Kids’ Club Review by Hannah: Malala

Malala : my story of standing up for girls’ rights / Yousafzai, Malala

This book was really cool because it was written by Malala herself! She writes about her struggles of trying to go to school while living in Pakistan in a time where girls weren’t allowed to go to school. Malala continued to fight for freedom even after she was shot on her way to school by the Taliban (a terrorist group). This book was really interesting. I recommend it for ages 8 and a half and up.

5 stars

Reviewed by Hannah from Brooklyn and , 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Dominic: The remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise

The remarkable journey of Coyote SunriseThe remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise, Dan Gemeinhart

The remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise is a incredible story about a girl who had been named Coyote since the death of her two sisters and Mum. After the incident, Coyote and her Dad Rodeo set off in a never ending trip on their new home Yager (an old school bus). Rodeo has a list of ‘no goes’ and one of them is going back to their old home but after Coyote’s weekly chat on the phone with her Grandma, her Dad’s Mum tells her the local park is being taken down to become buildings. Coyote remembers that 5 days before the deaths, her sisters and Mum buried a box that they would come back and and dig up ten years later. But luckily Rodeo and his daughter had invented an acronym; Drop Everything And Drive (DEAD) meaning they had a craving they really wanted to come true even if it was on the other side of the US. Coyote lied saying she needed a pork sandwich made around her birthplace. Needing the box, Coyote decides to do the impossible: travelling 3000 miles in a week without Rodeo noticing her plan. Picking up strangers to help her case along the way, she attempts her feat.

This is a very heartfelt and emotional story, but I loved every second of it and never wanted it to end.

5 stars

Reviewed by Dominic from Brooklyn and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jacob: Cook’s cook

Syndetics book coverCook’s cook : the cook who cooked for Captain Cook / Gavin Bishop.


This book was all about the adventure of the HMS Endeavour to New Zealand told from the perspective of cook’s cook…

I think this book is great as it teaches you about the voyage to New Zealand from an overshadowed character, captain cook’s cook. Another reason why I think it’s great is because it contains amazing illustrations. overall, I’d recommend the book to everyone as it’ll help them learn more about the voyage to New Zealand.

4 stars

Reviewed by Jacob from Brooklyn and Tawa Intermediate , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Otto: Secret Ninja Force

Secret Ninja ForceSecret Ninja Force, by Julia March

Ninjago is awesome, and my favourite ninja is Lloyd. Being a ninja is hard, I really like this book, it’s my favourite book in the Island bay library, if I had to choose. The pictures look cool because they have a lot of detail. This book taught me some new things about Ninjago. I would recommend this book to all my friends.

5 stars

Reviewed by Otto from Brooklyn and Berhampore School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Granny McFlitter, the champion knitter

Granny McFlitter, the champion knitterGranny McFlitter, the champion knitter, Heather Haylock ; (illustrated by Lael Chisholm)

Granny McFlitter never stops knitting. One day there is an oil spill and all the penguins are covered in oil. To help the penguins, this knitting granny knits them jumpers is all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. Although this is a picture book, I really enjoyed this story as it was fun, practical, and well written.

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Brooklyn and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Isidora: Drama

DramaDrama, Raina Telgemeier

this book is super good its about a girl and two twins and a play that goes slightly wrong I recommend it for 8 years and up

5 stars

Reviewed by isidora from Brooklyn and Seatoun School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Adam: The Midnight Gang

The Midnight GangThe Midnight Gang, David Walliams ; illustrated by Tony Ross

I loved this book! I liked Tom the kid who gets hit by a cricket ball the best because he is so daring and courageous like when he tried to escape from his headmaster, the best parts of the book is when Tom is reunited with his parents after he is ready to leave the hospital and when he makes new friends (By the way, I loved the book so much that I finished it in one day, it took me 1 whole hour!)
I would recommend this to kids 9+

5 stars

Reviewed by Adam from Brooklyn and Thorndon School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Noah: Fing

FingFing, David Walliams ; illustrated by Tony Ross

I really enjoyed this book because it was a big journey for Mr Meek and at the end of the journey his daughter already had a fing. I never thought that the author could come up with this idea. The fings favourite biscuit is custard cream. My favourite part was when there was a spot the difference.

4 stars

Reviewed by Noah from Brooklyn and Seatoun School , 9 years old