Some great new kids fiction for Term 2!

Term 2 is well under way, so take some time to sit back, relax and enjoy some of these fantastic new kids fiction books available through your local library!



Stanley will probably be fine by Sally J Pla

After fainting during a school assembly, Stanley uses his time in a safe room to begin drawing a comic book superhero and then enters a treasure hunt so that he can win passes to Comic Fest.




Image courtesy of SyndeticsStonebird  By Mike Revell

When ten-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his dementia-suffering grandma, he’s thrown into an unfamiliar place, with a family that seems to be falling apart. Liam doesn’t remember what his grandma was like before she became ill. He only knows the witch-like old woman who snaps and snarls and eats her birthday cards. He wants to fix it, but he can’t. Walking his dog one day, Liam discovers an old stone gargoyle in a rundown church, and his life changes in impossible ways. The gargoyle is alive. It moves unseen in the night, acting out Liam’s stories. And stories can be dangerous things…Seeking revenge against the bullies at his new school, Liam tells a story about the gargoyle attacking them. When one of them ends up in hospital, a regretful Liam vows never to go near the gargoyle again. But his grandma’s illness is getting worse, his mum isn’t coping, and his sister is skipping school…What if the gargoyle is the only thing that can save Liam’s family?



The wishmakers by Tyler Whitesides

Ace unwittingly releases a genie from a peanut butter jar and gets unlimited wishes that he must learn to use with their consequences before all the world’s cats and dogs turn into zombies who will eat mankind.



Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe short but brilliant career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker

“Lucas Weed hasn’t really made any friends at his new school, so when the ‘cool kids’ suggest he carry out a prank in class, Lucas thinks it might be his path to being accepted. And when the pranks keep getting more and more outrageous – and with videos uploaded to YouTube – Lucas Weed’s popularity soars! But after an embarrassing stunt that doesn’t quite go according to plan – in front of a very important person – Lucas decides it’s time to call it a day. But how?”–Publisher information.



Nothings fair in fifth grade by Barthe De Clements

A fifth grade class, repelled by the overweight new student who has serious home problems, finally learns to accept her.





Image courtesy of SyndeticsCave bear mountain by Jo Sandhu

At Cave Bear Mountain, Tarin is given tragic news about his Clan, and wants to return to them immediately. But Kaija and Luuka have discovered an astonishing truth about their mother. It seems the friends will be divided. But when the wolf cubs are kidnapped to fight in the Bear Festival. Only together will they have a chance of saving them.



Star friends: Secret spell by Linda Chapman

“Do you believe in magic? Maia and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds. Lottie and her star animal, a squirrel called Juniper, must use their special powers to stop the forces of dark magic. Someone in the village is using dark magic and the Star Friends need to work together to figure it out who it is. But things keep going wrong! Sita is convinced a Shade is following her, Lottie is sure she’s going to fail her piano exam and Ionie thinks the others don’t want to be her friends. Only Maia seems her usual self. She needs to find out what is happening and how to stop it! Perfect for fans of My Secret Unicorn and The Rescue Princesses, and for Rainbow Magic readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.” –Publisher description.


Wings of fire; a winglets collection by Tui T Sutherland

“In Pyrrhia, every dragon has a story … Before the dragonets, beyond the war of the SandWing queens — the dragons of Pyrrhia each have their own story to tell. Like Fierceteeth, stuck in a SandWing prison, obsessed and full of thwarted ambition. Deathbringer, at the very beginning of his journey, desperate to prove himself. And Six-Claws, a loyal SandWing who will soon find out that loyalty comes with a price. Fly further into the dangerous territories of Pyrrhia than ever before to learn the secrets behind Wings of fire”.

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: My magical life

My magical lifeMy magical life, by Zach King

I think this book is cool because,The King’s Family has magic items but Zach doesn’t.he spoils everything and he makes people go away, like they’re not interested. So it makes him sad. But then Zach’s sister Sophie trys to cheer him up.But it didn’t work,Then he hears his parents talking to each other.So Zach slowly creeps down the stairs and hear what his parents are talking about. If there are more books about Zach King. I would love to read them.

4 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Central City and Churton Park School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sienna: The Blizzard Challenge

The blizzard challenge, by Bear Grylls

I liked this book because I liked how in the end Olly ended up saving one of his teammates even though his teammate was being mean to him.

4 stars

Reviewed by Sienna from Johnsonville and Newlands School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ameya: The new girl

The new girlThe new girl, by Yvette Poshoglian

Oh My! That new girl Millie is so mean! Ella DEFINETLY does not want to be Millie’s friend. Millie even shouts at Olivia who has only started school that same day. But just in time they become friends. Great story!!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Ameya from Tawa and Amesbury School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Leela: Bella’s backyard bullies

Bella's backyard bulliesBella’s backyard bullies, by Samantha Turnbull

This is a quite good book. The Vernon brothers really really upset me when I didn’t realise the reason they were attacking the girls, until I found out why. I liked that the girls tried to fight back. My favourite part was how they got the Vernons to build the treehouse with them.

4 stars

Reviewed by Leela from Karori and , 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: Save me a seat

Save me a seatSave me a seat, by Sarah Weeks

Ravi is the new kid at Albert Einstein elementary school, and being Indian doesn’t help. When he meets Joe, he thinks Joe’s a bully, but first impressions are often wrong. This book’s very good, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

4 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City and , 9 years old