Kids’ Club Review by Eden: St Grizzle’s School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys

St Grizzle‘s School for Girls, Goats and Random Boys, by Karen McCombie

I think this book is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. When I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. I have read it more than five times and I want to read it again. I wish I belonged to St Grizzles!

5 stars

Reviewed by Eden from Tawa and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Eden: El Deafo

El Deafo, by Cece Bell

I totally adore this book. I have read it over 10 times and I am still wanting to read it. I love it because it shows that even if you are different it doesn’t mean that you can’t do as much as others. Sometimes it even means that you can do things that others can’t. I love how Cece pretends that she is a superhero and she has super hearing which makes her invincible. It has some funny parts and some sad parts but everything is solved in the end. With the Phonic Ear (a machine that helps her hear) by her side nothing can stop her. Go Cece Bell!

5 stars

Reviewed by Eden from Tawa and , 8 years old

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

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

This 800 page book is very catchy and I suggest you read it. In fact, I suggest you read the whole series. The Order of the Phoenix is very interesting, entertaining and incredibly enjoyable. One of my favourite parts is the battle at the Ministry of Magic, which is at the end (page 706 to 754). The only disappointment is that some parts are tediously annoying, for example I find Chapter 30 (Grawp) a bit dull but it’s still worth reading.

5 stars

Reviewed by Esme from Central City and , 8 years old

Wild About Reading! Summer Reading Challenge

Yes it’s nearly time to Slip, Slop, Slap and read, relax and rummage through some fantabulous books! Summer Reading Challenge is just around the corner and have we got some great reads lined up for you this Summer!!!

So for those of you new to this and a reminder to the rest of us who feel like last summer was ages and ages ago, here’s what it’s all about…

Down at Wellington City Libraries we have chosen some of our favourite books, and hopefully some of yours, to see how many of them you can get through between the 1st of December to the 31st of January 2018. There are 60+ books on our list so plenty of variety. The idea is to read a book from the list then go to the Kid’s Page on our website, click on the Kids Club and start writing reviews. Even better you get prizes as well! Also each review puts you in the draw for an amazing book bag full of exciting books and things. Don’t belong to the Kids Club yet? It’s easy to join online check out the Kids Page to find out how.

So here’s a little preview of what’s in store for you this summer!

Ever thought of having a raven as a pet? Well that’s what happened to Arabel when her Dad (a London Taxi driver) finds a raven in the middle of the road one night and brings it. From there the crazy wild adventures begin, who knew a raven could reek so much havoc. Read about Arabel and Mortimer ‘s hilarious antics in one of the 4 books in the Arabel and Mortimer series with fantastic illustrations by Quentin Blake.

 

The Doomspell by Cliff McNish is an amazing fantasy trilogy which are a must for all Harry Potter and Northern Lights fans! “Rachel has been having disturbing dreams that start to feel too real. Then one day, she and her brother are ripped through a wall in her house and transported to a dangerous world ruled by a manipulative witch and her ancient underlings.” – Publisher

 

 

Moa by James Davidson. I don’t know about you, but I love reading comics and summer for me is the perfect time to hang out in a hammock with a great big stack of them! Moa is a laugh out loud series and the perfect thing for those hot summer days. “Ride along with Kiwi and Possum on their side-splitting adventures battling mythical creatures and dangerous hunters in colonial New Zealand! This treasury collection contains all five issues of James Davidson’s acclaimed comic series Moa, sure to delight readers of all ages.” – Publisher.

That was just a sneak peak of what’s in store for you over the holiday season and guess what there are another 57+ books to choose from! So keep an eye out at your local library and on our website for the Wild About Reading: Summer Reading Challenge booklet.

What: Wild About Reading: Summer Reading Challenge booklet

When: Available at your local Library from 18th November 2017

Kids’ Club Review by Tara: The brightest night

The brightest nightThe brightest night, by Tui Sutherland (1978-)

Wings of fire, book 5, The brightest night, A book report From Tui.T. Southerland re written in book report form by Tara.J. Williams, 8 years old.

Introduction
This book is about a sandwing. Sandwings are dragons that have scales the colour of the dessert sand so that they can lie down and camouflage into the hot dessert sand. Their scales give warmth to those near them. They can survive a long time without water. Also at the top of their tail there is a poisonous barb and if it stings any dragon, sandwing or not, the venom still gets inside them. If they are not taken to a healer in 24 or less hours they will be …DEAD! The only cure is to get the juice from some cacti in the sandwing territory without getting caught otherwise they will KILL you! Once you have gotten the juice you smear it over the sting/scratch. The sandwings name is Sunny and she ventures to find the eye of onyx to stop the tribal war.

Characters
The main characters are Sunny, her three kidnappers which I will not be mentioning in this book report, Thorn/leader of the scorpion den/Sunny ‘s mom, Queen burn, (Clay, Starflight, Glory and Tsunami who are her four closest friends in the world because they are all in the dragonet prophecy together) and Flower who is a scavenger/human.

Premise and plot
Queen burns sisters are Queen blister and Queen blaze. They are the reason the War started in the first place because none of them challenged their mother, Queen oasis before she got killed by scavengers and according to the laws if none of them had challenged her for the throne before she had died then none of them could be Queen. So now the sandwings do not have a Queen. The Tribe is split into three quarters for who wants who to be…QUEEN! Also, whoever wears the eye of onyx, because it is a necklace becomes Queen_______ of the sandwings but It was lost during the start of the war. That is why Sunny is trying to find the eye of onyx to stop the war.

Middle
In the middle Sunny escapes from her kidnapers and takes the obsidian mirror. The obsidian mirror is a mirror that allows you to see any dragon you like and you also get to see what they are doing. The mirror was animus touched. An animus dragon is a dragon with special powers That can do anything, absolutely anything apart from making a dragon who is not an animus an animus and bringing the dead back to life. But when they use their powers they lose bits of their souls bit by bit until they go so crazy that that they massacred their whole family and anyone who tries to stop them.

Ending
In the end Sunny and her four best friends found the …EYE OF ONYX with the help of flower and gave it to Thorn/Sunny ‘s mum but Thorn is now called Queen Thorn of the sandwings.

Why I loved it
I loved it because it was exciting a little scary but mostly exciting which is why I would recommend this book for ages seven and up. P.S if you do not agree with me read it when you’re under the age of seven but you may find it a little scary.

5 stars

Reviewed by Tara from Karori and , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Pranaya: The secret message

The secret message, by Sally Rippin

I think this book is very interesting because i think Sally Rippin has put a lot of detail in it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Pranaya from Central City and , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Mananya: Harry Potter and the goblet of fire

Harry Potter and the goblet of fire, by J. K Rowling

This book really hooked me in.There were loads of hidden secrets in it and I read the story I came to know more about this book. I can tell that J.K Rowling has described this book. I got so carried away I had to write my speech about it.From the starting to the end the book was wonderful.I really liked the story outline.

5 stars

Reviewed by Mananya from Central City and , 9 years old