Kids’ Club Review by Zahra: On angel wings

On angel wingsOn angel wings, by Michael Morpurgo

This book is about a boy and he is going to see a baby. He is a shepherd and there’s an Angel called Gabriel. She tells his family that there is a baby born in Bethlehem and other angels come around singing.

I liked the book. My favourite characters were Gabriel and Mary. The pictures had some good details and the angels were pretty. The story was kind of funny. It reminded me of my school nativity play. And it also reminded me of stories from the Bible.

I learnt that some angels can be real.

If I could give this book another title it would be Going to Bethlehem. If I could give this book another ending it would be that the boy could babysit baby Jesus.

I recommend this book to children at primary school and grown-ups because they will find it interesting.

5 stars

Reviewed by Zahra from Karori and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Rebecca: On angel wings

On angel wingsOn angel wings, by Michael Morpurgo

This book was a nice easy to read story, that makes you feel happy and in the Christmas spirit. It was a cleverly written story with a twist at the end. I would recommend this book for any age.

4 stars

Reviewed by Rebecca from Kilbirnie and , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: Angels in training

Angels in trainingAngels in training, by Karen McCombie

The Angelo sisters are different. Special. Magical. And Riley’s life has been turned upside down since she found out their secret . . . Now Riley hopes they can answer her questions about Mum, because Dad never wants to talk about what happened. But then mysterious things start happening at school and the sisters don’t seem to want to find out the cause. Which is weird, because Riley suspects they’re the only ones who can figure out what – or who – is behind the strange events.

3 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Peehoo: Angels next door

Angels next doorAngels next door, by Karen McCombie

Riley’s best friend has gone away forever and Lauren ‘Queen of Everything’ Mayhew is making school a nightmare. It looks like Riley’s on her own, until the three Angelos Sisters move in next door.

Her new neighbours are . . . different. Colourful and sparkly, they stand out. It’s not just their names or how they dress – there’s something magical about them. And since they arrived there have been loads of strange coincidences.

5 stars

Reviewed by Peehoo from Johnsonville and Johnsonville School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Peehoo: Angels in training

Angels in trainingAngels in training, by Karen McCombie

The Angelo sisters are different. Special. Magical. And Riley’s life has been turned upside down since she found out their secret . . . Now Riley hopes they can answer her questions about Mum, because Dad never wants to talk about what happened. But then mysterious things start happening at school and the sisters don’t seem to want to find out the cause. Which is weird, because Riley suspects they’re the only ones who can figure out what – or who – is behind the strange events.

5 stars

Reviewed by Peehoo from Johnsonville and Johnsonville School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Peehoo: Angels like me

Angels like meAngels like me, by Karen McCombie

The Angelo sisters are different. Special. Magical. And Riley’s life has been turned upside down since she found out their secret . . . Now Riley hopes they can answer her questions about Mum, because Dad never wants to talk about what happened. But then mysterious things start happening at school and the sisters don’t seem to want to find out the cause. Which is weird, because Riley suspects they’re the only ones who can figure out what – or who – is behind the strange events.

5 stars

Reviewed by Peehoo from Johnsonville and Johnsonville School , 11 years old

New school year means new children’s fiction to try

We know you’re excited about the new school year school starting, and we reckon you should get excited about these new titles too! Give them a go; try something new!

Sammael’s Wings by Hilton Pashley

“Everything Jonathan loves is threatened. His angel father is wounded and lost, and his demon mother is missing in Hell. When his great-aunt Sammael, an archangel, returns from exile, Jonathan finally has a chance to bring his family back together. But a terrible new enemy wants to create chaos and fear throughout the universe, and he needs Jonathan’s wings to do it. Jonathan must go through Heaven and Hell to save them all…”–Back cover.

 

A Galaxy Too Far Away by Jamie ThomsonImage courtesy of Syndetics

Harry was just an ordinary teenage boy from Croydon when he was abducted by aliens and accidentally became the captain of their starship. His quest to get back home to Earth continues – but now he’s acquired an alien ‘son’ and a new spacecraft, and he’s being pursued by an eight-foot robot bounty hunter.

 

The Swish of the Curtain by Pamela BrownImage courtesy of Syndetics

When seven bored children discover an abandoned chapel in their home town, they decide to renovate it and to form the Blue Door Theatre Company. The talented and resourceful group soon discover that they are serious about their theatrical ambitions, but will their parents stand in their way?

 

The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha LoweImage courtesy of Syndetics

Ten-year-old Poppy will do anything to realize her dream of becoming a baker, although her parents insist she attend Ruthersfield, the exclusive girls school for witchcraft, where she excels despite her dislike of magic. Includes baking tips and recipes.

 

 

Pieces of Why by K.L. GoingImage courtesy of Syndetics

Twelve-year-old Tia lives in a white slum in New Orleans with her mother, and her whole world revolves around singing in the gospel choir with her best friend, Keisha–but when practice is interrupted by a shooting outside the church, and a baby is killed, Tia finds that she cannot sing, and she is forced to confront her feelings about her incarcerated father who killed a girl in a failed robbery years before.

Kids’ Club Review by Tuhina: Lily gets in a pink pickle

Lily gets in a pink pickle, by Elizabeth Pulford

Lily was wandering through a book shop and found a card in the book. Angel Laurenstine gave Lily a singing sheet. Lily remembered that she had to clean her wings and straightaway went to professor Glumbo. He had Frumplepuss who was Lily’s second cat. Although Lily wanted to send Petal, her other cat, to the cat show, professor Glumbo sent Frumplepuss there.
When Lily was cleaning her wings, she saw something pink and a napkin blended in it!! They were the Professor’s wings. She nervously told him and a smile spread around his face. It was time for the Cherub cat show. The show was not really awesome. It was nearly the end of the show when it struck Lily that Petal was still in the laundry bag. She quickly put Petal on the silk cushion. Drumroll…….Please….Petal was the best behaved cat. She won three medals.
This is a lovely book more for the ones who are into fairy tales.

3 stars

Reviewed by Tuhina from Khandallah, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Amelia: Lily goes skitter skating

Lily goes skitter skatingLily goes skitter skating, by Elizabeth Pulford (1943-)

This book is about a little angel called Lily who goes skitter skating and built a snowman. Wanda Westbrook through a giant snowball in the face of the snowman. I liked this book because it was funny when the snowball was thrown in the snowman’s face. I think this book would be good for my friends (especially my friend named Lily) and other girls who like angels.

4 stars

Reviewed by Amelia from Johnsonville, 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Rachel: Lily gets her wings

Lily gets her wingsLily gets her wings, by Elizabeth Pulford (1943-)

At the beginning Lily is not a real angel but at the end she was.
One of the angels plays tricks on Lily because she wants to win the last place at the angel academy. My favourite part was when Lily got her wings and became a real angel.

5 stars

Reviewed by Rachel from Brooklyn, 7 years old