Kids’ Club Review by Siddhi: Ruby riddle

Ruby riddleRuby riddle, by Rosie Banks

Ruby Riddle. written and illustrated By Rosie Banks. (This book is a chapter book)

In this book Summer, Ellie and Jasmine have a terrific adventure because Queen Malice (King Merry’s evil sister) takes over the kingdom and destroy the beautiful, lovely kingdom and puts King Merry in a dungeon OH NO! I felt bad at that moment until the happy moment\part Then… they have to read a riddle in the magic spell book and the riddle says “something’s lost that must be found, search through sea, air and ground… to find the red jewel you must start by looking in the kingdom’s heart”. Straight after they read the riddle Summer paused for a few seconds and said said “the red jewel must be the ruby”

A few hours later they had rescued their best friend Trixi. Straight away then they saw a dark – grey cloud floating to the distant tower. OH NO! It was Queen Malice on her cloud! That made me shiver. Then Trixi gently touched her ring and said “pixie magic use your power and fly to the distant tower”. Then whoosh off they went. Yay I was happy then that happened at least that was good but not every thing else. But I thought that queen Malice would take the ruby first but…Then the girls and Trixi and Queen Malice grabbed the ruby and pulled, but it was stuck! Then they looked into the magic spell book and read the other riddle and that one said “think of something very dear, caring, kindness and some fun.” Then Queen Malice came whooshing off to the girls and snatched the old spell book and read it and said…” something dear? Caring? Sharing?” in a suspicions voice “storm sprites what do these words mean?” “I don’t know your royal highness” they said. This was the funny part!

Then finally the girls said altogether said “FRIENDSHIP!” Since they got it right they had a lovely surprise and it was…a beautiful scent of smell! It smelt like freshly mowed grass and ripe strawberry scent! Also there was a bright bright light than ever seen! When all that was happing Trixi caught the ruby and the girls got the other gems out of each of their pockets and put them all touching in the middle and then there was a crown for King Merry to rule again! Then right behind them they heard a huge yawn they looked behind their self

Oh Wow! It was king merry he was set free with the power of his new crown! Finally the new crown slowly settled on his head! On that same day they all had a huge party but how did the whole secret kingdom know about there was a huge party? Well Trixi spelt out in the sky with fireworks “PARTY” and after 5-10 minutes the fireworks word “PARTY” was not gone it was still clear and neat! Then King Merry said to Queen Malice “ I am going to take all of your magic you evil mean Queen and make you tidy up the whole mess you made in the kingdom”. Then appeared a mini broom and dustpan! “NO YOU WONT MEANIE” she replied. Yay this was my favourite part and the happily ever after ending but you should be patient there are more Secret Kingdom books. Look out

By Siddhi Kalakota

4 stars

Reviewed by Siddhi from Tawa and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Malia: Count me in

Count me inCount me in, by Bernadette Hellard

I thought that netball gems was a good story. It was about a girl called sahar that was starting a netball team and found it hard to fit in. my favorite part was when sahar had her first netball game she was really good and got lots of intersepts . I thought that was very unexpected.

4 stars

Reviewed by Malia from Tawa and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Siddhi: Sapphire spell

Sapphire spellSapphire spell, by Rosie Banks

Secret Kingdom , Sapphire Spell

In this book Summer , Jasmine and Ellie have a terrific Adventure because Queen Malice (King Merry’s evil sister) takes over the Kingdom and destroys the beautiful, lovely kingdom and puts King Merry in a dungeon OH NO! Then… Summer , Jasmine and Ellie have to get to Sapphire Stream and get the Sapphire before Queen Malice gets it! But luckly the girls have the water nymphs on their side!

Later as Jasmine blinked could she see a glint of blue between two rocks she felt , with her fingers it was a tight fit, she pulled and yanked then her heart flipped with delight as the gem popped free she rose back to the surface.

My not favourite part is when… Queen Malice’s trolls decide to destroy Sapphire Stream!

My favourite part is when Jasmine grabs the jewel (gem) and saves the day
I recommend people to read this book because it is so like a made up narrative

By Siddhi Kalakota

4 stars

Reviewed by Siddhi from Tawa and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Holly: Three cups of tea

Three cups of teaThree cups of tea, by Sarah Thomson

I was hooked on this book from the first page. I wasn’t so sure about it at first but it is a very inspiring book, and I recommend age 9+ to read it. It is about how this guy called Greg Mortenson climbs the second highest mountain in the world, and on the way down he takes a wrong turn, and ends up in a town called Korphe, and he sees the way they teach their children, which is outside, and sometimes in the rain and cold wind, and he doesn’t like it, so he decides to build a school for the village’s children.


5 stars

Reviewed by Holly from Khandallah and , 10 years old

Winter is officially here so no excuse needed to grab a blanket and read one of these great new kids fiction books from your library!

Image courtesy of Syndetics

A Boy called Bat by Elana Arnold

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises — some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBig & Little Questions by Julie Bowe

“Fourth grader Wren Jo Byrd questions lots of things–both little and big–when her parents decide to get a divorce, and learns a lot about the true meaning of family, home, and friendship”– Provided by publisher.



Image courtesy of SyndeticsMatylda bright & tender by Holly McGhee

After a trip to the pet store, fourth-graders Sussy and Guy bring home a spotted lizard, and they name her Matylda (with a ‘y’ so it’s all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. Eventually Sussy must discover what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on, for her own sake and Matylda’s.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsNuggets; Dave Pigeon #2 by Swapna Haddow

Dave Pigeon is back and so is his side-kick Skipper. But trouble is afoot. When their Human Lady leaves to go on a ‘holiday’ (whatever that is), Dave and Skipper are horrified to find that their food supply quickly runs dry. With delicious biscuits on their minds, they set off in search of a new owner, but is Reginald Grimster all he seems? Why is he so keen on feeding them? And why does he have so many books about cooking?


Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Enemy by Sara Holbrook

“Set in 1954, this compelling historical novel tells the story of a young girl’s struggles and triumphs in the aftermath of World War II. The war is over, but the threat of communism and the Cold War loom over the United States. In Detroit, Michigan, twelve-year-old Marjorie Campbell struggles with the ups and downs of family life, dealing with her veteran father’s unpredictable outbursts, keeping her mother’s stash of banned library books a secret, and getting along with her new older “brother”, the teenager her family took in after his veteran father’s death. When a new girl from Germany transfers to Marjorie’s class, Marjorie finds herself torn between befriending Inga and pleasing her best friend, Bernadette, by writing in a slam book that spreads rumors about Inga. Marjorie seems to be confronting enemies everywhere–at school, at the library, in her neighborhood, and even in the news. In all this turmoil, Marjorie tries to find her own voice and figure out what is right and who the real enemies actually are.”–


Kids’ Club Review by Avin: 11 birthdays

11 birthdays11 birthdays, by Wendy Mass (1967-)

This is a boring book. Well the topic of the story is interesting but the problem is everything kept repeating all over 10 or 11 times. Amanda’s (the main character in the story) birthday kept repeating until she did something with her best friend who has the same birthday every year……..

1 stars

Reviewed by Avin from Johnsonville and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Hana: Wave me goodbye

Wave me goodbye, by Jacqueline Wilson

It was a awesome book I just finished it this morning. and it was heart warming. so this girl is a evacuee from London and she is told she can only bring one book but she bought all of her books meaning she had only 2 pairs of clothes! she meets a st Agatha’s girls on the train and she becomes best friends with Jessica! but then….. you have to read the book to find out! but if you are looking for a action packed book this is not really what you are looking for but the end sure is action packed! and quite sad to!

4 stars

Reviewed by Hana from Brooklyn and , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Holly: Sorry about me

Sorry about meSorry about me, by Laura Dockrill

I really like this series now, Darcy is very imaginative and creative, and I love the mix of drama and the way that she sees the world, which is noticing all the little quirky, weird, and mostly funny things about people and the way people live and do things.I can’t wait to read her next book!


4 stars

Reviewed by Holly from Khandallah and , 10 years old