5 great new fiction to read as warm summer days approach

mysthsIsn’t springtime wonderful?!

Birds are chirping and who knows what the weather is going to do! So head down to your nearest library and escape into some of these fantastic new books!


Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani ChokshiImage courtesy of Syndetics

Accused of stealing the god of love’s bow and arrow, Aru has ten days to find the real thief or risk being kicked out of the Otherworld.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsPrincess Leia: Royal Rebel by Calliope Glass

Ever wonder how Princess Leia became the leader of the Resistance? When did she first join the fight against the Galactic Empire? What was her home planet like? How did she help destroy the Death Star? Who are her closest allies and greatest enemies? And how did she go from being a senator to a general? In this biography–filled with illustrations, character profiles, and fast facts–you’ll learn the complete history of Princess Leia and her fight to free the galaxy.


Lady Mary
by Lucy WorsleyImage courtesy of Syndetics

Mary Tudor’s world is turned upside-down when her father, Henry the Eighth, declares his marriage to her mother is over and that Mary isn’t really his child. How can he do such a thing? Banished from court and separated from her beloved mother, Mary realises her family will never be as she hoped. Alone for the first time in her life, Mary must fight for what is rightfully hers. Despite what anyone says, she will always be a princess. It is in her blood. But without her fierce mother by her side, will Mary find the strength? Is there anyone Mary can trust? And how will she survive?


Image courtesy of SyndeticsBeyond Platform 13 by Sibeal pounder

The Island of Mist is under siege and Odge Gribble and Prince Ben are in hiding. Desperate to find out why the mist is disappearing, Odge travels through the gump to Vienna, to find a mistmaker expert. But in yet another case of mistaken identity, Odge finds Lina, a nine-year-old girl looking for adventure. With the help of friends old and new, and some very interesting magic, Odge and Lina must discover the secret of the mist, before they lose their beloved island completely.


Tui Street Heroes by Anne KayesImage courtesy of Syndetics

Who can help when you’re faced with vicious creatures that are meant to be extinct or people who don’t care whether you live or die? The Tui Street kids are writing ‘hero’s journey’ stories at school, but soon find themselves involved in adventures more difficult than they could ever have imagined



Some great new Summertime reading from the kids fiction shelves at your Library!

Summertime is in the air! These awesome new kids fiction books have arrived at your library!!!… so pop down to your local branch library to get your hands on these gems….


Image courtesy of SyndeticsChill of the Ice Dragon; Dragon Masters #9 by Tracey West

The Dragon Masters are still reeling from the desertion of Rori and her fire dragon Vulcan, when Mina, a Dragon Master from the far north, arrives with a problem–King Lars needs a fire dragon to defeat the Ice Giant who has frozen his kingdom; and so the Dragon Masters set out to find Rori and convince her to help.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsLenny’s book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won’t stop growing and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their single mother, who works two jobs and is made almost entirely out of worries, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of Burrell’s Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world and dream about a life of freedom and adventure, visiting places like Saskatchewan and Yellowknife and the gleaming lakes of the Northwest Territories. But as her brother’s health deteriorates, Lenny realizes that some wonders can’t be named.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsHead Kidby David Baddiel

Bracket Wood is about to be visited by the school inspectors. But there’s one big problem: Ryan Ward. The maestro of practical jokes, Ryan has played so many tricks that in the end the Head Teacher just walks out. And then the new Head Teacher, Mr Carter, arrives. A man so strict even the teachers are scared of him. So imagine his surprise – and Ryan’s – when they swap bodies. Now Ryan is Head Teacher – and his mortal enemy is one of his pupils. It’s every naughty kid’s dream! But soon Bracket Wood School is in a total mess – and only its worst ever pupil can fix it…

Image courtesy of SyndeticsSquirm by Carl Pliaasen

Billy Dickens discovers that his mysterious father lives in Montana, so this summer Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, and save his own father.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe First Adventures of Princess Peony by Nette Hilton & Lucinda Gifford

Once upon a time there was a dear little girl called Peony. That’s P.E.O.N.Y. And it’s me. I live in a Castle with my Dragon whose name is Totts. That’s T.O.T.T.S And that makes me a Princess if you really want to know. Princess Peony is not really a princess, but she does have a pet dragon, which means she’s kind of like a princess. In her first adventure, she must keep an evil troll (her brother) from trying to steal her dragon (dog)–and avoid being eaten by a bear, which is really hard work.

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Seaside Fun

Seaside Fun, by Rosie Banks

I actually loved this book while I was reading it! In this Secret Princesses book, Mia and Charlotte have to grant Tanesha’s wish! Tanesha was invited to a girl named Bea to do water sports! Tanesha is a good swimmer, but she doesn’t know how to surf or snorkel. Can Mia and Charlotte teach her how to surf/snorkel or will Princess Poison spoil the teaching? Read the book to find out! Overall, this was a really good book and I think you should love it too well you start reading it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Johnsonville, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Tropical Party

Tropical Party, by Rosie Banks

It’s a fantastic book with a great wish to grant! In this Secret Princesses book, Charlotte and Mia have to grant Kala’s wish! Kala’s family and herself are throwing a surprise party for her grandparents because it’s their ruby wedding anniversary! But will Princess Poison and her two assistants Hex and her poison frog, Toxin make this miracle a nightmare? Read the book to find out! Overall, I loved this book because Charlotte and Mia have fantastic plans for Princess Poison’s horrible assistants. It was really close to 5 stars but not yet.

4 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Johnsonville, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tra An: Princess Cora and the crocodile

Princess Cora and the crocodile, by Laura Amy Schlitz


Princess Cora: I like her the best because she’s brave and hopeful.
Queen: Smart and bossy
King: Athletical
Nanny: she likes everything to be neat and is also bossy.
Crocodile: Playful and not good at sport.

Plot: Princess Cora didn’t like having 3 barth per day reading law books and skip. oNE DAY she wanted a dog but her parents & nanny didn’t let her have one. She asked her fairy godmother but instead got a crocodile. Princess Cora wanted a day of so the crocodile pretended to be her, and princess got to do whatever she wanted to do. Everything went terrible and princess cora had to explain. Then she said she didn’t want to go back to her old life, and after she confessed that she only wanted 2 barth per day sometimes read nonfiction or fiction and skip now and then.

My opinion: I think this book is fun to read exciting adventures and cool. This book describe the Characters really well.

I would Recommend this book to: 7 year olds or older and people who like princess or crocodiles.

5 stars

Reviewed by Tra An from Johnsonville , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Movie magic

Movie magicMovie magic, by Rosie Banks

In this Secret Princesses book , Charlotte and Mia whisk off to Hollywood and they meet a girl called Montana and they have to grant her three wishes to make her have a speaking part so she wouldn’t have to be an extra. I loved this book and I recommend this for a wide range of ages.

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Johnsonville, 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Cardi: Glitter Bird

Glitter Bird, by Rosie Banks

I really liked this book when I read it. It is by a lady called Rosie Banks. Rosie Banks does not just write Secret Kingdom, she writes books like Secret Kingdom and Secret Princesses and lots more. In the story some girls ( called Ellie, Summer and Jasmine ) need to find a bird. That is why the story is called Glitter Bird. The bird sprinkles glitter. The bird has the power of friendship. But thanks to the bad person, the bird makes people fight! Help the girls and their friend Trixi stop the evil queen and her horrible sprites from getting the bird first! I really shall review more of Secret Kingdom and Secret Princess.

5 stars

Reviewed by Cardi from Brooklyn, 7 years old