Top 10 Children’s eBooks December 2015

eBooks are great for the holidays. The library is closed for 4 days over Christmas and  4 days over New Years, but your electronic library is always open. Overdrive and Borrow Box now both offer a return before the due date.  So for you voracious readers you can have up to 15 eBooks at one time, finish one, return and download another.

The ‘Recommended for you’ section at the bottom of the lending page will give you great ideas for more holiday reading.

If you’d like some more tips to expand your reading take a look at the Summer Reading Challenge.  Post your reviews and win prizes!

 

1. The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 2, by Rick Riordan

2. Game On! by Lincoln Peirce

3. The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 3, by Rick Riordan

4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling

5. Big Nate Makes a Splash, by Lincoln Peirce

6. The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 4. by Rick Riordan

7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling

9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling

10. The Sword Thief: The 39 Clues Series, Book 3, by Peter Lerangis

Top 10 comics July 2015

As popular as some of the new comic series are (Adventure Time Vol. 6 has just hit the shelves) old favourites like Tintin hold their place in the running.  Long before popular film directors were making cameo appearances in their movies Hergé was adding himself into his comics.  Wondering who the blond guy with the big nose is? See if you can spot the creator in these comics.  Let us know in the comments (page number, title of comic and description of the character) and we’ll see if you agree with the experts

 

1. The complete Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz

2. Pokemon, by Hidenori Kusaka

3. Big Nate series, by Lincoln Pierce

4. Garfield, by Mark Evanier

5. Tintin, by Herge

6. Adventure time series, by Ryan North

7. Amulet series, by Kazu Kibuishi

8. Chi’s sweet home series by Kanata Konmai

9. Asterix omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero

10. Warriors series, by Dan Jolley

 

Start Term 3 with this awesome new kids’ ficiton

Check out these great new fiction titles. Get them while they are hot!

Coco Banjo is having a Yay DayImage Courtesy of Syndetics by N.J Gemmell

Coco Banjo loves her life. She sleeps in a tiger onesie, wears her mum’s diamonds just because she can, and has dolphins and penguins for friends. Today Coco’s planning a Yay Day of fun on her secret island home in the middle of Sydney Harbour. But wait . . . what’s that Secret Signal? Oh no, Narianna (known as N) is being bullied! Coco sets off for school to rescue her. But when cranky school principal Miss Trample sees Coco’s school uniform (customised, thank you very much), Coco might be in even more trouble than her best friend. How will she get out of this one?

 

 

Absolutely Almost by Lisa GraffImage Courtesy of Syndetics

Ten-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself. First person recount.

 

 

 

Lost in the SunImage Courtesy of Syndetics by Lisa Graff

“As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave BarryImage Courtesy of Syndetics

When the eighth grade civics class of Miami’s Culver Middle School goes on a trip to Washington, D.C., Wyatt Palmer finds himself in deep trouble before the plane even lands because his best friend Matt’s decided the men sitting behind them are terrorists–and it’s up to the boys to stop them.

 

 

 

Image Courtesy of SyndeticsKenny Wright Superhero by James Patterson

Kenny Wright is a sixth grade ‘Grandma’s Boy’ in a tough inner city school, struggling with bullies, schoolwork and keeping his detentions secret from his ‘G-ma’. Though in his active imagination he’s a world-famous superhero, Stainlezz Steel, who fights crime, saves lives and rescues helpless animals. But now Kenny’s neighbourhood needs him – can he step up in his real life and help his ‘G-ma’ save the best School Principal he’s ever had?

Kids’ Club Review by Lachie: The Avengers. [Vol. 4]

The Avengers. [Vol. 4], by Brian Michael Bendis (Teen Comic)

I think this book is cool and has good battles but sometimes didn’t it doesn’t have much to do with Avengers vs. X-men. Three heroes in this comic are put to the test. Captain America wins against A.I.M. For Wolverine choosing sides means fighting friends and for Red Hulk when he tries to assassinate Cyclops he ends up fighting Emma Frost, Magneto, Cyclops and Magik. This book was a fun experience to explore Avengers vs. X-men.

4 stars

Reviewed by Lachie from Tawa, 9 years old

4 Fun new Fiction books for children

Image courtesy of SyndeticsSave Rafe -Middle School;6,  by James Patterson

“Middle schooler Rafe Khachadorian faces his greatest challenge yet as he struggles to complete a week-long wilderness survival course to prove to his school administrators that he can succeed”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

 

The Complete Adventures of Johnny Mutton Image courtesy of Syndeticsby James Proimos

The many adventures of Johnny Mutton — Johnny Mutton, he’s so him! — Mutton soup — Extras, extras, read all about it!  Presents a collection of humorous stories about Johnny Mutton, the young sheep raised as a regular boy.

 

 

 

Archie Greene and the Magician’s SecretImage courtesy of Syndetics by D. D Everest

Archie Greene has lived with his grandmother since he was a baby, but when a mysterious package arrives on his twelfth birthday with instructions to take it to a strange bookshop in Oxford, he finds himself involved with a secret society of people who protect the world’s magical books, and discovers that he has family he never knew about.

 

 

 

Emily’s Tiara Trouble Image courtesy of Syndetics– The Anti-Princess Club;1

Talented ten-year-olds Emily, Bella, Chloe and Grace are sick of teachers assuming they are helpless princesses. When maths whiz Emily Martin’s mother enters her in the local beauty pageant, it’s the last straw – the four friends form the Anti-Princess Club, with the motto We Don’t Need Rescuing. Can they use their awesome skills to show the world that girls want to be valued for more than what they see in the mirror?

Check out these new children’s fiction Books!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsI am Juliet by Jackie French

The world’s most famous love story told by one of Australia’s most respected authors. This is the well-known story of Juliet Capulet and her love for Romeo. It also the story about the increasing helplessness Juliet feels as she realises that unlike young men her age, her life will effectively be determined and controlled by others, who see her having an arranged marriage of alliance and becoming a breeder of sons. I am Juliet closely follows the well-known and loved plot of the play, but we also see the point of view of Rob, the thirteen-year-old boy who is the first to play the role of Juliet on the Elizabethan stage.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsJelly Baby  by Jean Ure     

A humorous and heart-warming story about a little sister, a big sister, a cat, a dad and…a new girlfriend! Bitsy, or Jelly Baby as she’s sometimes called, has been doing just fine living with Dad and big sister Em since Mum died. The housework may not always get done, and dinners might not always be at the table, but none of them ever minded! Until one day Dad brings home a girlfriend – and everything changes. Now it looks like it might be down to the Jelly Baby of the family to keep it from falling apart.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsLilac Attack! by Sophie Bell

While sixth-grade superheroes Scarlet, Iris, and Cheri are trying to decide if the formerly evil Opal can be trusted to be an Ultra Violet again, they face a new BeauTek plot, purportedly to beautify Sync City.

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsEye of the Gargoyle by Sam Penant

Dax’s parents have put him on a bus to a prison to which he doesn’t belong. Little does he know that this ‘prison’, Scragmoor Prime, is actually a school for superheroes! But Dax Daley doesn’t have any superpowers! Or does he?

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Fastest Boy in the World  by Elizabeth Laird

‘Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet. When his grandfather announces that he’s going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It’s unfathomable. Solomon’s joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he’ll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?!

But Solomon’s grandfather has other plans. As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It’s a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather’s life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?’ ; www.Goodreads.com

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWhat the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengreen

When Esther’s family moves to a farm during the Great Depression, she soon learns that there are things much more important than that her superstitious mother rarely shows her any affection.

 

 

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Pinkbeard’s Revenge;The Adventures of Joe Schmo #4   By Greg Trine

Fourth-grade superhero Jo Schmo and her sidekick Raymond face Dr. Dastardly and Numbskull, who break out of jail and join forces with Pinkbeard’s band of time-traveling pirates in an evil revenge plot.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsUndead Pets: Gasp of the Ghoulish Guinea Pig by Sam Hay

Joe is just an ordinary boy until he makes a wish on a spooky Egyptian amulet… Now he’s the Protector of Undead Pets and there’s a ghoulish guinea pig scrabbling about!

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMy New Zealand Story: Canterbury Quake by Desna Wallace

“Maddy is a typical 11-year-old girl living in Christchurch – her diary starts in early August with her desperation for a mobile phone, and talking about her best friend Laura, Glee and singing in the school choir, homework, teachers, her siblings … And then the first earthquake hits on 4 September and her world changes”–Publisher information.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Spotted Dog Last Seen by Jessica Scott Kerrin

When a new book arrives at the library with a secret code written inside, Derek, with the help of his friends, follows the clues from one novel to the next and makes a discovery that may help him get past a terrible loss.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Impossible Boy by Mark Griffiths

‘The X-Files meets Dr Who in this hilarious series from Mark Griffiths.
Somewhere in the small, dull town of Blue Hills, the impossible is happening. Inanimate objects are coming to life. Time travellers from the future are mingling unnoticed with the shoppers in the high street. School children are developing uncanny powers. Strange creatures are lurking within the grounds of a forgotten stately home. And with each of these mysteries comes a terrible threat that just might endanger the entire world…’ –www.Goodreads.com