Cool Stories, Bro

Here are some cool stories for you and your bros to enjoy.  All of these stories are either new shiny books we have in our collection or new digital books we have in our eLibrary. They are cool and fun to read guaranteed.

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas

It’s available on Overdrive! Here’s what’s in store: “It’s 1942: Tomi Itano, 12, is a second-generation Japanese American who lives in California with her family on their strawberry farm. Although her parents came from Japan and her grandparents still live there, Tomi considers herself an American. She doesn’t speak Japanese and has never been to Japan. But after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, things change. No Japs Allowed signs hang in store windows and Tomi’s family is ostracized … Sandra Dallas shines a light on a dark period of American history in this story of a young Japanese American girl caught up in the prejudices and World War II.” Goodreads.

Zita the Spacegirl – Far From Home by Ben Hatke

Love this series! There are heaps of copies available in our catalogue! “Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.” Goodreads.

Deltora Shadowlands by Emily Rodda

I was mega excited when I saw this come into our branch today! It’s books 1-3 of the Deltora Shadowlands series. “Welcome to the Shadowlands — the terrifying and mysterious domain of the evil Shadow Lord. He has gone there to refuel his dark sorcery, taking thousands of Deltoran hostages with him. They will become slaves to the darkness…unless they are saved. To rescue them, Lief, Barda, and Jasmine must find the three parts of the fabled Pirran Pipe, an ancient weapon that may be their only hope of combatting the Shadow Lord’s sinister ambitions. But nothing can prepare them for the monsters and magic that lurk just beyond the light.” Goodreads.

Looking Glass Girl by Cath Cassidy

For all you Alice in Wonderland fans! “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?” Goodreads.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

A very special book that is new to our Overdrive library. “Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost.” Goodreads

Fableheaven by Brandon Mull

Reading a fantasy series is always a cool time. Fableheaven is new to our Overdrive library and definitely worth a look!“For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.” Goodreads.

Jake in Space – Moon Attack by Candice Lemon-Scott

And if you wish you were in space check out this cool series from our collection. “Jake is sent to remedial space car driving school on the Moon. Nothing could be more embarrassing. He soon uncovers a sinister plot and must summon his courage, and driving skills, to save everyone.” Goodreads.


Silly Season

Christmas books, films and other things can be awfully serious. And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, I’d say it’s downright necessary. But Christmas is also a silly season, so I’ve made a short list of silly books and films that will make you want to dress up as an weird-looking elf and dance around the living room.





1.’Invasion of the Christmas Puddings’ by Jeremy Strong.  Have a read of what’s in store: “’Tis the season to be jolly tra-la-la-la-la … BUT WAIT!

Father Christmas’s EVIL brother, Bad Christmas, is plotting to take over the world.

His poisonous Christmas puddings that turn humans into zombies are pouring through from The Other Side in their millions. Millions of Christmas puddings, all made of deadly sticky matter!

But four children from Plumpot Primary have escaped the puddings. Are they in time to stop Bad Christmas and save the world?

Prepare to be … puddified!” Goodreads.


2. Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas if you hadn’t watched ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ at least ten times in which the Muppets tell their version of Charles Dickins’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. One of my favourite moments is when Gonzo sets Rizzo on fire and Rizzo runs around shouting,  “Light the lamp, not the rat, light the lamp, not the rat! Put me out, put me out, put me out!” imdb




3. Now I’ll turn your attention to ‘The Smallest Gift of Christmas’ by Peter H. Reynolds. This is one of new favourite Christmas tales. “Roland can’t wait for Christmas Day, and when the morning finally arrives he races downstairs to see what is waiting for him. What he sees stops him in his tracks. Could that tiny present really be what he had waited all year for? It has to be the smallest gift he had ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger . . . and bigger . . . and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it? Peter H. Reynolds’s spare, free-spirited illustrations and heartwarming text make this be-carefulwhat-you-wish-for story the perfect holiday gift.”


4.And finally please, oh please, watch with your family the ‘Robbie the Reindeer Trilogy’. It’s a hugely fun film series. “Robbie, an out-of-condition reindeer, tries to earn a place on Santa’s crack sleigh team.” imdb.


Wishing you all a silly season with lots of laughter, good books and family films!

Librarian in the spotlight: Ottilie

Find out about your local librarians!

What is your name? Ottilie Gabrielle Smith

Which library(s) do you work at? Kilbirnie, Newtown, Island Bay and Miramar!

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Reading picture books to kids of all ages (librarians and parents included!).

Favourite book? Oh how can you expect a librarian to answer that? But probably Northern Lights, Cliff McNish’s Doomspell Trilogy, Harry Potter, or for ‘adults’, most things by F Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby) or Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness).

When I read I like to….? Sit snuggled up on the window seat at home with my best friend Vincent, lots of cushions, and soon, a cat.

If you wrote a book, what would it be about? Probably something about what it means to be a human being, or the mischievous mysterious lives of cats.

If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be a …? Famous concert pianist and teacher (one day maybe!).

 Favourite food? Probably olives. Or pasta. Olives in pasta! Or dark dark dark dark dark chocolate.

Favourite place in the world? Anywhere with beautiful views and beautiful people! But somewhere that I have been, a little town called Porrentruy, Switzerland where my Dad grew up, probably takes the cake (they do make amazing cakes there).

My dream library would have…? A cat! No, many cats! House-trained of course, maybe even ones specially trained to fetch/shelve books! A delicious famous restaurant/café right next door, books stacked as high as the eye can see (or higher!), with ladders on wheels to move along the shelves (think of Mr Olivander’s wand shop in Harry Potter), secret passageways to secret areas of the library found only by pulling the right book at the right angle out of the shelf, natural sunlight streaming through skylights above enormous ornate sofas piled with hundreds of cushions, and, of course, all the books in the world!

Librarian in the spotlight: Florence

Find out about your local librarians!

What is your name? Florence

Which library(s) do you work at? Miramar and Kilbirnie Libraries

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Being silly when I do story time, giving recommendations about books that have moved me, decorating the Library and making it look beautiful.

Favourite book? I will have to change the question, as I absolutely can’t answer it because I love so many books. So I might just share with you some of my favourite kids’ English-speaking authors: Roald Dahl, Chris Van Allsburg, Oliver Jeffers, Raymond Briggs, Maurice Sendack, Margaret Mahy… All those who have a delirious imagination!

When I read I like to….? Lie in a comfortable position and forget everything around me.

If you wrote a book, what would it be about? Maybe something about etiological legends or myths – I love stories that explain the world around us using Fiction.

If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be a …? An art museum Kids activity creator. I feel like my mission on earth is to understand kids’ brains and create fun games and activities to make them enjoy their learning.

 Favourite food? I love discovering new dishes… So any food from all around the world, but prepared with love, and natural ingredients (organic even better).

Favourite place in the world? Anywhere in the world close to the sea, with beautiful landscapes, a busy cultural life and a lovely society! I love Wellington for all these reasons…

My dream library would have…? Lots of customers reading books or eBooks forgetting they are in the library, lots of programmes with passionate librarians sharing their love about books, lots of events creating links by using the skills of the community. We would host some exhibitions about an author where the kids would be able to play and experience for real what comes from the author’s imagination. It would be a place full of life and creativity!



Librarian in the spotlight: Katie

Find out about your local librarians!

What is your name? Katie

Which library(s) do you work at? Central & Brooklyn

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Helping people find information.

Favourite book? A few of my MANY favorites are The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams and Dewey : a small-town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron (Adult Non-Fiction).

When I read I like to….? Curl up on the couch (or in bed) with a cup of green tea.

If you wrote a book, what would it be about? Probably picture books about animals and children.

If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be a …? Teacher or Nurse.

 Favourite food? Japanese. I also have a weakness for margarita pizza and Scopa’s legendary hot chocolate.

Favourite place in the world? Japan

My dream library would have…? a children’s area (similar to the Aaarus Children’s Interactive Library) where kids can read, play and learn at the same time, an area for adults where they can sit in comfortable chairs and sofas, a separate teens area with cushions, Mac and PC computers, music room/recording studio, and touch screen TV. (Similar to Te Takere’s Youth Space). A library pet whether it is a cat, dog, rabbit ot goldfish couldn’t hurt.


Librarian in the Spotlight: Sara

Find out about your local librarians!

What is your name? Sara

Which library(s) do you work at? Central & Brooklyn

What’s the best thing about being a librarian? Reading stories to little kids and singing silly songs to babies

Favourite book? The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (Adult Fiction) It’s the first and ONLY book this author wrote!! Sadly she died before this book was published.

When I read I like to….? Read in bed till my eyes bleed – very carefully so my husband stays asleep

If you wrote a book, what would it be about? Stories about my family

If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be a …? The owner of a world famous café that only opened 3 days a week!

 Favourite food? Homemade pizza and homemade wedges with a glass of red wine

Favourite place in the world? Lake Taupo

My dream library would have…? LOTS of children, places to eat cakes and drink coffee and loads of fantastic read-aloud picture books



Librarian in the Spotlight: Alisha

Find out about your local librarians!

What is your name? Alisha

Which Libraries do you work at? Johnsonville and Tawa.

What’s the Best thing about being a librarian? It’s a combination of my three favourite things: creativity, reading and people. Ah, that’s many things. I honestly can’t decide out of the three which aspect is most enjoyable. Basically my job is really groovy.

Favourite Book? AH! Um, brain will explode, cannot decide … Maybe if I put them in a ring to fight it out I’d know? But then I’d be worried they’d injure their pages because it would be a huge pile of carnage. I guess, at this moment in time, my favourite book is “Break It Down” a collection of short stories by Lydia Davis. Even in saying that I feel like I’m betraying so many authors that I love.

When I read I like to? Utilize every cushion in the area. If that’s not possible I will settle for concrete. I like to play music but that all depends on the quality of writing. If I’m reading a comedy/adventure I’ll listen to an excessive amounts of Tom Waits and Ryan Adams. If I’m reading Lydia Davis there will be no music. I don’t like to interrupt her words with music.

If you wrote a book, what would it be about? Speculative fiction, short stories. As a child I used to write the beginnings of novels, which I could bind into a really weird, unsatisfactory book. I want to write for young adults, old adults, middle adults and children. Nothing may well come of my writing but I don’t care, there can’t be anything wrong with exercising your imagination.

If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be a … A poor writer/rich writer, whichever they’d let me be, or maybe a street clown or a school teacher.

Favourite food? Banoffee pie from Strawberry Fair. It’s so good it should be magnetized to a fridge.

Favourite place in the world? The Globe theatre, in England, when there’s a performance of the Taming of the Shrew by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Would blow my mind.

My Dream Library would have …? Tom Waits would have to be involved. He’d be telling stories, playing music, giving me high fives or living in a hut made of books in the children section. I like to think the hut would be comprised of Doctor Seuss books.



Librarian in the Spotlight: Debbie

Find out about your local librarians!

1. What is your name? Debbie

2. Which library do you work at? Tawa Library

3. What’s the best thing about being a librarian? The books and the people

4. Favourite book? The Lorax by Dr Seuss. I have strong memories of my college teacher reading us this book at a school camp and it has become one of my favourites.

5. When I read I like to…? I love lying on the floor in the sun with a good book

6. If you wrote a book, what would it be about? I love fantasy so would probably have some dragons and magic involved

7. If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be a …? Professional ballroom dancer – maybe I could get on Dancing with the Stars.

8. Favourite food? Fresh raspberries and whitebait. (Not together of course)

9. Favourite place in the world? I love holidaying in the Marlborough Sounds – its one of the best places to be.

10. My dream library would have…? I would love to have a magical forest in my library with lots of trees so I could read my book sitting under, hiding in and climbing on. Maybe I could have the odd unicorn or two to help me choose my books.










Librarian in the spotlight: Frith

Find out about your local librarians!

1. What is your name? Frith

2. Which library(s) do you work at? Karori and Cummings Park (Ngaio) libraries

3. What’s the best thing about being a librarian? The box of stamps I have under the counter. There are so many!

4. Favourite book? This is the first book in my favourite series – The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (we have this book at Karori library, by the way). Gen the thief is caught in jail when he is offered a job by the King’s Magus… but there’s a catch. There are four books so far, but I can’t tell you anything more about them, because there are so many plot twists it would ruin things for you. You’ll have to read them to find out.

5. When I read I like to…? I like to read on the roof! I live on the second floor above a café, and I can climb out the front windows onto the café roof to sit with a book in the sun.

6. If you wrote a book, what would it be about? I can’t tell you. I write so slowly, someone else might get my idea and finish writing the book before I did.

7. If I wasn’t a librarian, I would be a …? I would be a Sign Language Interpreter, someone who translates English into sign language (and the other way round) for Deaf people.

8. Favourite food? Fish, bacon and banana pie. It sounds disgusting, but tastes delicious (the secret is butter, lots of butter).

9. Favourite place in the world? The Rose-Red City of Petra. It’s in the country of Jordan in the Middle East and is built of caves in the rock of the mountain. It’s thousands of years old and still standing.

10. My dream library would have…? My dream library would have pets. Not just a library cat, but pet mice, rabbits, or even a puppy that visits. The borrowers could name them, help feed them at storytimes, and kids learning to read could read to the animals and pat them. Imagine snuggling up in an armchair to read with the library rabbit!