Happy 90th Birthday, Nancy Drew!

Happy 90th Birthday Nancy Drew!

This teen sleuth has been solving mysteries in and around her fictional home town of River Heights since April 1930! 

Starting with The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, and The Bungalow Mystery which were all released on April 28, 1930, there have been over 500 (what!?) books written by a variety of authors under the pen name of Carolyn Keene. 

Since the original 56 tales, there have been multiple rewritings and spin offs including the most recent series of ‘Nancy Drew Diaries’ which can be found as eBooks and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby (and on library shelves when we reopen) These stories are reimagined in the 21st century and have been updated to consider technology and other modernities that didn’t exist when the original series was written. After all, many of Nancy’s original exploits could easily have been solved simply by owning a cellphone!

Nancy has been a strong female role-model on screen as well, with a film series starting in the 1930s, a TV series (with the Hardy Boys) in the 1970s, a film in 2007, and a new series whose first season aired just last year!

There are also cool Nancy Drew computer games by HER interactive – which are full of tricky logic puzzles and mini games. I’m halfways through “The Tomb of the Lost Queen” set in Egypt, where Nancy is working as an intern on an archaeological dig, and I’ll admit it’s a struggle to pull myself away. I’ll also admit I’ve had to Google walkthrough instructions at least twice when I’ve gotten stuck! Sadly, the games aren’t free, but a bunch of them are discounted during lockdown, so if you’re looking for something that will balance homeschool learning, and educational screen time – they’re challenging and fun for adults and kids! 

If you haven’t read and Nancy yet – give her a go, if you like mysteries and strong female characters – she’s still an awesome read – even after 90 years. Here are some of our favourite Nancy Drew titles available now on OverDrive:

Overdrive cover The Secret of the Old Clock, Carolyn Keene (ebook)

A special treat for Nancy Drew fans! Out just in time for Nancy’s 80th anniversary, we’re releasing a limited number of copies of The Secret of the Old Clock, the first book in the series. It’s the exciting mystery that readers have fallen in love with for 80 years, with a terrific new look and bonus material! Collectors won’t want to miss this.

(Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Baby-Sitter Burglaries, Carolyn Keene (ebook)

Nancy tries to prove that a babysitter is being framed when three houses in River Heights are robbed–and the only connection the police can find is that the babysitter was employed at each.

(Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Puppy Problem, Carolyn Keene (Audiobook)

The Nancy Drew Notebooks enchant listeners with the antics of 8-year-old supersleuth Nancy Drew and her friends George and Bess. Nancy has a new puppy that needs lots of training, patience, and love. But when the chocolate-chip muffins go missing, Nancy’s new puppy is blamed. The girls know that the puppy is innocent and they are determined to find the real thief.

(Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Famous Mistakes, Carolyn Keene (ebook)
Nancy and her friends are out to find a comedian’s saboteur in this seventeenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Complex social media charts, undercover outfits, and intense button study send Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned on a wild ride through River Heights to uncover the truth about missing comedian Brady Owens. But nothing is what it seems in this game of comedic timing. Can Nancy find the culprit before it’s too late?

(adapted from Overdrive description)

Kids’ Club Review by Hannah: Pick Your Poison

Pick Your PoisonPick Your Poison, Lauren Child

This book is about Ruby Redfort, a code breaker for the spy agency, Spectrum. With the help of her butler/spy handler Hitch; she solves mysteries. Ruby comes face to face with villains. This book is thrilling and there’s lots of plot twists. This book is by Lauren Child who wrote Charlie and Lola, but the Ruby Redfort series is very different.
This book is good for ages 8 and half and older.

5 stars

Reviewed by Hannah from Cummings Park and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Eloise: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's libraryEscape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library, Chris Grabenstein

Mysterious, thrilling and exciting. Open up the book and enter a world of mysteries and puzzle solving. Transfer yourself into Kyle Keely. Try to solve the puzzles before you read on. In my opinion this book is full of fun, mystery and clues to crack the puzzle. You just can’t put the book down. I would recommend this book to 8-13 year olds. So what are you waiting for? Open up this book and read for hours.
I hope you read this book and enjoy 😀😊😋🧐🙇‍♀️📖📚📙

5 stars

Reviewed by Eloise from Miramar and , 10 years old

9 New Non Fiction to read during the holidays!

Hi Kids!

Check out the latest non fiction added to the library collection! Featured in this post are books that will help you learn how to cook, become an epic Pokémon trainer and will unleash your STEM/Maker skills!

Enjoy!


The tickle fingers kidscookbook : hands-on fun in the kitchen for 4-7s.

Focusing on the next stage up, ages 4-7, The Tickle Fingers Children’s Cookbook maintains all of the practical, easy-to-follow, age-appropriate and allergy-friendly advice parents loved in the first book. With over 60 new recipes and activities to inspire and guide parents, grandparents and carers to help young children develop a love of food through cooking and play, it will convince even the fussiest of eaters to try new food and make meals the whole family can enjoy.

The ultimate Pokemon trainer’s guide.

Welcome to the ultimate unofficial guide for every Pokémon trainer! The Ultimate Pokémon Trainer’s Guide is filled to the brim with Pokémon reviews, facts, stats and tips. All the top Pokémon games are reviewed, from Pokémon Go to 3DS classics like Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon , to the latest Switch titles like Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pickachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! There’s also a cool look at the wider world of Pokémon, from toys to card games to upcoming movies. There are entries on every single 800+ Pokémon, including strengths, weaknesses and combat stats.

You might also like the movie…

image courtesy of amazon.comPokémon: Detective Pikachu.

The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wisecracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery.

Check out the movie trailer!


STEM Lab.

Get your STEM on with STEM Lab. This book presents over two dozen science activities demonstrating such scientific properties as forces and motion, chemical reactions, shapes and structures, and light and sound.

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Maker lab : 28 super cool projects : build, invent, create, discover.

Learn about science in your own home kitchen using everyday materials. Put together a school project or simply make something incredible to share with your friends! — Source other than Library of Congress.

Maker lab outdoors : 25 super cool projects : build, invent, create, discover.

Check out this amazing book that will spark kids’ creativity and help them develop science skills through hands-on learning, bringing science learning home and into the backyard. A must-have for every young scientist curious about their surroundings, and for makers, crafters, and those who enjoy exploring the outdoors.

Culture can mean many things. It can be the clothes you wear, the language you speak and the customs and traditions you hold dear. It may be the difference between going to the movies, the footy or the ballet. Some cultures we are born into, while other cultures we adopt and make our own. Culture plays an important and influential role in our lives – welcome to the big book of Culture!
Meet Maria Toorpakai Wazir, a brave Pakistani girl who pursued her love of sports in spite of being taunted and beaten. When the President of Pakistan gave Maria an award for outstanding achievement, the Taliban threatened her squash club, family, and life. Forced to quit the team, she continued to practice in her bedroom every day for three years! Maria’s story will inspire and empower all children . . . especially girls.

There’s no shortage of stories these days about the impact humans have had on the planet. There’s plastic in our oceans and rubbish in our streets. More and more animals and plants are declared vulnerable, threatened or endangered every year and extinctions are occuring at a rate not experienced since the dinosaurs died off. If we take action now, we’ll be able to help species like the Sumatran tiger and the giant panda in their fight for survival. In this book you’ll learn about all of the dangers facing these creatures, including deforestation and climate change, and also learn what you can do to help change the situation for these amazing animals and plants.
Through a fun mix of in-game and hands-on projects, Unofficial Minecraft Life Hacks Lab for Kids shows kids how to develop the building blocks of positive communication, listening skills, leadership and collaboration traits, emotional empathy, self-confidence and self-control, and how these skills can be used to play positively and build a better world.

Kids’ Club Review by Meredith: The crooked sixpence

The crooked sixpenceThe crooked sixpence, Jennifer Bell

This book is about a girl called Ivy Sparrow and her brother Seb Sparrow. When they see a feather writing a threatening message on the wall, they know something uncommon is happening. Ivy and Seb soon find themselves whisked away by Valian Kaye. to Lundinor, a city of uncommon things.
Adventure lurks around every corner and a dark family secret is one of the main themes. Can Ivy and Seb save Lundinor from a nefarious gang, before it’s to late?
I would recommend this book to 8-12 year olds. Some bits are scary.
This book is a mix of Adventure, Mystery, Magic and some spookiness.

5 stars

Reviewed by Meredith from Central City and St Mark’s Church School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly Morgan: A Nancy Drew Christmas

A Nancy Drew ChristmasA Nancy Drew Christmas, Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew is spending her Christmas at a ski resort in Montana. Things go from bad to worse when she breaks her leg and is forced to go on bed rest. The hotel is having mysterious problems too and not only that, a huge storm is on it’s way and everyone is starting to panic. Will Nancy be able to solve the mystery? I love Nancy Drew and this is a great book full of adventure and mystery.,

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly Morgan from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Varsha: Nancy Drew diaries. 8, Tiger counter ; What goes up

Nancy Drew diaries. 8, Tiger counter ; What goes upNancy Drew diaries. 8, Tiger counter ; What goes up, Stefan Petrucha & Sarah Kinney, writers ; Sho Murase, artist

Nancy Drew Diaries is a cool comic written by Carolyn Keene.It involves a mixture of action,suspense and adventure.The comic is about this teenage girl Nancy, who goes on a lot of quests and adventures with her BFF’s Bess and George.I think this book is very serious because it doesn’t have one bit of comedy in it but I loved it.
My most favourite character is Nancy because she never gives up and my least favourite character is the bad people because you know, they are bad.In my opinion, I would say this book can be for both boys and girls because I love it and I’m a girl and it has lots of action that most boys like.I think this book is suitable for age category 8-14.

My most favourite character is Nancy

4 stars

Reviewed by Varsha from Johnsonville and Amesbury School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Meredith: The wishing spell

The wishing spellThe wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

I liked this book quite a lot. But for me there were too many words that were not needed in sentences which made them confusing to read and I would have liked it more if the challenges to find the ingredients for the wishing spell were harder.
This book is a mix of Adventure, Love, Magic and I think Mystery.
I would recommend this to 7-12 year olds.

4 stars

Reviewed by Meredith from Central City and St Mark’s Church School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Meredith: Wakestone Hall

Wakestone HallWakestone Hall, by Judith Rossell

I thought this book was absolutely excellent. The main character is Stella Montgomery. The book is the last in a series of three. The whole series is great. In Wakestone Hall Stella is sent to boarding school. She meets two girls and they all become friends, the grumpy Agapanthus and the timid Ottolie. But then one day one of her friends goes missing. As mysteries unfold will Stella be able to save her friends from the nefarious villain?
I really like the book because it is a mix of… mystery, adventure and friendship.
Some bits in this book are a bit scary. I would advise readers who are 8+ to read this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Meredith from Central City and St Mark’s Church School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Nadia: School of the dead

School of the deadSchool of the dead, by Avi (1937-)

Perfect for people who love ghosts. This book kept me on the edge of my seat! School of the dead is absolutely packed with page-turning mysteries and vivid descriptions that make you feel like you are actually witnessing the book.

3 stars

Reviewed by Nadia from Johnsonville and St Benedict’s School , 9 years old