Archive for December, 2010

Thea stilton and the ghost of shipwreek

Thea Stilton is a awesome book because there’s five friends (known as the thea sisters) named Colette, Paulina, Pamela, Nikey and Violet go on some fantstic adventures like the ghost of shipwreekand solve mysteries. In the ghost of shipwreek they flew to china where voilet used to live went she was born, they went to find the Jade diamond But there was a uninvited guest………..

By:Ravy

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Invasion Of The Road Weenies

Invasion of the road weenies is a very good book because it’s full of creepy tales. The last Halloween is one of my favourite stories because there’s this girl named Jennifer hated halloween ever since some older kids had stolen her candy and chased her down the street .But how can she go Trick or Treat again.I will give you a hint-a pair of black gloves.

By:Ravy Man-Cammrar’s little sister heehaw!

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What books did you unwrap this Christmas?

One of my favourite things to unwrap at Christmas is books.  This year I unwrapped a newly illustrated classic book by one of my favourite illustrators, Robert Ingpen, and I also bought myself a few books on Boxing Day with some of my Christmas money.

 

What books did you get for Christmas?  Add a comment and let us know.

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Oracle

Oracle is a good book.Because it has a great hook and also sad well not that sad.The main characters are Nikko and Thetis.Nikko’s sister was thrown away just as her father new that she was a girl.But  Nikko couln’t stand it because he saw that his baby sister was about to be eaten by a creature.So he grabbed the baby and ran back home after a while  his mother and him knew that Thetis couldn’t talk.So Nikko and Nikko’s mother to her to the hag and then……………………Please read on yourself

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Cammrar

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Mixed Vegetables

Mixed Vegetables is also a japnese book so you also have to read the book backwards.Well this book is about two main characters named Hanayu Ashitiba and Hayato Hyuga.Hayato’s parents are sushi cheifs and they all depend on him to own the shop.Hanayu’s parents are  pasterie cheifs they also depend on her to own the shop.But Hayto wants to be a pasterie cheif and Hanayu wants to be a sushi cheif.Can they fix this problem?…………….READ THE BOOK!

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Cammrar

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Sophie’s further adventures by Dick King-Smith

This book has three books inside it: Sophie in the saddle, Sophie is seven, and Sophie is lucky. My favourite book is Sophie is seven

Sophie’s further adventures are stories about a girl who has three pets called Beino, Tomboy and Puddle. She is a very determined girl and she doesn’t give up easily. She loves farms and has a ‘boyfriend’ called Andrew. He is a farmer’s son and she wants to be a ‘lady farmer’ when she grows up, with Andrew! She has two sporty twin brothers who hinder Sophie’s life a lot.

In one of her adventures she goes to a farm to visit Aunt Al – this story has a sad ending but I won’t tell you what it is. In another adventure she gets Puddle, her new dog and visits the stables and gets riding lessons.

My favourite part was when Sophie got her dog Puddle because she was so excited about getting a dog for her birthday (which is at Christmas-time!).

I would recommend this book to kids around my age who like animals. I think it’s a really good book – I would give it 10 out of 10.
Eibhlin, 8

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Kitchen Princess

Kitchen Princess is a comic book acually it is a japanese story so you read the book backwards.  It is about a girl called Najika Kazami – she is an exellent cook.  Her dream is to become the worlds greatest chef – like her parents, but unfortunatly her parents are dead.  She is willing to find her flan prince, Sora  Senpai, but he was killed in a car crash! I really enjoy this book.

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Cammrar

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Twilight Graphic Novel

For the people who like Twilight:

Their is also a Twilight graphic novel!  I found this out when I went to the central library.  I have read the book it is better that the actual saga and has a lot more pictures which the saga doesn’t have any exept for the title.  I really think that this book is a very good book.  I recommend this book to peoples ages over 9 years old.

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Cammrar

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Tiger, Tiger by Lynne Reid Banks

Set in Ancient Rome, Tiger, Tiger is a stunning story of when Julius Caesar was the great ruler of a great city. Two tiger cubs are taken from their homeland, one becoming a pampered pussy-cat for Caesar’s daughter Aurelia, the other made into a ferocious beast and made to perform in Caesar’s arena. Will they ever find each other again?

My favourite part was when Julius (one of the servants) fought for his life in the arena; it really had my tummy twisted! I personally connected with this part because the author did a really good job of painting a vivid and clear picture in my mind.

Two things I liked about this book were: the way the author creates a picture in your head and also the mixture of themes. For me it was like an amazing, beautiful meal. A fiery exotic starter of the tigers leaving their home as the entrée, the good meaty main course of drama and high action building up, and to finish with a bitter-sweet dessert where the drama closes with romance between two of the characters. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy a “good hearty read” because this book could leave the least indulgent reader feeling full and satisfied!

Saoirse, 10

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A Christmas in Scotland – no Berries and Too Many Brussel Sprouts

I was born in Auckland but my family are all Scots.  In my early 20s I lived in the UK.  Christmas in the cold isn’t a lot of fun.  Doing your shopping in the freezing cold or rain or often both.

I spent Christmas day at my aunts, her children were a lot younger than me so I had lots of fun in the morning helping them unwrap their prezzies.  Then it all gets completely different from an NZ Christmas.  There was no getting out on your new bike, it was pouring down!  We had Turkey and all the trimmings at lunch but instead of salad or green beans we had………Brussel Sprouts!  Yuck, yuck, yuck.  There is a yummy steamed pudding called a dumpling made in Scotland.  It’s full of dried fruit and spices.  We had this with custard instead of Christmas Pudding.  That was yummy.  What I found really strange is there was no big bowl of berries.  It’s the wrong time of the year.

We were housebound the whole day watching cheesy movies and the Queen’s speech on TV.  One thing that seems to be on every year is the The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.  It is the cartoon version of his book and it’s brilliant.  I think I will stick to my summer Christmases especially for the food.  How do you spend your Christmas?  Do you have a favourite food?  Add a comment and let us know.

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My Holidays Part 2

I wanted to write this blog  for my friends at Christchurch East.

On christmas day my parents have decided to go to Kaikoura for a vist.  I have been to Kaikoura in the Easter holidays.  We are going to spend 5 nights there so if dad brings his laptop I will write another blog about what I did.  I really hope my friends at school have a great holiday! And you too!

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Cammrar

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Geronimo Stilton Book Alert

In the holidays I wanted to write a blog about the newest Geronimo Stilton series  – I think-the name is The Kingdom of Fantasy.  Well this novel is different from the others because it contains magic and fantasy that is why the tile  has the word fantasy in it – you get the idea.  So if you don’t like fairytales or fantasy this book wouldn’t be as good for you.  But to my opinion this book is exellent………………………….Read it if you dare*……………………

* this is a very good book

Cammrar

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Olga meets her match by Michael Bond

This story is about a guinea pig called Olga da Polga who is quite determined and excitable, and a bit of a storyteller. She is not feeling well and maybe a trip to the seaside will help? At the seaside she meets Boris and a mystery story is told. What will happen next?

My favourite part was when Olga was in her hutch and she could see Boris’ ‘run’ with big black turrets in a castle. She started imagining there might be princesses locked in the castle’s turrets! This made me feel like I was in the story with Olga in the hutch because she thinks so much and so vividly. One of her specialities is ……thinking!

I liked the way Michael Bond told Olga’s story and made her character so funny. I liked the way he did a story about a guinea pig and I liked the way Olga was very assertive.

I would recommend this book to people who like stories about animals and funny stories. I give this book a 10 out of 10. I reread it most nights just before I go to sleep.

Eibhlin, 8

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Kaspar by Michael Morpurgo

This story is about a cat called Kaspar, the Prince of Cats. No one is his owner. He lives at The Savoy Hotel with Countess Kadinsky. Sadly, she gets run over and Kaspar is miserable. Elizabeth arrives and takes Kaspar on a boat trip on the Titanic. What happens next …?

My favourite part was when Lizziebeth (Elizabeth) and her family came because Johnny (the bellboy at the Hotel) was happy to see her and her family. It made me feel like I got lost in the book with the characters.

My favourite character was Kaspar because he was a real superhero – he coped with someone dying and he is the Prince of Cats. The ending was sad.

I liked the way the author made you feel like you were inside the story, I liked Kaspar (because I’m a cat girl!) and I liked the way the author made the action exciting.

I would recommend this book because it is exciting and I like the way the author used the words and adjectives. And I liked the pictures. I give this book 10 out of 10.

Eibhlin, 8

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The Floods: Playschool by Colin Thompson

The Floods Playschool is about the day-to-day life at Quicklime College. The main characters, Orkward Warlock and his sad sidekick, the Toad, are plotting to kill the Flood children on Sports Day.

I loved this book because it was funny and full of action at the same time. Narled, the talking suitcase, was really funny, going around collecting other people’s belongings. The funniest part was Narled’s ‘trundle, trundle, pick up … trundle, trundle, pick up”’– his actions were very low-key and no drama as opposed to the very high drama actions of Orkward and the Toad.

The Toad was my favourite character because he was very sad at the beginning but he got what he wanted and needed at the end, which was great. The characters were so well written (it was especially useful to have the profiles at the end!) and very believable in a weird sort of way. I really enjoyed the ending but I can’t give it away … just to say it was satisfying!

I recommend this book to people who enjoy having a laugh and are keen on adventures. A good author can have you on the edge of your seat and have a laugh at the same time – Colin Thompson is one of these. I give this book a 10 out of 10 because I can’t go any higher!

Saoirse, 10

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Christmas traditions — an icicle garden!

Snow angels, eggnog, wool sweaters and Christmas all go hand in hand for me. I’m from the U.S. and I’m used to Christmas in winter! Living in New Zealand and celebrating Christmas in summer has been quite a surprise. Since moving here, I’ve bought a Christmas tree and gone surfing in the same day!

I’ve lived in many states across America. In most, a blanket of snow usually arrived by Christmas Eve! When we lived in Iowa, it was sooo cold all winter that huge icicles would grow from our house. We used to collect them and plant an “icicle garden” in a heap of snow. We then poured food coloring and water over the icicles and viola! A beautiful icicle garden! After that, we would go inside to warm up with some steamy Yogi Tea–one of my family’s Christmas traditions! Yogi Tea is spicy and brewed with ginger, peppercorns, cinnamon and cardamon. Yum!

After a big vegetarian Christmas Eve dinner we would all open one present, saving the rest for Christmas morning. When my younger brothers and sisters were little, one of their traditions was to wake up as early as 2am on Christmas morning to discover what Santa had left in their stockings and beneath the Christmas tree. Every year, Santa left mandarin oranges in everyone’s stockings and at least one present under the tree.

My family has more traditions than can fit in this post! But since moving to New Zealand I’ve kept some and been able to make new ones. One of my favorite new traditions is to sing Handel’s Messiah with a choir here in Christchurch. When I sing the words, “For unto us a child is born,” I know Christmas is right around the corner!

For me, Christmas in New Zealand is a blend of old and new traditions. What are some of your family’s traditions?

Check out the library’s cool Christmas page!

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The Red Pyramid

The Red Pyramid is a new Rick Riordan book that came out this year-2010-anyways i have read this book twice once on March and again in the christmas holidays.Any one who is obsessed with Egyptians-like me-would really enjoy this book it is about two main characters named Carter and Sadie Kane.Their dad went POOF while releasing a god in the british musuem.Tthey also have to find their dad,defeat a god of chaos…………………………..READ THE BOOK !

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Cammrar

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My Christmas Holiday Part 1

In the holidays I satyed at my parents bakery and I went to the central library almost everyday.I have read The 39 clues “Into the Gauntlet” I never knew this book was out yet.I have only started reading  56 and 1/2 pages  and from there the book is good so far acually EXELLENT!I finsh it from here part 2 is coming  is round the corner…………….

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Cammrar

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Summertime Reading Club Challenge – Week 1

Each week throughout the Summertime Reading Club we’ll be challenging you to read something different.  Do you always read fantasy books like Harry Potter or horse books like Pony Club Secrets?  Try reading something you wouldn’t normally read and you might discover a new author or a new favourite book.

Week 1 Challenge – Adventure

Try an adventure book – there are heaps to choose from.  It could be a story about survival, time travel, space travel,  a mystery or a detective story.

Check out our Adventure Stories, Kiwi Adventures, Science Fiction, Survival Stories or Special Agents book lists or our Holiday Reading Guide for lots of great adventure stories you could read.

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Hetty Feather

‘Hetty Feather’ is written by Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Nick Sharratt.  ‘Hetty Feather’ is a historical fiction novel set in London in 1876. 

Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her desperate mother leaves her at a foundling hospital.  The hospital cares for children whose mothers are so poor that they can’t look after them.  For the first six year of her life Hetty is sent to live in a foster home where she be-friends her foster brother Jem.  Hetty is very happy at her foster home and never dreams that she might have to go back to the foundling hospital.  Hetty struggles under the strict rules of the hospital and ends up running away in search of her mother….

This book is written from Hetty’s point of view, which makes you feel like you are there along side her experiencing her adventures.  Hetty has many sides to her personality – she is feisty and determined.  I think this book is suitable for 9 to 12 year olds.  I would give this book a rating of 9 out of 10.

By Emma, age 11

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