Kids’ Club Review by Pippa: The nature of Ash

The nature of AshThe nature of Ash, Mandy Hager

this book is a dystopian book about new zealand politics, and as boring as it may sound this book is amazing. the main character Ash, who dad has just died starts to look closer at the corrupted prime minster, i would recommend this book to 10-13 year olds.

5 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Henrike: Malala: the girl who stood up for education and changed the world

Malala: the girl who stood up for education and changed the world, by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

If you like Biographies and inspirational people this is definitely the book for you. I personally don’t like reading myself but when I saw this book in the library, I couldn’t put it down! This book is the story of Malala Yousafzai’s life from when she was a little toddler in Swat, Pakistan to now in Birmingham, England. Ever since she was little, she loved school and learning. She was always outspoken for the right of girls to receive an education. That lead to her life being threatened. This book is the story of how she how she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her bravery and passion. I would highly recommend it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Henrike from Karori and Amesbury School , 10 years old

6 New Non Fiction to step into spring with – Part Two.

Hey Kids! September and spring has finally sprung! Not to mention, new junior fiction has also sprung into the library collection. Check new books that will shatter your senses, get boys into reading with he promise of rugby, wrestling and exploration, where girls can journey into mythology where they become the heroines rather than being saved by the heroes and  much more!


image courtesy of syndeticsRipley’s Believe it or not! : Shatter your senses.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Shatter Your Senses! is filled with thousands of strange stories, bizarre feats, and hair-raising oddities from around the world. Discover the sport of underwater ice hockey or marvel at the flower that bloomed in space-it’s all weird and all true! Bursting with vibrant and eye-catching photos, as well as submissions from our dedicated readers, this book is a must-have for every Ripley’s fan.


image courtesy of syndeticsThe WWE Book of Top 10s.

A must read book for boys! From the greatest champions to memorable matches and everything in between, the best of WWE is ranked once and for all. Let the countdown begin!




image courtesy of syndeticsGirls, Goddesses and Giants.

Handsome princes need not apply – these girls are doing it for themselves! In these stories it’s the girls who save the day through their courage, cunning or kindness – whether they are facing up to wolves, demons, dragons, enemy tribes, or the sun itself! A selection of brilliant folk tales from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe make this a really inclusive anthology of girl power, stunningly illustrated in papercut style.

image courtesy of syndeticsRugby The History.

Who brought the game of rugby to New Zealand? How did the All Blacks get their name? What are the rules of wheelchair rugby? Find out how rugby evolved from a game played by English schoolboys to become one of the most popular sports in the world! Read how rugby spread throughout New Zealand and the Pacific, including: the greatest matches and the greatest players; Rugby at the Olympics and Paralympics; and a chapter on women’s rugby.

image courtesy of sydneticsThe Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a lost city in the Amazon.

“The true story of the British explorer Percy Fawcett, who set out on a doomed expedition to find a lost city in the Amazon jungle”– Provided by publisher. It’s hard to imagine in these days of Google earth that explorers would go off into the unknown on quests to find lost cities only talked about in legends but many did and the mystery of the expeditions disappearance is still not solved.

image courtesy of syndeticsWhat is a Monarchy?

What is a Monarchy and how does this political system work? This fascinating book looks at different aspects of Monarchies, explaining what they are, how they have come about and giving examples of such political systems in the world today. Age 9+



image courtesy of syndeticsMythology.

This is an intriguing and captivating introduction to the culturally diverse world of mythology. Discover everything from creation myths, the origin of humans, and mythical beasts, to gods and goddesses – and explore how different mythologies explain the mysteries of our world. Find out about the supernatural powers of the gods, the mystical powers of shamans, the purpose of the Native American Sun Dance, and the story behind the stunning medicine beaver mask. Discover who swallowed the Sun god Ra, the secrets of the towering totem pole, how many animals make a Chimera, who had snakes for hair, the magical powers of Thor’s hammer, and much, much more! With stunning photographs of masks, jewellery, and sculptures, Eyewitness Mythology offers a unique view of mythology and its gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters. See Native American love dolls, a fire-breathing dragon, African trickster Eshu, and the one-eyed Cyclops. Includes a fact-filled wall chart perfect for bedrooms or classrooms.

Kids’ Club Review by Rion: The Nature of Ash

The Nature of Ash, by Mandy Hager (Teen novel)

Ashley ‘Ash’ McCarthy thinks he has it made: away from home and all its claustrophobic responsibilities, revelling in the freedom of student hostel life. But life takes a devastating turn when two cops knock on his door with news that puts him on the run, trying to protect his Downs syndrome younger brother and total strangers Travis and Jiao, and prevent civilisation itself from imploding as the world’s two greatest superpowers collide in a struggle that leaves New Zealand playing a deadly game of piggy in the middle.

With The Nature Of Ash, Mandy Hager has crafted a fragile future world where corrupt politics, lies and deception rule and the uneasy peace could shatter at any moment. All it takes is one person’s actions and the world could change…

5 stars

Reviewed by Rion from Cummings Park, 11 years old