New fiction to devour

Here’s some great new Junior Fiction books for you to borrow from our Library shelves!;

Upside Down in the Jungle by Helen Phillips

Our world turned upside down when bird-freak Dad went to the Central American jungle and didn’t come back. All we have from him is the Very Strange and Incredibly Creepy Letter, which Roo swears is in code. So what does she want us to do?




Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs

As almost thirteen-year-old Ben, a student at the CIA’s academy for future intelligence agents, prepares to go to spy summer camp, he receives a death threat from the evil organization SPYDER.




Runaways by Sherryl Clark

Cassie and her brother Jack are on the run from the past, from the future and from their failure of a family. But where can they go? And can you ever really run away?





Story’s End by Marissa Burt

(Sequel to Storybound) “A deadly Enemy has threatened the future of Story–and twelve-year-old Una Fairchild is the only one who can stop his plans and save the character world from destruction”–Provided by publisher.




Mirage by Jenn Reese

The desert is no place for ocean-dwelling Kampii like Aluna and Hoku, especially now that Aluna has secretly started growing her tail.


Kids’ Club Review by Rion: Class A

Class AClass A, by Robert Muchamore

James Choke is 12 years old and expelled from school. Then his mum dies and he is forced into a children’s home by his menace of a stepfather, where he is recruited by CHERUB, a top secret government spy agency. But before he can begin work in the field, he must complete 100 days of basic training, where some of the toughest recruits don’t make it to the end…

5 stars

Reviewed by Rion from Cummings Park, 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Darcy: Liar & spy

Liar & spyLiar & spy, by Rebecca Stead

This is a great book about a game where Georges and Sapher are spys. I enjoyed it because it was intresting and exciting- you just can’t wait to learn what’s about to happen next. I can recomend this book to everyone.

4 stars

Reviewed by Darcy from Kilbirnie, 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Thomas: Point Blanc

Point BlancPoint Blanc, by Anthony Horowitz (1955-)

This is a good book about a mysterious school high in the french alps.My most favorite bit is when he is snowboarding down the mountain and getting chased by two jet skies.

4 stars

Reviewed by Thomas from Cummings Park, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Thomas: Eagle strike

Eagle strikeEagle strike, by Anthony Horowitz (1955-)

The Alex Rider Eagle Strike is legend, Anthony Horowitz is one of my favorite authors.If you like James Bond you must read the Alex Rider series. Once you start reading this you wouldn’t want to stop.

5 stars

Reviewed by Thomas from Cummings Park, 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Isabelle: Kimono code

Kimono codeKimono code, by McFarlane, Susannah.

Emma Jacks (also known as EJ12) is an agent on her 14th mission for SHINE. The evil agency SHADOW are threatening to sabotage the Japanese cherry blossom.But how and why?
EJ12 must stop SHADOW from putting an end to the cherry blossom festival..but can EJ stop SHADOW in time?
This book is great for people who like is a bit like the girl’s Zac Power (but boys can still read EJ12 books!)

4 stars

Reviewed by Isabelle from Karori, 10 years old

Harriet the Spy and more by Louise Fitzhugh

Last Friday, the library hosted a Secret Spy Spectacular. My favourite spy (by far) is Harriet the Spy, aka Harriet M. Welsch.  Harriet is a busy body who lives with her far-too-busy parents and her never-too-busy nanny. When I say “busy body”, I mean “snoop”. Harriet likes nothing more than an afternoon spent spying on the people in her neighbourhood then heading home with a notebook full of observations for a tomato sandwich.  I think books are better when the people aren’t perfect. None of the people in Louise Fitzhugh’s books are perfect: not the kids, not the teachers, not the neighbours and definitely not the parents: this is what makes her books so appealing.

Harriet the Spy is the story of a lonely girl who desperately wants to reveal something – something disturbing or astonishing or radical, just something – to break the façade of her boring and controlled life. Like lots of the more remarkable and angry characters in books, Harriet does not abide by phoneys and she is (unfortunately) not afraid to hurt feelings (including her own) if it means her life becomes more interesting, raw and real.

Lots of people have read Harriet the Spy and loved it, but not so many know about the two follow up books. Harriet returns in The Long Secret, which is a wonderful summer holiday story. The long Secret begins with a nasty (but sort-of funny) secret note and Harriet’s burning desire to find out who sent it. She enlists her mousy friend Beth Allen to reluctantly help her, and they have lots of odd  encounters along the way. I like the peculiar characters – like the family who are trying to get rich making toe medicine (EW), and Bunny (COOL NAME) the pyjama-wearing piano player. The Long Secret is two books in one really: on one hand it is a riveting mystery that involves a funny holiday township, but on the other hand it is a story about feeling left out and friendship and growing up and stuff. (That leaves no hands to hold biscuits, but it’s a summer book so maybe you could just slurp a milkshake instead?).

Harriet only plays a guest role in the third book which is set back in New York. Sport  focuses on Harriet’s friend Simon who is nicknamed Sport, and lives with his really nice but really hopeless Dad. There is not so much mystery in this one, but a lot of action. Poor Sport is really put through the wringer as his evil mother (no, not evil stepmother – just plain old evil mother) tries to gain custody of him so she can get her greedy mitts on his inheritance. This book is intense! Heaps of yelling and cussing and hiding and running and worrying and laughing. (Lots of laughing from me actually, especially when Sport and his friends get their own back against rich ladies and cops -ha-ha).

I would strongly recommend these books to anyone who is sick of children’s stories that are all sweet and fluffy and nice.  Louise Fitzhugh died at a young age and it’s a real shame because she is one of the few authors that seems to “get” kids. She doesn’t write about kids the way adults like to see kids: boring, stupid and polite – she writes about kids the way kids are: interesting, thoughtful and really cool.