Top 10 for November

Looking for something good to get stuck into? Here are the ten most popular children’s books for November.  The top 5 books are so popular they’ve been on the Top 10 list for many months. But there are loads of new books on this month’s list too!

1. Diary of a wimpy kid : the third wheel by Jeff Kinney

It’s almost here! Make sure your name is on the reserve list. This is the third month in a row this title has been on the Top 10 list, and up from the number 2 position on last month’s list.


2. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

The wait is over! This brand new book has finally arrived after 5 months in the Top 10 list. Will is still be in the Top 10 next month?


3. Yellowfang’s Secret by Erin Hunter

It’s been a long wait, but this book has finally arrived in the libraries after 4 months on this Top 10 list.


4. Big Book of Billy B. Brown by Sally Rippin

This new book is not quite in the library yet, make sure your name is on the reserve list. 5 months on the Top 10 list -Wow! Up from 7th place on last month’s list.


5. Captain Underpants and the revolting revenge of the radioactive robo-boxers by Dav Pilkey

NEW! Another brand new book in the Captain Underpants series and a new entry on the Top 10 list. Put your name on the reserve list now.


6. Four Children and It by Jacqueline Wilson

NEW! Another new book on the Top 10 list and another by Jacqueline Wilson.


7. Big Nate Flips Out by Lincoln Pierce

NEW book by Lincoln Pierce in the ‘Big Nate’ series. Get your name on the reserve list today!


8. Diplo-Dizzydocus by Kyle Mewburn

NEW book by one of New Zealand’s favourite authors.


9. The 39 Clues. Cahills vs Vespers: Trust Noone by Linda Sue Park

NEW! You’ve been waiting for it, and here it is! the latest book in the 39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers series. It’s just been added to our catalogue -reserve it now!


10. Solak Scourge of the Sea by Adam Blade

NEW! The newest Beast Quest book, with a terrifying cover! (The cover pic isn’t on the catalogue yet, but I googled it, and it’s scary!)





Special mention: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien is also very popular at the moment because the movie is being released very soon. Read the book (or comic or audiobook) to find out what all the hype is about.

Food for thought: New non-fiction

Junior Gourmet: amazing recipes from around the world

Imaging impressing your friends and Mum and Dad with dishes like vegetable moussaka or crepes with strawberries! Ok, you might need some help with the cooking and chopping, but the recipes themselves are pretty straightforward. It’s full of amazing pictures of mouthwatering food, divided into recipes by country.  You learn a little bit about the country and its food and then you can get straight on to cooking! It’s probably not the book for you if you’ve never cooked anything before, but if you’ve got more experience, this book will taking your kitchen skills and your tastebuds to the next level.



Cooking for kids with allergies

If you’re gluten intolerant, dairy free or allergic to nuts (or all of the above) don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten you! This cookbook is filled with delicious things to eat that won’t trigger your allergies.  A lot of the recipes can be served to those with more than one allergy; for example, the lemon tarts are both nut-free and gluten-free! Everything looks tasty and healthy, and there’s some good information about how to deal with your allergies.




Joe-Joe the Wizard brews up solids, liquids and gasses

Joe-Joe the wizard is brewing up something quite different in this science book. When he tries to turn his homework into chocolate (and fails) his science teacher uses this to teach him about different states of matter. A cross between a picture book and a science book, this would be useful to explain basic scientific concepts to younger readers .




Island: A story of the Galápagos Islands

This is another book that’s part picture book , part non-fiction book. It tells the story of the Galápagos Islands, from six million years ago, when a volcano erupted,  starting off the environmental changes which would make the Galápagos  Islands such a unique place full of amazing creatures.  It also talks clearly about the process of evolution; over the generations finches, for example, end up changing to suit the harsh environment of the Islands. The illustrations are beautiful and all the information is set out clearly.  Another book that’s great for you if you’re just starting to learn about science.



Super Nature

This is a big book that will help you out if you ever need to know what the smallest carnivorous mammal  is  (Least Weasel) or the heaviest insect (our own Little Barrier Giant Weta.) It also has information about more obscure  if no less awesome creatures, such as the Bombardier Beetle, which defends itself by spraying its attacker with boiling liquid projected from its rear end. This book is all about the extremes in the animal world.




 You are Stardust

“You are stardust,” this book begins, “Every tiny atom in your body came from a star that exploded long before you were born.” This beautiful book is part science, part philosophy and part story. It’s told in simple language, but that doesn’t mean its message is any less powerful.

New Back to School Non Fiction.

Guinness World Records 2013.

Who is smaller – the new shortest man or the heaviest newborn baby? What weighs more – the largest donkey or the heaviest hot dog? The latest Guinness World records is now available with the answers to those questions  and contains lots more of amazing facts and world records. You can also download the FREE Augmented Reality app to see records come to life in amazing 3D. Guinness World Records 2013 is truly a fantastic read.





Train your Brain to be a Maths Genius.

This book is great for anyone who finds Maths a struggle. This book is full of problems, puzzles and fun activites that will boost your brain cells and improve your Maths skills. As a bonus, you will also find information on some of the greatest maths minds in history, from Greek Gods, such as Archimedes, to world War II code-breaker Alan Turning.






The Weird Series by Erin Frankel and Paula Heaphy:









If you are being bullied, know someone who is being bullied or if YOU are the bully, these are the books to read. The WEIRD series consists of three books called WEIRDDARE and TOUGH which are stories of bullying told from all perspectives: the target, the bystander and the child doing the bullying. The weird series is part of Bully Free Kids – Free Spirit Publishing’s bullying prevention resources just for kids.  An excellent resource for children, parents and teachers with information on how to recognize the signs of bullying, how to prevent bullying and positive messages to build your confidence.


 Weird Science Mad Marvels from the Way-Out World! by Matt Lake and Randy Fairbanks.

Ever wanted to know what’s WEIRD about science? Ever wanted information on two-headed cows, animals with ears on their knees, frogs falling from the sky and scientists from planet Venus? You will find all the answers and more in this amazing book that takes kids on a scientific ride to the wacky side. From Zany Zoology to Medical Mishaps, the creators of Weird U.S., scout out wonders, but mostly of the astonishing or gross out sort facts from all scientific fields. You will also learn find out all about Crazy Chemistry, Freaky Physics, Mysterious Phenomena and much, much more.



What would you do if you were a billionaire?

To celebrate the release of The Crystal Code, book four in Richard Newsome’s award-winning Billionaire series, Text Publishing is running a writing competition for students aged 10–13 years.

The winner’s school will receive a $1,000 credit voucher and the winning writer a $100 credit voucher to spend in one Australian or New Zealand bookshop, courtesy of Text Publishing.

To be part of the competition, you must write a story of no more than 500 words about what would happen if you inherited billions of dollars.

The competition opened 1 October 2012. A completed entry form must accompany each story, and entries must be received at Text Publishing by Friday 9 November 2012. You can download the entry form from their website.

Richard Newsome is a New Zealander who is living in Australia. He grew up in Wanganui.


Check out the other books in this awesome series:

fiction, Fiction or … FICTION !!!

Holidays are  over, but I am sure you will still have plenty of time to enjoy these new books. Look here for some good new books to share with your mates at school!

Check this out…

Infinity RING, a Mutiny in time by James Dashner

When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the key to time travel – a handheld device known as the Infinity Ring – they’re swept up in a centuries old war for the fate of humankind. Recruited by a secret society named the Hystorians, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course. Now it’s up to Dark, Sera, and young Hystorian Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks.

Fix the past and save the future.. This first book of the “Infinity Ring” series will lead you into a tremendous adventure !

The book includes an all-new, top secret Hystorian’s Guide to unlock the next episode…

8 years old and +


 Jade at the Champs by Amy Brown

In the second of the Pony Tales series, Jade Lennox faces a new challenge. Now that her dad is out of prison and has a job in Flaxton, she can prepare her beloved pony, Pip, for the national Pony Club Champs. She has made the junior team, and her coach is Olympic gold medallist, Michaela Lewis. But when Pip develops laminitis, Jade must ride Dorian, the exquisite but temperamental grey. Can they become a partnership in time? Will Pip ever recover? And will saving another abused pony jeopardize her own chances of winning the championship?

This book is the volume 2 of the Pony Tales series. Perfect for all horse and pony lovers !

9 years old and +


Drowned Ammet by Diana Wynne Jones

The people of Holand are being crushed by their evil ruler, so when the Freedom Fighters come up with a plot to kill him, Mitt is keen to play a part. But this is not just any part, it’s the star role – the assassin.

But when the plot goes terribly wrong Mitt finds himself alone and on the run in a dangerous place, full of enemies…

This is the second book by the best-selling author Diana Wynne Jones. This book will appeal to all fantasy audiences !

10 years old and +


Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Penny Packer

Stella loves living with Great aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, but mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does, something Stella appreciates since her mom is, well, kind of unreliable. So while Mom “finds herself”, Stella fantasizes that someday she’ll come back to the Cape and settle down. The only obstacle to her plan? Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in. Angel couldn’t be less like her name – she tough and prickly, and the girls hardly speak to each other.

But when tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Stella and Angel are forced to rely on each other to survive and they learn that they are stronger together than they could have imagined.

A surprising novel of friendship and family which will make you think about who you belong to…

10 years old and +


Judy Moody and Stink, the Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald

Judy Moody is making a list and checking it twice, but all Stink really wants this year is snow. It hasn’t snowed on christmas in Virginia in more than one hundred years, however, so what are the chances that that will change? But who is this new mail man who looks like a jolly old elf and seems to know a lot about weather patterns?


Curl up with the newest comedy about Stink and Judy Moody, you will already feel like it’s Christmas time!

6 years old and +

New cook book for Kids

Nick’s Cook Book: Tasty recipes for kids who love to cook! byNicholas Brockelbank

Like to eat? of course you do! How about trying some cooking then?

Nic self-published his first cook book when he was just 8 years old! He then wrote another and set up his own website to sell his recipes and artwork to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund and the True Colours Charitable Trust. He is also donating 50% of his (and Scholastic’s) royalties from the sales of this book to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

You will find scrumptious recipes such as savoury bacon and egg pies, summer rice paper rolls, salmon sushi, tomato and mushroom risotto plus other handy meals. For the sweet-tooth he has chocolate cookie and cream ice cream cake, chocolate slice, golf balls (chocolate balls) and raspberry lamingtons (getting hungry yet?). At the front he demonstrates basic cooking terms, explains measurement terms, and throughout the book are handy tips, facts and yummy mouth-watering photographs.

This book is so new that it’s not on the shelves yet. But you can put your name on the waiting list through our catalogue.

Do you like to cook? Comment below to tell us what your favourite recipe is.

New Non Fiction for October: Animals, History and… Dancing.

Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: Greeks.

Tony Robinson is back with more from Weird World of Wonders. Why the ancient Greeks were mad about olive oil? Who Pythagoras was? Why Alexander the Great named a city after his horse, Bucephalus? ?How the Greeks invented the first computer, vending machine and death-ray? You will find out all the answers to these questions and more in this action packed read.  If you enjoyed Tony Robinson’s last book on Ancient Egypt and the British, then you will love this one on British history.




My First Sewing Book: 35 easy and fun projects for children aged 7 years old + 
Love sewing? Then this is the book for you.You will find in this book 35 projects that will help you learn how to sew. All the instructions and cute step-by-step artworks are easy to follow; plus, each project has a grade so that you can start with easy sewing and move onto using more advanced stitches as you get better at it.




Monkeys by Claire Thorp.
Where do monkeys live? Can Monkeys tell lies? What can you do to help the Monkeys?

Find out the answers and more in this new exciting read. You will find out all you need to know about monkeys, including information on primates’ physical features, social habits, mental capabilities, and lives in their wild habitats.





Giraffes by Sarah Albee.
Find out all you need to know about giraffes, including answers to the trickiest questions, such as  how a giraffe drinks from the ground?  This book is also filled with valuable information, stunning photographs and little known facts, like a giraffe has seven bones in their neck and they can jump over objects as high as six feet.





The Book of Dance by Lorrie Mack.
The world of dance is yours to explore! Read all you need to know about dance and its history in this great and exciting book! This book allows you to discover the excitement of dance with all its magical rhythm, steps, costumes, music and dancers. You will also gain information on various types of dance, like ballet and ballroom. Also learn about popular productions from classical favorites, (The Nutcracker), Broadway (Singin’ in the Rain), Bollywood and even fresh dance styles that were inspired from the streets and clubs (Disco and Break dancing) and famous dancers of all time like Michael Jackson.



The Lego Book by Daniel Lipkowitz.
For all you Lego fans out there, this is the book to read. You find all the information you need to know about the history of the LEGO products. This book also  discusses the origins of the company, and the evolution of bricks, figures, play themes, and related products and features a time line that records the introduction of the first plastic bricks to the LEGO products of 2012. In addition this book allows you to explore LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO Toy story and much more.

World of Adventure: New Non-Fiction

So you want to catch Bigfoot?

Bigfoot is what’s called a cryptid; an animal whose existence or survival is disputed by science. The study of cryptids (such as the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and Canterbury Big Cats) is called cryptozoology. If you want to the first to prove to the world that such creatures exist, then this is a good place to start!






Which New Zealand Insect?

This book is great for those of you who are obsessed with creep-crawlies; all the pictures are life size, so you can identify the bug under your fridge or in your garden easily. It’s divided by different types of bugs, so you can easily find what you’re looking for. Not a book for Entomophobes, though!







Sailors Under Fire

This book is crammed full of nautical tales of derring-do and courage under extreme circumstances. It starts off with the first battle at sea,  at Salamis in 480 BCE. There’s a lot of information about twenty century warships, and it also talks about the role that the modern navy plays in the world. It’s a great book for people who have just started out reading, or want more general information about naval warfare.






Iceland is known as the “land of fire and ice.”  While the country is mostly dominated by ice caps and glaciers, it also has many active volcanoes.  Volcanic activity in  Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 caused the greatest disruption in air travel since World War Two! This is a great book with lots of interesting information about a country that’s not often in the news.







This is a combination of a non-fiction book and a picture book, and great for younger readers who are interested in snakes! The beautiful illustrations will take you through python’s day, as she hunts, eats and guards her eggs.







The lonely existence of asteroids and comets

This is a great book about space told in an unusual way; it’s in comic book format! The illustrations are great, and everything’s laid out in a clear and open way.  Did you know that some asteroids are so large they’re considered small planets? Like Ceres, an asteroid that’s named after the Greek Goddess of grain. Reading through this book is a great way to fill in the time before Halley’s comet appears in Earth’s skies again…in July, 2061!


Top 10 September

September is quite exciting – check out the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

1. Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan – New Book – this is the 3rd time the 3rd book in the Heroes of Olympus Series is #1 on the Reserves list!

2. Kingdom of the Wicked, Derek Landy – Available Now – The latest Skulduggery Pleasant is up from #10 last month.

3. Yellowfang’s SecretErin Hunter –  New Bookup from # 4 last month – the 5th book in the Super Edition Arc.

4. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, Dav Pilkey – Available Now – 4th month on the Top 10!

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the third wheel, Jeff Kinney – New Book – The latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Greg is in middle school – it debuts at #5! Reserve it now!

6. Big Book of Billy B. BrownSally Rippin – New Book – 4th month on the top 10 list!

7. Guide to Pokemon Legends, – New Book – 1st time on the list. Reserve now and learn all about the legends of Pokemon!

8. The Third DoorEmily Rodda – New Book – Join Rye as he faces another door – the third, wooden door.

9. The 26-Storey TreehouseAndy Griffiths – Available Now – Get in quick – For everyone who enjoyed the 13-Storey Treehouse!

10. Emerald StarJacqueline Wilson – New Book – Reserve your copy of Hetty Feather’s latest adventure now!

New cool Fiction

Check this out ! Historical tales, fantasy or mystery… One of these books is just perfect for you !


Uncle Trev and his Whistling Bull by Jack Lasenby

I’d been sick in bed for ages. Uncle Trev said he and Old Tip would come , so Mum could get out of the house for a change. “You needn’t think that man’s coming in here, ” Mum said. ” Going through my cake tins, filling you up with silly stories, and bringing that dog inside as soon as I’m out of the house. I can smell it even before I put my foot in the back door.”

That didn’t stop Uncle Trev. He’d sneak in and tell me stories about the animals on his farm, his neighbour Gotta Henry, and the time the barbarians sacked the town…

This is a new hilarious novel by the very famous New Zealand writter, Jack Lasenby.



Shine by Kate Maryon

” The page is staring at me waiting for words, but I don’t even know where to start. I’d quite like to begin the letter with something like, Dear Mum, Thanks for ruining my life, but I don’t think that’s the kind of letter that Auntie Cass has in mind.”

Tiff’s sparkling world comes crashing down when her mum commits a crime. Packed off to live with family in the dullest place on the planet- and without Mum around, everything seems to lose its shine…

Reading this book might make you discover your very own inner shine…

Girls 8+



Charmseekers, The Dragon’s Revenge by Georgie Adams

Sesame and Maddy are on holiday in Cornwall when they’re whisked to Lantern Hill in Karisma to meet the third gatekeeper, Firebird. The girls arrive to find the spirit of the great dragon, Agapogo, Guardian of the Silver Pool seeking revenge on Zorgan, the sorcerer. A plague of fire-breathing drakons is causing havoc. They must also face Morbrecia, Queen Charm’s older sister and bitter rival. There are still 11 precious charms missing – Morbrecia, Zorgan, Ses and Maddy all want to be the first to find them.

A great book for girls who love dragons and adventure !

6 years old +



Young Samurai, The Ring of Earth by Chris Bradford

In 1614 Japan, English orphan Jack Fletcher finds himself in mortal danger. With no sensei to protect him, he is on the run from enemies, including the Shogun’s samurai. When Jack is kidnapped by ninja, he must learn all he can from his sworn enemy if he has any hope of escape.

If you are passionate about Martial Arts and feel like you’re a young Samurai and , this is definitely the book for you!

9 years old and +



 Artemis Fowl and the last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

It is Armageddon time for Artemis Fowl. Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen. If she succeeds, the spirit of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deers, or badgers – or two curious little boys by the names of Myles and Beckett Fowl?

For all the Fowl fans ! This book is full of action, weaponry and laugh-out-loud jokes.. But is it the end of the Artemis Fowl series?

9 years old and +



The Great Piratical Rumbustification by Margaret Mahy illustrated by Quentin Blake

All across the city, the pirates are getting restless and long for a party. So when a retired pirate comes to babysit for the Terrapin family, they are in for quite a surprise…

Just as dazzling and delightful as it was when it was first released.

6 years old and +