Friday, October 12, 2018
Friday, October 5, 2018
There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite! But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help. That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan. . .
There are no princes or knights in shining armour in sight to rescue our favourite characters.
Instead, each must use their own skills to get themselves out of difficult situations.
Rapunzel uses her building and engineering skills, Little Red Riding Hood uses her horticultural knowledge.
Cinderella's courage shines through and Thumbelina's sense of humour helps her find her way.
Title: Fairytales for Feisty Girls
Author: Susannah McFarlane
Illustrator: Beth Norling, Sher Rill Ng, Claire Robertson, Lucinda Gifford
Sunday, July 29, 2018
The Year My Life Broke: From the mutli-award winning and bestselling author of the Tomorrow series.'Australia's king of young adult fiction' The Australian You move into the most boring street in the most boring town in Australia. Tarrawagga is a hole. Its only ambition is to be a crater, and it has every chance of getting there.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
The Tunnel in our Backyard
by Malcolm Paterson
This is a wonderful picture book. It is one of my favourites at the moment.
I love to read picture books, especially ones like this.
This picture book blends English and Maori. And tells of some of Auckland's history.
Jennifer and her whanau go to Te Atatu to help her cousin Tui's family move house to Mount Albert. What they learn from Nanny on the way about Matariki and the Waterview Tunnel leads on to a big discovery once they reach Mount Albert - that old tunnels also run under here! With the help of Nanny and new neighbour Tefere, the kids relive history and follow in the footsteps of the ancestor Ruarangi from Mount Albert.