Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: The Princess and the Foal

The Princess and the FoalThe Princess and the Foal, by Stacy Gregg

This is an AMAZING book! It’s definitely my favourite series! This book is very emotional and the author really draws you into the story. I love how she describes what the characters are feeling. It’s a really beautiful book, She describes all the horses as if you were right there, and tells the story of Haya’s journey so well sometimes I even feel like I am Haya myself. This is a great book and I love the theme of Haya learning how to conquer her fears and as you read you just dissolve into the pages. DEFINITELY READ IT!

5 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Helena: The girl who rode the wind

The girl who rode the windThe girl who rode the wind, by Stacy Gregg

This heart warming story is a mixture of the past and present of a 12 year old girl called Lola who loves horses. When her nonna takes her to Italy she finds out that they’re not here for any old reason but for her nonna to forgive what has happened in the past, but it feels like shes not telling the whole truth.

I loved this book because of everything – the characters, the horses, the story! I recommend this book for people 8+.

5 stars

Reviewed by Helena from Miramar and Holy Cross School , 8 years old

Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games

Equestrian is the sport of horse riding. It is one of the few Olympic sports in which men and women can compete against each other and is the only Olympic sport that involves animals.

Olympics EquestrianIt is a unique sport in that both horse and rider are considered to be a team, and both are declared medal winners. This is to recognise that it takes many years of training by horse and rider to develop the special skills required for these events.

Equestrian has three different disciplines. They are jumping, dressage and eventing. For each of the three disciplines, there is an individual and a team event.

Equestrian events date back to the Olympic Games in ancient Greece. The Greeks would train their horses to be useful during times of war. In 680BC, chariot races and horseraces were both contested at the Greek Games.

Jumping was the first equestrian event to be included in the modern Games. It was introduced in 1900. Dressage and eventing were added in 1912.

New Zealand has 8 member in the 2016 Equestrian team. They include riders such as Sir Mark Todd, Jonathan Paget and Jonelle Price. You can find lots of information about each team member here.

You can also find out lots of information relating to equestrian and other sports here at Rio 2016 Olympics.

Go New Zealand!!!!!!

Kids’ Club Review by leitaya: A horse for kate

A horse for kate, by Miralee Ferrell

It is mainly about horses. When Kate moves to her school she wants to make a friend. Tori and Kate both stop on the way home to feed the horses, apples. Then the next day they spot a new mare in a open field. Finally after Tori mum said yes about the new job and getting over her fear about horses, they get a job at a riding stable. Pete her little brother gets lost and they search and search and search and search. They find Pete under the gate of the new mare. Kate thinks she said too much about really wanting a horse in front of Pete. They try and find out who the mare belongs to. When they visited the mare again a man told them about the horse. He says that it belonged to his wife and he was going to sell her. In the end, Kate finally gets the mare for free

5 stars

Reviewed by leitaya from Newtown and Newtown School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Eden: Stallion by Starlight

Stallion by Starlight, by Mary Pope Osborne

I thought the Ring Of Truth and the magic bottle was very intresting because the bottle could turn you it to anything and the Ring Of Truth would glow when you found somthing new out.

5 stars

Reviewed by Eden from Tawa and St Francis Xavier School , 6 years old

4 great new books for kids

Clare and her Captain by Michael Morpurgo

On holiday in the Devon countryside, Clare is bored by her parents’ squabbling and longs for an adventure of her own. Her summer is transformed by a new friendship with retired horse Captain and his reclusive owner. This is a must-have for every fan of Morpurgo’s classic storytelling and Rayner’s highly sought-after artwork, and a gift to treasure for young and old.

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMemoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton

“My name is Adam Meltzer and the last thing I remember was being stung by a bee while swinging at a robot-shaped pinata on my twelfth birthday. I was dead before the candy hit the ground”. ‘Memoirs of a neurotic zombie’ is narrated by the hilarious Adam Meltzer – pre-teen, worrywart, and now zombie. Adam’s family gets the fright of their lives when he turns up at their door … three months after his funeral. Soon Adam’s back at school trying to fit in and not draw extra attention to himself, but when he sees his neighbour Ernesto transform into a chupacubra, and the beautiful Corina (Adam’s number one mega-crush) turns out to be a (vegan) vampire, undead life is never going to be the same again. This is a hilarious adventure caper all about friendship and being yourself … even if you’re undead.”

 

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon

An eccentric like all Helmsleys, eleven-year-old Archer escapes his overprotective mother and recruits two friends, Oliver and Adelaide, to help him plan a rescue of his long-lost grandparents, world-famous explorers who disappeared atop an iceberg in the Antarctic.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsUpside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski

With their magic being unpredictable, Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are sent to the upside-down magic room at Dunwiddle Magic School.

 

 

Get your hands on these 6 new kids fiction books

Image courtesy of SyndeticsA Funny thing Happened on the Way to School by Benjamin Chaud

A humorous story about imaginative excuses for being late to school. Sophisticated picture book.

 

 

 

 

Murder Most Unladylike Image courtesy of Syndeticsby Robin Stevens

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up a secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls to solve the murder of their Science Mistress, Miss Bell.

 

 

 

 

 

Jim’s LettersImage courtesy of Syndetics by Glyn Harper

A moving story of two brothers separated by the First World War, based on the thousands of letters sent by and to Anzac soldiers fighting at Gallipoli.

 

 

 

 

White Horse of Zennor and other storiesImage courtesy of Syndetics by Michael Morpurgo

“At the furthest edge of Britain where the sea gently washes over the land and myths brush against reality, lies Zennor. Set in a churchtown where men become beasts and ghosts roam freely, are haunting and unforgettable tales where magic lies around every corner.” -back cover.

 

 

 

 

The Leaky Battery Sets Sail Image courtesy of Syndetics Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates ; 1  by Gareth. P. Jones

Causing chaos wherever they sail, the robotic Steampunk Pirates are roaming the high seas, hunting for gold! But the evil Iron Duke has other ideas…He’s determined to capture the pirates in return for a handsome reward from the King.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Bad Book by Andy Griffiths

‘WARNING! This book contains nothing but bad stories,

bad drawings,

bad poems,

bad cartoons,

and bad riddles about bad characters doing bad things. It is a BAD book’- (inside cover).

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Sophie: 1914 : riding into war

1914 : riding into war1914 : riding into war, by Susan Brocker (1961-)

This book is about Billy Bowman, a Kiwi farmer who joins up to the Wellington Mounted Rifles with his faithful horse Tui and his friend Jack. They become ‘friends’ with Sam, a bush worker who is nicknamed Chopper and who owns Trojan, a fairly grumpy horse. I think anyone who enjoys war stories would like this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Sophie from Karori, 10 years old

Awesome New Fiction to read

Looking for a warm winter read? Here are the latest hot books we have added to the library. Grab one before they get cold1

Monster and Chips; Food Fright By David O’Connell

Meet the amazing monster customers and sample the foul-food served up daily at Fuzzby’s diner – the third book in this innovative series from incredibly talented author and illustrator, David O’Connell.
Somewhere hidden in the city is a very special diner. What’s so special about it? Well it does the best chips anywhere and the customers are monsters  (Goodreads.com)

 

 

 

The Ratcatcher’s Daughter by Pamela RushbyImage Courtesy of Syndetics

It’s 1900. Thirteen-year-old Issy McKelvie leaves school and starts her first job – very reluctantly – as a maid in an undertaking establishment. She thinks this is about as low as you can go. But there’s worse to come. Issy becomes an unwilling rat-catcher when the plague – the Black Death – arrives in Australia. Issy loathes both rats and her father’s four yappy, snappy, hyperactive rat-killing terriers. But when her father becomes ill it’s up to Issy to join the battle to rid the city of the plague-carrying rats. (Goodreads.com)

 

 

 

Brave by Wendy ConstanceImage courtesy of Syndetics

13,000 years ago. Wild Horse has been sent to prove his bravery by bringing a runaway girl back to her tribe before she’s taken by wolves. But Blue Bird doesn’t want to be found, and persuades Wild Horse to join her and a rescued sabre-tooth cub. It’s the greatest adventure of their lives, and they must fight with spear, tooth and claw to survive.

 

 

 

 

The Dark Wild by Piers Torday (sequel to The Last Wild)Image courtesy of Syndetics

Twelve-year-old Kester thought he had discovered the last wild animals in the land. He thought his adventure was over. He was wrong. Below the sparkling city of Premium, deep underground, a dark wild remains: animals who believe the time is right to rise up against their human enemies.  And soon Kester realises: he is the only one who can stop them.
Kester Jaynes saved the animals. Can he save the humans too? (Goodreads.com)

 

 

 

Exile by Shannon MessengerImage courtesy of Syndetics

Sophie is settling in nicely to her new life in Havenfield. She’s getting to spend time with rare, precious species– including the first female Alicorn, who shows herself to Sophie and trusts no one but her. Sophie is tasked with helping to train the magical creature so that the Alicorn can be revealed to the people of the lost cities as a sign of hope. But the secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memories remain, and before long she’s back in incredible danger, risking everything to find the answers to questions that could save not only her life, but the life of someone close to her…