Kids’ Club Review by Stephen: Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The lightning thief ; The sea of monsters ; The titan’s curse

Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The lightning thief ; The sea of monsters ; The titan’s curse, by Rick Riordan

The book the Lightning thief started of predictable, but then it became impossible to predict what would happen next. My favourite two characters were Percy Jackson because he started off like a normal kid. He’s got some needs like I have which is dyslexia. He’s really unpredictable about what he is going to do. And, he is courageous. My next character I liked was Luke because I like a bit of betrayal in the story. He was my favourite ultimate bad guy. I also liked Ares because he’s into war and good with the blade (but not as good as Percy!). My favourite two parts of the book were when Percy Jackson destroyed the Minotaur and the battle between Ares and Percy Jackson.

3 stars

Reviewed by Stephen from Newtown and Newtown School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Stephen: Poseidon : earth shaker

Poseidon : earth shakerPoseidon : earth shaker, by George O’Connor

Poseidon: earth shaker tells the story of how Poseidon became god of the sea. The book is a comic and has lots of monsters in it.
The book has cool comic pictures and tells you about the Greek myths which are usually hard to understand.
I recommend this book to people who like their history and like comics.

4 stars

Reviewed by Stephen from Newtown and Newtown School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by caroline: Percy Jackson : the complete series

Percy Jackson : the complete series, by Rick Riordan

it was a really good series to read my favorite book was percy jackson and the lightning thief. the plot was really good and it was a really big shock that so and so was on the other side to percy jackson ( i am not revealing so and so’s name because it would ruin the plot.
my favorite character is Annabeth because she is so mentally strong and trustworthy.

5 stars

Reviewed by caroline from Karori and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 10 years old

Top 10 Children’s fiction for August 2016

New releases galore on the Children’s fiction front! There is a new Tom Gates adventure, catch up with Liz Pichon’s hero at your library. And what could be on the 78th storey of Andy and Terry’s treehouse? Any one else find this series a really good way to learn their 13 times tables?

 

1. Diary of a wimpy kid series, by Jeff Kinney

2. Tom Gates series, by Liz Pichon

3. Treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths

4. Dirty Bertie series, by Alan MacDonald

5. Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renée Russell

6. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

7. The Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton

8. The BFG, by Roald Dahl

9. Matilda, by Roald Dahl

10. The hidden oracle, by Rick Riordan

Top 10 Childrens eBooks March 2016

Get the jump on your mates for the school holidays. eBooks from overdrive are a great way to make sure you get all the books in a series. David Walliams has some collections to download. So if the book you’re looking for is out from your local library, check the eLibrary collections just in case.

Jeff Kinney rules the countdown for March, think you’re a fan? Well, a group of people in Minneapolis made a musical they like it so much!

 

Here’s your top 10:

1.  The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2.  The Ugly Truth: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 5, by Jeff Kinney

3.  Billionaire Boy, by David Walliams

4.  Ratburger, by David Walliams

5.  The Third Wheel: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 7, by Jeff Kinney

6.  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K.Rowling

7.  Surf’s Up Geronimo! & The Wild, Wild West: Geronimo Stilton Series, Books 20 and 21, by Geronimo Stilton

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

9.  Last Straw: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, Book 3, by Jeff Kinney

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

Top 10 Children’s fiction for January 2016

Summer holiday reading has paid off for Liz Pichon who has the potential to knock Diary of a Wimpy Kid out of the top spot with her amazing Tom Gates book series!

Wondering how authors become people who create stories? Lauren Child has a great website with some encouraging notes for those budding authors out there.  Ruby Redfort fans can pit their wits against code cracker for high security info or take the Spectrum test.  And… paper backs, check out the process for the cover shoots for Look into my eyes, Catch your death, Take your last breath and Feel the fear.

Ever redesigned the book cover for your favourite read? Let us know in the comments.

 

1. Diary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney

2. Tom Gates, by Liz Pichon

3. Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths

4. Dirty Bertie, by Alan MacDonald

5. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

6. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce

7. Ruby Redfort, by Lauren Child

8. Captain Underpants and the sensational saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot, by Dav Pilkey

9. Demon dentist, by David Walliams

10. Magnus Chase and the sword of summer by Rick Riordan

Top 10 Children’s e-Books January 2016

The new year’s e-books have some really popular titles.  It’s great to know that if you really want o read something you can get hold of a copy through your library, or your library’s online portal. Harry Potter is as strong as ever in this medium (pretty popular since we started the e-book Top 10).  J.K. Rowling has written a play with Jack Thorn and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the cursed child, opening in London in July this year.  It’s great to have an evolving story unfold since the last book came out.

Have you ever written a story or play with some of your favourite characters? Let us know in the comments.

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

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K.Rowling

3. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K.Rowling

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

6. The Crown of Ptolemy: Percy Jackson & The Kane Chronicles Crossover Series, Book 3, by Rick Riordan

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K.Rowling

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

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

10. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien

Top 10 Children’s E-Books for October 2015

Fantasy saga fans have really taken to the E-Books.  Rick Riordan has become the favourite with his myth influenced series inspiring a lot of Wellington readers. There are some great resources in the library about Greek myths, non-fiction, comics, more comics,  audio books, movies and some other great stories.  If you’re enjoying the Rick Riordan Heroes of Olympus series try the Pegasus series by Kate O’Hearn (she has also written books on the Norse Myths).

Did you know that many of the heroes and heroines of the Greek myths were immortalised in constellations? Take a look here for some of their stories and place in the night sky.

1.   Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

2.   Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

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

4.  The Mark of Athena: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 3 by Rick Riordan

5.   The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 4 by Rick Riordan

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

7.   The Son of Sobek: Percy Jackson & Kane Chronicles Crossover Series, Book 1 by Rick Riordan

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

9.   The Red Pyramid: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 by Rick Riordan

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