Kids’ Club Review by Maddalena: Thirst

Thirst, by Lizzie Wilcock

This exciting book was my no.1 favorite of all time.
When Karanda Hooke finds herself stranded in the Aussie outback with only a bottle of water and a backpack, she realizes it is her chance to get as far away as possible from her old life of sadness and hopelessness so dives into her new life.
Read this book to find out what happens in her new life.
Totally recommended to kids of ages from 7 and up.

5 stars

Reviewed by Maddalena from Central City and Kelburn Normal School , 10 years old

5 great new children’s fiction to get you through these chilly winter days

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Vanishing of Billy Buckle by Sally Gardner

The famous fairy detective agency, Wings & Co, has a big problem.  Well quite a few of them actually. There’s the missing giant, Billy Buckle, who has vanished without a trace, and left his giant daughter behind.  There’s a surprise visit to the seaside, which uncovers a murder and a stolen diamond.  And then there’s that tricky business of the TV talent show.  Squat on a squid, this is Emily, Buster and Fidget’s most complicated case yet. – taken from back cover.

 

Looking Glass GirlImage courtesy of Syndetics by Cathy Cassidy  

Alice nearly didn’t go to the sleepover. Why would Savvy, queen of the school, invite someone like her? Now Alice is lying unconscious in a hospital bed. Lost in a wonderland of dreams and half-formed memories, she’s surrounded by voices – the doctor, her worried friends and Luke, whose kisses the night of the fall took her by surprise . . . When the accident happened her world vanished – can Alice ever find her way back? A wonderful modern-day reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Looking Glass Girl is the stunning new book from Cathy Cassidy, an unforgettable tale of friendship and love from one of the UK’s best-loved authors;- www.Goodreads.com

 

Trash MountainImage courtesy of Syndetics by Jane Yolen

When the gray squirrels kill his parents, a young red squirrel vows revenge, finding unlikely allies in the rats and gulls of Trash Mountain.

 

 

 

Sock Monkey Into the Deep WoodsImage courtesy of Syndetics by Matt Danner & Tony Millionaire

“In this all-new storybook adventure, the sock monkey Uncle Gabby, his button-eyed friend Mr. Crow, and their little doll pal Inches embark on a dangerous plan to rescue their missing human, Ann-Louise, from the vicious Amarok monster that they believe has kidnapped her into the haunted woods! The epic quest that follows takes them by sea, land, and air through breathtaking lands, including a colorful cast of fanciful new characters, including the Trumbernick, the Gardsmen of Bear Town, flying harpies, and a hideous sea monster!”–page [4] of cover

 

Harvey Angell Beats TimeImage courtesy of Syndetics by Diana Hendry

‘After the Great Storm the air was buzzing. Fences were toppled, trees were uprooted. With all the mess in Henry’s town, it didn’t surprise him to find a bundle of trash stuck in his Aunt Agatha’s hollyhocks. But when Henry discovers that the bundle is a baby — a baby with tiny antennae instead of eyebrows, and ears that look like buttercups — he suspects his old friend Harvey Angell is responsible. After all, Harvey Angell does have very special connections! But Harvey Angell is nowhere to be found, and witchy women are lining up around the block, desperate to see the baby. Henry is running out of time. He’s got to find Harvey Angell before this mystery turns into cosmic disaster’.- www.goodreads.com

 

 

 

4 Fun new Fiction books for children

Image courtesy of SyndeticsSave Rafe -Middle School;6,  by James Patterson

“Middle schooler Rafe Khachadorian faces his greatest challenge yet as he struggles to complete a week-long wilderness survival course to prove to his school administrators that he can succeed”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

 

The Complete Adventures of Johnny Mutton Image courtesy of Syndeticsby James Proimos

The many adventures of Johnny Mutton — Johnny Mutton, he’s so him! — Mutton soup — Extras, extras, read all about it!  Presents a collection of humorous stories about Johnny Mutton, the young sheep raised as a regular boy.

 

 

 

Archie Greene and the Magician’s SecretImage courtesy of Syndetics by D. D Everest

Archie Greene has lived with his grandmother since he was a baby, but when a mysterious package arrives on his twelfth birthday with instructions to take it to a strange bookshop in Oxford, he finds himself involved with a secret society of people who protect the world’s magical books, and discovers that he has family he never knew about.

 

 

 

Emily’s Tiara Trouble Image courtesy of Syndetics– The Anti-Princess Club;1

Talented ten-year-olds Emily, Bella, Chloe and Grace are sick of teachers assuming they are helpless princesses. When maths whiz Emily Martin’s mother enters her in the local beauty pageant, it’s the last straw – the four friends form the Anti-Princess Club, with the motto We Don’t Need Rescuing. Can they use their awesome skills to show the world that girls want to be valued for more than what they see in the mirror?

Kids’ Club Review by Eliza: Kensuke’s kingdom

Kensuke's kingdomKensuke’s kingdom, by Michael Morpurgo

I loved this riveting book, about a boy called Michael. He’s an ordinary boy, but when his parents loses their jobs, Michael’s dad buys a boat, ‘The Peggy Sue’. Then Michaels life changes completely. He gets thrown over board, and has to find a way to survive, until his parents find him. But Michael thinks that he’s not the only one living on his island. Who is companying him, and helping him to survive? And are they friend, or foe?

5 stars

Reviewed by Eliza from Johnsonville, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jayden: Hatchet

HatchetHatchet, by Gary Paulsen

I thing That Gary has used very similar vocab to H.I. Larry but he has introduced many new words and I think he worked really well on this book.

4 Stars

4 stars

Reviewed by Jayden from Johnsonville, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Fiona: Kensuke’s kingdom

Kensuke's kingdomKensuke’s kingdom, by Michael Morpurgo

This book is AWESOME!!!!!!!! It’s about this guy who get stranded on this island and every morning a bowl of fish and fresh fruit anonymously arrive on the entrance of the cave he sleeps in. Who could it be?? this is an amazing story of freindship, trust, and survival. Please read this book, you won’t regret it!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Fiona from Tawa, 11 years old

New Year! New Fiction!

The River Singers by Tom Moonhouse

“Something was approaching the burrow. Something deadly. Something that made Sylvan’s fur bristle with fear . . . Knowing their lives are under threat, Sylvan and his brother and sisters have no choice but to abandon their burrow for ever. Together they set out on an epic journey along the Great River; but with dangers lurking at every turn, will they ever find a safe place to call home?”–Publisher description.

 

 

Image Courtesy of SyndeticsChitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Frank Cottrell Boyce

“The Tootings are stuck in 1966! Somebody’s stolen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and left them behind. But that’s not their biggest problem. Their biggest problem is that Little Harry’s been kidnapped by whoever stole their magical car. There’s only one solution: the Tootings must find the Potts — the family that originally built Chitty. Sharing their combined knowledge of how Chitty works, the families may stand a chance of rescuing Little Harry and finding the most brilliant car in the world. But a fiendish criminal has different plans, ones that involve flying Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to the moon and putting an explosive scheme into action.” (Review from Good Reads)

 

 

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon CreechImage Courtesy of Syndetics

“One day a young couple wakes to find a boy asleep on their porch. Unable to speak, the boy cannot explain his history. What kind of people would leave their child with strangers? All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for this boy. As their connection to him grows, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family, but how long can their happiness last?”– From inside book cover.

 

 

Image Courtesy of SyndeticsRunt by Nora Raleigh Baskin

From different perspectives, explores middle school bullying as Maggie, tired of Elizabeth Moon’s superior attitude, creates a fake profile on a popular social networking site to teach Elizabeth a lesson.

 

 

 

 

Image Courtesy of SyndeticsThe Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan

Robbie and his dog, Ellie, spend the summer at his grandmother Maddy’s house, where Robbie learns many things about his emotionally distant parents and himself.

New Non Fiction: Take a journey into the wild, Mythological lands and to a galaxy far, far away.

Another school term has began and Wellington City Libraries has some new non-fiction books for you to get stuck into. Enjoy!

Greek Myths.

Orpheus and Eurydice.

What is mythology? The Free Dictionary defines mythology as “a traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people, as by explaining aspects of the natural world or delineating the psychology, customs, or ideals of society.” While the Oxford Dictionary defines mythology as “a collection of myths, especially one belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition.”

If you are interested in Greek mythology and looking for shorter and easier myths to read than Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson & the Olympians”, then this story of Orpheus and Eurydice will  appeal to fans of that series. Shakespeare once said “the course of true love never did run smooth.” At least not for Orpheus and Eurydice. So when Eurydice is killed by a snakebite on her wedding day, her husband, Orpheus journeys to the Underworld to negotiate with Hades himself to win his bride back. Can true love triumph over the dark power of the Underworld? You’ll have to read the story to find out.

Also check out Myths in 30 Seconds for easy reads on Greek, Roman… pretty much myths and legends around the world. This book is a perfectly enchanting introduction to mythology for lively minds.

 

Animal Planet.

Finding Bigfoot.

If you have already watched and/or a big fan of the show, Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet, then you will love this book that is full of information and details of actual sightings of Bigfoot based on real encounters around the world, evidence for the existence of the controversial animal and viewpoints of skeptics and scientists on the subject. After reading this book you can decide for yourself whether Bigfoot real or a myth?

Also check out The Unsolved Mystery of Bigfoot.

 

 

Into the Wild.

 Mud, Sweat and Tears /  Bear Grylls.

We all know Bear Grylls for his television series Man vs. Wild, writer of the Mission  Survival series and the real-life action man who has survived in dangerous environment few would dare to visit. but what don’t you know? Read the latest biography on his life and find out how Bear Grylls started out by engaging in secret childhood missions to climb the town’s school buildings and steeples, to starring in his own global TV series and becoming one of the world’s toughest adventurers. As a bonus you will also find out what it’s like to take on mountaineering, martial arts, parachuting, life in the SAS and all that nature can throw at you! This is one book that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages!

Also check out his books from the Mission Survival Series: Gold of the Gods, Way of the Wolf and Tracks of the Tiger.

 

 

Star Wars.

Star Wars, The Clone Wars : Episode guide.

Yes siree! We have another addition to the Star Wars collection in our library with Star Wars, The Clone Wars : Episode guide. Take a journey back through the clone wars and relive the dramatics events that took place in all episodes of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. Also includes coverage of everything from key plot points and characters to spaceships and weapons.

 

 

 

 

Lego Ideas:

LEGO play book : ideas to bring your bricks to life. Lego! Fairy Tale characters! Mythological creatures! Ghosts and ghouls! Marine life! Barnyard beasts! Safari giants! Who can ask for more? if you enjoyed The Lego Ideas books, then you will love this book that  encourage kids to think, build, and play with more than 200 different LEGO builds and create amazing LEGO models of their very own. This book is fantastic for any LEGO builder looking to be inspired to build and create.

Kids’ Review by Samuel

Conspiracy 365 #1: January by Gabrielle Lord

Accused of shooting his uncle, and putting his younger sister into a coma, innocent teen fugitve Callum Ormond’s life is spinning out of control! Ever since his dad went to Ireland, bad things keep happening to Cal. Chased by two power hungry criminal gangs, sleeping in drains, and with only two friends whom he can rely on, Cal really knows what life is like on the run. A great book for reading ages 10-13. Peace Out. 5 stars.

Review by Samuel of Karori