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Peter Pan, by J.M.Barrie
The story of a boy who can fly and refuses to grow up, and a family of children he leads to magical island of Neverland. More lyrical and melancholy than you might think.
Holes, by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats is sent to a detention center where he's forced to dig holes for a warden who believes there's buried treasure. Multi-award winning classic.
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, edited by Anita Heiss
A collection of personal stories from Aboriginal Australians of all ages and backgrounds, about the shared struggles and joys of being First Nations in a colonial state, and the diversity of individual experience.
Growing up Disabled in Australia, edited by Carly Findlay
A collection of honest, personal, and detailed accounts of what it is like to grow up with disability or chronic illness. A great shared account of experiences that affect many people, but are rarely represented in media.
My Family and Other Animals, by Gerald Durrell
When British naturalist Gerald Durrell was a child, his family moved to the Greek island of Corfu. This is his memoir of the time, about a family out of their element and surrounded by wild animals.
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Modelled on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, this is the story of an orphan called Nobody Owens who is adopted by the undead inhabitants of a local graveyard and protected from the men who would kill him.