Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Race to the end of the world

Race to the end of the worldRace to the end of the world, A.L. Tait

When Quinn gets selected to be a trainee mapmaker, his worst nightmare comes true. Suddenly he is sailing the world looking for evidence that the earth is round. Will he and his crew be able to do it? I really enjoyed this book because it was an adventure. I recommend it to children 9+.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Millie: Northern lights

Northern lightsNorthern lights, Philip Pullman

Amazing! This book is about a girl named Lyra who when spying on her uncle, Lord Asriel she finds out about Dust, North Pole and the Aurora she wants to leave Jordan Collage to go with her uncle to the North Pole. Her uncle says she can’t go but when a woman with a golden monkey says she is going to the North Pole and she would like to take Lyra with her. Lyra’s life changes for ever. I would recommend this book to 10-14 year olds.

5 stars

Reviewed by Millie from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Millie: Nevermoor : the trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor : the trials of Morrigan CrowNevermoor : the trials of Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend

This book was amazing. I literally couldn’t put down the book! It has heaps of plots twists that will keep you up at night. Magical chandeliers to dangerous trails this book has everything. All the characters are so well described you feel like you have know them for your entire life. The main character, Morrigan Crow was born on an unlucky day and is blamed for every unfortunate event that happens to the locals. On top of that she is going to die on the night of her eleventh birthday on Eventide. But a strange man named Jupiter North saves her and takes her to an unusual place called Nevermoor. I think this book would be enjoyed by both boys and girls and would mainly be read by 9-12 year olds.

5 stars

Reviewed by Millie from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jess: Harry Potter and the half-blood prince

Harry Potter and the half-blood princeHarry Potter and the half-blood prince, J.K. Rowling

This book is about Harry Potter finding an interesting potions book that gives instructions on better ways to make potions. My favourite part of the book is when there is a big fight between the death eaters and the good wizards from Hogwarts. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an adventure but doesn’t get too scared!

5 stars

Reviewed by Jess from Miramar and Seatoun School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jess: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling

This book is about Harry Potter going on adventures with his friends Ron and Hermione. My favourite part of the book was when there was a big battle at the Ministry of Magic. I was surprised when a main character was murdered. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about a good adventure.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jess from Miramar and Amesbury School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly : His dark materials : Northern lights ; The subtle knife ; The amber spyglass

His dark materials : Northern lights ; The subtle knife ; The amber spyglassHis dark materials : Northern lights ; The subtle knife ; The amber spyglass, Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials is a trilogy. It starts in Oxford in a different dimensions. Lyra and her animal daemon (like a second soul) have to take part in a dangerous mission and escaping from her evil mother. I loved this book because it was exciting and engaging. I particularly enjoyed the fact it was a trilogy so I could keep reading and reading. Children 11+ would also enjoy this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The wishing spell

The wishing spellThe wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

Alex and Conner are twins who get a really old fairy-tale book. One day Alex falls into the book and Conner falls in trying to save her. Will they come back alive? I enjoyed this book because it was funny and it is full of adventure. I think children 9+ would enjoy this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Millie: The dragon defenders : a Dragon Brothers book

The dragon defenders : a Dragon Brothers bookThe dragon defenders : a Dragon Brothers book, by James Russell ; animations by Yongtao Zhang

I really liked this book as it is written by a New Zealand author and all the characters were described amazingly. The AR animations made the book feel alive and also when you could see the characters in person you felt more connected to them. This book is about two boys who need to stop the Pitbull [ the bad guy ] from killing a dragon and stealing a dragon egg from their island. I would recommend this book to 8-11 year olds.

3 stars

Reviewed by Millie from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Millie: The wishing spell

The wishing spellThe wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

This is an awesome book about fairy tales made into a chapter book. I stayed up way past my bedtime reading this! In this story Alex and Conner Bailey get an old book from their grandmother. A few days later they get sucked through the book into a mysterious world. To get back they must find fairy tale items such as the glass slipper. I loved how this book made you make connection back to when you read fairy tales. I would recommend this book to 9-13 year olds.

5 stars

Reviewed by Millie from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old