Kids’ Club Review by Leonid: Dark Days

Dark days, by Derek Landy

Skulduggery pleasant dark days: I found it was very funny and action packed, but with mysteries to unravel as well. I like how sometimes a characters are killed off, or leave the story to keep you on edge and slightly uncomfortable but exited. Heres the basic outline of the book… skulduggery the wise cracking detective is trapped in a parallel dimension and Valkyrie, skulduggery’s companion, is
left on her own to save skulduggery from certain death.
It’s a good book with lots of action combined with a slight detective novel theme. good for ages 8 and over.

5 stars

Reviewed by Leonid from Miramar, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Mia: Catching fire

Catching fireCatching fire, by Suzanne Collins

If action is your middle name. This would be perfect for you. Katniss and Peeta are alive and happily thinking that they aren’t going to get chosen. Every 25 years they have a “Quarter quell” which is like the hunger games but one rule they add. This years “Hunger games” is the 75th so it is a “Quarter quell”. What will the new rule be? Who will get chosen?

Series book 2 out of 3

4 stars

Reviewed by Mia from Wadestown, 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Mia: The Hunger Games

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

If your an action lover, this book would be great for you. It’s about a girl called Katniss (age: 16) who is poor, and lives in district 12 (a district is like a town district 1 is the richest and district 12 is the poorest) so to keep her family alive she has to hunt for food. Every year there is what they call “The Hunger games” where two people(tributes) from each district fight to the death. There’s 24 tributes but only one comes out. Who will it be?

5 stars

Reviewed by Mia from Wadestown, 10 years old

Top 10 September

September is quite exciting – check out the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

1. Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan – New Book – this is the 3rd time the 3rd book in the Heroes of Olympus Series is #1 on the Reserves list!

2. Kingdom of the Wicked, Derek Landy – Available Now – The latest Skulduggery Pleasant is up from #10 last month.

3. Yellowfang’s SecretErin Hunter –  New Bookup from # 4 last month – the 5th book in the Super Edition Arc.

4. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, Dav Pilkey – Available Now – 4th month on the Top 10!

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the third wheel, Jeff Kinney – New Book – The latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Greg is in middle school – it debuts at #5! Reserve it now!

6. Big Book of Billy B. BrownSally Rippin – New Book – 4th month on the top 10 list!

7. Guide to Pokemon Legends, – New Book – 1st time on the list. Reserve now and learn all about the legends of Pokemon!

8. The Third DoorEmily Rodda – New Book – Join Rye as he faces another door – the third, wooden door.

9. The 26-Storey TreehouseAndy Griffiths – Available Now – Get in quick – For everyone who enjoyed the 13-Storey Treehouse!

10. Emerald StarJacqueline Wilson – New Book – Reserve your copy of Hetty Feather’s latest adventure now!

New non-fiction to get you moving

Great kids non-fiction books with an ‘action’ theme.

 Free Running

Have you ever heard of free running? Free running is an awesome sport that is popular in many urban centres around the world, such as London, New York and Tokyo. This book talks about the short history of free running, why it has become so popular and how you can start free running! Unlike a lot of the other extreme sports, you don’t need any special equipment…just a good level of fitness and nerves of steel! This book is part of the ‘Adrenelin Rush’ series.





This is another book in the Adrenelin Rush series, for those who love nothing more than to hit the slopes! It talks about the history of snowboarding, its famous athletes, and how you can start snowboarding yourself. It’s also got some good basic information on the types of tricks you do, and how to buy and get the best out of your equipment. It also gives some great tips on how you can stay safe while looking cool.

For those who like to draw rather than do there’s a great book for you as well:



How to draw manga action figures

This is a great book for those who are just starting out drawing. It’s got great instructions on important topics like perspective, what drawing tools to use and action poses. After you’ve mastered those basics, this book will show you how to draw figures who are jumping, kicking, falling or in a defensive posture…all essential if you want to draw your own action-packed manga!

If machines are more your thing, take a look at:

Drawing Speed Machines

This is another great book for those who have just started to draw. The pictures are large and clear, and the instructions will teach you, step by step, to draw sports cars or stunt planes or any other vehicle you could want! It’s got some interesting information about the machines featured as well.



Avoid being a ninja warrior!

This book will tell you everything you need to know about the real Ninjas of Japan.  Follow a young Ninja through his training to the end of his first mission, and learn all about the training, discipline and skills that made the Ninjas so famous.






Why fight with a sword when you can fight with a ship? Or even better, a fleet? If you want to learn about the modern warship, this the book for you!  It talks about how warships are built, and has great cross sections showing you different parts of the ship.  There are some great illustrations showing the different types of warship, and there’s a few pages on the warship through history.





Fighter Planes 

Did you know that pilots earn the title “Ace” after five victories in the air? If that and other facts about Spitfires, Hurricanes and the modern fighterplanes such as F-22 Raptors interest you, get this book out! It’s got plenty of information about fighter planes from the early biplanes to the futuristic UCAVs.

Top 10 July

Get in quickly! The most popular kids’ books reserved at Wellington City Libraries for the month of July are:

1. Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan – (new) – up from #2 last month – Book 3 in the Heroes of Olympus Series.

2. Guardian Angel, Robert Muchamore – (new) – up from #3 last month – Book 2 in the Cherub Series.

3. Summer’s Dream, Cathy Cassidy –  up from #4 last month – Part of the Chocolate Box Series.

4. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, Dav Pilkey – (new) – up from #5 last month – Can Captain Underpants stop Tippy Tinkletrousers?

5. Yellowfang’s Secret, Erin Hunter – (new) – The 5th book in the Super Edition Arc.

6.  Big Book of Billie B. Brown, Sally Rippin (new) – Another one of Billie B. Brown’s exciting adventures!

7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling – You loved the book – you’ll love the audio book – narrated by Jim Dale.

8. Angel and the Flying Stallions, Stacy Gregg – one of the popular Pony Club Secrets.

9. All Because of a Cup of Coffee, Geronimo Stilton – Geronimo Stilton falls in love! What?? Geronimo in LOVE?? What will he get up to?

10. The Demigod Files, Rick Riordan – a collection of three short stories featuring your favourite hero, Percy Jackson!

Kids’ Reviews by Lily

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

If you have a great taste for action and adventure, then read this awesome book. It is about a young boy named James Adams, who is chosen for a top secret organisation called CHERUB, where children go on undercover missions and help save Britain. And there’s one key thing: no one suspects that children are spying on them. 5 stars.
Maximum Security by Robert Muchamore
 This book is great because the author’s writing style ensures full graphic images that you can visualise when you read it.
Reviews by Lily of Ngaio