Sydney, 1942. The war is coming to Australia - not only with the threat of bombardment, but also the arrival of refugees from Europe. Three children embark on an adventure through the harbour-side streets - a journey of discovery and terror, in pursuit of the mysterious blue cat ...
An Australian series about friendship, courage and finding the horse of your dreams.
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Animal stories appear in a variety of styles but animals are the main focus of the story and are generally not depicted as having human characteristics.
Author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo tells the true story behind his new book Shadow, inspired by a real life Australian Army sniffer dog.
A series about three girls at boarding school in Australia who love solving mysteries using science, their horses and learning more about animals whilst having loads of fun.
These stories have also been made into films.
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant who has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Novels with animals may also be found in other collections, e.g. Relationships or Historical Fiction. Have a look at this Reading List for some inspiration:
Historical stories of animals who loved and supported their humans.
You've probably seen one of the movie versions - now read the original stories!