Archive for August, 2010

Join the race to The Emerald Casket

In The Billionaire’s Curse, Gerald became a billionaire, was hunted by a maniac, solved a murder, and only just managed to get out alive.  Now Gerald, Ruby and Sam are back in the second book in Richard Newsome’s brilliant Billionaire Trilogy, The Emerald Casket.

In The Emerald Casket, the three friends take up an invitation from Alisha Gupta to come to India for a well-deserved holiday.  If only they knew what was in store for them in India!  A kidnap attempt on Alisha is only the start of their troubles and sees them mixed-up with a mysterious and deadly cult.  But what is the link between the cult and Gerald’s family?  Gerald’s old enemy, Sir Mason Green is still out there somewhere, looking for the second casket, but Gerald must get to the second casket before him.

Packed with action, adventure, mystery and intrigue, you’ll  love the second part of The Billionaire Trilogy.  To hear Richard talk about the series, come along to the launch of the Christchurch Kids Blog on Wednesday, 8 September from 7pm at Central Library.

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Congratulations to Brian Falkner!

Brian Falkner’s awesome book, Brainjack has just won the Best Young Adult Novel award at the Sir Julius Vogel Awards.  The Sir Julius Vogel Awards recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by New Zealanders.  They are voted on by New Zealand fans and are presented at the National Science Fiction convention each year.

Congratulations to Brian for winning the award, and if you haven’t already read Brianjack you can get your hands on a copy from the library.  You can read my review of Brainjack here on the blog and hopefully Brian will tell us all about winning the award when he joins us as our Star Author in September.

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Here comes The Slime Squad

“Plog, Furp, Zill and Danjo aren’t just monsters in a rubbish dump. Together, they are the SLIME SQUAD – crime-busting super-monsters, here to save their whiffy world!”

The Slime Squad is Steve Cole’s latest series and it’s chock full of stinky, squelchy, slimy monsters.  These monsters call Trashland home after a mad scientist decided to create a safari park full of monsters on an old rubbish dump.  In Trashland you can find such places as Nose Pick Ocean, Dirty Nappy Dunes, the Gulf of Grease and the Poo-nited States, so you can imagine it’s a pretty disgusting place to live.  There is always someone hatching their evil plans and it’s up to the Slime Squad to save the day.  Watch Steve Cole’s video to find out more:

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Who is Richard Newsome?

Richard Newsome is another of the fantastic authors that are joining us for the launch of the Christchurch Kids Blog on Wednesday 8 September, 7pm at Central Library.  Richard is an Australian author (although he was born in New Zealand) and his first book, The Billionaire’s Curse was published in 2009 when he won the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing.

He’s had lots of different jobs before becoming a writer, including a journalist (“he chased after police cars while they chased after bad guys”) and jobs in TV and radio.

He’s written two books in The Billionaire’s Trilogy, The Billionaire’s Curse and The Emerald Casket.  They are both amazingly adventurous stories and I really recommend them.  You can read my review of The Billionaire’s Curse here on the blog.

If you would like to meet Richard Newsome and maybe even get his autograph, come along to the launch of the Christchurch Kids Blog on Wednesday 8 September.

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Horrid Henry and The Last Airbender on DVD

Two new book related DVDs have arrived in the library this week: the TV series of Horrid Henry, and (just in time for the movie) the TV series of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Now you can watch your favourite horrible boy, Horrid Henry, create havoc on your TV screen in Horrid Henry’s Underpants and Horrid Henry’s Horrid Revenge.  Each DVD has 6 episodes plus heaps of extras, including a quiz, games and other cool activities.

Before Avatar: The Last Airbender was a movie, or a cartoon series it was a graphic novel about a brother and sister who rescue a mysterious boy named Aang, who has been trapped in a glacier.  He is one of the Airbenders, a race of people not seen in a century, and the long-lost avatar whose destiny is to save the world from war with the Fire Nation.  You can now get all the volumes out on DVD from the library and discover the story behind the movie.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Derek Landy

This week’s writing tip comes from Derek Landy, creator of Skulduggery Pleasant, Valkyrie Cain, and many other unpleasant characters.  We asked Derek if he could give one piece of advice to budding writers what would it be?

“You have to have fun. When I wrote the first Skulduggery book I didn’t have a clue whether or not it would be published or if anybody would like it, so I concentrated on having fun.  I packed it full of things that I adore; fight scenes, jokes, horror, adventure, magic. Fun is contagious and if you have fun writing it, the reader will have fun reading it. “

Visit Derek Landy’s website for more information about the author and his books, and to test your knowledge of the Skulduggery books.

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Funky Word Friday – bamboozle

bamboozle (verb)

Pronunciation: bam-boo-zuhl

What does it mean?:

1.to deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like; hoodwink
2.to perplex; mystify.

How do you use it?: I was bamboozled by how easily my little brother managed to find my secret stash of chocolate.

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