Kids’ Club Review by Siddhi: Ruby riddle

Ruby riddleRuby riddle, by Rosie Banks

Ruby Riddle. written and illustrated By Rosie Banks. (This book is a chapter book)

In this book Summer, Ellie and Jasmine have a terrific adventure because Queen Malice (King Merry’s evil sister) takes over the kingdom and destroy the beautiful, lovely kingdom and puts King Merry in a dungeon OH NO! I felt bad at that moment until the happy moment\part Then… they have to read a riddle in the magic spell book and the riddle says “something’s lost that must be found, search through sea, air and ground… to find the red jewel you must start by looking in the kingdom’s heart”. Straight after they read the riddle Summer paused for a few seconds and said said “the red jewel must be the ruby”

A few hours later they had rescued their best friend Trixi. Straight away then they saw a dark – grey cloud floating to the distant tower. OH NO! It was Queen Malice on her cloud! That made me shiver. Then Trixi gently touched her ring and said “pixie magic use your power and fly to the distant tower”. Then whoosh off they went. Yay I was happy then that happened at least that was good but not every thing else. But I thought that queen Malice would take the ruby first but…Then the girls and Trixi and Queen Malice grabbed the ruby and pulled, but it was stuck! Then they looked into the magic spell book and read the other riddle and that one said “think of something very dear, caring, kindness and some fun.” Then Queen Malice came whooshing off to the girls and snatched the old spell book and read it and said…” something dear? Caring? Sharing?” in a suspicions voice “storm sprites what do these words mean?” “I don’t know your royal highness” they said. This was the funny part!

Then finally the girls said altogether said “FRIENDSHIP!” Since they got it right they had a lovely surprise and it was…a beautiful scent of smell! It smelt like freshly mowed grass and ripe strawberry scent! Also there was a bright bright light than ever seen! When all that was happing Trixi caught the ruby and the girls got the other gems out of each of their pockets and put them all touching in the middle and then there was a crown for King Merry to rule again! Then right behind them they heard a huge yawn they looked behind their self

Oh Wow! It was king merry he was set free with the power of his new crown! Finally the new crown slowly settled on his head! On that same day they all had a huge party but how did the whole secret kingdom know about there was a huge party? Well Trixi spelt out in the sky with fireworks “PARTY” and after 5-10 minutes the fireworks word “PARTY” was not gone it was still clear and neat! Then King Merry said to Queen Malice “ I am going to take all of your magic you evil mean Queen and make you tidy up the whole mess you made in the kingdom”. Then appeared a mini broom and dustpan! “NO YOU WONT MEANIE” she replied. Yay this was my favourite part and the happily ever after ending but you should be patient there are more Secret Kingdom books. Look out

By Siddhi Kalakota

4 stars

Reviewed by Siddhi from Tawa and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: The seven kites of Matariki

The seven kites of MatarikiThe seven kites of Matariki, by Calico McClintock

I enjoy poetry at my school and wrote a Matariki poem. This story is about Mataraki – which is the name for the Maori New Year. The sisters build kites. The kites represent a star in the sky. I liked the story and the illustrations and the designs on the clothes and kites. A good read for all ages.

4 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?Are we there yet?, by Enid Blyton

Very cool story about a family travelling around the world by caravan. They visit loads of family and go on adventures. They even got to eat desserts on the boat. Good fun and exciting story for kids who want adventures and travel. Suitable for all ages.

4 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Michael: Calling all master builders

Calling all master buildersCalling all master builders, by David Fentiman

Lego fan alert! I like the charachter Benny the spaceman because they rebuild metal beard and used his parts to build a double decker space ship! They get chased by Lord Business’s bad cop and the Green Ninja saved them! It’s a cool book for Lego fans Wyldstyle is in it too (and her 3 cats for animal lovers like my sister!)

3 stars

Reviewed by Michael from Khandallah and , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Michael: Bear’s adventure

Bear's adventureBear’s adventure, by Benedict Blathwayt

Book about a bear that has an adventure at the beach. I like that bear gets sand castle build for him and he gets picked up by a seagull! He even visits the sunken wreck of the Titanic!! Good pictures and an even better map pictures. Enjoyable book for ages 5 and 6’s.

3 stars

Reviewed by Michael from Khandallah and , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lara: Within these walls

Within these wallsWithin these walls, by Robyn Bavati

‘Within These Walls’ is an awesome book about a jewish child living in Poland during the holocaust. She and her family move into a ghetto and one by one her family start to die. Soon, her mum, dad, little brother, older sister, younger sister, older brother, grandad, and grandma are all gone and she is alone. But hen she finds her cousins and escapes the ghetto. She lives in a dark cellar for 19 months until the war is over. I would recommend this book for kids aged 11-13.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lara from Tawa and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Malia: Count me in

Count me inCount me in, by Bernadette Hellard

I thought that netball gems was a good story. It was about a girl called sahar that was starting a netball team and found it hard to fit in. my favorite part was when sahar had her first netball game she was really good and got lots of intersepts . I thought that was very unexpected.

4 stars

Reviewed by Malia from Tawa and , 10 years old