Some fun new fiction for you to try out!!!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsHappy Bethday by Knife & Packer

So I’m being chased through the park by a pack of angry zombies, I’ve got cake mix on my face and MY MOST EMBARRASSING PHOTO EVER IS IN THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE! Beth Orsen is back for her third hilarious adventure. And with a zombie party, Granny’s baking contest and Beth’s baby photos accidentally being printed in the school magazine, life is about to get messy again!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsPodkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood

A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs. Podkin One-Ear is a legend: a fearsome warrior rabbit whose reputation for cunning and triumph in battle has travelled the ages. When a travelling bard arrives at Thornwood Warren on Midwinter night, he is warmly welcomed. In return for food and lodging, he settles down to tell the tale of Podkin One-Ear – and soon the rabbits are enthralled to hear the story of how one lost little rabbit overcame the cruellest enemy imaginable, and became the greatest warrior their land has ever known.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWelcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird

Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sister were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn’t care about politics – all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes. Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. But no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them – until they have no choice but to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go, when you cannot go home?

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWhat not to do if you turn Invisible by Ross Welford

Turning invisible at will: it’s one way of curing your acne. But far more drastic than 13 year-old Ethel Leatherhead intended when she tried a combination of untested medicines and a sunbed. It’s fun at first, being invisible. And aided by her friend Boydy, she manages to keep her extraordinary ability secret. Or does she…? When one day the invisibility fails to wear off, Ethel is thrown into a nightmare of lies and deception as she struggles to keep herself safe, to find the remedy that will make her seen again – and solve the mystery of her own birth…

Image courtesy of SyndeticsAn Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

It’s 1944. Elizabeth and Karli live in Dresden where their mother works at the zoo. When the zoo director announces that the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok if the town is bombed, the childrens’ mother moves a young elephant into the back garden to save her. Then the allied bombs begin to fall and the whole family, elephant included, must flee the city.


New Non Fiction: Looking after Pets.

We all want the best for our pets. We feed them, care for them, play with them and give them plenty of love. Thinking about getting a new pet or already have one and need information on pet care? Well, you’re in luck, Wellington City Libraries has some new books on pet guides:

New from Usborne Pet Guides:

Looking after Cats and Kittens.

This guide about caring for cats and kittens contains lots of useful information on how to care for cats and kittens. The ideal pet guide for cat owners or those dreaming about acquiring a new pet that overs everything from choosing a kitten and helping it settle in, to grooming, playing and going to the vet. Also explains the basics of cat behaviour including how to spot when a cat is angry, scared or playful, as well as how to keep a pet cat occupied. Thoroughly checked by experts, this book also includes internet links to specially selected websites where you can find out more about cats and kittens, including fun things to make for them and video clips of how to care for them.

FACT: While chocolate is bad for a cat, yogurt makes a tasty treat. According to Pet Smart NZ, the organisms in yogurt can be especially helpful when your pet is on antibiotics since these medications can alter the “good’ bacteria in the intestines. Most pets will enjoy the addition of a tablespoons of yogurt to their food.


Looking after Dogs and Puppies.

Did you know A friendly mother golden retriever mother will have passed on her calm nature to her pups and a border collie needs lots of love and attention and exercise otherwise they grow restless and get bored? You can find out all this information and lots more in this book about looking after dogs and puppies. This guide is perfect for young, first-time dog owners. From picking a puppy to choosing a grooming brush, it shows you all you need to keep your pet healthy and happy.

FACT: A dog will not look you in the eye if it is nervous or scared and if its whole tail wags, this is a sign that it is happy.

You can read more about caring for dogs by clicking onto this link from the SPCA or check the entires on Many Answers on Dogs and Best dog breeds to have around cats.


Looking after Rabbits.

Did you know that two rabbits settle in faster than one rabbit on its own or a rabbit can weigh the same as a bag of sugar. These are facts you will read about in this new pet guide on how to care for rabbits. This guide provides lots of useful information on caring for and understanding rabbits, ranging from feeding and grooming to toys and hutches. Everything you need to know to make a rabbit feel at home and help you decide whether owning a rabbit is the thing for you. Fully checked and approved by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (UK).

FACT: Pet rabbits are related to the wild rabbits, hares and pikas. Hares are bigger than rabbits, with longer ears and stronger legs which enables them to run very fast, while pikas are smaller than rabbits and live in North America and Asia.

I Miss My Pet: A First Look at The Death of a Pet.

We all want our pets to be with us forever. But just like all living things, pets sometimes die. This picture book explores the issue of the death of a pet in reassuringly simple terms. This book helps children deal with their grief and come to terms with their feelings.






In loving memory of Mustard. (1994-2009)