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Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem

Conor O’Neill faces his cowardice and visits the underworld to bargain with the Lady who can prevent the imminent death of a family member, but first Ashling, the banshee who brought the news, wants to visit his middle school.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Hypnotists by Gordon Korman

Twelve-year-old Jackson Opus is descended from two powerful hypnotist bloodlines, but he has just begun to realize that he can control other peoples’ actions with sometimes frightening results–especially when the head of the Sentia Institute plans to use Jackson for his own benefit.

 

 

The Mysterious Misadventures of  Clemency Wrigglesworth by Julia Lee

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Clemency is utterly penniless and entirely alone, until she’s taken in by the marvellous Marvels – a madcap family compleately unlike her own. But it’s a surprise to them all when she’s mysteriously bundled from the house by the frightening Miss Clawe.
Concerned about her fate, the Marvels set out to find her. Enlisting the help of some not-quite-genuine Red Indians, it’s a calamitous race across the country. But Clemency’s misadventures are more dire than her rescuers suspect… will they reach her in time? – (taken from www.Goodreads.com)

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsKurt Gets Truckloads by Erlend Loe

“Kurt is a truck driver. He’s been a truck driver for many years. Almost ever since he was a boy. He’s always been a very kind man, until… One day Kurt rescues a man who sleepwalks off the pier, and he gets rewarded with a diamond as big as a football. But what use is a diamond? Kurt sells it and gets 50 million dollars. With all that money, it is perhaps not surprising that Kurt turns nasty”–Publisher information.

 

Stay Well Soon by Penny Tangey

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When Stevie’s brother is taken to hospital, her dreams seem further away than ever. Stevie’s after school world is filled with hospital visits and there’s even less money for anything, especially her dream of a pony. With her mum spending more time with her brother, Stevie’s has to learn to figure out the hard things in life by herself.
Stay Well Soon is a charming novel filled with a mix of hope, humour and sadness that children remember long after the last page is turned. Best of all, it reminds you about the value of friendship as well as focussing on and enjoying the special moments in life. (taken from www.Goodreads.com)
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Holiday of a Lifetime by Megan de Kantzow

“If you ever get stuck on the holiday of a lifetime with your family, read this. And good luck. You’ll need it. Is a lucky seahorse charm strong enough to protect Anna’s family from potential disaster as they travel around Europe? Just in case, Anna’s going to keep her backpack and survival manual close at hand, because sometimes luck has nothing to do with it”–Back cover.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Anika: Divergent

DivergentDivergent, by Veronica Roth (Editor’s Note: This is a teen book)

This is currently my favourite book. Tris is a brave and admirable heroine who chooses to find her own path in a futuristic world. There are 5 factions, or areas; Abnegation, Amity, Erudite, Dauntless and Candor. The policy is “Faction, not blood.” At the age of 16, everyone gets to choose what faction they will live in, even if it means leaving their family behind in their birth faction. Before they choose, there is a test that tells them what there best choice is. Tris’s results are inconclusive, making her a divergent, which is a very dangerous score. Tris can confide with no-one. When the choosing ceremony comes, Tris sets out to make her own way in Dauntless, leaving her old live in Abnegation behind. Life in Dauntless is hard and there is every chance that Tris will become factionless at any second.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anika from Tawa, 11 years old