Spring is here! and so are these fabulous new kids fiction picks from your local Library for you to enjoy!


Spring is an inspiring time of year – warmer weather, more sunshine, flowers, lambs, longer days… So why not yet inspired with a new book or two? Here are some new ones we thought looked fresh and fab.


Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

In order to heal after his mother’s death, Sal learned how to meditate. But no one expected him to be able to take it further and ‘relax’ things into existence. Turns out he can reach into time and space to retrieve things from other universes.

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany, Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994, and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline WilsonImage courtesy of Syndetics

In a little cottage on the edge of the grand Somerset Estate, Mona lives with her aunt – a dressmaker to the lady of the house. Even though Mona never knew her mother and father, she knows Aunty tries to give her the best life she can. When Lady Somerset dies and a new member of the family inherits the house, life changes drastically for Mona. Suddenly she’s invited to dazzling balls, dines on delicious food and plays with wild new friends. But with these changes come secrets that Mona can’t dance away from.

Dog Man; For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav PilkeyImage courtesy of Syndetics

The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li’l Petey. But when Petey’s own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good. Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.

The boy who grew Dragons by Andy ShepherdImage courtesy of Syndetics

When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandad’s garden, he doesn’t think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house – and gets the shock and delight of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragonfruit tree, and Tomas has got his very own dragon, Flicker … Tomas soon finds out that life with Flicker is great fun, but also very … unpredictable. Yes, dragons are wonderful, but they also set fire to your toothbruth and leave your pants hanging from the TV aerial. Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker – and quickly. And then something extraordinary happens – more dragonfruits appear on the tree. Tomas is officially growing dragons …

Kids’ Club Review by Yaya: Clover moon

Clover moonClover moon, Jacqueline Wilson ; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

I think this is a really good book because of the way the story is told. At the start her mum is dead (spoiler!) but then she meets Mr Dolly. All that actually happened before the story starts but I like how Jaqueline tells you about it when the story starts. Clover has a big adventure, and I was very excited when she runs away from her wicked stepmother (spoiler again!)! I reccomened this book for ages 8+
Definitley 100 stars!

5 stars

Reviewed by Yaya from Newtown, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Avin: Diamond Girls

Diamond Girls, by Jacqueline Wilson

THIS IS NOW MY FAVOURITE BOOK! Though I suggest the age rating of 9+ since it has bad influences. This book is about a poor family that move into a house provided by the council. The mum is a pregnant single mum to 4 girls. She thinks that her 5th child is going to be a boy. Is it?

5 stars

Reviewed by Avin from Johnsonville, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by jennifer: katy

Katy, by jaqueline wilson

so sad how she falls out of a tree and breaks her back it reminds me of the time I fell out of a tree but I was more lucky

5 stars

Reviewed by jennifer from Brooklyn and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Calla: Queenie

Queenie, by jacqueline wilson

This was a sweet and sad book about a little girl named Elsie Kettle who lives with her Nan because she has no dad and her mum works. Her Nan gets TB and passes it onto Elsie but she gets TB of the knee and is sent to a special hospital wondering when she’ll get better…

4 stars

Reviewed by Calla from Tawa, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sophia: Jacky Daydream

Jacky DaydreamJacky Daydream, by Jacqueline Wilson

I really liked this book because it was funny and sad and happy at different parts and made you really picture what her life was like! I really enjoyed reading this book and I liked how she asked questions about her books that she has written. I think you will really enjoy this book (like me!) and just so you know it is about her life. It is really good!!!!!!!
I recommend this book to an 8-12 year old.

4 stars

Reviewed by Sophia from Tawa, 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Minmini: Double act

Double actDouble act, by Vicky Ireland

This was a really good book. I enjoyed it a lot. It is about 2 twins Garnet and Ruby. Ruby is untidy and messy. Garnet is tidy and shy. It is a very good book about families! I recommend this book for ages 8-11.

4 stars

Reviewed by Minmini from Miramar, 10 years old

Top children’s fiction authors for May

Here’s a joke: Why did the librarian slip over? Because she was in the non-friction section!! Get it?

No one like falling over, so we aren’t going to talk about non-fiction today. This post is all about FICTION.

We love fiction, you love fiction, everyone loves fiction! So here are the most popular children’s fiction authors for this month, based on how many of their books have been borrowed from the library.


1. Daisy Meadows (Rainbow Magic, Magic Animal Friends series)

2. Geronimo Stilton (Geronimo and Thea Stilton series)

3. Enid Blyton (classics stories of adventure and bad behaviour)

4. Erin Hunter (Warriors series)

5. Sally Rippin (Billie B Brown and Hey Jack series)

6. Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)

7. Adam Blade (Beast Quest series)

8. Jacqueline Wilson (amazing stories about different lives and adventures)

9. Liz Pichon (Tom Gates series, and picture books)

10. Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson series)

11. Roald Dahl (Charlie and the chocolate factory and other funny tales)

12. Andy Griffiths (Storey-treehouse series)

13. Megan McDonald (Judy Moody and Stick series)

14. Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants series)

15. Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry series)

16. Alan MacDonald (Dirty Bertie series)

17. H. I. Larry (Zac Powers series)

18. David Walliams (Hilarious stories)

19. Jacqueline Harvey (Alice Miranda series)

20. Rachel Renee Russell (Dork Diaries series)