Kids’ Club Review by Kohaya: the boxcar children

The boxcar children, by Gertrude chandler warner

This book is about the four Alden children, who’s parents died. They are supposed to live with their grandfather but they hear that he is mean and they run away. They make a house in a boxcar so that must be were the name Boxcar Children comes in. They have fun until one of them gets sick. The one who gets sick is called Violet. Luckily they know a doctor. But will their grandfather find them? It is a good book. Go on and read it . . .

4 stars

Reviewed by Kohaya from Brooklyn, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kohaya: The Ersatz Elevator

The Ersatz Elevator, by Lemony Snicket

I think this book is really good. It is about the Bauldaire orphans are taken in by people who are rich and their names are Esme and Jerome Squalor. If you have read the previous book, the Austere Academy you would know that the Bauldaires new friends Duncan and Isadora Quagmire have been kidnapped by count Olaf. Here Count Olaf tries yet again to steal the Bauldaire fortune. This time posing as a man named Gunther he befriends Esme Squalor. I liked this book because there is a lot of action and there is also a funny pun. See if you can find it. Go on and read it . . .

4 stars

Reviewed by Kohaya from Brooklyn, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: Beyond the grave

Beyond the graveBeyond the grave, by Jude Watson

Betrayed by their cousins, abandoned by their uncle, and with only the slimmest hint to guide them, fourteen-year old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, rush off to Egypt on the hunt for 39 Clues that lead to a source of unimaginable power. But when they arrive, Amy and Dan get something completely unexpected – a message from their dead grandmother, Grace. Did Grace set out to help the two orphans . . . or are Amy and Dan heading for the most devastating betrayal yet?

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: The sword thief

The sword thiefThe sword thief, by Peter Lerangis

Amy and Dan Cahill have been located once again, this time in the company of the notoriously unreliable Alistair Oh. Could they have been foolish enough to make an alliance?

Spies report that Amy and Dan seem to be tracking the life of one of the most powerful fighters the world has ever known. If this fearsome warrior was a Cahill, his secrets are sure to be well-guarded . . . and the price to uncover them just might be lethal.

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: One false note

One false noteOne false note, by Gordon Korman

THIS JUST IN! Amy and Dan Cahill were spotted on a train, hot on the trail of one of 39 Clues hidden around the world. BUT WAIT! Police report a break-in at an elite hotel, and the suspects ALSO sound suspiciously like Amy and Dan. UPDATE! Amy and Dan have been seen in a car . . . no, in a speedboat chase . . . and HOLD EVERYTHING! They’re being chased by an angry mob?!? When there’s a Clue on the line, anything can happen.

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Keya: The maze of bones

The maze of bonesThe maze of bones, by Rick Riordan

When Amy and Dan Cahill’s Grandmother, Grace Cahill, tragically passes away, the siblings are tossed into another world. At Grace’s funeral, Grace herself talks to them from a video. They either get to keep a million dollars and go, or join the hunt of the family, for 39 clues. Amy and Dan give up their million dollars for the race, but you never know what lies in wait for them.

5 stars

Reviewed by Keya from Central City, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Kohaya: The miserable mill

The miserable millThe miserable mill, by Lemony Snicket

I like this book. It is about the Bauldaire children’s time at Lucky Smells Lumber mill. They have a terrible time. First foreman Flacutono trips Klaus and breaks his glasses. Then Charles takes him to Dr.Orwell’s where he gets hyptonised and starts to cause terrible accidents. Can his siblings un- hyptonise him? Read the book and find out.

5 stars

Reviewed by Kohaya from Brooklyn, 9 years old

Top 10 Children eBooks Summer 2018

eAudiobooks and eBooks are a great way to read what you want when you can’t get into the library.  Harry Potter is dominating the online borrowing at the moment.  A significant addition to the Top 10 is Wonder.  The book about dealing with difference at school has proved really popular in print, online and in movie theatres. The author uses four points of view to tell the story giving the reader an understanding how people are affected by August Pullman’s differences.

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, by J. K. Rowling
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling.
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling
  5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Read by Eddie Redmayne, by J. K. Rowling
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling
  10. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio

Top 10 Children’s Fiction Summer 2018

Great children’s series with new additions! Author Rachel Renee Russell wrote her first book when she was still at school, she was around 10 years old! It was a birthday gift for her brothers.  The Dork Diaries books are inspired by her daughter Nikki and Erin.  Does one of those those names seem familiar?  Russell credits her daughters in authoring the books. Cool!

Have you ever written a book for anyone’s birthday?  It would be a such a great gift.  Or an terrible one if you wrote awful things. Maybe don’t write terrible things!

But definitely check out these popular authors for some great ideas:


  1. Diary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney
  2. Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
  3. Storey Treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths
  4. Tom Gates, by Liz Pichon
  5. Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renée Russell
  6. The World’s Worst Children, by David Walliams
  7. Fantastic beasts and where to find them, by J. K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban,  by J. K. Rowling
  9. Magnus Chase and the ship of the dead, by Rick Riordan
  10. The bad book, by Andy Griffiths

Kids’ Club Review by Gabriella: Perfectly Ella

Perfectly Ella, by Candy Harper

I have recently reviewed Especially Amelia.
The first book in the Strawberry sisters series is Perfectly Ella, which I read before.
It is really really good! (OK that is an understatement!)

In the book, there is a big family, with the Mum called Louise, and then four sisters! There is Amelia, age 13, Ella, age 11, Chloe, age 12, and Lucy, age 7.
Ella is really excited because she is starting Year 7 and her two best friends, Ashandra and Kayleigh will finally get to meet each other! But they don’t like each other. Ella tries hard to pull them together. Does she succeed? Well, read the book!

I liked this book because it was funny and interesting and AWESOME!
I rate it 5 stars/
I would reccomend it to girls age 8-12.

Come on, read it, you know you want to…

5 stars

Reviewed by Gabriella from Johnsonville, 10 years old