I love each and every one of NZ author Fleur Beale’s novels, but End of the Alphabet has to be my favourite. It is the story of Ruby Yarrow; a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in the shadow of her younger brother Max. Max is smart, talented and adored by everyone. Ruby struggles at school and is always busy at home. She cares for her little brothers, cooks the dinner and cleans up after Max. One day her best friend Tia puts her foot down- she is sick of Ruby being a doormat. Her outburst gets Ruby thinking…does she want to live her life being treated second best? Of course not- so begins Ruby’s journey to find her backbone and start standing up to people.
This book is truly outstanding, one of my favourite of all time. Ruby is one of those characters that you can instantly relate to. If I could meet a character in one of my books I’d want to meet Ruby. She’s just so likeable and so easy to understand. As the book progresses it’s easy to see how Ruby has changed.
If you’re looking for a read that you won’t want to put down, choose End of the Alphabet! It’s a book that you’ll want to read again and again.
Reviewed by Tierney Reardon.
Drake is surprised to find three Horsemen of the Apocalypse playing snakes and ladders in his garden shed. Even more surprisingly, they’re missing a Horseman and think that Drake is the boy for the job. Drake is reluctant to join them, but does being in charge of Armageddon have to spell the end of the world?
From the wastelands of oblivion to the desolate plains of Limbo – join the Horsemen of the Apocalypse on a wild and hilarious ride…
The 13th Horseman is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The laughs don’t come from toilet humour, but from the actions (or inaction) of the three long serving Horsemen of the Apocalypse. There’s Pestilence who’s dressed like a doctor with a white coat and rubber gloves (to protect the humans, not himself), the red-haired giant, War, with a temper to match his stature, and my favourite, Famine, who is absolutely huge, with massive rolls of fat all over his body (which provide great places to store food for later). When Drake first meets them, they’ve been playing board games for thousands of years and are completely bored. They all seem to be totally incompetent and can’t even organise themselves to do the job they’re there for – usher in the Apocalypse. They all have a horse to ride across the sky, apart from Famine who has a mobility scooter (so that he doesn’t squash a horse). Each of the Horsemen has their own quirks but my favourite is definitely Famine, because no matter when you look at him, he’s always eating something.
Thankfully, The 13th Horseman is only the first book in the Afterworlds series and the sequel, The Lost Book of Everything is due out in 2013. If you haven’t read any of Barry Hutchison’s books yet, The 13th Horseman is a good place to start.
Recommended for 10+ 5 out of 5 stars
Come along to Shirley Library this Friday (25 May) from 4pm and celebrate the launch of a a cool new book, called The 13th Horseman by UK author Barry Hutchison. Barry is also the author of the incredibly creepy Invisible Fiends series, including Mr Mumbles and Raggy Maggie. Hear Barry talk about his hilarious new book and enjoy drinks and snacks fit for a Horseman of the Apocalypse. We have 3 copies of The 13th Horseman to give away and everyone gets a signed bookplate.
The event is free and suitable for ages 10 years and up.
The Hunger Games is the first book in a trilogy, set in a place in the middle of what used to be North America, called Panem. Panem consists of twelve districts, that surround a city called the Capitol. The Capitol is cruel, and has complete control over those who live in the districts. They keep them from starting a rebellion by forcing each district to provide a boy and a girl from 12 to 18, who are all sent to the Capitol to take part in the Hunger Games, which is a fight to the death in a huge arena. The person who is left alive wins, and lives in glory, fame, and riches from then on. The others all die. The worst part? The districts are forced to celebrate it, and it is made into a television show. Katniss Everdeen is sent to the Capitol from District 12, taking her sisters place in the games to protect her. She has escaped death before, and is skilled with a bow and arrow, but each of the 24 contestants are all fighting to survive. She will have to make hard decisions to live through the games.
The concept behind the Hunger Games was so original, and I turned the pages especially fast during the middle, when the Hunger Games were actually happening. The description was simple and brief, but the action and dialogue made up for that entirely.
My favourite character was probably Katniss, but I found that by the end of the book, to my greatest surprise, I had become rather fond of Haymitch, who is Katniss’s drunken mentor. I thought that Peeta, who is the boy from District 12, was a little weak, and Katniss was always protecting him, so in a way, he was a bit wimpy.
I am excited to find out what happens next, because by the end of the book Katniss is in quite a bit of trouble. I’m not telling you what happens, though, you’ll have to find that out yourself!
I think that kids from 12 to 15 would like this book the most (although my dad loves the book just as much as I do!). The Hunger Games is also being turned into what is going to be an epic movie.
By Tierney, age 12.
Six Days by Philip Webb is a very cool book that I’m reading at the moment. It’s set in a future London where the city is being torn down to hunt for a mysterious ‘artefact’ that is incredibly valuable. If you like books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld then Six Days is the book for you.
The first full-length trailer for the Hunger Games movie has just been released and you can watch it here. It’s being released on March 23, 2012 and it’s going to be one of the biggest movies of the year. The movie is based on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which is the first book in one of the most exciting series you’ll ever read. Here’s what our Star Blogger Rhys said about it:
“Prim Everdeen is chosen as a representative for the hunger games while she is still 12 years old, Katniss, her big sister, volunteers to go instead of Prim and she goes to save her sister. Without giving too much away being selected isn’t a good thing. I reckon that they are a great series and that if you like fighting, romance (sort of) and cunning plotting you should read them. I’d recommend them to anyone over 10. They are great for adults too. They are some of the best books I’ve read, and I have read some really, really good books.”
The movie looks like it’s going to be absolutely amazing and you can see what it’s like in this trailer:
If you’ve been dying to read The Hunger Games to find out why it’s so great or you would just really like to have your own copy, we’ve got one to giveaway. To get in the draw, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us why you should win the book. Competition closes Friday 25 November.
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“I AM A BEAST. A BEAST! Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster. You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever-ruined-unless i can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly……..BEASTLY.”
This book is a modern version of “Beauty and the beast” It is a romantic book and is much better than the movie (Like most books/movies) It tells you a good lesson too. Someone’s inside is more important than the outside. Three things that I liked about it were … the good lesson, that it is a modern take on a classic Disney movie, and that it is nicely paced. Its a very good book that I recommend for year 8 up girls, that love romantic stories.
Emma C. from the Queenspark Noses In Books group
What are your favourite books this year? We’re putting together a list of the best books of 2011 and we need your help.
We’ve picked the Top 5 books for older readers (the five books above) and young adults — all you have to do is choose your favourite book from our selection and send your vote. Everyone who enters will go into the draw to win the top five books.
Go to http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/kids/competition/ (or http://thepulse.org.nz/Competition/ if you’re over 12 years old) to cast your vote and enter the competition. Entries close Friday 25th November 2011.