New Kids Fiction books for you to kick back and relax with (once you’ve finished your homework!)

School is back! so here’s 10 wonderful new kids fiction books for you to chose from, to help you get back into the swing of things! Grab them today from your local Library! 🙂

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan

When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marsh lands – the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness. However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracised by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze’s family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for. But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze’s family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness?


Image courtesy of SyndeticsMatt Millz by Harry Hill

Meet Matt Millz – Britain’s Youngest (and funniest!) Comedian! Matt may be small but he is truly mighty on the comedy circuit. Well, he is in his head anyway. When the school holds a talent show, Matt has the opportunity to demonstrate that he’s got the magical chutzpah quip to take him all the way to the Apollo. With the help of his diminutive manager, Kitty Hope, and his hapless form teacher, as well as the school brute, his heartthrob and Rob his best friend, Matt learns what it takes to be really funny . . . A hilarious new book from National TreasureT and real-life (very) funny man Harry Hill.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsMez’s Magic by Eliot Schrefer

Caldera has forever been divided into those animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her beloved sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse. Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. Her magical power has unknown depths, but she must rush to discover it after a mysterious stranger arrives at her family’s den, bearing warnings of a reawakened evil. Saving Caldera means Mez must leave her sister behind and unite an unlikely group of animal friends to unravel an ancient mystery and protect their rainforest home.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsArmstrong & Charlie By Steven B. Frank

“During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s”– Provided by publisher



Image courtesy of SyndeticsWinterhouse by Ben Guterson

Elizabeth, eleven, spends Christmas break at Winterhouse hotel under strange circumstances, where she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery.




Image courtesy of SyndeticsBah Humbug! by Michael Rosen

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it’s likely his father won’t stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story’s message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father’s distracted heart?


IImage courtesy of Syndeticsvy by Katherine Coville

A young girl helps her grandmother care for magical creatures.





Image courtesy of SyndeticsGoodly and Grave in a deadly case of murder by Justine Windsor

The second page-turning adventure in this sharp-witted, magical mystery series. When reports come in that valuable magical objects are being stolen, Goodly and Grave are on the case, but just when they think they know whodunit their prime suspect turns up – murdered! Will Lucy be able to track the real villain without putting herself in deadly danger…? An page-turning mystery with a magical twist.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsGrover’s New Friends by Claire Garth

Grover McBane is a lucky dog. He has a new family, and he’s making friends at the park. But Grover’s owner, Annie, needs his help. A puppy called Peanunt has arrived at the animal shelter and is scared and confused. Thank goodness Grover and his new friends from the dog park are there to help! What will happen to Peanut? Where will he go?

Chinese New Year & Special Storytimes at the Library

Come down to Wellington Central Library and Civic Square to celebrate the Chinese New Year: The Year of the Dog, with special storytime events for pre-schoolers and their families presented by the Ni Hao Children’s Community.

We have 2 Storytimes for you at Wellington Central Library on Saturday the 17th of February which will be in Chinese, but guess what? It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Chinese you are going to have lots of fun listening to another language and doing activities all about the year of the Dog. Bring along a toy dog, dress in your New Year clothes (or Dog costume), or just come as you are, to share familiar stories and songs like ‘Spot the Dog’ or ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’…but in Chinese! Don’t forget while you are down at Central Library to check out all the fun activities that are going to be happening outside in Civic Square.

What: Chinese Storytimes

When: Saturday 17th of February

Time: 9.30-10am & 3-3.30pm

Where: Wellington Central Library

Kids’ Club Review by Macy: The new friend

The new friendThe new friend, by Sally Rippin

Hey Jack: A New Best Friend, By Sally Rippin, is a terrific reading book for any ages, but especially young children. This Hey Jack book is about a dog who Jack and his father find on the way back from practicing football. They showed the dog to Jack’s Mum, and welcomed it into their home. Jack then slept with it that night, before looking for the owners. They couldn’t find the dogs owner so they got to keep him and look up after him. They were very friendly to him and Jack was happy to keep the dog. Overall, I would recommend Hey Jack: A New Best Friend because it is funny, friendly, and very interesting. The book made me feel happy, and I felt great about reading the book right to the end. Hey Jack taught me that we should be friendly and care for the animals around us.

By Macy – (6)

5 stars

Reviewed by Macy from Khandallah and Khandallah School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Hunter: Danger is still everywhere

Danger is still everywhereDanger is still everywhere, by David O’Doherty

Docter noel dager is an dangerologist which is some kind of hero that can see hidden danger. He has a crush on a cabage(his favorite food)grower called gretle.
He hates an tv action man called Max Wurst.
loads of fun.
recomended to 9+ readers

4 stars

Reviewed by Hunter from Miramar and Holy Cross School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ivy: The big adventure

The big adventureThe big adventure, by Sally Rippin

I liked the big adventure because he listened to his dad and only went as far as the rock pools, but then he saw a cave and nearly forgot what his dad said! But he went to the cave cause it was only a few steps away from the rock pools. I didn’t like when he got trapped in the cave, but I did like when his dog helped make a happy ending

5 stars

Reviewed by Ivy from Johnsonville and West Park School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Talamahina: Charlie Brown : here we go again : a Peanuts collection

Charlie Brown : here we go again : a Peanuts collectionCharlie Brown : here we go again : a Peanuts collection, by Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000,)

I think it is a great book with lots of humour. Some of the characters are really funny. Charlie Brown really hates the dreaded kite eating tree. Some of the drawings are really hilarious I crack up when I see them. I like the black and white beagle named Snoopy. He is funny and hangs out with birds.

5 stars

Reviewed by Talamahina from Tawa and , 9 years old

DVD Review: A Dog’s Purpose.

A Dog’s Purpose.

A heart-warming movie about the eight life journey of Bailey/Ellie/Tino/Waffles/Buddy and Bailey.. again as he tries to find himself and his purpose in life.

This movie will make you laugh, make you cry, feel warm and fuzzy, and will make you develop an appreciation, as well as respect for the aptly named man’s, as well as woman’s best friend, which Bailey/Ellie/Tino/Waffles/Buddy and Bailey proves time and time again throughout the movie, clearly staing his purpose and teaching a few lifelong lessons along the way. Be prepared to have tissues on hand. I haven’t seen a better movie dogs since Red Dog. A librarian’s choice all the way!