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Extreme adventures (series) by Justin D'Ath

Monkey mountain

This is the first book in the Extreme adventures series. A class trip to Borneo starts off with a bang – a visit to a real-life volcano! But when Mount Bako erupts, Sam Fox is left stranded with his teacher, Mr Griffin, who's suffering from a heart attack. They make it down the mountain to the cool blue sea – only to be hemmed in by blood-thirsty sharks... (Good Reads). Action packed and a quick read. Senior Fiction.

The coming of the whirlpool by Andrew McGhan

The coming of the whirlpool

'If you go to sea, you will come to the attention of the Ship Kings. And if they discover who you are, they will kill you.' Young Dow Amber is no sailor. But driven by a strange sea-longing he ventures down to the great grim bay known as the Claw. He hopes to learn there of seafaring, but he finds only a fearful people who scarcely dare sail at all, for they have been cursed by a monstrous whirlpool that haunts the bay, stealing away their sons (Allen & Unwin).

This is the first book in the Ship Kings series and has won a large number of awards. Also available from the Wheelers Digital Library - logon with your Hutchins username and password to download the book. Senior Fiction

The Last 13 by James Phelan

The last thirteen. Book one

This is the first book in this riveting series. Senior Fiction.


Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents by Terry Pratchett

The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents

Rats + stupid-looking kid + flute equals... bags of money!!Maurice, an amazing cat who has survived four years on the toughest streets in the whole of the Discworld, reckons that rats are dumb. Clever, OK, but dumb. Maurice, however, is smart. Smart enough to recognize that there's a new kind of rat around - rats who have been eating wizards' rubbish and can talk. Smart enough to get a pretty amazing idea when he spots a stupid-looking kid playing the flute...Now Maurice has his very own 'plague of rats' - and his own Pied Piper. And his money-bags are getting fuller and fuller.

Once by Morris Gleitzman


An absolutely riviting read about a Jewish boy who is trying to escape the Nazis during WWII. This is the first book in the series - the following book, Then is a Year 6 class novel.


War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

War horse

Set during WWI, this is the story of a boy who signs up to the army in order to try to find his horse that against his will,  was recruited into the army to fight in battles. This is a fabulous story full of suspense and battles.


Parvana by Deborah Ellis


Set in Afghanistan where girls are not permitted in public unaccompanied by a male, this is a riveting story about a girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can support her family. Deborah Ellis is known for her books about social justice issues and her other books also come highly recommended. Senior fiction.

Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord


On New Year's Day, Cal is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning"They killed your father. They'll kill you. You must survive for the next 365 days." (Good Reads). A gripping 12 book series. Senior fiction.


Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman

Boy Overboard

The story of an Afghani boy's desire to play soccer for Australia and his dangerous journey to get to Australia on a boat to achieve this. He experiences landmines, is threatened by pirates and huge storms and faces assassins. An absolute must read - you won't be able to put this book down! Watch the following fan-made trailer for more details.


Gold of the gods by Bear Grylls

This is the first book in the Mission Survival series. Learn some great survival tips while reading this action-packed series.

Call of the wild by Jack London

The call of the wild

Buck lives a content life. Half St. Bernard, half Shepard, he is top dog on a California ranch. But the Gold Rush in the Klondike has produced an enormous demand for sled dogs so, when a gardener at the ranch needs to pay a gambling debt, stealing and selling Buck is a quick way to do it.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen


There was a wild crashing sound, a ripping of metal, and the plane blew through the trees, out over the water and down, down to slam into the lake . . . Brian is a city boy. Not used to living rough. Until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness. All he has is a hatchet - and a desperate will to survive. Now Brian must learn to live the hard way - or die. Book one in the series Brian's Saga. Senior Fiction.

Lionboy trilogy by Zizou Corder

Lionboy : the truth

Charlie Ashanti - lion-rescuer, shipwreck-survivor and Catspeaker - is safe with his parents. Or is he?Old enemies are closing in: Maccomo, the liontrainer, longs for revenge, and the evil Corporacy is still hunting Charlie and his mum and dad.They could hide. But the time to hide is over. Now is the time to fight back . . .Brilliantly written, fantastically exciting adventure fiction with a twist.

On two feet and wings by Abbas Kazerooni

On two feet and wings : based on one boy's amazing true story of survival

He is in a foreign city, he is alone, and he is just a boy...Close to his tenth birthday, Abbas has to leave his parents and friends, and flee Tehran. The Iran-Iraq war is at its bloodiest. The Ayatollahs, the rulers in Iran, have reduced the age of recruitment into the army. And if Abbas doesn’t leave soon, he will have to go to war. He makes his way to Turkey where he  lives on his own for 15 weeks in a run-down hotel and has to learn how to live on his own, how to make his way around, and most importantly, how to judge who is a  (Good reads). What a cliff-hanger at the end! Senior fiction. True story.

Usborne True Stories by various authors

True polar adventures True desert adventures The Wild West Escape

Each book contains a number of short, action-packed true stories. A must read!

Into the wild by Erin Hunter

Into the Wild

For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all. The first book in the Warrior series.