Here’s some great new kids fiction to read as Autumn starts to settle in

The warm summer days will be coming to an end, so what a great chance to read these great new fiction choices available through your library!

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsUnexpected twist; An Oliver Twisted tale by Michael Rosen

Shona and her dad are moving house, and at Shona’s new school, the rules are pretty confusing; she keeps getting into trouble without realizing! It’s a lot like how it is for Oliver Twist, that boy she’s reading about in English class. After Shona is unexpectedly given a mobile phone, she begins to suspect there’s something fishy about the new boys she’s met. Where did the phone come from? And some gifts, she soon learns, aren’t exactly free…


Image courtesy of SyndeticsInto the Jungle by Matt Forbeck

The Harpers have lost one of their own, a legendary adventurer named Artus Cimber, keeper of the artifact known as the Ring of Winter. They’ve hired you to travel to the jungle-clad land of Chult and find him. If only you can manage it before the frost giants hunting for him do — and before the zombies that infest the lands get you…


Image courtesy of SyndeticsPearl the Proper Unicorn by Sally Odgers

Pearl, Olive and Tweet meet another unicorn! His name is Prince Percy and he is positively perfect in every way! But when mean, smelly gobble-uns take over the pond, can Prince Percy’s perfect magic help them? Or will Pearl’s magic be just what they need?


Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Padma Venkatraman’s stirring middle-grade debut. Life is harsh in Chennai’s teeming streets, so when runaway sisters Viji and Ruku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly, eleven-year-old Viji discovers how vulnerable they are in this uncaring, dangerous world. Fortunately, the girls find shelter-and friendship-on an abandoned bridge. With two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, the group forms a family of sorts. And while making a living scavenging the city’s trash heaps is the pits, the kids find plenty to laugh about and take pride in too. After all, they are now the bosses of themselves and no longer dependent on untrustworthy adults. But when illness strikes, Viji must decide whether to risk seeking help from strangers or to keep holding on to their fragile, hard-fought freedom.


Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe train to impossible places by P.G Bell

Join the journey to Impossible Places, where there’s magic at every stop… Suzy is surprised to find a grumpy troll building a railway through her house – especially when a gigantic steam train crashes into her hallway! This is the Impossible Postal Express, the trusty delivery service of the Union of Impossible Places, and Suzy becomes its newest recruit. And with her cursed first package, an Impossible adventure begins.–Provided by publisher.

Kids’ Club Review by Jess: Harry Potter and the half-blood prince

Harry Potter and the half-blood princeHarry Potter and the half-blood prince, J.K. Rowling

This book is about Harry Potter finding an interesting potions book that gives instructions on better ways to make potions. My favourite part of the book is when there is a big fight between the death eaters and the good wizards from Hogwarts. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an adventure but doesn’t get too scared!

5 stars

Reviewed by Jess from Miramar and Seatoun School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jess: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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

This book is about Harry Potter going on adventures with his friends Ron and Hermione. My favourite part of the book was when there was a big battle at the Ministry of Magic. I was surprised when a main character was murdered. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about a good adventure.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jess from Miramar and Amesbury School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lily: Wundersmith : the calling of Morrigan Crow

Wundersmith : the calling of Morrigan CrowWundersmith : the calling of Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend

This book is a great follow on to the first book in the series and it really got me hooked. It is full to the brim of magic, plot twists and characters each with their own personalities, all of which just makes me want to keep reading. Every thing that happens in this book has been carefully structured to bring out the best and worst of all of the characters, which makes it a really engrossing read.

4 stars

Reviewed by Lily from Kilbirnie and Seatoun School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Head kid

Head kidHead kid, David Baddiel ; illustrated by Steven Lenton

Head Kid is about a boy called Ryan, who’s school is getting a new principal who will stop the school closing down. The problem is that Ryan is naughty and the new principal is really strict. On detention, Ryan finds a magical music box which causes him to swap bodies with the principal. I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and had an outstanding plot. Kids 9+ would also like this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Aoi: Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling

Sirius Black the mass muduer escaped Azkaban ”No one can escape Azkaban”- Hermione. It has been said that Sirius muduered 100 muggle people. Demthers attacked Hogwarts castle. Sirius sheaks in the castle …..later….. In Teatrees lesson in Harry Potter tea pot there is what Teatree fears. Super exciting book ever! I could’t stop reading this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Aoi from Karori and Thorndon School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Aoi: Harry Potter and the goblet of fire

Harry Potter and the goblet of fireHarry Potter and the goblet of fire, J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has been entered in the triewirezd tonarmet. ( 17 or over can only enter but Harry has been entered) Harry has passed three dangerous tasks to be the winner. Can Harry win the triewirzed tomaremot and deafet Lord Vordomort? I just could not stop reading because I wanted to know what was happening next. It was so exciting!

5 stars

Reviewed by Aoi from Karori and Thorndon School , 8 years old