Kids’ Club Review by Luke: The Lotterys plus one

The Lotterys plus oneThe Lotterys plus one, by Emma Donoghue (1969-)

Sumac lives in an odd house. She lives with four parents, a rat, a dog, and a parrot. Things are going well for her until her unpleasant grandfather comes to live with her and she has to give up her bedroom. Can she help her grandfather find a home where he actually belongs? This is a good book to read with a solid plot. It would make a great movie. Children 8+ would also enjoy it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Grandad’s guitar

Grandad's guitarGrandad’s guitar, by Janine McVeagh (1946-)

Kahu receives his granddad’s guitar for his birthday but he is not happy as he wanted to get a brand new one. His Nana, however, tells him about its history. The book is about all the guitar’s adventures. I liked this book as it was lovely. Sometimes second hand things mean so much more.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Petra: The Lotterys plus one

The Lotterys plus oneThe Lotterys plus one, by Emma Donoghue (1969-)

At the start it was a bit confusing because there was 12 names to remember but after that it was a great story. There is 1 grumpy grandfather, 7 Lottery children, 4 parents, a 3 legged dog, some cats, a rat, and one bird. It is a truly great book.

4 stars

Reviewed by Petra from Khandallah and Other , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sebastian: Grandad’s guitar

Grandad's guitarGrandad’s guitar, by Janine McVeagh (1946-)

This was the best book I ever read, when grandpa died he gave his guitar to Kahu. Kahu learnt lots of songs, one about a donkey. It is based on a real story. I liked this book because it made me feel happy.

5 stars

Reviewed by Sebastian from Johnsonville and West Park School , 7 years old

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“Conrad Cooper needs a favour. He’s just found out about Tāne, the god of the forest, and he’s decided that Tāne is the perfect guy to solve Conrad’s family problems. After all, the more high-profile gods probably have huge waiting lists, right? In return, Conrad will do anything, no matter how much trouble it causes. But will a Māori god listen to the prayers of a ten-year-old Pākehā boy? And does Tāne really exist? Set in 1978 against the Bastion Point occupation”–Back cover.




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George and his best friend Annie haven’t had any space adventures for a while and they’re missing the excitement. But not for long . . .
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