Kids’ Club Review by Keya: Save me a seat

Save me a seatSave me a seat, by Sarah Weeks

Ravi is the new kid at Albert Einstein elementary school, and being Indian doesn’t help. When he meets Joe, he thinks Joe’s a bully, but first impressions are often wrong. This book’s very good, and I couldn’t take my eyes off it.

4 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Peehoo: Sprinkles and secrets

Sprinkles and secretsSprinkles and secrets, by Lisa Schroeder

This is a sequel to the book “It’s Raining Cupcakes” which I also wrote about a few days back. Anyway, this book talks about how Sophie (the main character’s bff) is kind of jealous that Isabell gets to go to NYC while she does maths tests. Read to find out if they will patch up their friendship.

5 stars

Reviewed by Peehoo from Johnsonville and , 11 years old

School Journal Exhibition & ComicFest!

Imagine being 110 years old! Well that’s how old the School Journal is turning in May and to celebrate Wellington Central Library is having an exhibition about the School Journal as part of the cool ComicFest 2017.

The School Journal was first published in May 1907, the same year New Zealand became a dominion and it has been going ever since. It’s packed full of stories, cartoons and articles by New Zealanders and many of the people who write and illustrate it are now famous all over the World! The School Journal has helped New Zealanders to find their own voice and has given us an opportunity to show who we were and what it is like to live in Aotearoa.

Over last 40 years comics have been a big part of the School Journal and many comic writers and illustrators have made there “bread and butter” through its pages.

Ask your parents or grandparents what they remember about the School journal and chances are they will have fond memories to tell you. Why not bring them down to Central Library to help prompt their memories.

The exhibition is on now and will run until the 9th of May. Better still come down for ComicFest on the 6th of May, grab some free comics and join in with the many free activities on offer. So hurry on in and find out more about the School Journal and all the amazing people who have contributed to it.

Kids’ Club Review by Elyse: When I am happiest

When I am happiestWhen I am happiest, by Rose Lagercrantz

The book is about a girl called Dani. She is happy many times in her life. So she has written a book about her life called My Happy life. This is the second to last day of Dani’s first year of school. Dani’s best friend Ella has moved to out of town but today something bad happens to Dani’s dad that makes Dani’s life go upside down.

I like this book because it is an interesting book and Dani is a friendly girl.
I think it should be good for children who are six year old and above.

5 stars

Reviewed by Elyse from Miramar and , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Mikayla: Drama

DramaDrama, by Raina Telgemeier

This book is about a girl named Callie who is in middle school. In this book there is romance, fights and craziness. I would recommend this book to people aged 8-15.

5 stars

Reviewed by Mikayla from Tawa and , 10 years old

Some fun new fiction for you to try out!!!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsHappy Bethday by Knife & Packer

So I’m being chased through the park by a pack of angry zombies, I’ve got cake mix on my face and MY MOST EMBARRASSING PHOTO EVER IS IN THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE! Beth Orsen is back for her third hilarious adventure. And with a zombie party, Granny’s baking contest and Beth’s baby photos accidentally being printed in the school magazine, life is about to get messy again!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsPodkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood

A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs. Podkin One-Ear is a legend: a fearsome warrior rabbit whose reputation for cunning and triumph in battle has travelled the ages. When a travelling bard arrives at Thornwood Warren on Midwinter night, he is warmly welcomed. In return for food and lodging, he settles down to tell the tale of Podkin One-Ear – and soon the rabbits are enthralled to hear the story of how one lost little rabbit overcame the cruellest enemy imaginable, and became the greatest warrior their land has ever known.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWelcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sister were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn’t care about politics – all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes. Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. But no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them – until they have no choice but to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go, when you cannot go home?

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWhat not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed. It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…? When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth…

Image courtesy of SyndeticsAn Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

It’s 1944. Elizabeth and Karli live in Dresden where their mother works at the zoo. When the zoo director announces that the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok if the town is bombed, the childrens’ mother moves a young elephant into the back garden to save her. Then the allied bombs begin to fall and the whole family, elephant included, must flee the city.