Some great new kids fiction to help get us through winter!


We are over halfway through winter now – yahoo! This is the perfect time of the year to snuggle up with a good book and hot chocolate. Try one of these new ones that the library has just bought.


A Twist of Tales by Julia Donaldson

A king hides a terrible secret under his crown … A marvellous dream inspires an epic journey … A clever girl outwits the king. Told in hyper-readable language and with full-colour illustrations.



Kensy and Max:  Undercover by Jacqueline HarveyImage courtesy of Syndetics

Kensy and Max are back in London for no time at all before things begin to heat up – quite literally. As a result, Granny Cordelia ships them off to Australia on an undercover mission. The twins find themselves planted in a posh Sydney school where first appearances prove to be deceiving. What seems like a straightforward assignment turns into something so much bigger. Kensy and Max must employ all their spy skills – the fate of their parents, and who they’ve been searching for, depends on it.



Image courtesy of SyndeticsWe’ll bite your tail, Geronimo by Geronimo Stilton

Professor Greenfur, the onboard scientist on spaceship MouseStar 1, has changed color from green to–orange! What’s going on? To find out, the spacemice travel to his home planet of Photosyntheson. There, they learn that all of Professor Greenfur’s relatives are being threatened by the nibblix, tiny aliens with very sharp teeth! Can the spacemice help in time?


Maximillian Fly by Angie SageImage courtesy of Syndetics

Maximillian Fly, a roach-human hybrid, helps two young humans escape from the Bartizan’s eye, only to find himself a key player in a deadly war between roaches and humans



Image courtesy of SyndeticsMeet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

In this compilation of four separately published books, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities.

Kids’ Club Review by Luke: Star Scouts

Star ScoutsStar Scouts, by Mike Lawrence

Avani is forced to do flower scouts but after flower scouts she gets teleported into a star scouts meeting. In star scouts, Avani finally feels like she belongs. However, she has to keep her dad from finding out that she is no longer on Earth. This is a graphic novel and I enjoyed reading it (especially for a change from chapter books).

5 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Luke: Cosmic : it’s one giant leap for all boy-kind

Cosmic : it's one giant leap for all boy-kindCosmic : it’s one giant leap for all boy-kind, by Frank Cottrell Boyce

This is a well written chapter book about a boy called Liam who goes to a theme park and under mysterious circumstances ends up in outer space. I really enjoyed this boy although it is more suitable for younger children. Frank Boyce is a fantastic author who really engages the reader.

5 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Double Cross

Double Cross, by Louise Park

I actually think this book is amazing , because Valentina is Molly’s friend and Miya is Addie’s friend. It’s like they are versing each other. This is the enjoyest bit about this book , When Addie went one one of the savasaurs , she offered her hand to Valentina . Then after a while Valentina went on one of the savasurs like Addie did . Then she offered her hand to Addie . It was a bit nice of Valentina to do this . She also said My turn to give you a hand up Addie. Then she gave her a small smile . I really think this book is nice and joyful .

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Central City and Churton Park School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: CatStronauts

CatStronautsCatStronauts, by Drew Brockington

cute fluffy illustrations in this graphic novel. main characters are Waffles, Pompom and Blanket. they go on adventures to save the planet. they make a solar power plant on the moon’s surface. Funny and interesting read. recommend for ages 6+

4 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and Cashmere Avenue School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Rebecca: Star Scouts

Star ScoutsStar Scouts, by Mike Lawrence

This is a cleverly written story that follows the life of a new kid in town. It makes you think deeply about friendship and collaboration, and is a thought provoking story.

4 stars

Reviewed by Rebecca from Kilbirnie and , 12 years old