Zack Zombie Scholastic ISBN 9781743818343 RRP $9.99 Age 8+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart There are many Minecraft enthusiasts out there and these books are aimed at them. There are jokes and references to Minecraft which really do amuse and delight children and therefore encourage them to read. Zack Zombie is the pen name for the writing team of William and Genie Pena and their 9 year old son Matthew.
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781760279059 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication July 2017 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is the 11th book in this series which first appeared in 2015. The books get my support because they really do promote reading.
Emily Rodda Omnibus Books ISBN 9781742991337 RRP $16.99 Age 8+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart The Hungry Isle is the fourth book in the Star of Deltora Series. The heroine Britta continues to compete to win the Rosalyn Apprentice contest and be a trader. This is most definitely up the usual Emily Rodda standard and explains why these books are some of the most popular books in the library. There are teaching notes available too.
James Dashner Chicken House ISBN: 9781910655160 RRP: $18.99 Published: 1st October, 2016 Reviewed by Debbie Berger The Fever Code is the prequel to the best seller Mazer Runner series. If you want to know about the missing pieces of this trilogy such how the maze was built, the back stories of Thomas, Teresa and the other gladers then this book is for you. To quote Barry Cunningham, from Chicken House, “… there are thrills, shocks and nail-biting twists.” Fans will be […]
Michael Adams Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781743628010 RRP $7.99 Age 10+ Date of publication September 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart After reading the gripping prologue it is not hard to get into Michael Adams new book Skyfire. The story revolves around seven young DARE award winners (all from quite different families and countries) who get caught up in dangerous events. The great thing is that this is the first of seven books all published during the next year. Highly recommended.
Michael Panckridge Ford St ISBN 9781925272499 RRP $14.95 Age 10+ Date of publication October 2016 Reviewer Megan Stuart Against the spin is the second book in the legend series. The central characters remain the same but the plot thickens. The competition in this book revolves around cricket but there is enough in the plot and character analysis to be interesting even without a thorough knowledge of the game of cricket.
Kate Welshman Heath McKenzie Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743624319 RRP $9.99 Age 6+ Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Books about horses have an immediate and devoted audience in any school library and this book (the second in the series) is a welcome addition to our collection. These books are for newly independent readers and include themes such as friendship and courage.
Anh Do Jules Faber Scholastic ISBN 9781760155346 RRP $14.99 Age 6 – 8 Date of publication October 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart Children continue to enjoy the Weirdo series because they deal with familiar topics and because they are genuinely funny. The fact that this is book 5 simply proves this.
Kate Forsyth Scholastic Press ISBN 9781743624104 RRP $14.99 Age 8+ Date of publication September 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart After a topsy turvy ride we come to the final (and 5th) book in the series The Impossible Quest. These novels have given readers the opportunity to live vicariously through the lives of 4 resourceful and brave young people in a Medieval setting. All thanks to Kate Forsyth.
Dav Pilkey Dav Pilkey Scholastic Inc ISBN 9781760151553 RRP $12.99 Age 6+ Date of publication July 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart For fans of this series (and there are many of them) this new novel (the eleventh) will be enthusiastically received. Of course this new book follows the same format but there is plenty to read as well as the illustrations to enjoy. According to the blurb, Dav Pilkey’s 2nd grade teacher told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his […]
Karen Wood Astred Hicks Allen & Unwin ISBN 9781743319055 RRP $9.99 Age 7+ Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart This is a winning combination; triplets (who could practically read each others minds), a hidden past, family secrets, gypsy horses and an opportunity for the girls to win a big talent show and make their dreams come true. Read it and see. There are more in the series to come.
Rachel Renee Russell Erin Russell Simon & Schuster Australia ISBN 9781471117718 RRP $16.99 Ages 7 – 11 Date of publication June 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart It’s here! The latest book in the Dork Diary series is about to hit the library shelf but only briefly because there will be a queue of girls waiting to get their hands on it. The author Rachel Renee Russell is the 8th highest selling children’s author in Australia. In this latest book the diary […]
Meredith Costain Danielle McDonald Scholastic Australia ISBN 9781760153038 RRP $12.99 Age 7+ Date of publication May 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart A new book in the Ella diary series is out and this one is all about pets. The books are great for early readers and writers and they have some dedicated followers in our school library. There will be a queue for this latest book.
Brandon Mull Simon and Schuster Australia ISBN: 9781471121883 Published: July 2014 RRP: $14.99 Reviewed by: Nicola Cole Randolph and his friends were out trick or treating on Halloween. That is, in the realm of Earth. But when they get yanked into to the realm of the Five Kingdoms of the Outskirts, they are turned inside-out, upside down and thrown into a wagon. Cole and his friends are branded as slaves and are on their way. Cole is separated from his […]
Yvette Poshoglian Danielle McDonald Scholastic ISBN 9781743627419 RRP $7.99 Age 5+ Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart These books are perfect for new readers. They are “chapter books” with large font and simple and effective illustrations. They are hugely popular with girls between from about 5 – 7 years old. In this book Ella is going on one of her favourite television shows “Spelling Superstar” For readers not familiar with this series visit http://www.ellaandolivia.com.au
Marie Lu Scholastic Inc ISBN 9781743620045 RRP $12.99 Age 8-12 Date of publication April 2015 Reviewer Megan Stuart I am using this site to remind you that book 7 is now out! In this book things come to a head and the world of Erdas will be changed forever. Read it and find out how. If you have not read any of the series then it is worth knowing that the books are part of the New York Times best selling series […]