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Marvellous Margaret Mahy

March 21 would have been Margaret Mahy’s 78th birthday and it’s a great excuse to check out some of the fantastic Margaret Mahy stuff on our catalogue and the internet.

If you are itching for some Margaret Mahy screen goodness, you can check out full episodes of her award-winning TV adaptions on NZ On Screen:

The Haunting of Barney PalmerBook Cover

Is Barney being haunted by his dead Uncle? One person in every generation of his family has a special gift; is it Barney? If you like the movie, borrow the book from our Library.

Kaitangata Twitch

What happens to a girl who has dangerous dreams? What if the land itself punishes those who would harm it? Kaitangata Twitch is a supernatural eco-thriller! Watch the first episode on NZ On Screen and then check out the book or DVD from the library.

The Great White Man-Eating SharkBook Cover

Norvin looks a little bit like a shark and is also a little bit sick of other swimmers at the beach. He thinks he’s got the perfect plan to have the beach to himself, but does he? Once you’ve watched the hilarious video, read the full story from our library.

If you’d like some more information about Margaret Mahy, you can check out our interview with her, or our special Margaret Mahy pages.

If you start reading now, you might be able to read all of our Margaret Mahy books before the Margaret Mahy Family Playground opens. It hasn’t been started yet, but when it’s finished it will be ‘the most amazing playground’ the city has ever seen, it will have different activity zones aimed at different ages, comfortable places for adults to supervise, and challenging play equipment, all inspired by the amazing stories of Margaret Mahy.

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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.

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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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Skulduggery Pleasant

Over the Summer holidays the Library had a Summer Reading Film Competition. It was aimed at teenagers but one of the entries was a great book trailer for Skulduggery Pleasant.

Skulduggery Pleasant is a very popular series about a girl who discovers her dead Uncle, who she thought was a horror fiction writer, actually was telling true stories about his battle against evil. The eighth book in the series, Last stand of dead men, has just been released, but if you’d like to start from the start, you can check out the full series on our catalogue.

The author of Skulduggery Pleasant, Derek Landry, visited Christchurch in 2012 and we interviewed him on our blog. We’ve got a lot of other great articles and videos about the Skulduggery Pleasant series on our blog too.

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Battle Bunny

Have you ever got a book as a present that is a little bit too young for you? Alexander did. His Gran Gran got him Birthday Bunny, and a story about a cute bunny who receives thoughtful gifts from his friends is not exciting enough for Alex. So he decides to make some modifications to turn Birthday Bunny into Battle Bunny!Battle Bunny

Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett (and Alex!) have created a book where cute Birthday Bunny, through Alex’s drawings and changes to the book, transforms into Battle Bunny, an evil genius who wants to rule the world! Featuring appearances from Barack Obama, megatron bombs, the Robot Police Force and a monster zombie rocket, Battle Bunny is an awesome book! One of the best things about it is that once you’ve read it, you can print out your own copy of Birthday Bunny to scribble over and change into whatever story you want.

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Book Reviews with Bite

One of the great things about the Christchurch City Libraries Catalogue is that you can add your own book reviews.

One of the great things about South Christchurch Library eBook Club is that the kids in it LOVE to do book reviews. Can you see where this is going?

Recently we read some fantastic animal books and recorded some quick video reviews using Mojo Masks, an app that lets you wear a virtual mask while you record videos.

Video TabTo see these awesome videos, click on the catalogue links, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose “Videos” under Community Activity. Why not make your own video reviews of books and add them to the catalogue?

ABC Zooborns by Andrew Bleiman

Top 10 Minibeasts: deadly and incredible animals by Jay Dale

Manukura: the white kiwi by Joy Cowley

Foxes by Sally Morgan

Birds by Terry J. Jennings

Killer Pets by Tony Hyland

And if you do add a video review to the catalogue, let us know in the comments below, so we can check it out!

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Inside Asperger’s Looking Out

Cover of Inside Asperger's Looking Out

“OK, let’s get a few things settled right from the start. People with Asperger syndrome are not broken, or damaged, or somehow less than ‘normal’ people… Sure, we may think and act and learn differently from others, but different can be a good thing.”

These are the opening words of Inside Asperger’s Looking Out by Kathy Hoopmann. It is a book all about what it is like to have Asperger’s Syndrome.

Page Scan of Inside Asperger's Looking Out

This book is packed with cute photos of animals to help explain the feelings and ideas in the text. The text is also put on the page lots of different ways. Chimpanzees hold up signs with the text on them, it shows up in speech and thought bubbles from the animals and it spirals around the page.

Inside Asperger’s Looking Out is a fast, fun read that can help you learn more about what it’s like to have Asperger’s Syndrome, and has lots of cute, funny and thoughtful animal pictures.

The Library has lots of kids; books about Asperger’s Syndrome. Click to see them all on our catalogue. One of my favourites is The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules. This book is divided into  heaps of categories like school or friends, and it tells you the social rules about that situation that you might not know. EVERYONE can learn a lot from this book.

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The Adventure of the Dying Detective

Sherlock Holmes is one of the smartest (fictional) detectives in history. I love his stories and that’s why I was so pleased to see the new Graphic Novel Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!

The Adventure of the Dying Detective book coverMy favourite so far has been The Adventure of the Dying Detective. Sherlock Holmes is near death from a mysterious tropical disease; can his loyal friend Doctor Watson track down Holmes’s enemy,Mr. Culverton Smith, who may be the only person who can cure Holmes?

A gruesome one is  The Adventure of the Cardboard Box. When Susan receives a cardboard box that contains two human ears, she calls in Sherlock Holmes. He knows at once that a sailor has committed TWO horrible murders and thinks the solution to the mystery is so easy that he doesn’t want people to know that he worked on such an easy case. I didn’t find the mystery so easy to figure out but maybe you will!

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