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?: deceive or get the better of (someone) by trickery, flattery, or the like; hoodwink 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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Who is Steve Cole?

Steve Cole photoSteve Cole is one of the fantastic authors who are joining us for the launch of the Christchurch Kids Blog on Wednesday 8 September at 7pm in Central Library.  Steve is probably best known as the creator of the Astrosaurs series, but he’s also written heaps of other books for younger readers, including the Cows in Action series, the new Slime Squad series.  He has also written books for older readers including the Wereling series, Z-Rex and his latest book, Tripwire.  Here’s a bit about Steve Cole from his website:

“He used to edit magazines and books but prefers the job of a writer where you can wear pyjamas and eat chocolate all day.

Steve just can’t stop writing – if he does, strange robots appear and jostle him vigorously until he starts again.

In his spare time he loves making music, reading old comics, thinking up ideas for new books and slumping in front of a warm TV.”

If you would like to meet Steve Cole and maybe even get your books signed, come along to the launch of the Christchurch Kids Blog on Wednesday 8 September.

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What to do about Holly

OMG! Such a cool book! It will blow your mind away. Once you put your head in it you want be able to take it out! Unless of course you get offered $1,000,000………………..      but that wont really happen. SO get reading!

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Books that I can’t wait for!

Cover imageThere are two books coming out in September that I can’t wait to read: the latest Skulduggery Pleasant book, Mortal Coil, and Cornelia Funke’s new book, Reckless.

The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy is my favourite series.  The books are scary, gripping and hilarious.   Skulduggery Pleasant is one of the coolest characters around and his sidekick, Valkyrie is a girl you don’t want to mess with.  Mortal Coil is the fifth book in the series and here’s what we can expect:

“Skulduggery Pleasant is back, and reunited with his original head. But all is not well in the magical world — for one thing, foreign powers are conspiring to take over the Irish Sanctuary, and for another thing, Valkyrie has discovered she might be the sorceress set to destroy the world. The problem is, she doesn’t feel she can tell Skulduggery what she’s learned! and that’s how all the trouble starts.”

Cornelia Funke is the author of my favourite children’s book, Inkheart, so I can’t wait to see what magical world she will unleash in her new book, Reckless.

“For the first time in his life, Jacob Reckless is afraid. For years he’s stolen across to another world. A dark enchanted place he’s loved for its treasure, secrets and dangers. Until now. Will, his younger brother, has followed him with terrible consequences: the boy will turn to beast; the girl he loves will break her heart and chaos will rule forever, unless Jacob can spin a fairytale to save them.”

You can reserve both of these books at the library now.  What books are you looking forward to reading?

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The fabulous FaBo story

“Nine mad writers; one crazy story; no idea what happens next; hold onto your mouse… it’s going to be a wild ride!”

The FaBo (short for Face Book) story is an online interactive novel that’s added to each week by some great New Zealand authors and illustrators, including Kyle Mewburn, Fifi Colston and Brian Falkner.  The story is called The Visitors and so far the first 5 chapters have been written.  Each Monday an exciting new chapter is added by a mystery author and if you think you can guess which author wrote it, you can enter the ‘Mystery Author’ competition and win a mystery prize.  The best part is that you can have a go and write your own chapter to follow on from the previous one.  The FaBo team chooses a winning chapter and posts it the following week along with the next chapter written by the mystery author.

If you want to read the story so far and maybe even enter your own chapter, go to the FaBo Story blog.

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Leonie Thorpe’s visit to Central Library

Leonie Thorpe at Central Library

Leonie Thorpe talking about her books

Ever wanted to know how much an author gets paid for each book they sell?  Well Christchurch author Leonie Thorpe can tell you, and I’m sure you’ll be very disappointed.  However, as Leonie explained, being a writer is not all about the money, it’s about getting your book published and seeing it on the shelf.

Before becoming an author, Leonie worked in a hospital testing all sorts of things, including your number ones and number twos (YUCK!).  She explained that there are lots of different ways that you could get your writing published, such as entering it into writing competitions and getting it in the School Journal.

Leonie Thorpe has had three books published, called Archie’s Adventures, Archie Saves the Day, and The Sheep on the Fourth Floor, which we have in the library for you to borrow.  Look out for our interview with Leonie on the blog soon.

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Funky Word Friday – smother

smother (verb)

Pronunciation: smuth-er

What does it mean?:

  1. to be overcome through lack of air
  2. to overcome by depriving of air or exposing to smoke or fumes
  3. to prevent the development or actions of; to cover up; to cover thickly

How do you use it?:  I got myself a huge bowl of ice cream and smothered it with chocolate sauce and sprinkles.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Eoin Colfer

This week’s writing tip comes from Eoin Colfer, the creator of Artemis Fowl, Holly Short, Foaly and LEPrecon.

“Practise – write every day even if it’s only for ten minutes. Remember, nothing is wasted. Eventually your style will emerge. Persevere!”

Check out Eoin Colfer’s cool website where you can find out more about the characters, watch videos and play games.  Get your hands on a copy of Eoin Colfer’s latest book, Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex, from your library now.

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Make your own games! (c)

make a vid game.

Go to google chrome and type in Atmosphir and click

and then click on create a new acount.

create a character with lots of cool weapons and hair stiles.

by Logan McDonalds.

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capital E! @.@

  WE went to capital E at Wellington and we learned how to make  3-D games in a website called ATMOSPHIR. You can make games by making a account. You can place boxes and stuff and play it with your character. You can also play games that other people made.

If you want to go to this web site too bad.I’m not going tell you how. Go to Make your own games!  (c)

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The Karate Kid

The Karate kid is about a boy called Dre Parker(Jaden Smith)and about his mother(not real mother)and Mr Hun(Jackie Chan)

The part of the story is that Dre learns to do karate and defeats  this Chinese boy.


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karate kid

Jaden Smith is in the movie Karate Kid.His name in the movie is Dre Parker and the main part in the movie is that Dre learns to do do karate and defets this chinese boy .


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Winners of the 2010 LIANZA Book Awards

Cover imageThe LIANZA Book Awards are a chance for librarians across New Zealand to pick their favourite New Zealand books of the year.  The winners are:

Congratulations to all the winners!  We are lucky enough to be having the winner of the Esther Glenn Award, Richard Newsome, coming to the launch of the Christchurch Kids Blog on Wednesday 8 September, from 7-8pm.  We will also have an interview with Richard on the blog after the launch.  You can read my review of The Billionaire’s Curse here on the blog.

Have you read any of the winning books?

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