Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The last ever after

The last ever afterThe last ever after, Soman Chainani

this book is about a girl called Sophie who used to be best friends with Agatha but they are now enemies, They were split up to go separate ways. Evil has taken over with Sophie as the Queen. Only Agatha and Tedros, Agatha’s friend, stand in the way of evil. I liked this book. It was an exciting adventure.

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lucy: A year without Autumn

A year without AutumnA year without Autumn, by Liz Kessler

This book is a really great book! It’s about a girl named Jenni and her best friend Autumn. Every year, both girls families stay at the same holiday place for their vacation. But when Jenni goes into an old broken down elevator and finds it works, she is transported exactly 1 year in the future. A year that she has been a part of but cannot remember. Her hair is shorter, her baby sister has been born, but most shocking of all, something awful has happened in Autumns family. This story is about friendship and how a close bond between Jenni and Autumn can go astray after 1 event. It is quite an emotional book but I loved it! Definitely a good read for all ages!!!!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Lucy from Cummings Park and , 12 years old

Winter is officially here so no excuse needed to grab a blanket and read one of these great new kids fiction books from your library!

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A Boy called Bat by Elana Arnold

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises — some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBig & Little Questions by Julie Bowe

“Fourth grader Wren Jo Byrd questions lots of things–both little and big–when her parents decide to get a divorce, and learns a lot about the true meaning of family, home, and friendship”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMatylda bright & tender by Holly McGhee

After a trip to the pet store, fourth-graders Sussy and Guy bring home a spotted lizard, and they name her Matylda (with a ‘y’ so it’s all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. Eventually Sussy must discover what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on, for her own sake and Matylda’s.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsNuggets; Dave Pigeon #2 by Swapna Haddow

Dave Pigeon is back and so is his side-kick Skipper. But trouble is afoot. When their Human Lady leaves to go on a ‘holiday’ (whatever that is), Dave and Skipper are horrified to find that their food supply quickly runs dry. With delicious biscuits on their minds, they set off in search of a new owner, but is Reginald Grimster all he seems? Why is he so keen on feeding them? And why does he have so many books about cooking?

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Enemy by Sara Holbrook

“Set in 1954, this compelling historical novel tells the story of a young girl’s struggles and triumphs in the aftermath of World War II. The war is over, but the threat of communism and the Cold War loom over the United States. In Detroit, Michigan, twelve-year-old Marjorie Campbell struggles with the ups and downs of family life, dealing with her veteran father’s unpredictable outbursts, keeping her mother’s stash of banned library books a secret, and getting along with her new older “brother”, the teenager her family took in after his veteran father’s death. When a new girl from Germany transfers to Marjorie’s class, Marjorie finds herself torn between befriending Inga and pleasing her best friend, Bernadette, by writing in a slam book that spreads rumors about Inga. Marjorie seems to be confronting enemies everywhere–at school, at the library, in her neighborhood, and even in the news. In all this turmoil, Marjorie tries to find her own voice and figure out what is right and who the real enemies actually are.”– Amazon.com.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Avin: 11 birthdays

11 birthdays11 birthdays, by Wendy Mass (1967-)

This is a boring book. Well, the story is interesting but the problem is EVERYTHING keeps repeating all over 10 or 11 times. Amanda’s (the main character in the book) birthday keeps repeating until she does something with her best friend that have the same birthday every year except one.

1 stars

Reviewed by Avin from Johnsonville and , 10 years old

Top 10 Childrens fiction March 2017

David Walliams is in the Top 10 again for adventures set in Lord Funt Hospital.  You can hear David Walliams read the start of the book on his website.

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  1. Diary of a wimpy kid series, by Jeff Kinney
  2. Tom Gates series, by Liz Pichon
  3. Storey treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths
  4. Dork diaries series, by Rachel Renée Russell
  5. Puzzle mountain, by Susannah Leigh
  6. Dirty Bertie series, by Alan MacDonald
  7. The Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton
  8. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
  9. The BFG, by Roald Dahl
  10. The midnight gang, by David Walliams

Kids’ Club Review by Ellie: Friends not forever

Friends not foreverFriends not forever, by Meredith Costain (1955-)

Ella Diaries Friends Not Forever is a great book about a show getting in the way of Ella and Zoe. But in the end the two become besties again because they just can’t stay away from each other.

4 stars

Reviewed by Ellie from Karori and Kelburn Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tanushree: The second-best friend

The second-best friendThe second-best friend, by Sally Rippin

Billie had some sparkly pens from her Best Friend Jack. One day Billie brought them to school, they were special because they smelt like fruit. At the end of lunch time when Billie was heading back to class she saw Rebecca- the girl with the BEST toys for Show & Tell. Rebecca wanted to be Billie’s best friend. Who will Billie choose Jack or Rebecca.

5 stars

Reviewed by Tanushree from Johnsonville and Johnsonville School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Dylan: Nobody likes a goblin

Nobody likes a goblinNobody likes a goblin, by Ben Hatke

From looking at the title and the cover picture, I thought this book was going to be stupid. I liked it. It wasn’t scary. The goblin had a friend called skeleton. They were best friends. I liked goblin and skeleton. My favourite part was when they all defended goblin. I wish I could have defended goblin too. Lots of people ended up liking goblin. The goblins liked him because they were goblins too. The skeleton liked him because he knew him from kindergarten. I wanted the book to be longer.

5 stars

Reviewed by Dylan from Brooklyn and Kelburn Normal School , 5 years old