world's greatest writer truly put down his pen forever to become a gentleman? He was a boy who escaped small town life to be the most acclaimed playwright of the land. A lover whose sonnets still sing 400 years later; a glover's apprentice who became a gentleman. But was he happy with his new riches? Who was the woman he truly loved? The world knows the name of William Shakespeare. This book reveals the man - lover, son and poet. Based on new documentary evidence, as well as textual examination of his plays, this fascinating book gives a tantalising glimpse at what might have been: the other hands that helped craft those plays, the secrets that must ever be hidden but - just possibly - may now be told. Ages 12+
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    The Girl from Snowy River

      Jackie French

The Girl from Snowy River

In the tradition of THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER comes a gripping and courageous sequel to A WALTZ FOR MATILDA Ages:10-14 the year is 1919. thirty years have passed since the man from Snowy River made his famous ride. But World War I still casts its shadow across a valley in the heart of Australia, particularly for orphaned sixteen-year-old Flinty McAlpine, who lost a brother when the Snowy River men marched away to war. Why has the man Flinty loves returned from the war so changed and distant? Why has her brother Andy 'gone with cattle', leaving Flinty in charge of their younger brother and sister and with the threat of eviction from the farm she loves so dearly? A brumby muster held under the watchful eye of the legendary Clancy of the Overflow offers hope. Now Flinty must ride to save her farm, her family and the valley she loves. Set among the landscapes of the great poems of Australia, this book is a love song to the Snowy Mountains and a tribute to Australia's poets who...
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    I Am Juliet

      Jackie French

I Am Juliet

This is the well-known story of Juliet Capulet and her love for Romeo. It also the story about the increasing helplessness Juliet feels as she realises that unlike young men her age, her life will effectively be determined and controlled by others, who see her having an arranged marriage of alliance and becoming a breeder of sons. I am Juliet closely follows the well-known and loved plot of the play, but we also see the point of view of Rob, the thirteen-year-old boy who is the first to play the role of Juliet on the Elizabethan stage. Like many young people today, he too is overwhelmed by 'all those words' that Shakespeare wrote. But Rob realises that the story of love and tragedy is a somewhat simple one and the words are there for their extraordinary beauty and meaning. He will be Juliet and let the power of the words sing - as they still do today.
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