Kids’ Club Review by Delta: Unicorn Riders – Quinn’s Riddles

Unicorn Riders – Quinn’s Riddles, by Aleesah Darlison

The best bit in this book was when the Unicorn Riders got Ula back. Ula is a unicorn owned by Quinn the main character. Something I learnt from this book was to never give up because you should always keep trying. I would recommend this book to my friends because it is very girly and my friends like unicorns. This book is similar to The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale because they both have girl heroes on horses. I give this book three stars out of five.

3 stars

Reviewed by Delta from Tawa, 7 years old

4 New Non Fiction to read throughout winter!

Hi Kids! Check four latest new non fiction added to the children’s collections. Read all about dragon and other fascinating creatures, ways you can create minecraft projects with household items, how a writer overcame difficulty and challenges to becoming a successful author of a timeless children’s classic and how girls can become more confident! Great books to read during the winter season!

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsUnofficial Minecraft STEM lab for kids : family-friendly projects for exploring concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math.

“In Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids, you’ll find a collection of creative projects that make learning science, technology, engineering, and math exciting and fun for the whole family. Start with a Minecraft lesson that gets beginners up to speed on terminology and gameplay. Then venture off on six action-packed Quests, each with four unique Labs that pair a hands-on activity with an in-game project. Look to the sky, dig beneath the ground, explore cycles in science, and engineer solutions to design challenges! Learn to document your Lab activities with sketchnoting, and how to screencast and narrate videos to share with family, friends, and other Minecrafters. Enjoy Minecraft together–and harness its powerful potential for learning–with Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids”– Provided by publisher.

Overall, the coolest book to date, that encompasses all the elements of STEM concepts that will help kids get the necessary skills to go far in the future, while having fun at the same time with elements of Minecraft.

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Eric Carles dragons dragons & other creatures that never were.

An illustrated collection of poems about dragons and other fantastic creatures by a variety of authors, combined with Carle’s artistic illustrations that beautifully capture the descriptions embedded within the poems.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsBecoming Madeleine.

Read all about the life of Madeleine L’Engle, famous writer and author of timeless classic, A Wrinkle in Time from her  lonely childhood, financial insecurity, and countless rejections of her writing–and eventual triumph. A inspirational book to read and ideal for fans of L’Engle’s writing or anyone want to become a writer.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe confidence code for girls : taking risks, messing up, & becoming your amazingly imperfect, totally powerful self.

“Girls can rule the world– all they need is confidence. This empowering, entertaining guide from the bestselling authors of The Confidence Code gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless. It’s a paradox familiar to parents everywhere: girls are achieving like never before, yet they’re consumed with doubt on the inside. Girls worry constantly about how they look, what people think, whether to try out for a sports team or school play, why they aren’t getting “perfect” grades, and how many likes and followers they have online. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman use cutting-edge science and research, as well as proven methods of behavioral change, to reach girls just when they need it the most– the tween and teen years. Packed with graphic novel strips; appealing illustrations; fun lists, quizzes, and challenges; and true stories from tons of real girls, The Confidence Code for Girls teaches girls to embrace risk, deal with failure, and be their most authentic selves”–Amazon.com.

New kids chapter books for you to try!

Here’s 5 great new kids fiction books from your Library to help get you through these chilly winter days!!!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBad Mermaids by Sibeal Pounder

Mermaids Beattie, Mimi and Zelda are enjoying a summer on land with legs when they receive a strange CRABAGRAM ordering them to return home at once. Some seriously BAD MERMAIDS are on the loose and the girls are the only ones who can stop them. If they’re going to save the day, they’ll need answers. And a clam car. Definitely piranha-print nail polish. Possibly not the talking seahorse. CAN THEY DO IT? Filled with magical mysteries, fabulous fashion, and a serious piranha problem, Bad Mermaids brings a whole new twist to the underwater world of mermaids. Ages 9+

 

Below Zero by Dan SmithImage courtesy of Syndetics

When Zak’s plane crash-lands on Outpost Zero, a small Antarctic research base in one of the most isolated places on Earth, he discovers a cold, dark nightmare. The power’s out and the people who live there have disappeared. Worse, as he searches for answers, bizarre visions suggest a link to something else – deep beneath the ice – which only he can understand.

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBattlefront by Michael Adams

One hero lost in a raging tsunami. One sign pointing to a deadly battle. One day left until the end of… everything. (taken from back book cover)

 

 

 

 

Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria ParrImage courtesy of Syndetics

“Astrid Glimmerdal loves to spend her days racing down the mountainside on her sledge and skis – the faster the better! She just wishes there were other children to share in her adventures. Instead, she has to put up with a grumpy 74 year old for a best friend (although secretly, she knows she wouldn’t have it any other way). Astrid’s world is about to be turned upside down, however, first by the arrival of a strange family, and then a mystery woman. Her best friend, Gunnvald, has been keeping a secret from her – one that will test their friendship to its limits. Everything is changing in Astrid’s world and she’s not happy about it. Luckily, she has a plan…A feisty and irrepressible heroine, Astrid is sure to charm readers in this modern classic in the making.” –Publisher description.

 

 

Get Ready to Run; Chase #1  by Linwood BarclayImage courtesy of Syndetics

Chipper is a very special dog. As part of a top-secret, multi-million dollar experiment to create the ultimate canine spy technology, Chipper’s whole life has been spent within the walls of a secret organization known only as The Institute. Chipper is supposed to be more machine than mutt, but something’s wrong and The Institute knows it. He’s about to be terminated. Across the state, twelve-year-old orphan Jeff Conway is working all hours at his aunt Flo’s lakeside cabin business. He misses his parents, his old life, and the dog he had to leave behind. When Chipper escapes and Jeff finds himself part of the chase, The Institute’s most ruthless agent is hot on their tail, and he wants Chipper dead … at any cost.

 

6 New Non Fiction about three extraordinary women and how to live a happy life!

Hey kids! Check out the latest new non fiction just in time for the school holidays. Featured in this are three books that will keep you happy and healthy. Also featured are 3 biographies about famous women who went from being ordinary girls to entering professions that would change their lives and the course of history forever.

Enjoy!

 

image courtesy of synedtics50 ways to feel happy.

A cheerful, fun, inspiring, and varied collection of projects for creative, happy and thinking individuals. Includes a mixture of step-by-step projects and shorter activity ideas, each of which relates to one of Action for Happiness’s 10 key evidence-based ways to increase happiness and wellbeing.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsResting and sleeping.

A delightful book that will inform and encourage children to adopt good resting and sleeping habits. Also covers topics of fitness and fun. Great for ages 5+.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsYoga friends : a pose-by-pose partner adventure for kids.

A fantastic health book that introduces children to the delights and benefits of partner yoga. Perfect for teaming up with a friend, sibling, parent, or caregiver, each easy practice shows how cooperation helps us to imagine, move, and have fun in a whole new way. A great indoor activity that can entertain kids. Highly recommended!

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsElla Fitzgerald.

Read all about Ella Fitzgerald’s life story  from her life as a child to becoming the first lady of song! Another inspiring read from the “Little People, Big Dreams” series.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsOrdinary, extraordinary Jane Austen : the story of six novels, three notebooks, a writing box, and one clever girl.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of our greatest writers. But before that, she was just an ordinary girl. Combined with beautiful illustrations, this book provides an account of the life of writer, Jane Austen, from when she was just an ordinary girl to becoming one of the greatest female novelists of all time whose classic works entertain countless generations today.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMarie Curie.

Celebrated author and artist, Demi beautifully portrays the story of Marie Curie, the revolutionary scientist and Nobel Prize winner.

9 New Non Fiction just in time for winter.

Hey Kids!

Winter is around the corner and Wellington City Libraries is boiling hot… with some new and fantastic junior non fiction busting from the shelves! Books featured in this post are bestselling books that will blow your mind, get you thinking, unleash your creativity and hopefully change your life for the better! As always, our junior non fiction books always aim to keep you informed and entertain you all at once.

Enjoy!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHarry Potter: A Journey through a history of magic.

Read this book and go an an icredible journey exploring the hisorty of the magic at the heart of the Harry Potter series, as well as explore a collection of magical artifacts featured in the Britisth Library.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsAmazing Brick Mosaics : Fantastic Projects to Build with Lego Blocks You Already Have.

Arts, crafts and Lego Bricks comes alive with this amazing book that contains fantastic mosaic projects to build and create with Lego blocks you already have. Highly recommended and a librarian’s choice all the way!

 

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Good night stories for rebel girls. 2.

The sequel to the sensational New York Times bestseller, Good Night Stories for Revel Girls is an entirely new collection of extraordinary women ranging from Queens, activists, ballerinas, lawyers, inventors, and so much more!

 

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How to think like a coder without trying.

Want to get into coding but don’t know where to start? This is the book for you! Full of puzzles and exercises that will help you think logically, as well as allow you to put into practice coding skills into everyday situations and opportunities.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsVietnamese childrens favorite stories.

The tales chosen for this book share the Vietnamese five great virtues: Nhan (Compassion), Le (Rituals), Nghia (Righteousness), Tri (Wisdom), and Tin (Trust). The author notes that her parents used traditional stories to teach children values and morals. Now the author, who is a story teller, uses the same tales to help Vietnamese children learn their traditional culture and values.

 

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50 things you should know about the Vietnam war.

“Between the late 1950s and the early 1970s, the United States was drawn into the longest war in its history. Find out how this major conflict developed, learn about the main battles, and meet the key figures on both sides”–Back cover.

 

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My first Orchestra Book.

Tormod the Troll loves music, but is tired of listening to the same thing repeatedly. He goes in search of more music and meets an orchestra.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsApes to Zebras: An A- Z of Shape Poems.

Shapes, animals, poetry and the alphabet are rolled into one with this gorgeous collection of animal poems! Featuring a full alphabet of animals, birds, and insects, with the odd extinct or imaginary creature thrown in, these beautiful shape poems are a perfect way to introduce children to poetry. Some funny, some serious, there is something here for everyone.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsJourneys : young readers’ letters to authors who changed their lives.

Read letters written by young people to authors about how books and poetry have shaped and changed their lives for the better.

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: Once upon a crime

Once upon a crimeOnce upon a crime, by Michael Buckley (1969-)

For the first time since their parents were kidnapped, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm return to their hometown of New York City, to find the trickster King ,(Puck’s), family. But, the fairy-tale detectives get more than they bargained for in the Big Apple: wand-wielding fairy godfathers, swashbuckling Wall-Street pirates, subway-stealing dwarfs, and, worst of all, in the midst of all these urban everafters, a murderer.

4 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Nora: Lost puppy

Lost puppyLost puppy, by Clara Vulliamy

I sooo love awesome adventures and this series of books was one of them. They the Dotti Detective was solving an cool case of a missing puppy. I enjoyed reading it, it was an adventurous book!

5 stars

Reviewed by Nora from Tawa, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Isabelle: Roller girl

Roller girlRoller girl, by Victoria Jamieson

it is the most awesome book, like, EVER I absolutly loved it it was so cool to look at astrid’s roller derby team with their hair all died and their cool nick-names for each other and if you are thinking of reading it then you should know that it isn’t just about roller derbying it is about drama and friendships my favourite bit is where astrid dyes her heir and her mum totally freaks out. after I read it I really wanted to do roller derby for a whole YEAR thats how ultra awesome it was. I whould recommend it for ages 7 plus so if you see it you should try it .

5 stars

Reviewed by Isabelle from Karori and , 10 years old