Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl

This book was a mixture of sadness, excitingness and happiness. James Henry Trotter lives with two horrible people. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks horribly awful (not to be rude) and Aunt Spiker is bony and thin as a stick. Every single day, James has to do all of the chores without stopping. How horrible is that! Then one day something magical happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and grow! Everybody looks at the amazing sight. Quickly, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker called in carpenters and had them build a strong fence around the peach to save it from the crowd. They made a bunch of tickets and started charging everyone for coming in. That night, Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker locked the door so James couldn’t come in. He sees a hole in the peach and starts climbing in… he meets all sorts of creatures. What are their names? Read the book to find out! I thought this was an amazing book and you should too!

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Johnsonville, 7 years old

More new kids fiction has arrived, be sure take a look at this awesome selection!

How exciting, kids! Here are some new kids fiction books that you can grab from your local library. Whether you like Coding, music, horses or a bit of a mystery, there’s bound to be something here that’s for you.

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsA Star in the Stables by Michelle Bates (Sandy Lane Stables series)

Jess is thrilled to discover that a film is being shot just down the road from Sandy Lane. She can’t wait to meet the lead actor, Bella Ford, who’s coming to the stables to learn to ride side-saddle for the film. But when Bella arrives and sets her sights on Jess’s pony, Skylark, suddenly Jess has to face a very difficult decision.

 

 

Spotlight on Coding Club! -Girls who Code; bk 4 by Michelle SchustermanImage courtesy of Syndetics

The girls in the coding club are preparing their voting app for the school talent show, but when they discover Erin is secretly suffering from anxiety they band together to find her help.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsLucky Button by Michael Morpurgo

A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.

 

 

 

The Inventors at No. 8 by A.M MorganImage courtesy of Syndetics

Twelve-year-olds George, the very unlucky third Lord of Devonshire, and his neighbor, scientist Ada Byron, join forces against a nefarious group of criminals who steal the map to a priceless family heirloom.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Mona Lisa Key– bk 1;Time Castaways by Liesl Shurtliff

Mateo, Ruby, and Corey Hudson’s parents don’t have too many rules. It’s the usual stuff: Be good. Do your homework. And never ride the subway without an adult, EVER. But when the siblings wake up late for school, they have no choice but to break a rule. The Hudson siblings board the subway in Manhattan and end up on a frigate ship in Paris…in the year 1911. As time does tell, the Hudson family has a lot of secrets. The past, present, and future are intertwined—and a time-traveling ship called the Vermillion is at the center. Racing to untangle the truth, the kids find themselves in the middle of one of the greatest art heists of all time. And the adventure is just getting started.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Luis: Hey Jack The new friend

Hey Jack: The new friend, by Sally Rippin

Jack found a dog because the dog was lost. They had to keep the dog because they checked all of their neighbors and checked who owns it. The puppy only stayed for two nights. He was using towels to sleep on. On the last night Jack was sleeping on the puppies bed. Jack went to the puppies bed because he heard a barking noise he knew it was the puppy.And then they found the owner of the dog, it was Alf. He showed Jack and his Dad the other puppies inside a door and he had five puppies. One big puppy and one grey puppy and all of the other puppies were brown. I like this book because he has a new friend. If you don’t know what it is I will give you a clue it is cute and it chases cats if you don’t know what it is, it is a dog. I also like the book because i like cute puppies.

5 stars

Reviewed by Luis from Tawa, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Eden: And All That Jazz

And All That Jazz, by Samantha-Ellen Bound

I chose to get this book out because I do Jazz and I agree with the back of the book. Jazz is the best style of dance. it is easy and quick to learn. Anyway this story is about 4 friends, One dance school and a whole lot of drama. There is a new girl in her jazz class that is planning to only do Jazz at Silver Shoes, unlike Ellie who does Tap, ballet, lyrical, ballroom and of course, jazz! As a 10 year old she has problems. Jasmine, is in her class and she seems very annoying and a stickler for the rules…but of course she can handle it because she is the 10 year old Ellie who does tap, ballet, lyrical, ballroom and jazz at the best dancing school ever, Silver Shoes!

4 stars

Reviewed by Eden from Tawa, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Shreya: Ella and Olivia Best Friend Showdown

Ella and Olivia Best Friend Showdown, by Yvette Poshoglian

I gave this book 4 stars because it shows that everyone should not fight oven things with there friends and be nice to them,like how Ella and Zoe were fighting that they will get the golden star award but at last somebody else won the golden star award but still Ella and Zoe won the sliver star award,this book also shows that even sister and brothers are helpful to there big sister/brother like how Olivia helped Ella give away the chocolate bars when she was at netball.

4 stars

Reviewed by Shreya from Central City, 9 years old

Some great new kids fiction for Term 2!

Term 2 is well under way, so take some time to sit back, relax and enjoy some of these fantastic new kids fiction books available through your local library!

 

 

Stanley will probably be fine by Sally J Pla

After fainting during a school assembly, Stanley uses his time in a safe room to begin drawing a comic book superhero and then enters a treasure hunt so that he can win passes to Comic Fest.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsStonebird  By Mike Revell

When ten-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his dementia-suffering grandma, he’s thrown into an unfamiliar place, with a family that seems to be falling apart. Liam doesn’t remember what his grandma was like before she became ill. He only knows the witch-like old woman who snaps and snarls and eats her birthday cards. He wants to fix it, but he can’t. Walking his dog one day, Liam discovers an old stone gargoyle in a rundown church, and his life changes in impossible ways. The gargoyle is alive. It moves unseen in the night, acting out Liam’s stories. And stories can be dangerous things…Seeking revenge against the bullies at his new school, Liam tells a story about the gargoyle attacking them. When one of them ends up in hospital, a regretful Liam vows never to go near the gargoyle again. But his grandma’s illness is getting worse, his mum isn’t coping, and his sister is skipping school…What if the gargoyle is the only thing that can save Liam’s family?

 

 

The wishmakers by Tyler Whitesides

Ace unwittingly releases a genie from a peanut butter jar and gets unlimited wishes that he must learn to use with their consequences before all the world’s cats and dogs turn into zombies who will eat mankind.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe short but brilliant career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker

“Lucas Weed hasn’t really made any friends at his new school, so when the ‘cool kids’ suggest he carry out a prank in class, Lucas thinks it might be his path to being accepted. And when the pranks keep getting more and more outrageous – and with videos uploaded to YouTube – Lucas Weed’s popularity soars! But after an embarrassing stunt that doesn’t quite go according to plan – in front of a very important person – Lucas decides it’s time to call it a day. But how?”–Publisher information.

 

 

Nothings fair in fifth grade by Barthe De Clements

A fifth grade class, repelled by the overweight new student who has serious home problems, finally learns to accept her.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsCave bear mountain by Jo Sandhu

At Cave Bear Mountain, Tarin is given tragic news about his Clan, and wants to return to them immediately. But Kaija and Luuka have discovered an astonishing truth about their mother. It seems the friends will be divided. But when the wolf cubs are kidnapped to fight in the Bear Festival. Only together will they have a chance of saving them.

 

 

Star friends: Secret spell by Linda Chapman

“Do you believe in magic? Maia and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds. Lottie and her star animal, a squirrel called Juniper, must use their special powers to stop the forces of dark magic. Someone in the village is using dark magic and the Star Friends need to work together to figure it out who it is. But things keep going wrong! Sita is convinced a Shade is following her, Lottie is sure she’s going to fail her piano exam and Ionie thinks the others don’t want to be her friends. Only Maia seems her usual self. She needs to find out what is happening and how to stop it! Perfect for fans of My Secret Unicorn and The Rescue Princesses, and for Rainbow Magic readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.” –Publisher description.

 

Wings of fire; a winglets collection by Tui T Sutherland

“In Pyrrhia, every dragon has a story … Before the dragonets, beyond the war of the SandWing queens — the dragons of Pyrrhia each have their own story to tell. Like Fierceteeth, stuck in a SandWing prison, obsessed and full of thwarted ambition. Deathbringer, at the very beginning of his journey, desperate to prove himself. And Six-Claws, a loyal SandWing who will soon find out that loyalty comes with a price. Fly further into the dangerous territories of Pyrrhia than ever before to learn the secrets behind Wings of fire”.

Kids’ Club Review by Kohaya: Charlotte’s web

Charlotte's webCharlotte’s web, by E. B. White (1899-1985,)

This is a good book . I is about a girl called Fern who saves a pig called Wilbur. Her Dad wants to kill him because he is the runt of the litter. Fern saves him but he is soon sent to live on a farm were he befriends a beautiful large grey spider called Charlotte. They become best friends but then Wilbur is faced with the fate of plump pigs . . .
. . . Will he be eaten? Charlotte must save Wilbur before its too late.

3 stars

Reviewed by Kohaya from Brooklyn, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Gabriella: Especially Amelia

Especially AmeliaEspecially Amelia, by Candy Harper

I LOOOVED this book it is amazing!
The Stawberry sisters series was recommended to me from a friend, and it is EPIC!
Thanks so much! (Note: There are three books in the series, Perfectly Ella, Especially Amelia and completely Chloe. The author is Candy Harper)

Anyway, I liked Especially Amelia because it was funny and interesting and really hooked me in!
Amelia is my favourite Strawberry Sister because she’s funny and witty , and Ella is a bit too quiet and Lucy is just 7 but she treats her friends badly and Chloe is a little disgusting!

Here is a quick ‘spoiler’
So Amelia is the oldest Strawberry sister who is in year 9 and her Best Friend Lauren has this disease that makes her tired all the time but Lauren is telling lies to Amelia!
There are lots of problems but it all works out in the end! She is in a big family of her mother, her three sisters (Ella, age 11, Chloe, age 12. and Lucy, age 7.) and herself! (age 14)

I have read Perfectly Ella and Especially Amelia and am going to read Completely Chloe. I would recommend these books to any girl aged 8-12 who likes fun books about families with happy endings.

So read it today, Candy Harper (the author) rocks!

5 stars

Reviewed by Gabriella from Johnsonville and , 10 years old