Kids’ Club Review by Merekara: Small spaces

Small spacesSmall spaces, Katherine Arden

Small Spaces was exciting and thrilling!
Someone called the smiling man who’s magical and evil, turns kids into scarecrows and uses them like puppets. We’re definitely getting the sequel!

5 stars

Reviewed by Merekara from Newtown and Ridgway School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jacob: The stolen stars of Matariki

The stolen stars of MatarikiThe stolen stars of Matariki, written byMiriama Kamo ; illustrated by Zak Waipara

The stolen stars of matariki is a book all about two small children and their grandparents. In the beginning of the book, they go to the beach to attempt to collect fallen stars amongst the rocks. However, afterwards, they find out that two of the matariki stars have disappeared and devise a cunning plan to bring them back …

I think this book is great; it taught me a bit about matariki and a variety of Maori words all in a simple short story. Overall, I’d recommend the book to small children as it will help them learn about Maori words and matariki in an easy book.

4 stars

Reviewed by Jacob from Tawa and Tawa Intermediate , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

Barney Palmer is eight years old and he is almost normal. In the Palmer family one person in each generation has supernatural powers. Barney discovers that he is haunted. I really enjoyed this NZ book. It is extremely well written and exciting.

3 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jasmine: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

This book sounds scary at first, but it isn’t actually. I rate it 5 stars because it’s got really funny characters from scared Barney to his sister the chatterbox Tabitha. Magicians and families what could happen next? But then when Barney gets followed by what seems to be a ghost It’s Troy the oldest who finds out what’s actually happening.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jasmine from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Robin: Wakestone Hall

Wakestone HallWakestone Hall, by Judith Rossell

After Stella’s adventure at Wormwood Mire she has been sent to boarding school – a grim place called Wakestone Hall, where students are not even allowed to talk to each other. But soon she makes friends with two other girls, Ottillie and Agapanthus. But one night Ottillie goes missing and Agapanthus and Stella have to find her before it’s too late. But while they are finding their friend Stella finds an unexpected twist in her past – and one that could change her life forever…

5 stars

Reviewed by Robin from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Robin: Small spaces

Small spacesSmall spaces, Katherine Arden

This book was terrifying. I started reading it and I actually couldn’t stop – I read the whole thing in one thing. It is about a girl who finds a book and then lots of the things in the book come true. I really liked It. 5 stars.

5 stars

Reviewed by Robin from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Suzannah: The stolen stars of Matariki

The stolen stars of MatarikiThe stolen stars of Matariki, written byMiriama Kamo ; illustrated by Zak Waipara

I liked this story because it has a happy ending.

This story is about two children going and seeing stars. The next night there are only seven Matariki stars instead of nine. The children get the stars back in the sky and take their eels home from fishing.

I would recommend this book to children who are six and seven years old.

4 stars

Reviewed by Suzannah from Brooklyn and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 7 years old