Friday, October 12, 2018

Give Away - Signed copy of Des Hunt's new book "Kiwi Killer"

Tell me why you love the Des Hunt books. You can comment here, write something, email me (  do a little creative.
The winner will be announced on Monday 12th of November.

Kerikeri is kiwi country. There the flightless birds live in common places like farms, sides of roads, and pine forests. That’s why the law says all dogs must be on a lead.
When dead kiwi are found in nearby Waitangi forest, it becomes clear that someone is ignoring that law. A kiwi killer is on the prowl. Suspects are many. As the death toll increases so too do the cries for dogs to be shot.
Young Tom Smart has an injured pig dog he rescued from the forest. He can’t believe she could be the killer, but others do. There is only one way Tom can save her, and that is to find the real killer, which means confronting a man who will do anything to protect his secrets.

New Book - Oh Boy! A Storybook of Epic NZ Men

There are many kinds of hero! 
OH BOY is a fantastic collection of true stories about amazing New Zealand men who busted stereotypes and broke through obstacles to follow their passion.
Heroes can wear rugby boots or ballet shoes.
They can go on adventures, build rockets, or save lives.
They can change the world with a shovel, a microscope or an idea. 

Just some of the amazing men whose stories are featured in this book are Billy T James, Bret McKenzie, Bruce McLaren, Edmund Hillary, Ernest Rutherford, Fred Hollows, Jemaine Clement, Jonah Lomu, Kelly Tarlton, Liam Malone, Neil Finn, Peter Jackson, Richie McCaw, Steven Adams, Taika Waititi, Willie Apiata........

Author: Stuart Lipshaw
Publisher: Penguin

Classification: 920

Friday, October 5, 2018

New Book - The Boy at the Back of the Class

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. . .

Author: Onjali Q Raúf
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Classification: RAU

New Book - Review: Fairytales for Feisty Girls

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 
Classification: McF

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Year My Life Broke

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.
The last thing you expect is to have action all around you, dangerous strangers in the backyard and bullets flying past your ears.
At your new school, everyone thinks you're the biggest loser in Grade 6. Little do they know. When they realise the truth, teachers and students alike are in for the shock of their lives.
Funny, gripping and full of surprises, The Year My Life Broke could be the most real book you read this year.
Warning: This book is not a fantasy. It contains no superheroes, wizards, dragons, time travel, aliens or magic.
Notable Book for the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards's Young Readers 2014

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Highly Recommended Picture Book

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.