Top 10 Children’s fiction in July

Fire up Children’s imaginations over winter with rainy day reading.  Are one of these your favourite?

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

2.   Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

3.   Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald

4.   Conspiracy 365. by Gabrielle Lord

5.   Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

6.   Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh

7.   Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets by Dav Pilkey

8.   Hide and seek things that go by Dawn Sirett

9.   The BFG by Roald Dahl

10. The great city search by Rosie Heywood

Top 10 Fiction for April

The weather is getting colder and wetter, which is perfect for curling up at home (or in the library) with a good book. Here are the most popular for April:

1. Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney (Have you read the latest one –Hard Luck?)

2. Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald (Check out NEW title! It’s not in our libraries yet, but make sure you reserve it!)

3. Where’s Wally? series by Martin Handford

4. Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord

5. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling

6. The BFG by Roald Dahl

7. Breakaway by Jeff Hirsch (book two in the new 39Clues series!)

8. Doctor Proctor’s fart powder series by Jo Nesbo

9. James and the giant peach by Roald Dahl

10. Judy Moody & Stink series by Megan McDonald (another new book in the series! It’s so new that you’ll have to reserve this one too!)


Top 10 of our fiction Top 10 lists

Confused? Don’t be! I’ve just rustled through all our monthly Fiction Top 10 lists for 2013, and have come up with our Top 10 fiction for 2013, based on these monthly lists.

Here’s the final list for our 2013 fiction favourites:

1. Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney (with 2695 issues across the series – a clear winner!)

2. Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald (803 issues across the series – a deserving 2nd place!)

3. Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord (625 issues across the series – bronze medal!)

4. Where’s Wally series by Martin Handford (a puzzle book with 536 issues across the series – obviously you know where to find Wally)

5. Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh (another puzzle book with 263 issues – Arrrgghhh!)

6. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone By J. K. Rowling (the first Harry Potter is still popular with 254 issues)

7. Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy by Dav Pilkey (217 issues – toilet humour is a winner)

8. Judy Moody & Stink by Megan McDonald (with 201 issues this isn’t a stink series)

9. Ruby Redfort By Lauren Child (a mysterious 180 issues this year for this mystery series)
10. Attack of the bandit cats By Geronimo Stilton (150 issues – can I get a GERONIMO!!!)


Top 10 Fiction for October

Here are the most popular children’s fiction for the month of October:

1 Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney

2 Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

3 Where’s Wally? series by Martin Handford

4 Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord

5 Hang on to your whiskers! by Geronimo Stilton

6 Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh

7 Attack of the bandit cats by Geronimo Stilton

8 A hidden enemy by Erin Hunter

9 Nicki the Holiday Camp Fairy by Daisy Meadows

10 Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling


Top 10 fiction for September

Here are your most popular fiction books for September. These would make great school holiday reading!

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

2. Where’s Wally by Martin Handford

3. Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

4. Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord

5. Puzzle Pirates by Susannah Leigh

6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

8. The Great City Search by Rosie Heywood

9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

10. Hide and Seek Things That Go by Dawn Sirett

Epic mysteries are fun!!!

Have you ever been wandering around an old castle or a crumbling mansion? Did you hear the stories of the past told by  its ruins or its demolished walls? Did anything odd happen to you that you felt you were going on an adventure?

If so, here is a bunch of medieval-royal-epic mysteries you might enjoy… !

The water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Ephraim Appledore-Smith is an ordinary boy living an ordinary life. But all that changes when his father suffers a stroke, and his family moves to the Water Castle – their ancestral home in the small town of Crystal Springs, Maine.

Mallory Green’s ancestors have always been the caretakers of the Water Castle – and the guardians of its magic. She’s been raised to protect the legend of the Fountain of Youth, rumored to exist on the grounds. But ever since her mom left, she’s stopped believing in magic.

When Ephraim learns of the fountain, he’s sure finding it can cure his dad. With Mallory and Will’s help, Ephraim embarks on a mission that brings them deep into their families’ shared history, through every mysterious room in the Water Castle, and on a quest that will blur the lines between magic and science, creativity and discovery, leaving you to wonder: DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE UNBELIEVABLE???

8 and +

Story’s end, by Marissa Burt

Long ago, a King ruled the land of Story… During his reign, Heroes, Villains and characters of all kinds lived out tales filled with daring quests and epic struggles.

Then the king disappeared, and over the years, nearly everyone forgot that he had ever existed. Now an evil Enemy has emerged, determined to write a new future for Story that he will control. And an ordinary girl named Una Fairchild is inextricably tangles up in his deadly plan…

9 and +


Thrice upon a Marigold, by Jean Ferris

Once… Twice… Thrice the fun!

There’s always trouble on the way to happily-ever-after in Zandelphia-Beaurivage, but don’t tell King Christian and Queen Marigold. They’ve just welcomed little Princess Poppy to the royal family. Life at the palace seems happier than ever- until the princess is kidnapped by the kingdom’s ex-torturer-in-chief and ex-poisoner-in-chief as an act of revenge!

Rescuing the princess from the bad guys won’t be easy- it might take the king, the queen, the royal guards, a librarian, a blacksmith, a retired wizard, a white elephant, and a fire-breathing dragon! Can this royal kidnapping caper finally end in a happily-ever-after for all?

8 and +



Top 10 fiction for August

The most popular fiction for August! The top three series have been there for a while now – can we knock them down the list a bit for September…?

1.  Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney (series)

2.  Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald (series)

3.  Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord (series)

4.  Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

5.  Attack of the bandit cats by Geronimo Stilton

6.  Four mice deep in the jungle by Geronimo Stilton

7.  Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy by Dav Pilkey

8.  Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh

9.  Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

10.  Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl


Top 10 fiction for July

Here are the most popular fiction books for July. How many have you read?

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

2. Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord

3. Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

4. Where’s Wally series by Martin Handford

5. Judy Moody and Stink series by Megan McDonald

6. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling

7. Puzzle Holiday by Susanah Leigh

8. James and the giant peach by Roald Dahl

9. The enormous crocodile by Roald Dahl

10. Puzzle Pirates by Susanah Leigh


Top 10 Fiction for June

Here are the most popular children’s fiction titles for June:

1. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney (series)

2. Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald (series)

3. Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord (series)

4. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford (puzzle book series)

5. Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

6. Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh

7. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling

8. Judy Moody & Stink by Megan McDonald (series)

9. Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy by Dav Pilkey

10. The mark of Athena by Rick Riordan


Warm winter reads

Here are some snuggly reads for those cold yukky winter days ahead. These have all been suggested by librarians, so ask at your local library if you’re after more reading ideas.

The dark is rising by Susan Cooper

Book 2 in her Dark is rising series. On his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers he is the last of the Old Ones, dedicated to fighting the forces of evil. Will searches for the six magical signs that will be needed for the battle between the Dark and the Light.




Help! I’m a prisoner in the library! By Eth Clifford ; illustrated by George Hughes.

Two sisters -Mary Rose and Jo-Beth, spend an adventurous night trapped inside the public library during a terrible blizzard. First their car runs out of gas in an unfamiliar city and their father goes in search of a gas station. Then Jo-Beth makes Mary Rose go with her to find a bathroom and they stumble across a curious old library. And then, worst of all, they get locked in! But their troubles are just beginning. Is Jo-Beth right about the library being haunted by banshees? Or is there a logical explanation, as Mary Rose claims?


The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

They begin an impossible journey across the frozen prairie in search of provisions, before it’s too late. Based on the real adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, THE LONG WINTER is the seventh book in the award-winning Little House series.




The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.



The storm maker : a hair-raising adventure for all weathers by Alex Williams ; illustrated by David Roberts

Madeline and Rufus Breeze come from a long line of fantabulous fanmakers – they’ve been keeping people cool in style for centuries. And their eccentric inventor father has stubbornly continued the tradition . . . even though their village has been covered in snow for several years. Now the Breeze family is so in debt, local tyrant Bartholomew Tullock is threatening to take their home. Then a smooth-tongued stranger and his blue-haired dog arrive in town with a solution to the Breezes’ problem. Soon determined Madeline and her father are off on a death-defying journey to sell their breathtaking and breeze-making fans to the residents of the one nearby city that is (strangely) still hot. If only they didn’t have to face a mini-cyclone, stolen fans, enemy spies, eclectic elements and desert dunes hotter than an oven to get there . . . And in their absence it’s up to Rufus to keep his mother and their house safe from greedy Tullock and his nightmarish skeletal sidekick, Scratskin.


The Divide Trilogyby Elizabeth Kay.

The Divide, Back to the Divide, and Jinx on the Divide

The Divide is a magical place on a mountain ridge that separates two river systems – the watershed.

Felix visits Costa Rica with his parents. This will probably be their last holiday together as Felix is very sick and does not have long to live. He straddles The Divide, passes out, and wakes up to find himself in another dimension. In this place fabulous creatures are real, and Felix is the mythical being. He is befriended by Betony, a spirited tangle-child, and together they set out to find a cure for his illness, and the way back home.


The Puffin Treasury of Classics

A collection of excepts from some of the best-loved children’s stories ever written, together with many famous poems.





The Eleventh Hour by Graham Base

When Horace the elephant turns eleven, he celebrates in style by inviting his exotic friends to a splendid costume party. But a mystery is afoot, for in the midst of the games, music, and revelry, someone has eaten the birthday feast! Rhyming text and detailed illustrations provide clues to help readers find out who committed the crime. A puzzle/game book you’ll want to keep reading for hours!


Finn’s Quest: The Queenseekers by Eirlys Hunter

Finn gets absorbed in a computer game with amazing graphics, so absorbed that he finds himself actually in the game world, a world of magic, evil, war, and danger, where Finn embarks on a dangerous journey with a girl he meets, Gala. Eirlys Hunter is  a New Zealand Author who lives locally in Wellington City.


The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

The night the Nazis come to take their mother away, three children escape in a terrifying scramble across the rooftops. Alone in the chaos of Warsaw, they have to learn to survive on their own. Then they meet Jan, a ragged boy with a paperknife, the silver sword that they recognize as belonging to their long lost father. The sword becomes their symbol of hope as, with Jan, they begin the hazardous journey across war-torn Europe to find their parents. Based on a true story



Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke (for older children)

Inkheart:  Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Inkspell: Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of INKHEART, the book whose characters became real. But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval world of his past. Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. But the story is threatening to evolve in ways neither of them could ever have imagined

Inkdeath: The fire-eater Dustfinger is dead, having sacrificed his life for his apprentice Farid’s, and now, under the rule of the evil Adderhead, the fairy-tale land is in bloody chaos, its characters far beyond the control of Fenoglio, their author. Even Elinor, left behind in the real world, believes her family to be lost – lost between the covers of a book. Facing the threat of eternal winter, Mo inks a dangerous deal with Death itself. There yet remains a faint hope of changing the cursed story – if only he can fill its pages fast enough.


Castle of adventure Enid Blyton

What is the secret of the old castle on the hill, and why are the locals so afraid of it? When flashing lights are seen in a distant tower, Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, and Jack decide to investigate—and discover a very sinister plot concealed within its hidden rooms and gloomy underground passages.



Sea of adventure by Enid Blyton

When Bill takes Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack on a mysterious trip to the desolate northern isles, everything looks set for an exciting time. But then Bill is kidnapped and the children, marooned far from the mainland, find themselves playing a dangerous game of hide-and-seek with an unknown enemy



Circus of Adventure Enid Blyton

What on earth did Bill have to bring the wimpish Gustavus with them on holiday? Neither Jack nor Kiki the parrot like the boy at all. But when Gustavus is kidnapped, along with Philip, Dinah, and Lucy-Ann, Jack must bravely follow them to a faraway country and unravel a plot to kill the king.