Do you love the Judy Moody series or the Stink series by Megan McDonald? Later this year you’ll be able to see Judy Moody and her brother Stink on the big screen in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. While you wait for the movie, you can borrow all the Judy Moody books from the library.
Archive for March, 2011
You can find out about lots of different competitions on our blog at the moment. If you enter these competitions on the blog you could win some cool book bundles:
- Let the fun begin – New Zealand Book Month 2011 – add your comments to the blog during March and you could win a bundle of New Zealand children’s books. There are only 2 days left so you better hurry!
- Explore Christchurch at your library and win – hunt through our photo collection and find the most interesting photos. Find your favourite photo in the category that we select, copy the address and post it in a comment on the blog telling us why you like it. We’ll post the winner’s photo each time and they’ll receive a book prize. The first category is Costume and Fashion.
You could also enter these cool writing competitions for the chance to win some awesome prizes and even get your story published:
The 9th and final Alex Rider adventure by Anthony Horowitz, Scorpia Rising is out now. Place a hold at one of our libraries that are open or online using your library card number and PIN. If you don’t have a PIN, phone us on 941-7923.
Will you read the last Alex Rider book? We want to know if he’s still one of your favourite characters.
After reading heaps of books, discovering new authors, running competitions, learning some funky words, interviewing writers, watching trailers, and being shaken by thousands of earthquakes we’ve made it to our 500th post!
We would like to thank our Star Bloggers, readers, authors, teachers, librarians and commenters for helping us get here. We couldn’t have done it without you!
If you think there is something we could do to make our next 500 posts even better, we would love to know. Just leave a comment with your suggestions.
James Choke was a normal kid. He went to school, hung out with friends, and did his homework (most of the time). But some members of his family are definitely not normal. Ron (his stepdad) has big anger problems. And for his mum, she runs a massive thieving business. Because of this, James has everything he wants: Playstation 2, big flat screen TV, DVD player, the works.
One day at school, Samantha Jennings ( a mean girl who James hates), continues to taunt him about having an extremely overweight mum. Then, he decides he’s had enough. He violently assaults Samantha and flees the classroom.
At home that night, James’s mum and Ron are drinking wine. While Ron sneakily steals money from her wallet, James reminds his mum that she needs to take her pills and she isn’t supposed to drink without them. Later on, when Ron has left, James tries to wake his mother up. She doesn’t move. He checks her breathing. Nothing.
James’s sister Lauren is taken away from him to live with Ron, while he moves into Nebraska House. He lives there for a few weeks with his roommate, Kyle. But in almost no time, he finds himself on CHERUB Campus, an unofficial branch of the British intelligence. Before he can stop the bad guys and be miniature 007, he has to pass basic training. 100 days of pure torture, lead by stone-hearted, Mr Large.
CHERUB is probably in the top three series I’ve read. If you like Alex Rider you’ll love CHERUB. I would recommend it for people who like long series (don’t you hate it when you read a really good book and there’s no sequel?!?!). I give it 9/10
In just about every book you read there are heroes and villains. What makes someone a hero though? Do they have a superpower and save the world or are they an ordinary kid who stands up for what they believe in? The NZ Book Month team have created a list of the Top 5 Heroes and Heroines for boys and girls from books. Some are muggles and others have magic running through their veins.
The Top 5 Heroes for boys are:
- Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- John and Roger from Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
- Adrian Mole from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
- Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
- Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
The Top 5 Heroines for girls are:
- Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
- Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil from Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
- Pippi Longstocking from Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
- Jane Blonde from the Jane Blonde series by Jill Marshall
Who’s your favourite book hero or heroine? What makes them so special?