Just Keep Going
Lighthouse Media Group
September 9, 2022
‘The dolphin didn’t follow but Becky couldn’t shake the strange feeling that it wanted to show her something.’
In Just Keep Going by Donna Blaber, Becky has just come to New Zealand from the UK, in the midst of the pandemic. Her mum has so far been unable to get a spot in Managed Isolation and quarantine (MIQ), so for now, Becky is on her own, besides her dad, stepmother Deidre, and annoying baby brother Ben of course. And, on top of that, Becky’s new windsurfer is taking ages to arrive. Read more
Originally published 1982
August 24, 2022
From the opening of The Haunting to its satisfying conclusion, Margaret Mahy delves into the secret legacy gifted to select members of the family, and how the family’s secrets, even ones deeply buried in the past, constrain the relationships of the Scholar family.
Eight-year-old Barney has been haunted before, but this time, it’s different. We see this in the very first sentence of the book, which hooks us nicely into the beginning of this wonderful adventure. “When, suddenly, on an ordinary Wednesday, it seemed to Barney that the world tilted and ran downhill in all directions, he knew he was about to be haunted again.” Read more
Just Keep Going
Light House Media Group
August 15, 2022
Filled with drama and action, Just Keep Going is a thrilling story about a brave, young girl with a strong will to succeed, adapting to life in a new country without her Mum. This story also includes a persistent dolphin, a magical stone, marine pollution and new friendships.
Becky and her Mum move from the U.K. to New Zealand. Becky flies to New Zealand by herself and stays at her Dad’s while her Mum stays back to try to sell their house. Read more
The Cuba Press
August 2, 2022
‘You be careful out there, Nissa girl,’ he said. ‘People far more forest-savvy than you have gotten themselves lost in Fiordland. Some of them for good.’
As soon as I had finished the first chapter of Spark Hunter by Sonya Wilson I knew that this was going to be a good book.
It starts off with Nissa being taken deer hunting with her dad and family friends. However, instead of killing the stag, she scares it away so that it can’t be killed. When her family goes to leave the Fiordland forest they are in, she spots a light, and tries to follow it. Read more
Amorangi and Millie’s Trip Through Time
July 28, 2022
Do you love time travel, New Zealand history, or adventure stories? Then, Amorangi and Millie’s Trip Through Time by Lauren Keenan is the book for you.
Amorangi never meant to lose his mum. It started out as just a normal day. Amorangi and Millie were looking forward to their ‘fluffy and chips’ after school, and grieving for their recently passed grandmother. I mean, how exactly do you lose your mum on a walk to school? And how does your mum get lost in time on a walk to school? Read more
The Blood Traitor
Prison Healer series, Book #3
July 15, 2022
When I first saw this book for review I was so excited, because I had read the first two books of the Prison Healer Trilogy by Australian YA author Lynette Noni and they were so good I just couldn’t put them down.
The Blood Traitor, true to its name, is filled with traitors, spies, backstabbing, and twists that are so mind blowing and intriguing that you will do anything to hide from your chores so you can finish it. The exhilarating battles put you on the edge of your seat, filling you with anticipation and uncertainty. Read more
Queen of Muck
Mary Egan Publishing
July 1, 2022
After a slow start, Queen of Muck by Isaac Thackray turns into an exciting ride. This book is a perfect example of a children’s book at its best. With ballerina brutes, talking foxes, and middle-aged monsters, its story swept me away to another world.
Queen of Muck starts with sisters Lucy and Lily’s grandfather going missing. Then they find a mysterious postcard marked Florez with directions to a bookshop that seems to not open very often. The events after that lead them on a wild adventure, with evil queens, food fights, and a village ruined. Read more
The Spaghetti Giraffe
Flat Bed Press
June 22, 2022
The Spaghetti Giraffe is an entertaining and easy to read book filled with fun, creative and quirky characters.
The Spaghetti Giraffe himself is a curious and kind animal; the only one bold enough to venture out of the safety of the Under-Cooker World.
He is created by Mina Cucina’s clumsiness as she drops the spaghetti pot, YET AGAIN! Mina, who lives at the tip top of Meringue Hill at the head of BonBon Valley is a bright and wonderful person, but a terrible cook. Read more
Elastic Island Adventures: Flip Flop Bay
May 27, 2022
Elastic Island Adventures: Flip Flop Bay by Karen McMillan is a story about four kids named Kiri, Jed, Emma, and Ethan.
They have discovered Elastic Island, which helps them do tests which in turn help the destinations they get sent to.
This time they have to help Flip Flop Bay, which is in serious trouble, and with Captain Crook always trying to steal Blong, what risks will he take? And will the children be able to save the island?
The story unfolds when the children are wanting to try out a flying school, but on their way they meet some complications pushing them back. Read more
May 2, 2022
Wynter’s Thief by Sherryl Jordan, first published in 2019, follows two young people who strive to find freedom in a world where being different is dangerous. This novel explores how easily society can isolate a person based on one aspect of their identity. Though Wynter’s Thief is a medieval fantasy book, this theme is still widely relevant in the modern world.
This book paints a picture of a much simpler way of living, where everyone provides for themselves and their families and works to build a kinder life. Read more