Archive for September, 2010

Big Weekend for Sport

My family is going to have square eyes by the end of the weekend. On Friday the Phoenix play the Gold Coast. As it is comng from Oz it isn’t on until 11pm. It is usually replayed so check the guide. Saturday Canterbury meet Otago at Carisbrook, 5.25 pm. Lion Foundation netball is on from 12.30. There is also the replay of the AFL final. You will have to check the guide for the time.

Sunday is the big one for us. NRL grand final and the UK Super league final. At Old Trafford St Helens meet Wigan, 6 am our time.

Coverage of the NRL Grand Final starts after that with shows like the Footy Show until 4 pm when the Junior Warriors take on South Sydney in the Toyota cup final. That promises to be a great curtainraiser. Both teams play with alot of flare and are not scared to throw the ball around. Then the big one the Grand final. The safe methodical Dragon who slowly strangle the life out of their opponenents with the best defence in the NRL against the Roosters. Last years wooden spoon winners and written off by many early this season. They have a shocking defence and win games by out scoring the opposition. They have flare and speed and are a dream to watch. I’m backing the Roosters to win.

Our wonderful Star Author Brian Falkner has written a wonderful book about league. It is called Henry and the Flea. Daniel wants to play for the Warriors. The problem is he is only 12. How does he do it? It’s a great book about friendship, loyalty and sport. It is also very funny.

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Discover your family history in October

Would you like to know more about where you came from?  Come and join us at Central Library next week (4-8 October) and find out more about your family history.

Bring in Grandma or Grandad to help you find out more about your family history and have fun finding out about what it was like living in Christchurch in the olden days. You can fill in your family tree, look at old maps and photos of Christchurch, find out what happened on the day you were born in old newspapers, and even have your photo taken with your grandparents to stick in your booklet.

It’s a FREE event so come along to the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre on the 2nd floor of Central Library, Monday to Friday from 10am-12pm.

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AFL Madness

The AFL grand final between Collingwood  and St Kilda ended in 68 point draw last week.  Did they play extra time like most sports or golden time like Rugby League does?  No, there are no provisions in their rules to do this.  They will play the game again this Saturday as though last week didn’t happen!  The AFL commission have declared there would be extra time next week if needed but are not looking to make a permenant change.  This has only happaned in 3 other Grand Finals in the past.

This has effected alot of other sports.  Racing, football and cricket have all had to make rearrangements so they are not overshadowed by the Grand final.  It’s just as well the NRL Grand Final is traditionally held on a Sunday

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Last chance to WIN The Project

WIN a copy of The Project


You only have a couple of days left to enter our Star Author Competition to win a copy of Brian Falkner’s fantastic new book, The Project

All you have to do is read our ‘What’s the most boring book in the world?’ post and add a comment telling us what is the most boring book you’ve read. 

The competition closes on Friday 1 October so tell us what you think and you’ll go in the draw to win a copy of The Project.

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New stuff for kids at Christchurch City Libraries

Each month we send out a list of the new stuff that has arrived at Christchurch City Libraries. Here’s the latest CDs, DVDs and books  – just click on the title and you can find out where it is, or put a hold on it!

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Another great adventure from Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid is a great read for 10yr olds to 14yr olds and anyone who really likes adventure and Egypt would love this book too.

Sadie and Carter Kane are the two narrators of this story and you get both their points of view (with a few interruptions from each other!).  They tell the story really well – like they were the main characters, (which they are) and they say that it all started with their dad blowing up the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum.  They are now on the run…

Read The Red Pyramid to find if that is true or not, and what happens next…


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The Floods by Colin Thompson

The Floods aren’t like other families.  For a start, they are all witches and wizards.

Mordonna and Nerlin are the mum and dad, and they have 7 children – 4 boys, 2 girls and another one they aren’t sure about – if it’s a boy or a girl.

I like these books because they are scary but not too scary, and they are funny.

These books would be good for people who like scary, funny tales with magic!

By Amy.

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Hi, I’m Amy

My name is Amy, and I am 8 ½.

I have three cats, a big brother, and I love reading, maths, gymnastics and lots of other sports.

My favourite books are the Floods series, Roald Dahl books, and Geronimo Stilton.

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New Deathly Hallows Part 1 trailer

This looks awesome! Coming to NZ cinemas 18 November

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Character Duel – Pleasant vs. Snape

Let us know who you would like to appear in our next character duel – send us an email at

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Not all over for the Warriors

The Warriors under 20 are playing the Bulldogs u20 in the first peliminary final of the weekend at Suncorp for the Toyota cup.  The game is broadcast on Sky sport 2 at 7m followed by the NRL peliminary final between the Roosters and Titans.   Tomorrow St George meet the West Tigers 9.30 Sky Sport 2.   Both should be really exciting games.  St George and the Titans have strong defensive records but they may be challanged by the running flare and pace of the Roosters and Tigers.

Who do you think will make the grand final next weekend and will you be allowed to stay up late enough to watch it? (Replays of the peliminary finals will be shown on a sky sport channel through out the next week.  Check the guide)

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Wow! Free Rugby at AMI

Were you lucky enough to get free tickets to the rugby tomorrow?  The earthquake relief ITM game kicks off at 2.35 with a performance from 2pm by the Jordon Luck band and a curtain raiser at 12.05 so it may pay to get there nice and early.

With Canterbury 4th on the table with 26 points and Wellington 5th with 25 it should be a tight exciting game.  Do you think Sonny Bill should be benched?  Will Colin Slade make a difference after our lose last week?  If you are lucky enough to be at the game let us know what you thought.

Gooooo Canterbury!

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Andy Mulligan talks about Trash

Andy Mulligan is a fantastic British author who has so far written two books, Ribblestrop and Trash.  He worked as a theatre director and a teacher before becoming a writer.

Andy Mulligan’s new book, Trash, is one of my favourite books of the year.  It is one of those books that you don’t want to put down because you just want to find out how it ends.  When I finished Trash I had a few questions that I really wanted to ask the author, Andy Mulligan.   He very kindly answered them for me and you can read his answers right here.

You’ve taught English and Drama in India, Brazil and the Philippines.  Did your experiences in these countries inspire you to write Trash?

Yes, my experiences abroad inspired the book. The opening descriptions that Raphael gives us, about wading through human muck…that is completely real. There’s a dumpsite in Manila that I visited, and the things I saw will stay with me forever.  The book is inspired by Manila, but never identified as such – for the simple reason that such places exist all over the developing world. We are all familiar with stories of child labour, child poverty – but the dumpsites are particularly heartbreaking.

Did you meet kids like Raphael, Gardo and Rat?

The characters are all based on children I have met. I tend to fuse two or even three children together, so Raphael (for example) is a Calcutta streetboy and a Manila flower-seller. Both boys survived on their wits, trudging all day to make a dollar – resilient, charismatic and totally determined. The ‘Trash’ boys are instinctive and quick, and can swindle you in seconds…that’s my experience of street-children who have to be versatile and brilliant.

Did you know how the story would end before you started writing?

Yes, I did know the end. The story came to me almost fully-formed. I was thinking about it whilst teaching, and had no time to write until my Easter holidays. That meant that I had thought about the storyline and the characters for some time, and I found that when I did write it, there was rarely a temptation to go off on tangents. I liked the lean, quick, thriller-esque race, and the final images were there in my head at a very early stage.

What message would you like kids to take away from reading Trash?

I like the journey Olivia goes on – I like her realization that the world is more complicated than she’d thought, and being sentimental about poverty is not a valid response – I like her anger. I like the determination of my characters, and the notion that those without power will find a way of fighting, and winning.

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Funky Word Friday – grotesque

grotesque (adjective)

Pronunciation: groh-tesk

What does it mean?: unnaturally odd or ugly

How do you use it?: Buzz and Woody were horrified by Sid’s creation of a doll’s head on spider-like legs and other grotesque combinations of toy parts.

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Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Have you read the Hunger Games series?  No?  Well you should. They are a great series with plotting, fighting and a little bit of romance, all the way through.  The action never stops.

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 – my Mum is reading the second one now!

They are some of the best books I’ve read, and I have read some really, really good books.

If you really like the sound of the Hunger Games series you should SO read them. The first book is Hunger Games, the second one is Catching Fire and Mockingjay has just been released.

By Rhys

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Hi, I’m Rhys


My name is Rhys, and I am nearly 11.

I have three cats, a little sister, and I love reading and playing lots of sports.

My favourite books are the Hunger Games series, the Malice series, the Young Bond series and the Stoneheart series.

I am really looking forward to seeing Despicable Me and Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore at the movies over the holidays.

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Writing Tip of the Week – Jeff Kinney

This week’s writing tip comes from Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

“I would recommend to any kid out there to keep a journal. Most of my friends can’t remember much about their childhood at all, and they wish they could. Even if you only keep a journal for a short while, I guarantee that you’ll treasure it for the rest of your life.”

Check out Jeff Kinney’s very funny website if you’d like to find out more about the author and his books.  You can also watch video’s, play games, and go behind-the-scenes of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie.

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What is the most boring book in the world?

WIN a copy of The Project

Brian Falkner has been blogging lately about his new book, The Project, which was originally going to be called The Most Boring Book in the World.  Thanks to Walker Books, to celebrate the launch of The Project we have a copy of the book to give away to one lucky blogger.

To enter the draw to win a copy of The Project we want you to tell us what you think is the most boring book in the world.  It could be an actual book that you have read or you could make up your own title of the most boring book in the world.

Here are a few examples:

Tell us what you think the most boring book in the world is and win The Project.  Remember to tell us your name, age and your email so that we can contact the winner.  If you’re not sure how to post a comment, check out the For Kids tab at the top of the page.

Read the terms and conditions below.

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Funniest books of 2010

What is the funniest book that you’ve read this year?   The Roald Dahl Funny Prize is a special prize that is the awarded every year for the funniest book for children aged 7-14.  Here are the books that the judges have to choose from this year:

Have you read any of these books?  Do you think a book that you’ve read should have been on this list?

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Movie Poll

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