Kids’ Club Review by Jacob: The stolen stars of Matariki

The stolen stars of MatarikiThe stolen stars of Matariki, written byMiriama Kamo ; illustrated by Zak Waipara

The stolen stars of matariki is a book all about two small children and their grandparents. In the beginning of the book, they go to the beach to attempt to collect fallen stars amongst the rocks. However, afterwards, they find out that two of the matariki stars have disappeared and devise a cunning plan to bring them back …

I think this book is great; it taught me a bit about matariki and a variety of Maori words all in a simple short story. Overall, I’d recommend the book to small children as it will help them learn about Maori words and matariki in an easy book.

4 stars

Reviewed by Jacob from Tawa and Tawa Intermediate , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

Barney Palmer is eight years old and he is almost normal. In the Palmer family one person in each generation has supernatural powers. Barney discovers that he is haunted. I really enjoyed this NZ book. It is extremely well written and exciting.

3 stars

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

Here’s 7 great new kids fiction books from your library to start your New Year off perfectly!


It’s the end of the school holidays! You might be excited to go back to school …or you might not be. Either way, you can ease yourself back into routine with these simply awesome super cool new books. They will make you forget all about going back to school, guaranteed!! **

** Not guaranteed, sorry. 


Image courtesy of SyndeticsKlawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano

Klawde is not your average cat. He’s an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He’s cruel. He’s cunning. He’s brilliant… and he’s about to become Raj Banerjee’s best friend. Whether he likes it or not. Klawde had everything. Sharp claws. Fine fur. And, being the High Commander of the planet Lyttyrboks, an entire world of warlike cats at his command. But when he is stripped of his feline throne, he is sentenced to the worst possible punishment: exile to a small planet in a quiet corner of the universe… named Earth. Raj had everything. A cool apartment in Brooklyn. Three friends who lived in his building. And pizza and comics within walking distance. But when his mom gets a job in Elba, Oregon, and he is forced to move, all of that changes. It’s now the beginning of summer, he has no friends, and because of his mother’s urgings, he has joined a nature camp. It’s only when his doorbell rings and he meets a furball of a cat that Raj begins to think maybe his luck is turning around…

Image courtesy of SyndeticsZac’s Biggest Ever Hits; Volume 3 (4 missions in 1!!!) by H.I Larry

Zac Power is a boy spy who has twenty-four hours to save the world and do his homework. A haunted house, sabotage in space, vanishing tombs and undead dinosaurs – Zac’s biggest ever adventures are action-packed. But can he outsmart an evil genius and save the world, yet again?

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMika & Max by Laura Bloom

A story about a girl who meets a boy who changes everything. When 13-year-old Mika is forced to attend a music festival with her family, she resigns herself to hippies, heat, and embarrassment. But nothing could prepare her for Max, who’s almost 10 and has autism. When the two of them join forces, a series of unexpected and life-changing events unfold.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMy Parents Cancelled my Birthday by Jo Simmons

Tom can’t wait for his LUCKY BIRTHDAY. It’s an EPIC family tradition and he’s dreamed up an UNFORGETTABLE party! Only, after several disasters involving a flattened Chihuahua and a curse from the tooth fairy, it’s been CANCELLED. But Tom won’t give up. With the help of his friends (and a pig painted like a zebra), Tom decides to throw himself the party he deserves. What could possibly go wrong?

Image courtesy of SyneticsNatboff! One Million Years of Stupidity by Andy Stanton

Time travel through the funniest and most mad moments in history, from the stone age to a million years in the future, all set in the town of Lamonic Bibber (home of Mr Gum). Meet the town’s most famous residents such as Natboff the caveman, Terry Shakespeare, a squirrel, Edith the witch, some grapes and mysterious Victorian inventor, Cribbins, who invented mysterious Victorian things. Learn LOADS of stuff about history along the way*.

*You won’t learn anything about history.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsTrouble in New York (the Travels of Ermine (who is very determined)) by Jennifer Gray

Ermine the Determined is off to explore NEW YORK. She can’t wait to visit Central Park Zoo, ride in a yellow taxi, and zoooom to the top of the Rockefeller building! But when her suitcase is switched, Ermine finds some robbers are hot on her tail.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Leap of Death by Andrew Clover and Ralph Lazar

Meet RORY BRANAGAN – he eats bad guys for breakfast. Well, not ACTUALLY. But he IS the best detective in town. Fifth in a hilarious comedy-crime series for readers of 8+. Hello. I am Rory Branagan. I am actually a detective. And I am about to face more DEADLY DANGER than ever …



Kids’ Club Review by Jasmine: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

This book sounds scary at first, but it isn’t actually. I rate it 5 stars because it’s got really funny characters from scared Barney to his sister the chatterbox Tabitha. Magicians and families what could happen next? But then when Barney gets followed by what seems to be a ghost It’s Troy the oldest who finds out what’s actually happening.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jasmine from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Robin: Wakestone Hall

Wakestone HallWakestone Hall, by Judith Rossell

After Stella’s adventure at Wormwood Mire she has been sent to boarding school – a grim place called Wakestone Hall, where students are not even allowed to talk to each other. But soon she makes friends with two other girls, Ottillie and Agapanthus. But one night Ottillie goes missing and Agapanthus and Stella have to find her before it’s too late. But while they are finding their friend Stella finds an unexpected twist in her past – and one that could change her life forever…

5 stars

Reviewed by Robin from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Robin: Small spaces

Small spacesSmall spaces, Katherine Arden

This book was terrifying. I started reading it and I actually couldn’t stop – I read the whole thing in one thing. It is about a girl who finds a book and then lots of the things in the book come true. I really liked It. 5 stars.

5 stars

Reviewed by Robin from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Suzannah: The stolen stars of Matariki

The stolen stars of MatarikiThe stolen stars of Matariki, written byMiriama Kamo ; illustrated by Zak Waipara

I liked this story because it has a happy ending.

This story is about two children going and seeing stars. The next night there are only seven Matariki stars instead of nine. The children get the stars back in the sky and take their eels home from fishing.

I would recommend this book to children who are six and seven years old.

4 stars

Reviewed by Suzannah from Brooklyn and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 7 years old