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Join the Reading Crusade

Do you want the chance to meet the Crusaders and win some awesome prizes?  You need to join the Reading Crusade.

The Reading Crusade starts on Monday 11 March and runs until 19 April (that’s 6 weeks).  It’s a reading competition that takes place every second year and is brought to you by Christchurch City Libraries in conjunction with the CRFU (Canterbury Rugby Football Union).

You can register to take part now by going to the Christchurch City Libraries’ Reading Crusade page.

All you have to do to enter is:

  • Download your reading log from the Christchurch City Libraries’ website or get a paper copy from their teacher or local library.
  • Read four books of your choice.
  • Complete a reading log. This reading log needs to be verified online by a teacher, parent or librarian.

You can enter as many times as you like, so if you read 20 books you’ll get 5 entries in the draw.  Everyone who completes a reading log (and gets it verified online) is entered into the draw to win tickets to the prizegiving ceremony on Monday 13 May, where you could meet the Crusaders.

Join the Reading Crusade now and get reading!

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The Reading Crusade starts today!


The Reading Crusade starts today, so make sure you grab a copy of the reading log from your library.  You can also download the reading log from the Reading Crusade website.  For details on how to join the Reading Crusade and what you need to do to take part, check out the blog post at the top of the page.

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Reading Crusade Challenge – Week 4

Week 4 Challenge – History

Try a historical story.  There are a lot of historical stories set during or after wartime, like Rose for the Anzac Boys, The Silver Sword, or Goodnight Mister Tom.  Some historical stories are told through diary entries, like the My Story series.  There are even historical mystery stories, like the Roman Mysteries series and the Lady Grace Mysteries.

Check out our If you like Stories of kids in wartime  and If you like Historical Stories book list and our Book Buzz page for lots of great historical stories you could read.

Tell us about your favourite historical story and you’ll go into the draw to WIN a Sharon Holt prize pack with a copy of Sabotage and No Survivors from the My New Zealand Story series.

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Reading Crusade Challenge – Week 3

Week 3 Challenge – Animals

Try an animal story.  It could be about a mouse like Stuart Little or Runaway Ralph, a horse like Bow Down Shadrach or Pony Club Secrets, a dog like Shadow or Hotel for Dogs, or a cat like The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Warriors series.

Check out our If you like Animal Stories  and If you like Brian Jacques book list and our Book Buzz page for lots of great animal stories you could read.

Tell us about your favourite animal book and you’ll go into the draw to WIN a Stacy Gregg prize pack with books from the Pony Club Secrets and Pony Club Rivals series.

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My Top 10 Fantasy Books

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The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

Do you miss Harry Potter and wish that there was another series you could read that’s similar?  Look no further than The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens, a magical new fantasy story and the first in The Books of Beginning Trilogy.

Kate, Michael and Emma have never really known their parents who disappeared in the dead of night 10 years ago.  They were taken by a mysterious stranger, left at an orphanage and have been moved around ever since.  When the children are sent off to another orphanage in Cambridge Falls they think this place will be the same as the last, but they are very, very wrong.  No-one seems to have heard of Cambridge Falls, and they discover that it is kept hidden from the world by a magic spell.   In their new home they meet the mysterious Dr Pym, who Kate seems to recognise.  While exploring their new home, they discover an old leather book and set in motion an ancient magical prophecy which will take them on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Emerald Atlas is a fast-paced, magical adventure through a world filled with dwarves, horrible creatures, a beautiful but sinister witch, and a mysterious book with the power to change the world.  The story will suck you in and keep you guessing to the very end.  I loved the dwarves who always seemed to be cursing and arguing, but pulled together to help the children.  If you love stories like Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Series of Unfortunate Events and The Golden Compass, then you’ll love The Emerald AtlasRecommended for 9+  10 out of 10

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Reading Crusade Challenge – Week 2

Week 2 Challenge – Fantasy

Try a fantasy book – there are heaps to choose from.  If you love Harry Potter there are heaps of other books like it, including The Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones.  There are also lots of books with dragons, wizards, dwarves, fairies, orcs, witches, and magical realms.

Check out our If you like Harry Potter book list and our Book Buzz page for lots of great fantasy stories you could read.

Tell us about your favourite fantasy book and you’ll go into the draw to WIN:

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Join the 2011 Reading Crusade and win


If you love rugby and reading then you should join the 2011 Reading Crusade.  If you’ve never done the Reading Crusade before it’s a fun reading promotion run by Christchurch City Libraries and the Crusaders rugby team.

All you have to do is read six books, fill out a reading log and get a parent, teacher  or librarian to register your reading.  Once you’ve registered you’re in the draw for heaps of cool prizes.  Find out more on the Reading Crusade website.

Each week we have a Reading Crusade Challenge for you to try and we’ll be giving away some great new books each week to Christchurch kids who comment on the blog.

Get reading and join the Reading Crusade!

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