Posts tagged Jacqueline Wilson

Most Popular Kids Books of 2013

Christchurch City Libraries has just released our list of the most popular kids books of 2013. In the Top Ten there are only 4 different authors.

Here they are, in order of fewest books to most:

Cover of Queenie

Jacqueline Wilson has one book on the list Queenie at #8.

1953, England. Elizabeth is to be crowned Queen of England, but Elsie Kettle and her grandmother both fall ill with tuberculosis. Elsie is whisked away to a hospital where she is confined to bed for months and misses her beloved Nan desperately. However, in the hospital she makes friends, including Queenie, the hospital’s majestic white cat.

Read some more posts about Jacqueline Wilson on our blog.

Cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

J.K. Rowling has one book on the list, and it’s a classic – Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone at #9.

It’s been 17 years since this came out and it’s still going strong! J.K Rowling has recently said she will write a play and another book about the Harry Potter universe.

Last Straw Book CoverDog Days Book CoverThird Wheel Book Cover

Jeff Kinney has THREE books on the Top Ten list this year. The Last Straw at #10, Dog Days at #6 and at #1 – The Third Wheel!

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is the hilarious story of Greg’s life at school and home. The funny words are matched up well with some VERY funny pictures. If these books don’t make you laugh out loud, you don’t have a funny bone! Read some more posts about Jeff Kinney on our blog here.

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The author with the most books on our Top Ten list is Rick Riordan! HALF of the books on the Top Ten list are by this awesome author who writes the Percy Jackson series. These exciting books have sold over 20 million copies and the third film in the series is due out in 2015. You can read more about Rick Riordan by looking at posts on our blog about him.

See how many books you’ve read in our most popular kids books of 2013 and let us know in the comments below 🙂

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We Have Magazines!

Did you know the Library subscribes to heaps of cool kids magazines? And they are all free for you to take out? If you are organized, you can even reserve the newest copy every month and get them send to the Library closest to your house!

Here are some of the best:

(You can check out the full list on our catalogue.)


DMag is a mix of movies, science, gossip, puzzles, sports, jokes and competitions aimed at kids 7 – 12.

The Official Jacqueline Wilson MagazineJacqueline Wilson Book

A lot of kids LOVE Jacqueline Wilson and they will LOVE her magazine! It’s full of information about Jacqueline, stories about her characters, craft and writing tips and previews of her new books!

Total Girl

“No boys allowed!” is the slogan for this magazine aimed at tween girls. It’s packed full of competitions, quizzes, recipes, fashion and gossip.

WW Kids Magazine

The official World Wrestling Entertainment magazine for kids. Find out how to be a wrestler by reading about the stars of wrestling, their moves, how they stay fit and eat to stay strong.

DisneyPixar Book Catalogue Link

If you love Disney movies and TV, then you’ll love Disney magazine. Read more about everything Disney, including puzzles, quizzes and more.

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Bundles of Book Lists

Did you know the Library has lots of book lists that we’ve made especially for you? There’s nearly 50 lists of books that we’ve chosen from our catalogue about different subjects. So if you like spy stories, animal stories or ghost stories, you can find some good reads on here. As well as HEAPS of others.

We’ve also got a whole lot of “If you like…” lists. These are lists that tell you some more good books to read if you like a particular series or author. Some of our lists are Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jacqueline Wilson and Geronimo Stilton. Check out our lists to see if we’ve got some good suggestions for your favourite book or author.

If you’re looking for suggestions for the Science Alive Reading Adventure challenge of the Summertime Reading Club, we’ve made some lists for that too! Check out ALL of our kids lists on our Catalogue.

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Four Children and It Book Trailer

Four Children and It is Jacqueline Wilson’s brand new book.  It’s due out this month and you can reserve your copy at the library now.

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I enjoyed the book Cookie by Jacqueline Wilson.

It’s about a girl called Beauty who lives with her mum and dad. Beauty gets bullied at school and her father bullies her and says that she is ugly!!

Unlike her father ,her mother is really kind she doesn’t get mad at her or hits her or even say that she is ugly. Beauty gets called ugly at her school and she doesn’t have any friends although there is a girl called Rhona who likes her but Rhona is a friend of the girl that bullies Beauty (Skye)and Skye will make fun of Rhona if she hangs out with Beauty.

And her father has silly rules like she’s not allowed to get a pet or spill anything on the floor or accidentally brake the mirror.

When Beauty’s birthday comes up her father spoils her. He asks her what she wants and she says that she wants a bunny, of course   because she watches a show called Sam and Lilly and she is obsessed with Lilly (the bunny).  After that her dad gets very angry because she told him that she wants to get a pet !! So in the morning when its Beauty’s birthday her dad wakes her up with a big horrible beast and it seemed to be a big purple rabbit !! But I’m not going to tell you the whole story you have to read it .

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My sister Jody by Jacqueline Wilson

My sister Jodie  is about two sisters called Pearl and Jodie whose parents get a new job and have to move schools.  Pearl used to have no friends at all but here she has got a few. Jodie used to have lots of friends but now has none and everyone teases her by her red hair and three earrings on her ears. One day they have a thing that’s like a party with fireworks and everything Jodie goes to a tower and tries to scare people like she’s a ghost but Jodie  falls a long fall and breaks alot of bones and sadly….I dont want to spoil to much of it. But will pearl be able to do it?

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Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson

Lola Rose is a great book about two kids- Jayni and Kenny. They are forced to move away from their father. They have to change their names so Jayni becomes the new glamorous Lola Rose!

They find their Auntie Barbara and she helps them. But things change when their mother has to go to hospital.

Find out in the book of Lola Rose!

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Lily Alone by Jacqueline Wilson

Lily is eleven years old, and lives with her mum and siblings, Bliss, Baxter and Pixie. One day her mum is invited to Spain for a holiday by her new boyfriend Gordon, and accepts, leaving the four children home alone. Lily tries her best to care for her brother and sisters, feeding them whatever is in the cupboard- in other words, ice cream, biscuits and more ice cream. It isn’t long until someone finds out that they are alone and not at school, and Lily and her siblings have to escape to the park, where they sleep in a hollow tree. At one point they can’t find their tree, and have to eat scraps from a cafe until they find it again. Just when Lily does have things under control, an accident occurs, and soon, everyone knows…

One thing that I didn’t like about this book is the mother. Before she leaves for Spain, she takes the children on a shopping trip, and she uses a credit card that she doesn’t own. And when she does return, she goes to court, and the children think that she hasn’t done anything wrong. I did enjoy the dialogue, and the way that the author makes the characters come alive. My favourite character is Lily, because she is so sensible. What I mean is, she is more sensible than her mum. I think that girls would like this book more, and I give it a 6 out of 10.


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The best book ever invented

My favourite book is Clean Break by Jaqueline Wilson, because the title makes the story sound interesting

It’s a very wonderful book for girls ecspecially girls aged seven to eleven (well thats what the book said).

It’s an amazing life story about 3 girls and 2 boys,  how their dad broke up with their mum on Christmas day and then their whole family gets miserable until next christmas when everyone turns their frowns upside down all just because of a little single knock at the door.

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Jacqueline Wilson’s Lily Alone book trailer

Lily Alone is Jacqueline Wilson’s new book and you can get it now from the library.  Place a hold on Lily Alone at one of our libraries that are open or online using your library card number and PIN. If you don’t have a PIN, phone us on 941-7923.

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Midnight by Jacqueline Wilson

This book is about this girl named Violet. She has a brother named Will. Will is adopted, and  he only found out lately.

Violet is inspired by Casper Dream because he writes and draws about fairies. She once wrote to Casper Dream and he replied. But when she wrote to him again it said there is no such address. So she wrote to him every day and kept in a silver box hidden in the back of the cupboard.

Violet has no proper friends at all. At the moment she is friends with two bossy know-it-all-Marnie and Terry. But one day at school a new girl named Jasmin joined the school. Can Violet be friends with this new kid?


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The suitcase kid

Andrea, her mum, dad and Radish-(toy bunny) lives in Mulberry cottage. When her mum and dad break up she doesn’t know who she would live with ???

But every afternoon she would go to vist the Mulberry Tree.  She remebered when her mum baked a pie for her and her dad to eat.

By:ravy 😀 🙂 😀 🙂

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the mum-minder

Sadie’s mum is a Mum-minder. sadie is her assistant. Once her mum catches a cold and everything goes wrong, she’s got to be a mum-minder and stand in as a children minder!

WRITTEN BY: Jacqueline Wilson


by RAVY 😀

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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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Little Darlings

little darlings is such a good book! stayed up to 10.30 reading it when i went to bed at 8! i not allowed to read at night but i do with my phone or my psp light .its about two girls and this famous rock person.

i dont know what to say about it you have to read it!

its by Jacqueline Wilson

 By Neve

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OMG! It’s the Queen of Teen Awards!

Cover imageAre your favourite authors Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy and Louise Rennison?  You should vote in this year’s Queen of Teen Awards.  The Queen of Teen award was founded in 2008 to celebrate the fantastic teen and tween authors who bring so much enjoyment to their readers, dealing with real-life issues in a way that is honest, entertaining and fun.  This year the shortlisted authors are:

The reigning Queen of Teen is Louise Rennison but who will win this year? Check out the Queen of Teen website now and vote for your favourite author.

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My Favourite Author

My favourite author is Jacqueline Wilson because she writes  fascinating books with beautiful, characters.  She also is a nice person I’ve heard but most of all I like the fact that you can get stuck into her stories  [and that shes got lots of them!]


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By, Jacqueline Wilson.

I like Kiss because it tells you about young love and because the charaters are so fascinating!

I would reccomend it for people 9+.

I am giving it 10 out of 10!

 [ maggie]

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Writing Tip of the Week – Jacqueline Wilson

This week we have 3 writing tips for the price of 1 from the marvelous Jacqueline Wilson, author of Candyfloss, Girls in Love, Jacky Daydream and many, many more.

” Persist in your dreams. “My mum and dad didn’t believe I could make a living out of being a writer. But I kept on trying,” said Jacqueline.

Don’t be scared to use your imagination.

When creating a character it is all about getting that character to do what will make sense and show what kind of person they are. That means much more than the name you give them.”

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