Family Fort Night

Family Fort story time

Come to Khandallah Library on the last Thursday of each month at 6pm for fun, family-friendly themed activities for kids and their families. On Thursday the 30th of March, we’re having “Family Fort Night” – bring your pillow and your favourite teddy and help turn the children’s area into one giant pillow fort for the evening. They’ll be stories, songs and activities so come in your PJs, if you’re feeling extra adventurous! These are fun events for children of all ages and their caregivers.

Keep an eye out at Khandallah Library for more information or ask any of our friendly librarians!

Kids’ Club Review by Mikayla: Sunny side up

Sunny side upSunny side up, by Jennifer L Holm

This book is about a girl named Sunny when she sees and stays with her grandad in Florida. She meets a boy and they make friends a long the way. they help everyone out and have fun. I would recommend this book to 7-13 year old people.

4 stars

Reviewed by Mikayla from Tawa and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: Sisters

SistersSisters, by Raina Telgemeier

I thought that this was a wonderful book. After reading this,I figured out this was about her!!!

I think this is more of a book for teens, but I enjoyed it as well.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Tawa and , 9 years old

Some fun new fiction for you to try out!!!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsHappy Bethday by Knife & Packer

So I’m being chased through the park by a pack of angry zombies, I’ve got cake mix on my face and MY MOST EMBARRASSING PHOTO EVER IS IN THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE! Beth Orsen is back for her third hilarious adventure. And with a zombie party, Granny’s baking contest and Beth’s baby photos accidentally being printed in the school magazine, life is about to get messy again!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsPodkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood

A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs. Podkin One-Ear is a legend: a fearsome warrior rabbit whose reputation for cunning and triumph in battle has travelled the ages. When a travelling bard arrives at Thornwood Warren on Midwinter night, he is warmly welcomed. In return for food and lodging, he settles down to tell the tale of Podkin One-Ear – and soon the rabbits are enthralled to hear the story of how one lost little rabbit overcame the cruellest enemy imaginable, and became the greatest warrior their land has ever known.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWelcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sister were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn’t care about politics – all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes. Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. But no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them – until they have no choice but to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go, when you cannot go home?

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWhat not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed. It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…? When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth…

Image courtesy of SyndeticsAn Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

It’s 1944. Elizabeth and Karli live in Dresden where their mother works at the zoo. When the zoo director announces that the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok if the town is bombed, the childrens’ mother moves a young elephant into the back garden to save her. Then the allied bombs begin to fall and the whole family, elephant included, must flee the city.


Kids’ Club Review by Danielle: The longest whale song

The longest whale songThe longest whale song, by Jacqueline Wilson

This is another fabulous book by Jacqueline Wilson. This is a book that really makes you think about how much you love your mum, and what you would do if she wasn’t there or you couldn’t talk to her every day. It is a real page turner and while you are at it have your tissue box at the ready.

4 stars

Reviewed by Danielle from Tawa and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: Double down

Double downDouble down, by Jeff Kinney

I really liked this book. This book is about how Halloween is around the corner and Greg’s mum tells him he is not aloud sweets until then. So, when Greg finds a HIDDEN stash of GUMMY WORMS (behind the toilet rolls) a sudden spark came in his mind. Will Greg be able to get his back of his mom by making a movie?……

4 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown and , 10 years old

Wonderful New Kids Fiction to try!!!

It’s back to school time, so be sure to grab these new kids fiction books from your local branch Library to read once you’ve done all your homework!


Image courtesy of SyndeticsArtie and the grime wave by Richard Roxburgh

Artie and his best friend Bumshoe have stumbled upon a Cave-of-Possibly-Stolen-Stuff, and along with it a gang of shady characters including scary Mary, fang-toothed Funnel-web and the devious Mayor Grime. Artie and Bumshoe’s attempt to solve the mystery sparks a chaotic chain of events that involves kidnapping, puppy-dog cutlets, modern art and pioneering the sport of the bungee- wedgie. It’s a sticky situation and if Artie’s going to escape, he might need help from family, friends, a little old lady, a small dog and the Fartex 120Y.


Strike lightning  by Steven ColeImage courtesy of Syndetics

When James stumbles upon a horrific sight, he knows things are not what they seem. His school is determined to make him believe what happened was an accident, but James believes what he saw was murder. The significance of the events at school only come to light in the course of an adventure that takes James across Europe and puts him within range of a warmongering villain. Has James got what it takes to triumph over this man, the worst kind of enemy, who boasts a new kind of weapon?


Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Amazing Adventures of  Little Freddie Whitemouse by Elizabeth Jane Howard

This book following the magical journey of a mouse who wishes to be anything but himself. The trouble was that Freddie really did not like being a mouse. ‘It’s just a phase,’ his mother said, but it wasn’t …Little Freddie Whitemouse, of No.16, Skirting Board West, simply hates being a mouse. Mice are terribly small, frightened of everything, and aren’t allowed to have any fun at all. Instead, he longs to be a fierce tiger, king of the jungle floor; or someone’s treasured dog, able to run and play all day. So when a sorcerer toad hears Freddie’s pleas and offers his assistance, there is really little else Freddie could ask for. So as not to make any rash decisions, Freddie agrees to spend a week as each animal. But what will he discover on his amazing adventure? And will he ever want to be just a plain old mouse again?


Image courtesy of SyndeticsWhat Dog Knows by Sylvia Vanden Heede

When Wolf finds a fact-filled book in the library, he thinks he will at last outsmart his clever cousin Dog. Who knows more about robots, dragons, knights and pirates? And what about setting traps, playing tricks, and chewing bones? What Dog knows is packed with information, activities, quizzes, rhymes, stories, and curious conversations between Wolf and Dog.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Haunted House Project by Tricia Clasen

“Since her mom died, Andie’s family has crumbled. Instead of working, her dad gambles away insurance money, while her sister, Paige, has put her future on hold in order to pick up extra waitressing shifts. Andie’s afraid of what will happen if people find out just how bad things are. She’s not sure how long she can hide the fact that there’s no food or money in the house…or adults, for that matter. When her science partner suggests they study paranormal activity, Andie gets an idea. She wants a sign from her mom-anything to tell her it’s going to be okay. Maybe the rest of her family does too. So she starts a project of her own. Pretending to be her mother’s ghost, Andie sprays perfume, changes TV channels, and moves pictures. Haunting her house is Andie’s last hope to bring her family back into the land of the living.”–From publisher’s website.


Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: Horrid Henry’s krazy ketchup

Horrid Henry's krazy ketchupHorrid Henry’s krazy ketchup, by Francesca Simon

this book is great and funny. there are 4 different stories in this one book. COOL!!! my favorite one is the krazy ketchup which is a story in the book. That story is about there is the type of ketchup called krazy ketchup and Henry likes that 1 but what happens when his parents {AKA: VEGES MONSTER} bring this horrible revolting vegtable tomato sauce sauce home, will Henry eat it or eat from the stash of his krazy ketchup packets… to find out the secret and read the other stories, you will have to read this SPIFFING book

5 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown and Berhampore School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sam: Horrid Henry’s holiday

Horrid Henrys holiday, by Francesca Simon

I think that it is very good but the thing I do not like is that Horrid Henry’s parents take him to the place he does not want to go. I like Henry’s plan.

4 stars

Reviewed by Sam from Brooklyn and Brooklyn School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Zahra: The brilliant world of Tom Gates

The brilliant world of Tom GatesThe brilliant world of Tom Gates, by Liz Pichon

This book is about a boy called Tom Gates and he has a grumpy sister called Delia. She is never happy. He made a song about her. It was called Delia’s a weirdo. He’s got two friends. Derek is one of his friends and the other one is a girl called Amy. He was at school with them but Derek got put into another class because they were talking too much. He has a favourite band called Dude 3.

I like the book because Tom did funny things. He ate candies. His favourite was a caramel wafer. I liked the song about Delia.

My favourite character was Amy because she was nice and friendly. I didn’t like Delia because she was grumpy.

I recommend this book to boys and girls even to high school age.

5 stars

Reviewed by Zahra from Karori and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 6 years old