Kids’ Club Review by Gabriella: The worst thing about my sister

The worst thing about my sisterThe worst thing about my sister, by Jacqueline Wilson

Lately, I have been reading Jacqueline Wilson books. But I think this one was the second best book by her the I have read so far. .Once I picked it up I refused to put it down!

I thought the characters were interesting. I liked Marty, but not super-girlie Melissa! They are both mean to each other, and i was furious with Melissa when Marty’s friend Jaydene came over, and Melissa basically took Jaydene away from Marty. .

In the end, when Marty thinks Melissa threw out her favourite toys, she tears Melissa’s favourite toy to bits, and kicks the ladder, Melissa has a serious fall off the ladder! She is taken to the hospital, unconscious. But when Marty learns that Melissa just hid her toys, she feels terrible! She sews up Melissa’s favourite toy, (Even though she’s terrible at sewing), and takes it to her. Luckily, Melissa is all right, and the sisters are friends again. Well, not really again, because they were never friends, but they had some friendly moments.

So that’s why i liked ‘The worst thing about my sister’, with it’s fascinating characters. It will keep you reading every word, until you’re done.

4 stars

Reviewed by Gabriella from Johnsonville and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Gabriella: A cupcake conundrum

A cupcake conundrumA cupcake conundrum, by Kate Pankhurst

A cupcake conundrum’ was a fantastic book! My favourite character is Mariella because Violet is so shy and Poppy seems a bit boring. Arthur was helpful in this book, but I still found him annoying. Mariella is the leader and she is good at putting together disguises and coming up with ideas.

I would recommend this book to my friends, but actually, it was one of my friends that recommended the series to me! Girls would like it, and I reccomend people ages 7-10 reading the series.

Kate Pankhurst, the author, is great at coming up with creative mysteries, for example, the first mystery, the ghostly guinea pig. She also comes up with good explanations.
I’ve only read 2 of her books, but that’s more than enough to say she’s fabulous at writing, dreaming up characters, and putting together a slap-up story!

With it’s beautiful illustrations , fascinating ideas, and great characters, Mariella Mystery investigates: A cupcake conundrum, is a FABULOUS book! With every page, you’ll be begging for more! Come on! Read it! You know you want to…

5 stars

Reviewed by Gabriella from Johnsonville and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lara: Save me a seat

Save me a seatSave me a seat, by Sarah Weeks

This is a great book. It switches perspective between two boys called Joe and Ravi. Ravi has just moved to America from India and Joe is a boy that nobody likes. They both get bullied by another kid called Dilon, but Ravi thinks that Joe is doing all the mean things and that Dillion wants to be his friend. Joe and Ravi become friends. I think this is a great book for anyone between 9 and 11.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lara from Tawa and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lara: Smile

SmileSmile, by Raina Telgemeier

I really enjoyed this book. It is a comic about Raina when she falls and pushes her teeth up into her gums. It is then four years before it is finally fixed probably. It has humor, romance, and much more. It also has very cool pictures. I recommend this book for anyone between 9 and 14.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lara from Tawa and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lara: Half a chance

Half a chanceHalf a chance, by Cynthia Lord

I think this book is a really great book. It is about a girl called Lucy who moves houses and meets a boy called Nate and his family. His family protect the Loons (birds) that live out on the lake. Lucy enters a photography contest and Nate helps her take the photos. I enjoyed this book a lot and I recommend it for people between 10 & 12.

4 stars

Reviewed by Lara from Tawa and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sabeen: Grandpa’s great escape

Grandpa's great escapeGrandpa’s great escape, by David Walliams (1971-)

David Walliams is my favourite author.This one is the book I most love about David Walliams because of the amazing adventures Jack and grandpa had
This book is about a twelve year old boy named Jack and his grandfather, who was a famous pilot during the second world war. However, as Grandpa slowly becomes older, he starts to believe that the war is still happening, so he starts calling his grandson ‘Squadron Leader’ and is always inventing plans to defeat .

One day, he disappears from his flat for a whole week and is found in the most unexpected place and at the most unexpected time. But, his condition is becoming worse every day and he is arrested by the police.. He got sent to Twilight Towers the mysterious old folk home but his grandson loves him so much so Jack and grandpa plans a great escape to get out of the Twilight towers.Then it all starts to go wrong .The staff is really spiteful at twilight towers and it was difficult to escape.His mum and dad want his grandpa to go to Twilight towers so he had to make secret visits during the night.Finally there plan was successful because of the wonderful relation they had.

I would rate this book a 10/10 because it feels like that you are in that situation.The category of this book is realistic fiction.
I would recommend it for 8-12 years readers who are really into that type of a genre

By Sabeen from Johnsonville library

5 stars

Reviewed by Sabeen from Johnsonville and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tiger: Sophie Quire and the last Storyguard

Sophie Quire and the last Storyguard, by Jonathan Auxier

Wow! This book was a real gripper, it made me scared and happy and I almost fell off my bed! (Okay, people don’t normally say that but the saying goes “I was hanging onto my chair,” or falling off it, but I wasn’t sitting on a chair, I was reading in bed.)

Sophie loves loves LOVES books. (like me! EXACTLY LIKE ME!) To the point that it makes her dangerous (apparently). Her father owns a bookshop. She has no idea what happened to her mother as her father refuses to talk about her. So.

Peter Nimble is a cunning and very good thief. He has been so for most of his life. He can pickpocket any pocket and rob any house. He doesn’t have a mother or father either. (More can be found about him in the book Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes). So.

Evil Inquisitor Prigg is trying to get rid of ALL storybooks, starting up a “No Nonsense” campaign. Sophie and her dad are in trouble. So.

Peter and Sophie quickly meet and become not friends, but not enemies either. They are sent on a quest to find four books – the Book of Who, What, Where and Why. (I think that’s right, anyway). It is a dangerous journey, especially since Sophie’s mum (as she finds out EVENTUALLY from her irritatingly quiet dad) was murdered by someone desperate to get to the Book of Who.

Sophie and Peter (and Sir Tode, a kind of horse cat) have to save the world before the world is destroyed forever, (NO BOOKS! NO BOOKS! NOOOOOOO BOOOOOKS!!)

Read this thrilling and heartstopping book to find out more!

5 stars

Reviewed by Tiger from Cummings Park and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sabeen: Ratburger

RatburgerRatburger, by David Walliams (1971-)

ratburger is about a little girl called Zoe who is very sad because her pet hamster, Gingernut, died. Zoe lives in a flat with her dad and her awful stepmother, Sheila. Sheila is so lazy she asks Zoe to pick her nose for her!

When Zoe finds a baby rat in the corner of her room she can’t help keeping it. She names him Armitage and he becomes her replacement pet. How will she hide the rat from her disgusting stepmother and the pest exterminator, Burt?

As well as being a pest exterminator, Burt runs the local Burger store. Burt’s Burgers have always been appalling but have the children have never, ever thought of what’s in them?

Ratburger was a good book but it grossed me out a bit. There were some funny bits but some passages were quite revolting.
I would recommend it for ages 8-12

5 stars

Reviewed by Sabeen from Johnsonville and , 10 years old