Kids’ Club Review by Cardi: swan palace

Swan palace, by Rosie Banks

This book was amazing. Summer,Ellie and Jasmine are off to swan palace, but they find out that a wicked witch is frightening the swans! Oh, no! Summer notices that one swan has fur on it sticking up. Summer has found the swan QUEEN! The swan queen turns into a person and it has a crown made of feathers and it is so beautiful. It is on the front of this book. The king of Secret Kingdom has a bad sister called Malice. She let out Summers fairy tale bad guys and now they are in Secret Kingdom so the witch must be one of the bad guys! Jasmine has a plan. She knows that Malice wants the crown. She gets the witch and Malice to fight, but the crown brakes! Oh, no! And but wile the witch and Malice are fighting, they get her back into the book! I give this book 5 stars.

5 stars

Reviewed by Cardi from Brooklyn, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kimberly: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K Rowling

I think that this book suites me, I recommend it for people who want excitement, adventure, fantasy & magic. if it had given me the number of ten stars i would press that many because its so good!

5 stars

Reviewed by Kimberly from Tawa, 10 years old

Some great new kids fiction for Term 2!

Term 2 is well under way, so take some time to sit back, relax and enjoy some of these fantastic new kids fiction books available through your local library!



Stanley will probably be fine by Sally J Pla

After fainting during a school assembly, Stanley uses his time in a safe room to begin drawing a comic book superhero and then enters a treasure hunt so that he can win passes to Comic Fest.




Image courtesy of SyndeticsStonebird  By Mike Revell

When ten-year-old Liam moves house to be closer to his dementia-suffering grandma, he’s thrown into an unfamiliar place, with a family that seems to be falling apart. Liam doesn’t remember what his grandma was like before she became ill. He only knows the witch-like old woman who snaps and snarls and eats her birthday cards. He wants to fix it, but he can’t. Walking his dog one day, Liam discovers an old stone gargoyle in a rundown church, and his life changes in impossible ways. The gargoyle is alive. It moves unseen in the night, acting out Liam’s stories. And stories can be dangerous things…Seeking revenge against the bullies at his new school, Liam tells a story about the gargoyle attacking them. When one of them ends up in hospital, a regretful Liam vows never to go near the gargoyle again. But his grandma’s illness is getting worse, his mum isn’t coping, and his sister is skipping school…What if the gargoyle is the only thing that can save Liam’s family?



The wishmakers by Tyler Whitesides

Ace unwittingly releases a genie from a peanut butter jar and gets unlimited wishes that he must learn to use with their consequences before all the world’s cats and dogs turn into zombies who will eat mankind.



Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe short but brilliant career of Lucas Weed by Chrissie Walker

“Lucas Weed hasn’t really made any friends at his new school, so when the ‘cool kids’ suggest he carry out a prank in class, Lucas thinks it might be his path to being accepted. And when the pranks keep getting more and more outrageous – and with videos uploaded to YouTube – Lucas Weed’s popularity soars! But after an embarrassing stunt that doesn’t quite go according to plan – in front of a very important person – Lucas decides it’s time to call it a day. But how?”–Publisher information.



Nothings fair in fifth grade by Barthe De Clements

A fifth grade class, repelled by the overweight new student who has serious home problems, finally learns to accept her.





Image courtesy of SyndeticsCave bear mountain by Jo Sandhu

At Cave Bear Mountain, Tarin is given tragic news about his Clan, and wants to return to them immediately. But Kaija and Luuka have discovered an astonishing truth about their mother. It seems the friends will be divided. But when the wolf cubs are kidnapped to fight in the Bear Festival. Only together will they have a chance of saving them.



Star friends: Secret spell by Linda Chapman

“Do you believe in magic? Maia and her friends do! And when they meet the Star Animals, a whole world of magical adventure unfolds. Lottie and her star animal, a squirrel called Juniper, must use their special powers to stop the forces of dark magic. Someone in the village is using dark magic and the Star Friends need to work together to figure it out who it is. But things keep going wrong! Sita is convinced a Shade is following her, Lottie is sure she’s going to fail her piano exam and Ionie thinks the others don’t want to be her friends. Only Maia seems her usual self. She needs to find out what is happening and how to stop it! Perfect for fans of My Secret Unicorn and The Rescue Princesses, and for Rainbow Magic readers looking to move on to a more challenging adventure.” –Publisher description.


Wings of fire; a winglets collection by Tui T Sutherland

“In Pyrrhia, every dragon has a story … Before the dragonets, beyond the war of the SandWing queens — the dragons of Pyrrhia each have their own story to tell. Like Fierceteeth, stuck in a SandWing prison, obsessed and full of thwarted ambition. Deathbringer, at the very beginning of his journey, desperate to prove himself. And Six-Claws, a loyal SandWing who will soon find out that loyalty comes with a price. Fly further into the dangerous territories of Pyrrhia than ever before to learn the secrets behind Wings of fire”.

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Rainbow Magic : Alyssa the snow queen fairy

Rainbow Magic : Alyssa the snow queen fairy, by Daisy Meadows

I looked at the cover- I read the blurb- I read the book.
OMG! This book was AMAZING! (This book has three stories in one)
I loved the stories from the start till the end! There were detailed illustrations, winter/spring objects and great plot! In this Rainbow Magic book. Kirsty and Rachel are helping Alyssa the snow queen fairy to find the three object, a magical snowflake , an enchanted mirror and an everlasting rose. My favourite object is the enchanted mirror because when someone look at the mirror, they’ll be confuse about what’s good or bad.
I loved this book, because there were detailed illustrations and it’s really fun to read.
I would recommend it to girls age 6-9 who like adventure books.
Come on! You know you want to read it!

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Johnsonville, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kohaya: Harry Potter and the order of the pheonix

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

This is the BEST book ever. I’ve read it so much that my copy of it is worn out. My favorite part is the battle at the end when Harry and the DA fight the Death Eaters. I like that part because Neville gets brave (like a Gryffindor) and he fights Voldemort’s Death Eaters. It is a bit sad but the end isn’t too sad. Its a superlative book. Go on read it. What are you waiting for? Go on and read it. You know you want to read it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Kohaya from Brooklyn, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Cardi: Muddy paws

Muddy pawsMuddy paws, by Sue Bentley (1951-)

The puppy’s name is Storm. Really, Storm is a wolf, but he is in a disguise. Storm can do magic. He is helping a girl called Beth to have a happy time on her uncle and aunty’s farm. But she has a nasty cousin to help spoil it.
Can Storm help Beth on the farm?

5 stars

Reviewed by Cardi from Brooklyn, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Charlie: The magic faraway tree

The magic faraway treeThe magic faraway tree, by Enid Blyton

I thought it was really funny because he is kind of deaf eg. is someone said to him “have a plum” he will say “oh have you hurt your thumb” in the book what happens is they are sad because they have to move house but ten they find that they love the new house and the wood behind it… I would recommend it for ages 5 plus because it isn”t scary at all it’s really exciting

5 stars

Reviewed by Charlie from Karori, 8 years old

Top 10 Children’s Fiction Summer 2018

Great children’s series with new additions! Author Rachel Renee Russell wrote her first book when she was still at school, she was around 10 years old! It was a birthday gift for her brothers.  The Dork Diaries books are inspired by her daughter Nikki and Erin.  Does one of those those names seem familiar?  Russell credits her daughters in authoring the books. Cool!

Have you ever written a book for anyone’s birthday?  It would be a such a great gift.  Or an terrible one if you wrote awful things. Maybe don’t write terrible things!

But definitely check out these popular authors for some great ideas:


  1. Diary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney
  2. Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
  3. Storey Treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths
  4. Tom Gates, by Liz Pichon
  5. Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renée Russell
  6. The World’s Worst Children, by David Walliams
  7. Fantastic beasts and where to find them, by J. K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban,  by J. K. Rowling
  9. Magnus Chase and the ship of the dead, by Rick Riordan
  10. The bad book, by Andy Griffiths

Kids’ Club Review by Isabelle: Ned’s Circus of Marvels

Ned's Circus of MarvelsNed’s Circus of Marvels, by Justin Fisher

It was confusing in some bits because the world was kind of wierd and I could only imagine the place that the scene was in and the backround was just white mist and it made it kind of hard to understand what was going on. in it ned thought he was just an ordinary kid until he has to run away from these evil clowns and his dad gets captured by them so he goes to the circus like his dad told him to and meets magical people and gets powers and has an adventures. I think it would be good for people 8 or 9 plus

4 stars

Reviewed by Isabelle from Karori, 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Bubble Volcano

Bubble Volcano, by Rosie Banks

Secret Kingdom is a magical series . It is written by my favorite author, Rosie Banks . In this book Queen Malice (King Merry’s sister) puts a spell on her brother King Merry ( the ruler of Secret Kingdom) ! Ellie, Jasmine and Summer had to find six rare ingredients to undo the spell . They’re soon off to Bubble Volcano to look for the first ingredient. Will they be able to find all six ingredients? Read the book to find out! I recommend this book to people who like Rosie Banks or the Secret series .

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Johnsonville, 7 years old