Is "Rabbit proof fence" too advanced for them - can't remember what age it is pitched at as it is a long time since I read it. I'm sure we've got a book in our stock cupboard by an Australian author - I can't remember what it is called, though! It had a boy in it called Tin who digs holes and lives under the house and was very sad. I didn't like it at all, but another teacher in our dept likes it. What about Morris Gleitzman books? I know he lives in Oz - and writes for that age group - are any of his books set there?