Kids’ Club Review by Meredith: The crooked sixpence

The crooked sixpenceThe crooked sixpence, Jennifer Bell

This book is about a girl called Ivy Sparrow and her brother Seb Sparrow. When they see a feather writing a threatening message on the wall, they know something uncommon is happening. Ivy and Seb soon find themselves whisked away by Valian Kaye. to Lundinor, a city of uncommon things.
Adventure lurks around every corner and a dark family secret is one of the main themes. Can Ivy and Seb save Lundinor from a nefarious gang, before it’s to late?
I would recommend this book to 8-12 year olds. Some bits are scary.
This book is a mix of Adventure, Mystery, Magic and some spookiness.

5 stars

Reviewed by Meredith from Central City and St Mark’s Church School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly Morgan: A Nancy Drew Christmas

A Nancy Drew ChristmasA Nancy Drew Christmas, Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew is spending her Christmas at a ski resort in Montana. Things go from bad to worse when she breaks her leg and is forced to go on bed rest. The hotel is having mysterious problems too and not only that, a huge storm is on it’s way and everyone is starting to panic. Will Nancy be able to solve the mystery? I love Nancy Drew and this is a great book full of adventure and mystery.,

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Varsha: Nancy Drew diaries. 8, Tiger counter ; What goes up

Nancy Drew diaries. 8, Tiger counter ; What goes upNancy Drew diaries. 8, Tiger counter ; What goes up, Stefan Petrucha & Sarah Kinney, writers ; Sho Murase, artist

Nancy Drew Diaries is a cool comic written by Carolyn Keene.It involves a mixture of action,suspense and adventure.The comic is about this teenage girl Nancy, who goes on a lot of quests and adventures with her BFF’s Bess and George.I think this book is very serious because it doesn’t have one bit of comedy in it but I loved it.
My most favourite character is Nancy because she never gives up and my least favourite character is the bad people because you know, they are bad.In my opinion, I would say this book can be for both boys and girls because I love it and I’m a girl and it has lots of action that most boys like.I think this book is suitable for age category 8-14.

My most favourite character is Nancy

4 stars

Reviewed by Varsha from Johnsonville and Amesbury School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Meredith: The wishing spell

The wishing spellThe wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

I liked this book quite a lot. But for me there were too many words that were not needed in sentences which made them confusing to read and I would have liked it more if the challenges to find the ingredients for the wishing spell were harder.
This book is a mix of Adventure, Love, Magic and I think Mystery.
I would recommend this to 7-12 year olds.

4 stars

Reviewed by Meredith from Central City and St Mark’s Church School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Meredith: Wakestone Hall

Wakestone HallWakestone Hall, by Judith Rossell

I thought this book was absolutely excellent. The main character is Stella Montgomery. The book is the last in a series of three. The whole series is great. In Wakestone Hall Stella is sent to boarding school. She meets two girls and they all become friends, the grumpy Agapanthus and the timid Ottolie. But then one day one of her friends goes missing. As mysteries unfold will Stella be able to save her friends from the nefarious villain?
I really like the book because it is a mix of… mystery, adventure and friendship.
Some bits in this book are a bit scary. I would advise readers who are 8+ to read this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Meredith from Central City and St Mark’s Church School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Nadia: School of the dead

School of the deadSchool of the dead, by Avi (1937-)

Perfect for people who love ghosts. This book kept me on the edge of my seat! School of the dead is absolutely packed with page-turning mysteries and vivid descriptions that make you feel like you are actually witnessing the book.

3 stars

Reviewed by Nadia from Johnsonville and St Benedict’s School , 9 years old

Top 10 Children’s eBooks for June 2016

The Jungle book has reached the Top 10 for eBooks! Looks like heaps of people might have watched the movie and wanted to find out about the book.

The characters in the Jungle Book have great names from the Hindi language.  The name of Mowgli’s wolf mother Raksha means protection and Shere Khan means Tiger leader.

Can you find out what some of the other names mean? Let us know in the comments.

 

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

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling

3. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkein

4. The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling

5. The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 1, by Rick Riordan

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

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

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

9. Cabin Fever: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 6, by Jeff Kinney

10.Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 4, by Jeff Kinney

Top 10 Children’s Fiction May 2016

There are some terrific series in the lists for May.  Adventure, laughs and brave heroes of a young age taking on the extraordinary and the very ordinary – both can be pretty daunting!

There’s lots of reading going on with the long winter evenings, some of it will be the finalists in the New Zealand Post Book awards.  I wonder if any of these will make it into the Libraries’ Top 10??  Remember Hell Pizza are really keen to tempt you into expanding your world of imagination, wonder and delight by rewarding you with pizza!  Every seven books entitles a lucky reader (5-12 years old) to a free pizza. Yum!

 

Here’s your Top 10 novels for May 2016:

1.Diary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney

2. Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon

3. Storey Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths

4. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

5. Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

6. Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan

7. Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child

8. Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce

9. The Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton

10.Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone, by J. K. Rowling

5 new children’s fiction at your local library

These winter days and nights are great for getting stuck into a book and being swept away on countless adventures. Here are 5 new books that have just hit our libraries. Grab them while they’re hot!

The Curse of the Cairo Cat by Dan Metcalfe

Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves living in the museum with Great Uncle Bert but, when the Golden Cat of Cairo disappears at the launch of a new exhibition, Lottie’s home is under threat. Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and find the cat in time, or will Lottie lose her home forever?

 

 

The Parent Problem by Anna WilsonImage courtesy of Syndetics

Skye Green’s mum is driving her insane! When she’s not posting EMBARRASSING pictures of Skye online or experimenting with BIZARRE clothing, she’s forever taking up new hobbies – and her latest obsession is ballroom dancing! It’s only a matter of time until she waltzes down the street in spandex and sequins – and to make matters worse, Skye’s younger brother is wildly (and irritatingly) enthusiastic about Mum’s new hobby, and about wearing Mum’s sparkly new outfits! As if this wasn’t HORRIFIC enough, Skye’s mum has also enlisted the new neighbour’s son to come and ‘babysit’ when she’s at dance class, and he’s only a year older than Skye! Talk about MORTIFYING in the EXTREME! At least Skye’s best friend, Aubrey is there to help Skye cope with her family’s madness. They’ve been friends since before they can remember, and nothing will ever, EVER change that …right?

 

 

CImage courtesy of Syndeticsentaur School by Lucy Coats

Demon has always counted on his magical medicine box to help him cure the sick beasts on Mount Olympus. But Chiron, his new healing master, insists Demon learn to find the cures on his own. Demon’s new skills are soon put to the test when he must save an ailing phoenix–or face the wrath of its fiery guards.

 

 

 

 

Nancy Parker’s Diary of Detection by Julia LeeImage courtesy of Syndetics

On this day 24th June 1920 I turned fourteen. I plan to have a very exciting future now that I have thrown off the SHACKLES of SCHOOL! A detective is what I would most like to be. I cannot think of any reason why I could not be one. Except perhaps I am too young. And I don’t like blood. Nancy Parker has recently been engaged in her first position – as a housemaid for the very modern Mrs Bryce. It’s not Nancy’s dream job (she’d rather be investigating crimes like they do in her beloved six-penny thrillers) but as Mrs Bryce starts to entertain her new neighbours with lavish parties, it becomes clear that something strange and interesting might be afoot. Local burglaries, a cook with a deep, dark secret – and Mrs Bryce’s own glamorous but murky past. Will Nancy solve the mysteries while still keeping on top of her chores? A hilarious and energetic middle-grade mystery, narrated part in the third person and part through Nancy’s journal.

 

 

Chaos in CluckbridgeImage courtesy of Syndetics by Jennifer Gray

Danger is looming over Cluckbridge Town. A cobra has escaped from the local zoo and is after the local birdlife. And if that isn’t bad enough, the dastardly Most Wanted Club are back and causing trouble, too. Can Agent Cluckbucket and the Elite Chicken Squad vapourise the cobra’s venom and keep the birds of Cluckbridge safe?

 

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Alcatraz versus the evil librarians

Alcatraz versus the evil librarians, by Brandon Sanderson

A boy called Alcatraz finds out that he has a talent for breaking things. He gets a bag of sand for his 13th birthday but it gets stolen by the evil librarians. The sand will give the evil librarians all the power unless Alcatraz can stop them. I really liked this book because it was daring and exciting. I gave it 5 stars.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 8 years old