Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mrs Keane recommends ...

 Fiction



Northwood by Brian Falkner
(Adventure/Fantasy) Cecelia Undergarment is a courageous girl. When she discovers a neighbour's dog needs her help she hatches a plan. Unfortunately her plan didn't involve the place she finds herself, Northwood Forest, a dark and mysterious place from which no one has ever returned. 
(Book trailer HERE)

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
(Historical-WWII) Lizzie's father is fighting in the war, her mother works at Dresden Zoo. To save a zoo elephant Lizzie's mum brings it home to live in their backyard. But when the bombing starts it's not safe there either and the family and elephant must leave to find somewhere safe to stay.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger
(Humorous stories) Tommy's friend Dwight does some weird things, but he does one cool thing - origami. One day he makes a Yoda finger puppet, and Yoda gives great advice that really works. Tommy wants to know how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight really isn't smart. Is Yoda using The Force?
(Book trailer HERE)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
(Historical/Children's Classic) Orphaned Mary is sure she won't like living at her uncle's estate until she finds a secret garden, locked and forgotten since the death of her aunt. Mary starts working on the garden to restore it to its former glory. When she finds she has a young invalid cousin living in the house she hopes the secret garden will work its magic on him too.

Grimsdon by Deborah Abela
(Science fiction/Adventure) When the sea surged into Grimsdon three years ago many were rescued, some were lost. Those left behind inhabit the floors of buildings which still rise above the water. Isabella, Griffen and friends survive by scavenging, hiding from bounty hunters & making deals. But these aren't their only worries, they also fear the monster of the deep!
(Book trailer HERE)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Monster Bookmarks - Holiday Boredom Buster


If you like these cool monster bookmarks and would like to have one of your very own, then head on over to Tally's Treasury page HERE to find instructions on how to make one!
These look so much more fun than the one's I used to make using old envelope corners when I was a kid.

I found out about the bookmarks on Stumbleupon.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2013 - Non-fiction

The finalists in the NZ Post Children's Book Awards have been announced.

The Non-fiction finalists are:



"100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa"
by Simon Morton & Riria Hotere




"Taketakerau, The Millenium Tree"
by Marnie Anstis, Patricia Howitt
&  Kelly Spencer
"At the Beach : Explore &
Discover the New Zealand Seashore"
by Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler











Click on the links under the book cover images to find out more about the books and the authors and illustrators, come along to the library and have a look at the books we have or you could visit Upper Hutt Library.

If you'd like to know the Senior Fiction finalists then click here to find out.

Images via Booksellers NZ

Monday, April 15, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "My Name is Elizabeth" by Annika DUNKLEE, illustrated by Matthew FORSYTHE
  • "Poor Puppy" by Nick BRUEL
Fiction:
  • "Amulet : Prince of Thieves" by Kazu KIBUISHI, illustrated by Gregory O'BRIEN (Amulet series)
  • "Billie B Brown : The Second-best Friend" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Brown series)
  • "Vampire Breath" by R L STINE (Goosebumps series)
Senior Fiction:

  • "Blood Brothers" by Carole WILKINSON (Dragonkeeper series)
Non-fiction:
  • "WOW! Ancient History" by Joe FULLMAN
  • "Deadly Creatures Dictionary" by Clint TWIST

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2013 - Junior Fiction

The finalists in the NZ Post Children's Book Awards have been announced.

The Junior Fiction finalists are:


"Red Rocks" by
Rachael King
"Uncle Trev and his 
Whistling Bull"by 
Jack  Lasenby

Click on the links under the book cover images to find out more about the books and the authors and illustrators, come along to the library and have a look at the books we have or you could visit Upper Hutt Library.

Check out the blog next week for the Non-fiction finalists.

If you can't wait that long then click here to find out all the finalists now.

Images via Booksellers NZ

Monday, April 8, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Man from the Land of Fandango" by Margaret MAHY, illustrated by Polly DUNBAR
  • "Clifford Collection" by Norman BRIDWELL
Fiction:
  • "The A C B with Honora Lee" by Kate DE GOLDI, illustrated by Gregory O'BRIEN
  • "Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers" by Dav PILKEY (Captain Underpants series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Freaks" by Kieran LARWOOD
  • "Wartime Princess" by Valerie WILDING (My Story UK series)
  • "What if they find us?" by Kathy CLARK (My True Story series)
Non-fiction:
  • "Battle of the Mountains" by Peter GOSSAGE
  • "Eating Problems" by Nicola EDWARDS

Friday, April 5, 2013

NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2013 - Picture Books

The finalists in the NZ Post Children's Book Awards have been announced.

The Picture Book finalists are:


"A Great Cake" by Tina Matthews


Click on the links under the book cover images to find out more about the books and the authors and illustrators, come along to the library and have a look at the books we have or you could visit Upper Hutt Library.

Check out the blog next week for the Junior Fiction finalists.  

If you can't wait that long then click here to find out all the finalists now.

Images via Booksellers NZ

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "A Year With Marmalade" by Alison REYNOLDS, illustrated by Heath McKENZIE
  • "Mrs Wishy-Washy's Farm" by Joy COWLEY, illustrated by Elizabeth FULLER
Fiction:
  • "Goblins" by Philip REEVE
  • "The Way of the Samurai" by Geronimo Stilton (Geronimo Stilton series)
  • "Thea Stilton and the Secret of the Old Castle" by Thea Stilton (Geronimo Stilton series)
  • "Sleeping Beauty : The one who took the really long nap" by Wendy MASS
Senior Fiction:
  • "The Billionaire's Curse" by Richard NEWSOME (Billionaire series)
Non-fiction:
  • "Trenches" by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories series)
  • "Farm Animals" by Gilda & Melvin BERGER (True or False series)

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