Top 10 Children’s Fiction January 2017

So it’s the holidays – who’s bored? and who is reading? Want to bring some of those tales into real life? Want something delicious to eat but it will totally disgust your younger/older, brother/sister/friend/cousin/relative staying over for the holidays? Well Roald Dahl (who I just learned to pronounce correctly, “Roo-aal”) invented snozzcumbers for his non-human eating giant, you may remember these from the movie! An edible version for humans can be found in Roald Dahl’s revolting recipes, page 12 =)

And what’s been really popular over the holidays…?

  1. Tom Gates series, by Liz Pichon
  2. Diary of a wimpy kid series, by Jeff Kinney
  3. Storey treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths
  4. Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renée Russell
  5. Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling
  6. The Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton
  7. Magnus Chase series, by Rick Riordan
  8. The BFG, by Roald Dahl
  9. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
  10. Ruby Redfort, by Lauren Child

Kids’ Club Review by Tavish: Cherub: The Sleepwalker

Cherub: The Sleepwalker, by Robert Muchamore

An airliner has crashed and over 345 people are dead. Investigators suspect terrorism, but are getting nowhere.
A distressed 12 year old calls the investigators and says that his father might be to blame for the crash. It could be a breakthrough, but there was no evidence and the boy had a history of temper and emotional problems.

CHERUB would need its brightest agents to solve the puzzle.

4 stars

Reviewed by Tavish from Karori, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tavish: Cherub: The Fall

Cherub: The Fall, by Robert Muchamore (Teen Fiction)

When an MI5 mission goes catastrophically wrong , James Adams will require all his training to get out of Russia alive.
Meanwhile, Lauren Adams is on her first solo mission, trying to uncover a brutal operation.
And when James does get back, he realises his nightmare is just beginning.

4 stars

Reviewed by Tavish from Karori, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tavish: Cherub: Maximum Security

Cherub: Maximum Security, by Robert Muchamore (Teen Fiction)

Cherub has put a lot of criminals behind bars. Now, for the first time, they’ve got to break one out.
James Adams has to go inside sunbaked prison Arizona Max, chum up with a fellow inmate and bust him out. This would be James’s biggest mission yet. He would require all of his skills to be able to break out alive.

3 stars

Reviewed by Tavish from Karori, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tavish: Cherub: Class A

Cherub: Class A, by Robert Muchamore (Teen Fiction)

Cherub’s go on missions that cannot be done by MI5 (the adult branch of British Intelligence) or the police.
James Adams is on his biggest mission yet; trying to catch Europe’s biggest drug dealer. He will need all his training to capture and put the man behind bars.
I recommend this book for kids aged 11-15.

4 stars

Reviewed by Tavish from Karori, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tavish: Cherub: The Recruit

Cherub: The Recruit, by Robert Muchamore (Teen Fiction)

James Adams’s life is turned upside down in a heartbeat when his shoplifting mum dies. He get’s sent to a childrens home and after a while he wakes up at CHERUB Campus, the junior department of British Intelligence where children aged 10 – 17 go on dangerous missions to help the world. Little did James know that his first mission would turn into one of CHERUB’s biggest. I recommend this book for kids aged 11-15.

4 stars

Reviewed by Tavish from Karori, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by jack: Stormbreaker : the graphic novel

Stormbreaker : the graphic novelStormbreaker : the graphic novel, by Anthony Horowitz (1955-)

The book begins with Alex Rider learning of the death of his uncle and adopted parent, Ian Rider. He is told that Ian died from being in a car accident where he was not wearing a seatbelt which Alex and his housekeeper find strange. Alex attends the funeral of his deceased where he meets Alan Blunt, who he describes as a boring, emotionless, gray person. Then Alex wags school, and decides to investigate. He discovers his uncle’s car at a wrecking yard, which was not destroyed, but had bullet holes on the windshield. After a near escape from a car crusher, Alex is asked to visit Ian’s former employers, a bank called “Royal & General” that was actually a front for an MI6 spying operation. MI6 head Alan Blunt and his deputy Tulip Jones, informed him that a successful Lebanese built a revolutionary new computer, the Stormbreaker and will give one free to every secondary school in the United Kingdom, accompanied by a grand activation ceremony in the Science Museum (London). MI6, however, were suspicious and had deployed Ian Rider, Alex’s uncle, to investigate. When Ian had become alarmed by the activities he witnessed, he tried to report to MI6. He was assassinated by Yassen Gregorovich on the return to London.

4 stars

Reviewed by jack from Karori, 11 years old

Kids’ Reviews by Lily

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

If you have a great taste for action and adventure, then read this awesome book. It is about a young boy named James Adams, who is chosen for a top secret organisation called CHERUB, where children go on undercover missions and help save Britain. And there’s one key thing: no one suspects that children are spying on them. 5 stars.
Maximum Security by Robert Muchamore
 This book is great because the author’s writing style ensures full graphic images that you can visualise when you read it.
Reviews by Lily of Ngaio


Kids’ Review by Nina

CHERUB Series: Maximum Security by Robert Muchamore

James is ready to start a new recruitment mission. John Jones, an MI5 agent, pulls him out and asks him to go on a mission that is 10 times harder! James has to break out of Arizona Maximum Security prison with Curtis Oxford, who earned his prison sentence by murdering three innocent people. John wants James to earn Curtis’ trust, and break him out, so they can get information as to where Jane Oxford (Curtis’ mom) is hiding. Jane Oxford has been on the run for 23 years and the FBI are dying to finally put her behind bars! Can James break out and clear his name? Can he keep Lauren safe?
Review by Nina of Wadestown