Kids’ Club Review by Meredith: Wakestone Hall

Wakestone HallWakestone Hall, by Judith Rossell

I thought this book was absolutely excellent. The main character is Stella Montgomery. The book is the last in a series of three. The whole series is great. In Wakestone Hall Stella is sent to boarding school. She meets two girls and they all become friends, the grumpy Agapanthus and the timid Ottolie. But then one day one of her friends goes missing. As mysteries unfold will Stella be able to save her friends from the nefarious villain?
I really like the book because it is a mix of… mystery, adventure and friendship.
Some bits in this book are a bit scary. I would advise readers who are 8+ to read this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Meredith from Central City and St Mark’s Church School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by cardi: Alice-Miranda takes the lead

Alice-Miranda takes the leadAlice-Miranda takes the lead, Jacqueline Harvey

I so loved this book. It is about Alice Miranda and Slone Skyes as they are having a play of snow white and the seven dwarfs. Slone is mean, Alice Miranda is nice. Alice Miranda’s friends Millicent and Jacinta are in the book as well. (Jacinta is the schools second best tantram thrower, and Alice Miranda’s last name is Alice Miranda Highton Smith Kenniton Jonnes!)

5 stars

Reviewed by cardi from Brooklyn and Homeschool , 8 years old

Reward yourself with these fantastic new kids fiction books

Not so normal Norbert by James PattersonImage courtesy of Syndetics

Normal Riddle lives in the United State of Earth, where normal means following the rules, never standing out and being exactly the same as everyone else. He’s been normal his whole life – until a moment of temporary hilarity when he does a funny impression of the country’s dictator and gets caught. Now Norbert’s been banished to the Astronuts Camp on planet Zorquat 3, where kids who defy the rules are exiled forever. He’s been taught his whole life that different is wrong, but everyone at Astronuts seems crazy creative, or are they just plain crazy?


Image courtesy of SyndeticsWar is Over by David Almond

It’s 1918, and war is everywhere. John’s dad is fighting in the trenches far away in France. His mum works in the munitions factory just along the road. His teacher says that John is fighting, too, that he is at war with enemy children in Germany. One day, in the wild woods outside town, John has an impossible moment: a meeting with a German boy named Jan. John catches a glimpse of a better world, in which children like Jan and himself can come together, and scatter the seeds of peace. Gorgeously illustrated by David Litchfield, this is a book to treasure.


Sea; Huntress Trilogy #1 by Sarah DriverImage courtesy of Syndetics

‘In the sky, the fire spirits dance and ripple. Grandma says they showed our Tribe that I’d be a captain, before I was even born. Ever since Ma died, Mouse has looked after her little brother, Sparrow, dreaming of her destiny as captain of the Huntress. But now Da’s missing, Sparrow is in danger, and a deathly cold is creeping across Trianukka. Sea-churning, beast-chattering, dream-dancing, whale-riding, terrodyl-flying, world-saving adventure”–Publisher’s description.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe case of the left handed Lady by Nancy Springer

Pursued by her much older brother, famed detective Sherlock Holmes, fourteen-year-old Enola, disguised and using false names, attempts to solve the kidnapping of a baronet’s sixteen-year-old daughter in nineteenth-century London.


The Slightly alarming tale of the Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty

I was taken by Whisperers at 2pm, so I never pulled the lever for the laundry chute. That’s what bothered me most. This is way ahead in the story, though. A lot happened before that. The town of Spindrift is frequented by pirates, Shadow Mages and charlatans. It’s also home to the Orphanage School, where Finlay lives with Glim, Taya and Eli. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee, Hamish and Victor, Duke of Ainsley. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. Before long, the orphans and the boarding school are in an all-out war. And then Whispering Wars break out, and Spindrift is thrust onto the front lines. Children are being stolen, Witches, Sirens and a deadly magical flu invade the town, and all attempts to fight back are met with defeat. Finlay, Honey Bee and their friends must join forces to outwit the encroaching forces of darkness, rescue the stolen children, and turn the tide of the war. But how can one bickering troupe outwit the insidious power of the Whisperers? And who are the two mysterious figures watching them from the shadows?

Kids’ Club Review by Cardi: The curse in the candlelight

The curse in the candle light, by Sophie Cleverly

It was SO good. It had lots of action and Ebony ( a girl at Rookwood school.) Muriel
( another girl at Rookwood school) is really the witch.

5 stars

Reviewed by Cardi from Brooklyn and Homeschool , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Esme: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K Rowling

This 800 page book is very catchy and I suggest you read it. In fact, I suggest you read the whole series. The Order of the Phoenix is very interesting, entertaining and incredibly enjoyable. One of my favourite parts is the battle at the Ministry of Magic, which is at the end (page 706 to 754). The only disappointment is that some parts are tediously annoying, for example I find Chapter 30 (Grawp) a bit dull but it’s still worth reading.

5 stars

Reviewed by Esme from Central City and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Esme: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling

Dark times have come to the wizarding world. “The Ministry has fallen. Scringeour is dead.” Harry is on the run to find and destroy Voldemort’s horcruxes. It’s finally time for Harry to meet his destiny. This is an entertaining, interesting, nerve-wracking book. I suggest you read it. I think you will enjoy it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Esme from Central City and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Mananya: Harry Potter and the goblet of fire

Harry Potter and the goblet of fire, by J. K Rowling

This book really hooked me in.There were loads of hidden secrets in it and I read the story I came to know more about this book. I can tell that J.K Rowling has described this book. I got so carried away I had to write my speech about it.From the starting to the end the book was wonderful.I really liked the story outline.

5 stars

Reviewed by Mananya from Central City and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: Harry Potter and the goblet of fire

Harry Potter and the goblet of fireHarry Potter and the goblet of fire, by J. K. Rowling

In the holidays Harry goes to the burrow, Ron’s place, with Hermione. Fred,Gorge,Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, and Mr. Weasly go to the Quiddictch cup, Ireland v.s Bulgaria. Ron’s
favourite player is Viktor Krum, the seeker for the Bulgarian team. Voldemort’s mark is in the air after 13 years, and death eaters flame the area.

At Hogwarts Dumbledore announces that the triwizard tormament is this year, with beauxbatons and durmstrang, both academies for magic.Representing beauxbatons is Fleur Deco’ur , and durmstrang is… VIKTOR KRUM!!! Representing Hogwarts is Cedric Diggory… and Harry Potter? Suddenly, everything doesn’t feel right. Harry faces mermaids, fearsome dragons, and one great big maze.

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City and Johnsonville School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by keya: Harry Potter and the cursed child

Harry Potter and the cursed childHarry Potter and the cursed child, by Jack Thorne

19 years later after the battle of Hogwarts…
Married to Ginny Weasley, Harry has 3 kids, Lily Luna, James Sirius, and Albus Severus. Albus is worried he might be sorted into slytherin. on the train Albus makes a friend called scorpius malfoy, who is rumoured to be voldemort’s son. together they jump of the Hogwarts express, meet Delphi ‘Diggory’, steal a time turner to bring Cedric Diggory back.

5 stars

Reviewed by keya from Central City and Johnsonville School , 9 years old