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Making Tracks

Making Tracks takes young readers on a fictional journey through some fascinating Australian stories, inspired by objects from the National Museum of Australia's collection. The series is written and illustrated by leading Australian children's authors and artists.

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Daisy Sunshine

by Susanne Gervay

Daisy and her mum have just moved into the Grand Private Hotel belonging to Mr and Mrs Papadopolous. It's all new and strange, but Nina, Old Dot, the Colonel and especially Rainbow Rose are there to help them make a new life for themselves. But what's so special about the year 1975?

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The Red Camel

by Kirsty Murray

Ruby doesn't like working for the Nortons. She wants to go back to Alice Springs to live with her mum. Will Idris, the Afghan boy who works with the camels, help her to return home?

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Tibby's Leaf

by Ursula Dubosarsky

Tibby feels like everything is going wrong. Her big brother Clarence is all grown up, and doesn't want to play with her any more. If Clarence says there aren't any pixies except in books, then what exactly did Tibby see in the bush, peering out from behind a leaf?

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Turning the Page

by Felicity Pulman

Maggie is working as a children's nurse in the big house when she finds a copybook and decides to teach herself to read. She knows she shouldn't really take the book, and things only get worse when the mistress sends her home in disgrace.

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Antarctic Close-up

by Hazel Edwards

John loves to fiddle with things, but when he connects a broken webcam to an old telescope he is in for a shock. Suddenly he finds himself looking back in time, caught up in a very 'cool' Antarctic adventure.

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The Day I Was History

by Jackie French

Sam's Saturday begins like any other but he is soon battling wind, flames and blackened skies as he desperately tries to find his home.

  • The Day I Was History features the burnt wheel and hub of a fire truck destroyed in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. This wheel is now part of the National Museum's collection.
  • See the activities for The Day I Was History.
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A Penny to Remember

by Kirsty Murray

When George is sentenced to seven years' hard labour in Van Diemen's Land his only thoughts are of his sister Hannah. What can he give her to remember him when he is so far away?

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The Other Side

by Sally Morgan

Things are not going well for Alex! It looks as if he is going to be filmed by a national news crew standing next to his tree-hugging, slogan-yelling, long-haired grandfather. How embarrassing! But perhaps there is a little more going on with Gramps and his friends than Alex realises.

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Seams of Gold

by Christopher Cheng

Danny knows that he has to respect his uncle and do as he says, even if that means joining him on a sewing trip to the goldfields. Danny would rather be anywhere else ... until he takes things into his own hands!

  • Seams of Gold features a sewing basket used on the New South Wales goldfields, part of the National Museum's collection.
  • See the activities for Seams of Gold.
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Caravan Kids

by Libby Hathorn

Sally Smyth-with-a-y desperately wants an adventure! What better place to find one than spending the summer in a caravan at the beach? There might be pirate ships, or maybe even a beach rescue. Whatever happens, she's ready for it ... or is she?

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The Hold-up Heroes

by Diane Bates

Polly and James accidentally overhear a gang of bushrangers plotting to hold up the Governor. Their first thought is to tell their parents and become heroes for saving the day. But then they find out their dad might be helping the bushrangers! They need to stop him, but how?

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River Boy

by Anthony Hills

Nat is asked to help out on a paddle steamer. It's his dream and he's even getting paid for it! But he's got a secret that could not only risk his own life but the lives of the entire crew ...

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The Saw Doctor

by Gary Crew

Jo Boy's mother has warned him to stay away from gypsies - she says they steal kids and sell them to butchers for mincemeat. But when he comes across a bright, shiny caravan one day, his curiosity gets the better of him ...

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One Perfect Day

by Jackie French

Billy's having a really bad day. No family, no friends, no fun and now he has to save his four-legged mate, Dusty, from certain death! Will the strangers by the side of the road be able to help him before it's too late?

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Ray's Olympics

by Libby Gleeson

Ray lied to the school bullies and now he has to find a way into the Olympics before the Leary boys make mincemeat out of him.

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Robbie and the Dolphins

by Justin D'Ath

Robbie can't swim or play games and everyone treats him like a baby. But with one gust of wind things start getting very interesting ...

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Across the Dark Sea

by Wendy Orr

Trung's adventure begins in the dead of night. He and his father escape the soldiers with guns. But what awaits them across the dark sea?