Karori BookBusters

This month we had a fun-filled meeting looking at stories that make you laugh. Over the next few weeks we will look at books by some of our favourite funny authors including Dahl, Griffiths and Jennings. We also enjoyed reading Walter the Farting Dog and had a go at writing our own funny stories. Actually they were sunny fories.

Here’s a selection of the books our BookBusters reviewed this month:

Karori BookSeekers March Meeting

Karori BookSeekers

We had a good group of 17 last week and some fun was had with our ‘Good thing / Bad thing’ game. It seems that money is on most everyone’s mind! With biscuits and chocolate, we farewelled two of our original members, Rhys and Tim. Rhys went through BookBusters group first and then joined BookSeekers when we started here at Karori, at the same time as Tim. We will miss their reviews on the different material they have read over the years.

Some of the books reviewed this time were:

Olivia – The Dawn shops and other stories / Joyce Brisley

Katherine – She’s so dead to us / Kieran Scott

Rhys – The Fifth elephant / Terry Pratchett

Rebekah – Trash / Andy Mulligan

Lina – The Bellmaker / Brian Jacques

Stacey – My name is Mina / David Almond

Adele – A Song for Summer / Eva Ibbotson

Lucas – Diary of a wimpy kid : the ugly truth / Jeff Kinney

Rachel – High-tech legs on Everest / Mark Inglis

Tim – The Road to Wigan Pier / George Orwell

Sam, Zoe, Kieran – Skulduggery Pleasant (several in the series)

Megan – Bluestar’s prophecy / Erin Hunter

Fantastic Fantasy

Syndetics book coverThe necromancer : the secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel / Michael Scott.

This is the fourth book in this series about the famous Nicholas Flamel (remember his name from Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone), but the first I have read and it’s very exciting and hard to put down. Nicholas and his wife Perenelle, a great sorceress, have found the twins of prophecy and now they must continue their fight against other immortals to save the Shadowrealm Earth. There are many names from history that you may recognise. Machiavelli, Billy the kid, Zephaniah, Prometheus to name a few.

I will be reserving the other books and going back the the beginning.

Anything but typical

Syndetics book cover

“It’s easy to listen with the wild drone of the airplane. It is like a giant vacuum that sucks up all the other noise. Nobody even hears when you pass gas out loud on a plane”. Jason Blake does a lot of listening and figuring out of things inside his head. He doesn’t speak much and sometimes he does weird things, like shaking his hands in the air or making silly faces. Jason Blake is autistic and this is his story about how he can be himself.

Anything but typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin.

Karori BookSeekers September Meeting

Karori BookSeekers Crew

Karori BookSeekers Crew

we can work on any surface to decypher our codes

we can work on any surface to decypher our codes

Karori BS Sept meeting 002

This month we were spies deciphering coded messages which Susannah had brought with her on a visit from Tawa Library.  We also had mystery items to take home with us. Each item had been wrapped up and had a short sentence about it on the outside with its barcode. It was great to choose something when you didn’t know what it might be. We also took some great photos of the whole crew. Here you see pictures of our group, us working out our codes and us choosing our books – it’s a real rush to get to the trolley before everyone else takes all the good books!

Can I beat the others to the good books!

Can I beat the others to the good books!

New book review

The Hidden Boy

By Jon Berkeley

Bea Flint, her little brother Theo, her parents, granny Delphine, her best friend Phoebe and Gabby (who needs to be wound up at the back every day), have gone by magic bus to Bell Hoot. The brochure said “Strictly groups of seven. No pets”. So when Theo disappears from the bus on the way through, Bea thinks it is because he tried to smuggle his meerkat, Nails, onto the bus but she and Phoebe discover that another person, Arkadi, had been hiding on the bus and that he was the person who taught others on the island how to use Mumbo Jumbo.  Bea finds that she can hum like the bees and make them do things for her but she still can’t find Theo, and is he the Hidden Boy that the nasty Ledbetter clan want to claim as theirs?An exciting adventure story.

New Book Review

Anything but typical

By Nora Raleigh Baskin

“It’s easy to listen with the wild drone of the airplane. It is like a giant vacuum that sucks up all the other noise. Nobody even hears when you pass gas out loud on a plane”. Jason Blake does a lot of listening and figuring out of things inside his head. He doesn’t speak much and sometimes he does weird things, like shaking his hands in the air or making silly faces. Jason Blake is autistic and this is his story about how he can be himself.

This is a really good story showing us how people who are different to the normal people in this world, can find ways to cope on their own.

Karori BookSeekers August 2010

This month’s meeting was lots of fun with the group playing charades, which meant lots of laughs. The reviews made us all want to read more in the horror genre, although some of the stories sounded a bit too scary for me.

For the next meeting we are reading adventure stories but first some of us have to become spies or villains IMG_1074for the Spy Spectacular at Central on August 20th.

Seven sorcerers

In Seven sorcerers by Caro King Ninevah Redstone is looking for her brother Toby. She knows that he has been taken by the thing lurking in the shadows in their hall. A Bogeyman! She also realises, when no one else in the family remembers that Toby existed, that she has been allowed to remember him because she is next on the list!

When Skerridge tries to snatch Nin and she manages to give him the slip, he is not prepared for the adventure that follows but he is certainly not going to lose his excellent capture record by letting her get away. 5 star adventure