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Our encyclopedias get a makeover!

Using computers to help with homework is pretty normal these days. Yet the information we find may not always be helpful or true. That is when you need us! Your local librarians consider themselves pretty good at providing quality information that will speed up your homework while getting you good results.

When I was younger all you had at the local library were heavy print encyclopedias to help with homework, but now from the comfort of your home you can get all that help online from the library with these two resources:

All you need is your library card number and PIN/Password and you will be guaranteed to find all the correct answers and enjoy yourself in the process! Learning fun? It can happen!

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Making school work an online breeze

All good things must come to an end and school holidays is one of them! Luckily the library likes to make your life as fun as possible! How? Well over the years we have learned that there are certain themes that schools like to concentrate on. So we have gathered lots of information in one place at Homework help.

If you can’t find what you are looking for there then are other places to go such as World Book Kids and also Britannica Junior which are easy to use online encyclopedias with articles, games, science projects and interactive tools to help you get your homework out of the way so you can get outside.

There are also online games and books to help you with your reading and maths if you want to improve these skills. Literacy Planet through numerous games can have you moving up groups in reading and maths at school. While TumbleBooks provide animated books which you can read or have read to you. Hours of free entertainment that help you learn! To use these online resources all you need is your library card and password/PIN.  

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What’s your school survival tip?

I’m sure some of you don’t want to be reminded that school starts back next week (or maybe the week after).  It’s the start of a new year, with a new teacher, a new classroom, and possibly a new school.  I was one of those weird kids that got bored after a couple of weeks of holidays and was dying to go back to school.  For some of you though school might be one of those things that you just want to survive, and your favourite part of the day is either lunch time or 3 o’clock.

We want to know what is your best school survival tip?  What helps you get through the school year?  Leave a comment on this post and let us know.

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Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

Elise never really knew her parents.  Her mum died after her birth and her dad got sick and died of cancer a few years later.  Her Uncle Hugh and Aunt Bessie promised to look after her and she has lived with them ever since.  She’s been best friends with Franklin for years and they’ve always loved playing games like Knights together.  When they start middle school Elise starts to get embarrassed by Franklin and doesn’t want to hang around with him anymore.  Then there’s her locker buddy, Amanda who nicknames her Scabula and squashes her lunch every morning.  Elise starts to hate school and is afraid to go because of Amanda’s bullying.  Just when she needs it a special surprise comes along.  Her father leaves her a mystery to unlock and with each discovery a new key arrives.

Eight Keys is about a girl discovering who she is and learning about the parents she didn’t know.  When Elise is feeling lost and worried, the mystery that her father left for her comes along and helps her choose who she wants to be.  It helps her see who her mum and dad were and how much they loved her, even before she was born.  You see a real change in Elise, from the worried, confused girl at the start to the confident, happy girl at the end.  I really liked the character of Franklin because he’s funny, loyal and will do anything to help his friend.  Eight Keys is the perfect book for girls who like Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy.  It will make you laugh and cry, but leave a smile on your face.   Recommended for 9+    8 out of 10

 

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Test Your Book Knowledge

Hi again Christchurch and other kids (and adult and teen readers too!)

It’s almost the end of August. My second-last chance to blog as Star Author.

Tonight I have some book questions for you. They are the questions I wrote for Twizel Area School students last week for our ‘Win a Book Competition’ that I organised as part of Book Week. We also had some awesome quotes about reading, shared storytime, bedtime stories in the library, a book character dress-up day, quiz questions about books for our general knowledge quiz, a parent reading display … and every kid was given a fun bookmark.

Here’s the questions. Test yourselves, or test someone younger or older than you! I’m not going to post the answers. I reckon you can find out the ones you don’t know all by yourself, or else blog the wonderful Zac! Or you could ask your teacher!

YEARS ONE AND TWO

What is the name of Kanga’s baby?

Is Schnitzel von Krumm a dog or a cat?

What colour is Thomas the Tank Engine?

Finish the name of this book by Kyle Mewburn: Hill and ___ 

What sea mammal did the Little Yellow Digger help to save?

 Who tried to catch the sun using ropes?

YEARS THREE AND FOUR

 What does Finnigan want to be?

 How many books are in the Narnia series?

 Who wrote George’s Marvellous Medicine?

 Who is God of the Sea in Maori legends?

 What country does the writer Micheal Morpurgo live in?

What does fantasy mean?

YEARS 5 AND 6

Who wrote ‘The Mummy with No Name’?

Are these writers New Zealanders?

Micheal Morpurgo

Enid Blyton

Robert Louis Stevenson

Fleur Beale

Craig Smith

David Hill

Sherryl Jordan

Roald Dahl

Margaret Mahy

Joy Cowley

 Is ‘Bow Down Shadrach’ about a horse or a dog or a lion?

Who wrote ‘The Runaway Settlers’

Who wrote ‘Under the Mountain’

Finish this book title by Patricia Grace: ‘The Kuia and the ___’

 

YEARS SEVEN PLUS

Who wrote and illustrated the picture book ‘Hill and Hole?’

Finish this book title by Maurice Gee: ‘Under the ___’

Which New Zealand writer won two major writing awards this year for her book for teenagers ‘Fierce September?’

Ken Catran has written a book with the name ‘Smiling ___’

Which new New Zealand author from Napier wrote ‘Too Many Secrets’ and ‘Just Jack’?

Which wizard in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ lives in the Black Tower in Isengard?

Are (or were) these writers New Zealanders?

C.S. Lewis

Jackie French

Jackie Rutherford

William Taylor

Which mythical creature is half lion / half eagle?

 In Greek mythology, who was the God of War?

 Which is the shortest of Shakespeare’s plays?

 In Maori legend, who is the Sky Father?

 Which dwarf could turn straw into gold?

 Mmm, did I get you thinking? Do you need to go to the library to do some research, or go online?

Hey – today we looked in our dog’s vet book and found out that we missed her birthday. It was last Sunday. Kim is one year old and cuter than ever! If you missed it, there’s a photo of her on one of my posts earlier this month.

Here’s a link to my class blog. We’re just learning how to blog. Blogging for the wonderful Christchurch Children’s Library blog has helped me improve my skills.

http://room4-twizelareaschool-2011.blogspot.com/

Here’s another photo of the landscape near where I live – a land of big blue skies and feathery clouds (and maybe some more snow later this week!)Just one more thing for today: Have you heard the story of Mackenzie and his dog? Mackenzie was an early settler in New Zealand, a shepherd from Scotland. He was imprisoned for stealing sheep and taking them through the Mackenzie Country to sell them in Otago. Mackenzie had a dog named Friday. Well, the area where I live is the Mackenzie Country. I love it here!

Take care out there!

From your August Star Author, Sandy Nelson

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Some of my Favourite War Stories

Tena koutou to anyone who is reading this.

It is a funny feeling writing to anybody and everybody, but I am getting used to it. I do love getting your comments, and I am sad that my month as Star Author is almost over.

Here’s a picture of the view of Aoraki Mount Cook from just up the road from where I live – aren’t I lucky! I took this photo from the Kettle Hole walking track at the southern end of Lake Pukaki. The Kettle Hole is a large hole in the ground that was created by a large hunk of melting ice leftover from when the Tasman Glacier was huge.

Here’s a link to some Department of Conservation information about the Kettle Hole track and other short walks in the amazing area where I live:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/canterbury/mackenzie-country-and-waitaki/mackenzie-basin-short-walks/

Today, in my home town of Twizel (a little town with a population of only about 1200 and no traffic lights), we have had the basketball finals. I watched 2 games, one in which my son Josh played for the Twizel Schoolboys team, and one in which my husband played. It was a very exciting afternoon!

Now they are at the prizegiving, and I am writing to you … about some of my favourite children’s war stories. Many, but not all, are about World War Two.

Here goes:

1. My favourite children’s war story still has to be The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier. That’s because that is the book that got me hooked on history. I posted about it earlier this month.

2. Micheal Morpurgo is one of my favourite authors, and one that is quickly becoming the favourite of many students at Twizel Area School where I teach. That’s partly because I keep recommending his books to them, and reading his stories aloud too. Michael is an English writer who has written lots of books. Two of his recurring themes are war and animals.  I especially love Kensuke’s Kingdom, An Elephant in the Garden, War Horse, private peaceful, Shadow, Toro! Toro! and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.

Cover: Shadow

A librarian once told me that I write like Michael Morpurgo! What highly valued praise but totally undeserved. Michael Murpurgo is a definetly a writer to try if you haven’t already. Here is a link to his website:

http://www.michaelmorpurgo.com/

3. I equally love the writing of Australian writer Jackie French. Some of my favourite war stories by Jackie are Macbeth and Son ( a truly enjoyable and clever story), Hitler’s Daughter, Pharoah, and The Donkey Who Carried the Wounded. Here’s a link to Jackie’s website:

http://www.jackiefrench.com/historical.html

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4. I also love how Susan Brocker writes. Susan is a New Zealand writer, whom I have been lucky enough to meet at a couple of writer’s meetings. Susan and I share a love of animals, except that I am wary of horses and she loves them. Two of my favourite war stories are written by Susan and are about horses. They are Brave Bess and the ANZAC Horses and Dreams of Warriors(which is set in N.Z. during World War Two). Susan is published by HarperCollins NZ, just like me!  

Here’s a link for you:

http://www.susanbrocker.com/Brave%20Bess.html

Brave Bess

And of course …

5. Once, Then, and Now by Morris Glietzman. These stories, set during World War Two, will make you cry and make you hug those you love. Warning: To be read with an adult close by.

http://www.morrisgleitzman.com/once/index.html

Once cover

6. Not to be missed from my list, the well-known war story Goodnight Mr Tom, by Michelle Magorian, the story of a child evacuated from the London Blitz in World War Two. It’s a beautiful story but not for younger readers.

7. And, I could keep going forever … Boy Soldier by Cola Bilkuei … mmm this is probably one for the teenagers among you too. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s one of my 15-year-old Josh’s favourites.

 Boy Soldier: The Journey of a Child Soldier

8. I also totally love Chocolate Cake with Hitler by English writer Emma Craigie. I haven’t read any other books by this author but I love this one. I can’t get the link to copy but it’s a book worth searching for yourself.

9. The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I need to re-read this book because the main thing I can remember is a really sad part, but I know its a highly rated war story for children. It made Zac’s Top 5 War Stories list.

 

I hope this list of some of favourite war stories is useful and that you are finding  some books you would like to read. These are all books I recommend to kids in my class and at my school, but often for the more mature / older readers. I have copies of most of the books I have recommended on my bookshelf. I collect children’s and teenagers books like other people collect shells or Weet-bix cards or fancy clothes. For me it’s books! (and the human impact of war is something I am especially interested in). 

Here are a couple more recommendations for teenagers (in fact all of the books I have recommended would be enjoyed by teens and adults with a love of good stories mixed with history).

1. The Book Thief – by Markus Zusak (simply stunning, completly heart-breaking).

2. tamar – by Mal Peet

As I write this this I keep thinking about how few books there seem to be that have been written for children and teens about the events of World War Two in the Pacific – the war that was closest to us here in New Zealand and Australia. That’s one thing I wanted to do, to write about the war near us. I’m proud that the story of H.M.A.S. Canberra was told for young people in The Ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound. Here she is – I love this image.

A few years ago I read two books by an Australian writer about an Australian boy finding out at his Grandad’s war in the Pacific. I think his Grandad was involved in building the Kodoko Trail when he was a Japanese prisoner of war. I really want to read the books again but I didn’t write down the name of the books or the author. Does anyone out there know the books I might be thinking of? I’d love to hear from you.

Hey Zac – I think your libraries in Christchurch would have all of these books and that you’d have read most or all of them. How right am I?  And I think that you and the other librarians in Christchurch love helping kids find books, just like librarians everywhere do.

Zac, thank you so much for choosing me to be one of your Star Authors!

Before the end of the month, I’ll tell you more about the amazing Book Week we just had at Twizel Area School.

Take care everyone.

Ka kite Ano and Kia Kaha (I’ll write again soon and be strong, especially Shaky Town kids).

From your August Star Author

Sandy Nelson

Proud author of only one book …

 

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What is a writer?

Hi everyone,

Tonight I’ve been back to school. That’s because we’re having a Book Week at Twizel Area School and I’m organising it!  Tonight we had bedtime stories in the library. Kids came in their pyjamas and bought their teddies. We had 4 stories. I read ‘Who is Brian Bear?’ by Helen Taylor (one of my boys favourites when they were little) and First Snow by Kim Lewis (a story about a little girl who lives on a farm). Our Principal Mr Bill Feasey read one of Lynley Dodd’s wonderful books, Schnitzel von Krumm. Lastly Twizel’s doctor, Doctor Tim Gardner read Bad Jelly the Witch. He was fantastic at the character voices. After milo in the staffroom everyone went home to bed.

We’ve been doing lots of other wonderful Book Week things too. I might tell you some tomorrow. Anyway … 

I was going to write more about my fascination with old house but instead I’ve been thinking about what makes a person a writer. Here are some of my thoughts:

* A writer is a reader. You have to read to write. They go together.

* A writer has stories in his or her head. Stories that won’t go away. Stories that need a home.

* A writer loves words and wants to make them dance.

I’m a writer.

Are you?

 

I never knew that I could make words dance

Or make them walk through people’s heads.

I love it that I can!

Take care out there, especially you kids in Shaky Town. Sometimes life can be a bit tough. Remember the good times and look after the people that have a place in your heart (and other people too!).

From your August Star Author

Sandy Nelson

Oops: I nearly forgot:

Here is a link to some information about H.M.A.S. Canberra, the ship in my book. It has some pictures of her, including one of her sinking the day after the Battle of Savo Island. She was scuttled. That means she was sunk because she was beyond repair. Eightyfour Australian sailors died the night of the battle, including the Captain. 

http://www.navy.gov.au/HMAS_Canberra_(I)

 

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Twizel Area School students with my book!

Hi everyone,

Since I started being a writer I have had amazing support from the Twizel community and children.  Lots of the students at school have a copy of The Ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound. I love it at Silent Reading time (we call it D.E.A.R. which stands for ‘Drop Everything and Read) because lots of kids read my book then. It’s a funny but lovely feeling seeing them reading a story that I wrote!

Remember, The Ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound is a book for ages 9 up, for girls and boys, and for older people too. This photo is taken in my classroom. I teach Year 4-5 students, a wonderful group of them. We’re all going skiing at Ohau on Wednesday – yaahoo!

Here’s some sad news: Harper Collins have decided not to publish my sequel, The Lucky Ship. That’s because not enough people are buying children’s books at the moment, and because they already have enough other great books to publish. I am very disappointed (I even cried a bit), but I am happy that The Ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound got published, that it got such good reviews, and that so many children (and adults) enjoy reading it. Maybe I’ll get something else published one day. I hope so. I love writing, and my editor told me I am a fantastic writer so that helps me feel a bit better.

Here’s the photo of some Twizel kids. I am proud to know them all!

I don’t have many days left to be Star Author, so I’ll try to post lots this week.

Have a good week

From your August Star Author

Sandy Nelson

who lives in the beautiful and vast land of tussocks and mountains

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Shrine of Remembrance – Melbourne

Hi everyone!

It’s snowing in Twizel and it’s quite probably snowing where you are too! My school, Twizel Area School is closed today. I’ve been to school anyway and done lots of work, and I’ll go back soon, but I’m just having a break at home while my boys play in the snow. They are making a very high fort just outside the window from where I am sitting!

Today I want to tell you about my trip to Melbourne last year. I’ve already told you I got to meet my email-friend Mac Gregory. Well, my family and I also visited the Shrine of Remembrance – Melbourne people call it ‘The Shrine.’

The Shrine is Melbourne’s war memorial. It’s not really a museum. It’s more a place for remembering and for showing respect. It’s a beautiful and sad place and I cried when I was there. Here are some photos from our time at The Shrine of Remembrance. Note that H.M.A.S. Canberra, the ship in The Ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound, is one of the ships named on the plaque.

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A POEM TO SHARE

HEY THERE CHRISTCHURCH AND OTHER KIDS – IT’S YOUR AUGUST STAR AUTHOR HERE AGAIN.

It’s nearly the end of the second week of term three already. In my class we’ve been doing lots of Maori art in traditional and non-traditional colours. Everyone is choosing their favourite pieces to display. They look awesome!

Last night I went to the Regional Science Fair in Fairlie. There were lots of great investigations and experiments to look at. Well done to all students involved and especially to the winners.

Thanks to the people who have been posting comments, including Mark and Ansja Whetu. Mark is one of New Zealand’s best known mountaineers and adventurers. I have been lucky to teach both of his and Ansja’s super-cool kids. Last summer Mark took my book to Antarctica to read when he was down there guiding a group of American scientists. He told me they all read and loved my book but they couldn’t believe it was written from someone in little old Twizel in little old New Zealand!  He also told me that most of them had never heard of Iron Bottom Sound or Guadalcanal, which I think is really sad because thousands of Americans died there.

Do you think it’s important to know the history of your own country? I’d be interested in your thoughts.

I have decided to share some poems with you. Here’s the first one.

POEM ONE: This is a poem from The Ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound. I didn’t really write this poem. I copied most of it from a poem written for me by my Australian e-mail friend Mac Gregory.

The ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound

Are murmuring in the deep,

Underwater cameras have disturbed them

From their long, long sleep.

 In case you are wondering: Mac’s poem was about a Kiwi Writer disturbing the ghosts, not underwater cameras – the Kiwi Writer was of course me!

Log on again soon for another poem. The next one will be from my not-yet-published second book The Lucky Ship.

Ka kite ano

From Sandy Nelson

Author of The Ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound

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About My Book

Hi again Christchurch and other kids.

We’re back at school in Twizel and I’m sure you are too! My class is busy preparing Science Fair projects. Wow we have been busy! What have you been doing?

Anyway, today I thought I’d tell you a bit about my book. Please blog and tell me if you have read it, or if you think you might like to read it …

ABOUT MY BOOK:

The Ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound took me about one year part-time to write and a lot longer to edit and make good enough for readers. It was published by the wonderful team at Harper Collins in 2010.

It’s a ghost story and a war story and a story about the importance of peace and friends and family all mixed into one. I wrote it for boys who are about 10-14 years old but girls like it just as much and older kids and adults do too. It’s one of those books that’s okay for lots of people.

The Ghosts of Iron Bottom Sound is a fictional story about an 11-year-old New Zealand boy named Paddy, but part of it is about a terrible night in World War Two at a place that was named Savo Sound but is now called Iron Bottom Sound (can you guess why?). That battle happened in August, so Harper Collins released my book in August, and now it’s August again when I am Star Author, so I think that’s kind-of cool.  The night of 8-9 August will be the anniversary of the 1942 battle, which was named ‘The Battle of Savo Island.’  I will post that day and it will be a sad post. Can you work out how many years ago the battle was?  2011 – 1942 = ?  or you could turn it around: 1942 + ? = 2011  – Hey, you can tell I am a school teacher can’t you?

Anyway, the ship central to my story was the largest ship Australia lost in the war, H.M.A.S. Canberra.  Three American ships were sunk that night too. The Japanese were the clever ones on that wet dark night.

So … my story has:

1. A New Zealand boy with N.Z. friends and family

2. A stretch of deep water in the Pacific Ocean

3. Australian and American sailors fighting for peace and for their lives

4. A convoy of clever Japanese who sneak up and attack in the dead of night.

It’s quite an international story!

All of the history parts in my story are true – even the bit about someone getting shot in the bum (oops – I mean bottom) and about survivors being given frozen oranges (have you ever tried to eat a frozen orange?)

Ka kite ano – see you soon

From Sandy Nelson – your Star Author who lives in the land of tussocks and snowy mountains

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Celebrating The Big Read at Thorrington School

On Wednesday we celebrated The Big Read in Christchurch as part of the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards.  Ms. Hill (the fabulous librarian at Queenspark School) and I  joined the children at Thorrington School to share some of the finalist books in this year’s awards.

With Year 5 and 6 Ms. Hill and I read some of the finalist picture books, including one of the most popular books, Baa Baa Smart Sheep by Mark and Rowan Sommerset.  If you haven’t read this hilarious (and gross) picture book, make sure you get a copy from the library.  We also tested how well the children at Thorrington knew their book characters by challenging them to a book quiz.

After lunch, the Year 1-4 children were in for a treat.  As well as listening to the librarians reading the finalist picture books, they were also lucky enough to have Margaret Mahy come and tell some stories.  She told her fantastic story, Down the Back of the Chair and read her latest book, The Moon and Farmer McPhee, which is also a finalist in the book awards this year.

How did you celebrate The Big Read?

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Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

Artichoke hearts is a book to make you cry.  With laughter as well as sadness.  It is Sita’s first book and it is brilliant.  Mira is entering her teens and is dealing with the usual growing up problems, boys, best mates and periods.  There is also a bit of bullying chucked in.  She is dealing with so many changes but on top of that her beloved nana Josie is dying.

Nana Josie is a great character.  She is strong, wise, funny and fiesty. Mira and her are really close although sometimes she is a little outspoken for the quiet Mira. She’s an artist with a wide group of friends who used to go on political demonstrations.  Josie has a love of nature which she has passed on to her granddaughter.

Mira’s family life is chaotic.  Mum and dad are always busy, little brother Krish is a pain and there is baby Laila to add to the mix.  There are bullies at school but she does have her best friend Millie.  So why has she started to keep secrets from her?  She’s discovering boys and is somehow drawn to Jide, a boy who has secrets of his own.

This is a beautiful story.  It feels very true to life and except for the fact that it is set in London it could be a family we know.  The pace and mood of the characters change so much through the book as they come to terms with more than the fact that Nana Josie is dying.  It is an emotional roller coaster ride but a pleasurable one as we get to know Mira better.

The book has just won Waterstones Books childrens fiction award which I think it highly deserves.  It’s going on my list of best of 2011. Find a comfortable spot and curl up with this wonderful book and get to know the Levenson family, especially Mira.

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Postcards From Around The World

From October to December 2010 Caledon Public Library in Ontario, Canada, ran a postcard exchange programme with libraries from other countries to celebrate different cultures from around the world.

Click here to find out

Where in the world has your postcard ended?

The New Brighton Library joined the programme and we had local children and young adults writing and sending postcards representing Christchurch, New Zealand. We also had the special participation of Nova Montessori and Central New Brighton Schools, the kids did a fantastic job!

Christchurch City Libraries provided blank postcards for the patrons involved to draw and write on. They have mostly written about themselves and their favourite books and hobbies. You can have a peek at some of the ones we have sent here.

The postcards we received are on display at the New Brighton Library from 15 Jan-15 Feb 2011 but feel free to check out the webpage that Caledon Public Library has set up for the kids to find out where in the world their postcards have ended.

Click here to see more
Display at the New Brighton Library

It has been great to participate in such an inspiring Project!

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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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A New Jacqueline Wilson

Hot off the press and ready for the Christmas gift giving comes The Longest Whale Song.  Ellas life isn’t going so great.  She doesn’t like her grumpy step-dad, baby Sam cries all the time and her best friend wants to be friends with Dory.  The worst, worst, worst thing of all is that her mum is in hospital in a coma.

Ellas school project on Whales helps Ella discover that Whales sing to each other underwater and lots of other amazing things about them.  Could a whale song help them get through to her mum?

This is yet another very readable book by Jacqueline.  Ella does alot of growing up in this book and a number of her relationships with people change.  She even makes a new friend.  The medical stuff about Ellas mum can be quite difficult to read so I’m recommending this for intermediate aged kids 11 to 13.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth book trailer

If you haven’t already, reserve your copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth now and be one of the first to read it.

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Niva’s Very First Blog

My name is Niva. I am 9 years old and I go to Opawa.I love and play netball. I have watched all the Silver Ferns games so far.

I have 1 cat, 1 dog , 2 fish, and 3 chickens as pets.

My favourite foods are pizza and ice-cream.

I have 1 little sister, called Fenella, who likes reading.

I have been doing Highland dancing for 4 years.

At 4:35 in the morning, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 10km from the small country town of Darfield.

I was soooooo freaked! There have been 629 aftershocks and counting! I had a week off school – so that rocked. I still missed my friends though!

 I have quite a bit of damage: cracked windows, no fresh water,dents in the ceiling and the chimney fell down.

Our damaged ceiling

 I am reading the Horse Mad series and the 2 books about Lacey Turner called Lacey and the Dramma Queens and Lucky for Some by Fleur Beale.

I’ve been thinking about nature and about how people are just walking around and killing it.

People think that just because it’s a big tree and they don’t like it gives them a reason to chop it down, but it doesn’t.

Kids just drop litter in gardens thinking nothing will happen – but it does. It goes in to the rivers and into the sea, and there it hurts the poor poor animals. I am also reading the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.

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My name is Andrew

Hi I’m Andrew, I’m 10 years old.

I have three rabbits, one cat. We have gone through lots of goldfish over time. I used to play cricket, but I grew out of that last year. 

My favourite sport is soccer. I play for Woolston Technical A.

During the summer, I play indoor soccer, it is a fun game but you get very tired.

I like fish and chips, ice cream and lots of other things.  One thing that I really want to do when I’m older is go on a plane out of New Zealand, as I have never been on a plane.

I like playing on Miniclip, Club Penguin, Free rider 2 and lots of other things. 

I think that busses should be free because if I don’t have a car, I have to waste all my money just on a bus.  Also, if it were free more people would travel by bus and there would be less pollution. I also think that there should be more busses going at the same time and more bus stops instead of walking very far just for a bus.  Maybe there should be busses down every street. 

 

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