Finders Keepers is about a boy called Patrick, who takes part in a bizarre game show that’s out of this world. He travels across the Barrier, an invisible force separating Patrick’s world from another, where he meets bubbly Boopie Cupid, grumpy Max, and presenter Lucky Lamont. Patrick has no intention to win this game show, he just wants to get home… until one of the prizes turns out to be his dream computer. Patrick accepts, and the game is explained. The Barrier often breaks, sucking random items through to the other world. The aim of the game is to retrieve these items, and return them to their owners. Three people step forth, and give Patrick tricky riddles that he’ll have to solve to be able to start looking for the items. Will Patrick suceed?
I loved Finders Keepers, as well as it’s sequel, The Time Keeper, because the characters seem real, but different. My favourite character is Boopie Cupid, because she’s very talkative,which I can relate to. Both boys and girls would like these books, or maybe boys would like them more. I’m not too sure.
Having a Barrier that leaks things is a really good idea, I thought. Now I know where all of my odd socks went! Emily Rodda has also written other books, such as the Deltora series, the Rondo series, and the Fairy Realm for younger children. I give this book a 10 out of 10.
At my school lately, we’ve been writing poetry about sadness.
I’m putting mine on the blog because it goes in deep and you really feel it.
It’s a sad sad day, when you feel deaths ice-cold fingers.
It’s a sad sad day, when your curiosity turns on you.
It’s a sad sad day, when anxiety presses on your mind.
It’s a sad sad day, when your hopes are crushed.
It’s a sad sad day, when your struggle was for nothing.
On happier terms,
we also did lots of poetry on Autumn surrounding the senses.
Autumn is the bliss of warm water, as it runs through your fingers.
Autumn is the taste of smoke, as you sit by the fire.
Autumn is silence, nothing at all.
And lots of others.
We’ve also done Quinquan.
I’m so excited about this movie! I’ve loved Tintin since I started reading about his adventures when I was 8 and the movie looks amazing. We have all of Tintin’s adventures for you to read in the library and you could read The Secret of the Unicorn before you see the movie.
Want to win some Tintin books? Make sure you tell us about your favourite graphic novel for your chance to win this week’s Reading Crusade Challenge prize.
I was lucky enough to be able to go along to the awards ceremony for the 2011 NZ Post Children’s Book Awards last night. It’s a very sparkly, special night with New Zealand’s best authors and illustrators and I got to meet lots of them. The winners of each of the categories were announced including the Children’s Choice awards and the Book of the Year award.
The winners are:
This all started in 1808. There is this lovely girl called Grace. Grace is 11 years old and is living with her uncle in London. They have no money, and Grace is always lonely and often hungry.
Grace is a mudlark, that is someone who has to sift through all the mud in the river. One time she rifles through the river mud and finds an almost new hammer, it is the best thing she has ever found. A gang of mudlarks, with a leader named Joe Bean tries to steal the hammer but with Grace’s very brave heart she didn’t let those boys take such a valuable treasure.
One afternoon Grace couldn’t resist taking a shiny red apple from the grocer’s cart, and another and another! But back then, you could get hanged for stealing, even if you’ were just a kid. And Grace gets caught! What will happen to poor Grace?
I really liked Meet Grace. If you like stories about real people, then you’ll like it too. There are four books about Grace.
Amy, aged 9
Laura has spent most of her life as an orphan, living at the Sylvan Meadows Children’s Home, in between foster homes. What Laura longs for “is to have a life packed with excitement” like some of the characters in the books she reads. She has always been told to be careful what she wishes for, and one day she discovers that she has an uncle that will adopt her. When she arrives in the seaside village where her uncle lives, little does she know that the life of mystery and adventure she has longed for is just around the corner. Why does the quiet Indian boy have bruises and cuts on his arms? Why is her uncle so secretive? Is the bird watcher hanging around her house who he says he is? Who is the mysterious ‘J’ in her uncle’s books? Laura has to start thinking like the detective in her favourite books, Matt Walker, so that she can solve the mysteries around her.
Dead Man’s Cove is the fantastic first book in the Laura Marlin Mystery series by Lauren St. John. Laura is a great character who reminded me of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, because she loves stories and is very inquisitive. Like Laura, you’ll gather clues and put the pieces of the puzzle together to track down the villains. Dead Man’s Cove is perfect for anyone who likes books full of adventure, mystery, heroes and villains. I can’t wait to read more of the Laura Marlin Mysteries!
Recommended for 9+ 9 out of 10