August 23, 2021
Red Edge is a story about 12 year old Cassi and her friend Quin. Cassi and her dad Mike recently moved into a repaired house on the edge of Christchurch’s Red Zone. It’s quiet though. Just how Cassi likes it. She loves to run through the empty streets, letting off the tension that builds within her. Next door to Cassi’s new home is a seemingly abandoned house. She becomes suspicious about strange comings and goings at the broken-down house. When Cassi and Quin find a way into the garage, they think they know what is happening. Read more
July 05, 2021
Twelve-year-old Cassi Whelan and her dad have just moved into a house on the edge of the Red Zone in Christchurch, an area that had been left to be reclaimed by nature after two deadly earthquakes struck nine years before. The Red Zone is abandoned and appears to be a ghost town, and was the part of Christchurch that would never be built on again – so they said.
There are no people, no cars, no man-made noise; nothing.
Fortunately, this suits Cassi perfectly. Every day, she runs through the deserted streets and meets nobody as she pushes her body as much as she can without breaking. Read more
Search for a Kiwi Killer
18 May, 2021
Search for a Kiwi Killer by Des Hunt is a very interesting book about a young boy, Tom, who has to find out who is killing the native kiwi in Waitangi Forest. When disaster strikes, Tom has to find his way through a raging storm, while also tracking down the killer.
In a small town called Kerikeri, the flightless kiwi live on farms and in pine forests. That’s the reason the law says that all dogs must be on a lead. Someone is ignoring that law, and many dead kiwi sightings start to occur. Read more
Search for a Kiwi Killer
19 March, 2021
Things that reel you in to reading a book: colourful images that relate to what it is about, readable and original fonts and a good cliffhanger blurb on the back. When I first laid eyes on this book I could tell that it would be interesting, about nature and a thriller. One of the things I like about the cover of Des Hunt’s novel is how the last two words are a different font and bigger than the other words which gives a clue to what this book is about. Read more
September 7, 2020
Matt Smith is a misunderstood 13-year-old boy who is often found in the wrong place at the wrong time. After helping an old woman take out her recycling bin, things go horribly wrong and once more he is found at the scene of the crime.
It seemed like he was caught red-handed, but could one of his badly made friends have something to do with the robbery? This misaccusation was something that was bound to happen, but what follows is as unpredictable as the weather.
Matt’s father is in jail, so his Principal didn’t think people could trust him around other people’s possessions. Read more