New Kids Fiction to get you through these colder winter days!

With winter settling in what better time to rug up with a warm blanket, a cup of milo and some of these new Kids Fiction books from your local library!

Hour of the BeesImage courtesy of Syndetics by Lindsay Eagar

This novel blurs the line between truth and fiction as Carol unravels the fantastical stories of her mentally ill grandfather. When she and her family move to his deserted ranch in order to transfer him to a care home, Carol struggles to cope with the suffocating heat and the effects of her grandfather’s Alzheimer’s. Bees seem to be following her around, but the drought means this is impossible. She must be imagining things. Yet when her grandfather chooses her as the subject for his stories – tales of a magical healing tree, a lake, and the grandmother she never knew – Carol sees glimmers of something special in what her parents dismiss as Serge’s madness. As she rethinks her roots and what she thought she knew about her family, Carol comes to the realization that Serge’s past is quickly catching up with her present.

 

 

How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul TobinImage courtesy of Syndetics

Every Friday the 13th, 6th grade genius and inventor extraordinaire Nate Bannister does three not-so-smart things to keep life interesting. This time, he taught a caterpillar math, mailed a love letter, and super-sized his cat Proton before turning him invisible.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsTeresa by Deborah Abela

Teresa and her family survived the bombing of their home and went hungry during the long siege of their island during the war. Life in peace time is still hard. Her parents want a better life, and so apply to migrate to Australia to find it. But after the long voyage to Sydney, there are more testing times ahead for Teresa as she tries to learn Australian ways, avoid the bullies and do well at school. She is not about to let anything stop her from making her family and her nanna back in Malta proud of her.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Secrets we Keep by Nova Weetman

Clem Timmins has lost everything – her clothes, her possessions, her house and her mum. Now living in a tiny flat with her dad, Clem has to start a new school and make new friends. On her first day, Clem tells Ellie that her mum died in a house fire and immediately regrets it when Ellie latches on and confides that her own mother is dying of cancer. When Clem receives a letter she doesn’t want to read, it becomes clear she can’t run from her past forever, especially when the truth appears right in front of her face.

 

 

Wicked’s WayImage courtesy of Syndetics by Anna Fienberg

Will could walk a tightrope and juggle bananas as he went. ‘One day you’ll be the star of a circus,’ his mother told him. ‘But until then, you must be a secret.’ For each year pirates came to the islands to steal young boys for their crew. And if that happened to you, well, you may as well kiss your life goodbye. So what’s a young lad to do when his mother disappears and pirates arrive at his door?..Will takes courage from a crazy truth-telling parrot, and his mother’s advice: ‘Keep putting one foot in front of the other and your eyes on the prize.’ But will this be enough to survive the perils at sea? And will that infuriatingly polite boy called Horrendo finally tip the balance?..A high-seas pirate adventure about scoundrels and blaggards, devilish treachery, and finding the most precious treasure of all…

New Non Fiction: Encyclopedias and Handbooks galore!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe childrens encyclopedia of dinosaurs : begin to discover the amazing prehistoric world.

This encyclopedia is a great introduction about the incredible time of dinosaurs. Truly lives up to its expectations providing amazing facts and awesome pictures. Great resource to use for homework on dinosaurs and prehistoric period.

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe childrens encyclopedia of oceans : begin to discover the amazing underwater world.

Dive in and take an amazing voyage of discovery and exploration by reading this fantastic encyclopedia that tells you anything and everything about ocean life. With easy to understand text and remarkable photography, you will be able to unlock the secrets of the sea.

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsTop 10 For Boys 2014.

Breaking news, Boys! Here is a book that holds the coolest collection of facts, feats and fun things for boys to do! From the 10 greatest superhero movies and 10 most successful video games, to the  10 deadliest animals and 10 tallest roller coasters this book will simply amaze you! – I for one am simply amazed!

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Big Book of Awesome Animals.

Get ready to go on a journey where you will uncover the bizarre behaviour and horrid habits of the world’s most unusual creatures. I have to say, they don’t call this “The Big Book of Awesome Animals.” for nothing. You are bound to find information to all the tough and queasy questions you have about your favourite animals.

 

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWhats where in the world.

There is one word for this book – Awesome! This unique visual encyclopaedia is literately planet earth as you have never seen it. By reading this book, you will take a unique tour of Planet Earth and find out what goes where in the world. Covers diverse topics in six chapters on Geography, Nature, People, History, Arts & Entertainment and Science & Technology, as well as anything and everything from shipwrecks and castles to wildlife and hurricanes,  fantastic picture maps that show you what’s where in the world, the world’s tallest buildings, longest rivers, most dangerous earthquake spots and even where you can find animals that glow! I was very impressed with the world maps. I felt they presented a very clear account of world geography. This book is  perfect for school projects in the areas of geography, nature, history and technology projects.

 

 

The Real Wonders of the World.image courtesy of syndetics

Ready to see the real wonders of the world? This book is just the ticket! Get ready to go on a journey of discovery to find the most awe-inspiring places and experiences on the planet, from the Empire State Building to Death Valley, Dubai’s wonder worlds, and Egypt’s Great Pyramids. Combines traditional world wonders with the ‘real’ wonders of their world. Even better, this is a book not for parents. Great for ages 8-12 year olds.

 

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!

Mega structures

Mirror, mirror on the wall what’s the tallest structure in the world? That would be the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a shimmering 828 metre silver skyscraper. It has 160 habitable floors and 11 mechanical floors and cost 1.5 billion US dollars ! It takes a team of people four months to clean its whole exterior. Might be a good job for Spiderman! If you want to know more about the mega structures in the world, why don’t you check out Towering Giants and Other Tall Megastructures  by Ian Graham. You’ll be amazed at how we are reaching for the sky.

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!

New Non Fiction

Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Davidson

This is a nice simple biography on the life of Queen Elizabeth II. This is the book to read if you want information on the story of her life with phtographs that capture her childhood, as well as the grandeur and drama of her reign.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Olympics by Richard Platt, Illustarted by Manuela Cappon

A Fantastic book to read that retraces the history of the Olympics from the very beginning in Greece 776BCE to the present day in London 2012. Contains lotes of facts about athletes from ancient Greece, sporting triumphs, poliitcal protests and worl breaking records.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Look Closer Ocean by John Woodward, Illustarted by Gary Hanna

 

This book is a fantastic read that takes you on an extraordinary underwater adventure. Lots of amazing facts and information on colourful coral reef, great white sharks and much, much more.

 

 

 

 

 

For Boys Only by Marc Aronson.

Hey Boys! Are you ready for some serious fun? Then this is the book for you. You will find all the information you need from ancient wonders to extreme sports. From learning how to land an aeroplane in an emergency to finding buried treasure. You are sure to never grow bored from reading this book.

 

 

 

 

    

 

Where I live: Astonishing animals, Bizarre Behaviour by Karen McGhee

Ever wanted to know what kind of animals live permanently in the dark?, What are the advantages of living in a community?, Other than birds, which animals build elaborate nests? Then this is the book to read. Contains lots of incredible photographs and illustrations that capture the amazing range of animal shelters from a simple stack of twigs to extensive tunnel systems and sprawling nests.

 

 

 

 

   

Penguins by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris

Dive into the amazing life of penguins. This books has information about every kind of penguin up close and how they survive natural and man-made dangers in thier ice home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Fox Tales : Four Fables from Aesop by Amy Lowry

Four wonderful fables from Aesop that have been woven together to make a single story in this beautifully illustarted picture book. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goldilocks on CCTV by John Agard and Satoshi Kitamura

If you a fan of fairy tales, then this is the book to read. This book has a collection of narrative poetry about your favorite fairy tale characters trying to live out their adventures in the mordern world. Stories include Sleeping Beauty trying to fetch a price on her nightdress, Rumplestiltskin finding his name sold to the paparazzi and a Giant finds his views have less impact in the days of Twitter. 

  

 

 

Kids’ Review by Nina

CHERUB Series: The Killing by Robert Muchamore

James Adams has been recruited on a mission with Dave. James has to make friends with Max Tarasov, the son of small-time crook, Leon Tarasov. As soon as James starts to dig up some leads he realises he needs information from an 18 year old boy. The only problem is the boy fell off a roof and died 13 months earlier. Follow James’ mission as he trys to reveal the mystery behind the robbery… 4 stars.
 
Review by Nina of Wadestown
 
 

 

 

Kids’ Review by Jemima

Ways To Live Forever is an emotional, yet effective and powerful novel, by the one and only Sally Nicholls. Sam – the main character – is twelve years old and is struggling with leukemia. He wants to conquer everything before he dies, and with the help of his teacher and best friend Felix, he does everything from riding in an airship to kissing a girl. This book will make you laugh your head off one minute, and sob into your pillow the next! It is a whole emotional rollercoaster; a good one, of course. I would recommend it to children aged 10 – 14. 5 stars.

Review by Jemima of Karori