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Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem

Conor O’Neill faces his cowardice and visits the underworld to bargain with the Lady who can prevent the imminent death of a family member, but first Ashling, the banshee who brought the news, wants to visit his middle school.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Twelve-year-old Jackson Opus is descended from two powerful hypnotist bloodlines, but he has just begun to realize that he can control other peoples’ actions with sometimes frightening results–especially when the head of the Sentia Institute plans to use Jackson for his own benefit.

 

 

The Mysterious Misadventures of  Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia Lee

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Clemency is utterly penniless and entirely alone, until she’s taken in by the marvellous Marvels – a madcap family compleately unlike her own. But it’s a surprise to them all when she’s mysteriously bundled from the house by the frightening Miss Clawe.
Concerned about her fate, the Marvels set out to find her. Enlisting the help of some not-quite-genuine Red Indians, it’s a calamitous race across the country. But Clemency’s misadventures are more dire than her rescuers suspect… will they reach her in time? – (taken from www.Goodreads.com)

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsKurt Gets Truckloads by Erlend Loe

“Kurt is a truck driver. He’s been a truck driver for many years. Almost ever since he was a boy. He’s always been a very kind man, until… One day Kurt rescues a man who sleepwalks off the pier, and he gets rewarded with a diamond as big as a football. But what use is a diamond? Kurt sells it and gets 50 million dollars. With all that money, it is perhaps not surprising that Kurt turns nasty”–Publisher information.

 

Stay Well Soon by Penny Tangey

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When Stevie’s brother is taken to hospital, her dreams seem further away than ever. Stevie’s after school world is filled with hospital visits and there’s even less money for anything, especially her dream of a pony. With her mum spending more time with her brother, Stevie’s has to learn to figure out the hard things in life by herself.
Stay Well Soon is a charming novel filled with a mix of hope, humour and sadness that children remember long after the last page is turned. Best of all, it reminds you about the value of friendship as well as focussing on and enjoying the special moments in life. (taken from www.Goodreads.com)
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Holiday of a Lifetime by Megan de Kantzow

“If you ever get stuck on the holiday of a lifetime with your family, read this. And good luck. You’ll need it. Is a lucky seahorse charm strong enough to protect Anna’s family from potential disaster as they travel around Europe? Just in case, Anna’s going to keep her backpack and survival manual close at hand, because sometimes luck has nothing to do with it”–Back cover.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Jeya: Vicky Angel

Vicky AngelVicky Angel, by Wilson, Jacqueline.

i LOVED this book! It was about how just after Vicky and her best friend Jade have a fight something terrible happens to Vicky while crossing the road! Could that be the last time jade ever say her? But maybe Vicky and jade could still keep in touch but how is that possible when Vicky is dead? While Jade is trying to get along without Vicky, Vicky is there watching her…
I would recommend this book for all the Jacqueline Wilson fans or for readers 7+

4 stars

Reviewed by Jeya from Miramar, 10 years old

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