Kids’ Club Review by Luke: Hunter

HunterHunter, by Joy Cowley

This book is about two people 200 years apart both in a dangerous situations. One is a girl whose plane has crashed called Jordan and the other is a maori slave called Hunter. Will Jordan and Hunter survive? This is an exhilarating novel so therefore I rate it 5 stars. I think children 9+ should read this book.

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Ghost town at sundown

Ghost town at sundownGhost town at sundown, by Mary Pope Osborne

This book was not terrifying at all actually , my big sister always says to me don’t judge the book by it’s cover. My favorite characters were Slim because he looked slim and his name was Slim That was so funny It was so funny that Slim called Annie Smiley and Slim called Jack Shorty . It was a bit sad because Lonesome Luke (a ghost) Slim said that Lonesome Luke had a gal which I think means girlfriend went back to east because she couldn’t take the Wlid West so she went back to east. It was a bit sad for that part . So Lonesome Luke always went to a hotel and played Red River Valley over and over again. This book was funny and sad at the same time . I really enjoyed it.

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Ava: The phantom tollbooth

The phantom tollboothThe phantom tollbooth, by Norton Juster (1929-)

When Milo finds a surprise package in his room, he unwraps it to find a tollbooth with a passage to another land. There he meets Tock, a ticking watchdog, and the Humbug, a reluctant guide (or so he says). They journey north together to free Reason and Rhyme, to princesses who are relied on to keep the land from confusion.
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH is a amazing book, filled with tales from another land. It teaches you of the importance of many things, for example words, numbers, and most importantly, TIME.

5 stars

Reviewed by Ava from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Ruby: Hunter

HunterHunter, by Joy Cowley

I found this book a bit confusing to start with but when I got used to it it all made sense and I began to really enjoy it. Especially because there were two different worlds. Its about two different people in worlds 200 years apart who can communicate. My favorite part was when the plane crashed and the pilot died. I would recommend to everyone over 7 years old.

4 stars

Reviewed by Ruby from Miramar and Miramar Central School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Hunter

HunterHunter, by Joy Cowley

A beautiful book set in two different worlds. A young New Zealand, covered in bush and an older NZ, still covered in bush and the home to three children who’s small plane crashed, pilot was killed, and are injured. The male orphan and servant child from the earlier world sees Jordan and her two younger brothers in the same place as him but 200 years later, and tries to help. A wonderful tale by Joy Cowley. Another book to read would be the Bakehouse, set in Wellington WW2. The Bakehouse isn’t on the summer reading challenge booklist, but is well worth reading.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Miramar and Miramar Central School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lucy: A year without Autumn

A year without AutumnA year without Autumn, by Liz Kessler

This book is a really great book! It’s about a girl named Jenni and her best friend Autumn. Every year, both girls families stay at the same holiday place for their vacation. But when Jenni goes into an old broken down elevator and finds it works, she is transported exactly 1 year in the future. A year that she has been a part of but cannot remember. Her hair is shorter, her baby sister has been born, but most shocking of all, something awful has happened in Autumns family. This story is about friendship and how a close bond between Jenni and Autumn can go astray after 1 event. It is quite an emotional book but I loved it! Definitely a good read for all ages!!!!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Lucy from Cummings Park and , 12 years old

Top 10 Children’s eBooks February 2017

Adventures, supernatural foes and heroes of all shapes and sizes fill the pages of the eBooks available through the library’s Overdrive service.  Harry Potter dominates eBooks!  Other titles creeping up the ranks are also books that are movies. The recent Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has a great cast featuring Chris O’Dowd, as a moody Dad and Peculiars, Eva Green and Judi Dench get some amazing special effects treatments in their bird transformations.  So book or movie? How do you rate the film versions of these books?  Let us know in the comments?


  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Official Script Book, by J. K.  Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J. K. Rowling,
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling,
  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling
  7. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling
  9. The Hobbit, by  J. R. R. Tolkien
  10. Mockingjay: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Kids’ Club Review by Juliet: Pinkbeard’s revenge

Pinkbeard's revengePinkbeard’s revenge, by Greg Trine

I’ve never read a Jo Schmo book before, but so far I love Jo Schmo! Greg Trine is such a good writer! I absolutely love the drawings by Frank W. Dormer (even though they have no colour). I want to say something to you, but don’t laugh. Pinkbeard used to call himself Blackbeard, but he drank so much pink lemonade that his beard turned pink and then it was no use to call himself Blackbeard because he had a pink beard! Ha ha ha! Oops, I laughed myself. Don’t tell anyone, promise? Yo’ve GOT to read a Jo Schmo book! I can count on you to read one. I would recommend this book to any people who like adventure stories.

3 stars

Reviewed by Juliet from Cummings Park and Queen Margaret College , 6 years old