Space Jackers (1)

Author – Huw PowellSpacejackers (#1)

Age – 8+

Jake Cutler was just a baby when he was left at a cyber-monk monastery by a strange injured man. The only clue to Jake’s past is an amulet encrusted with 3 crystals which hangs around his neck.

On his 11th birthday, his past finds him in a fiery attack on the monks. He flees to the nearest space port and with the help of an infamous fortune seeker he escapes the planet he grew up on. But little do they know, the cargo ship they’ve hidden on is a pirate ship – the Captain, Granny Leatherhead – an eye-patched, no-nonsense woman, is the leader of the Space Dogs.

Instantly locked up, Jake and his new acquaintances wonder what will happen to them. They are about to embark on the adventure of their lives. Space monsters, black holes, the evil Intergalactic Army and even other pirates are part of their adventure, not to mention a purple skinned alien and their search for a hidden planet with more wealth than all the other planets together!

Fantastic! Pumped with action, adventure, an orphan (or is he?), aliens and a family betrayal, this first book in the Space Jackers series is perfect for thrill seekers.

(Pirates, Space, Aliens, Friendship, Adventure, Action, Humour, Series)


The Dragon Defenders (1)

Author – James Russell34884189

Animations – Yongtao Zhang

Age – 7+

Paddy & his older brother live on an island with their parents and little sister Ada. They have never seen a cellphone, tv, computer or even electricity, and spend their time hunting, climbing, running, digging, making things or adventuring. When they see a boat moored just off the island, they wonder who it could be?

The owners of the boat are after dragons and will do anything to get them. Can the boys stop them and protect their family too?

Chocka full of action, adventure and it also comes with an exciting ‘AR Reads’ app that can be downloaded which brings the story alive digitally too. Read traditionally or with ‘the app, this story is a fabulous follow-on for the Dragon Brothers Picture Book Series.

(Series, Fantasy, Family, Animals, Courage, Dragons, Action)


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Author – S A Bodeen

Age – 8+

(This is the 2nd in a series)

Sarah, Marco, Nacho, Yvonna and John have been shipwrecked on an island after going on a holiday cruise aboard a supposedly luxury yacht. They’ve had a terrible first night on the beach, seen incredibly weird creatures and found an abandoned dwelling. Thrown together on this ‘holiday/honeymoon, Sarah, Marco and Nacho (brothers) are forced to get to know each other after their parents got married, and they have to work together to survive.

Now they’ve found a girl, who tells them an incredible story which is very hard to believe. She was kidnapped by someone called The Curator and she escaped. She’s been left on the island by people who’ve kidnapped her grandfather and his boat. They are looking for something…..

This fantastic series continues with more and more intrigue. Lost is preceded by Shipwreck Island and followed by Trapped and Found.

(Island, Shipwreck, Friendship, Blended family, Series, Intrigue)

Shipwreck Island

ER – BOD18525730

Author – S A Bodeen

Age – 8+

(This is the 1st in a series)

Sarah isn’t happy about her Dad remarrying and then bringing his new wife Yvonna and her two boys Marco (12) and Nacho (11) to live with them. Things are even worse when her Dad decides to take all of them on their honeymoon to a tropical island near Fiji.

The plane trip is long, the ‘luxury’ yacht he’s hired far from luxurious, and her seasickness tops off the worst ‘holiday’ ever. But things are about to get a whole lot worse. A storm is coming – fast. They hunker down below deck as the skipper tries to take the boat through it. But when the seas calm and the sun comes out, the truth is there for all to see. They are shipwrecked on an island, their skipper gone and the yacht wrecked beyond repair. Can it get any worse? Yes! Strange creatures, screams in the night and a weird red orb in the sky. Will they survive?

What a fantastic start to a series! I thought this would be another shipwreck, get to know each other story, but it goes far beyond that and more. This series continues with Lost, Trapped, and Found.

(Island, Blended family, Holiday, Tropical Island, Fear, Series)

Flying Furballs (2) Hot Air

Author/Illustrator – Donovan Bixley33637126

Age – 6+

Fantastic illustrations fill this series, as always with Donovan Bixley’s work. There’s tons of action, likeable characters and the beginnings of other storylines are threaded through these stories about the never ending battles between cats and dogs – but set in wartime.

Each mission is set in a different country and also contains a non-fiction element in the way of illustration. There is funny cat and dog themed word play, which will add to the enjoyment of these books which would make great read-a-louds for year 3-4 children.

The next instalment of this exciting series called Unmasked about the never ending rivalry between cats and dogs is out mid April 17!

(Cat, Dog, Animal, War, Humour, Funny, Kiwi, NZ, Series)

Pocket Pirates (4) The Great Treasure Hunt

The Great Treasure Hunt (Pocket Pirates 04)Author – Chris Mould

Illustrator – Chris Mould

Age – 6+

Captain Crabsticks isn’t happy about the lack of treasure they have. How can they be real pirates without treasure! Lily and Button set out into the danger of the junk shop to search for treasure.

The skirting board mice are soon after them, forcing them to find a hiding place quick! Just when they think they are safe, the junk shop owner arrives to tidy up. Right before their eyes, Old Uncle Noggin and their beloved ship in a bottle home are in terrible danger!

Can they save them, and what about the treasure they seek?

Another great adventure for these tiny pirates. The illustrations are fantastic! I love this series!

(Pirates, Adventure, Ship in a Bottle, Danger, Surprise. Series)

Jake Atlas (1) and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake

(Not in Napier/Taradale Libraries)31118325

Author – Rob Loyd Jones

Age – 8+

Jake and his twin Pan (Pandora) don’t like each other much. So spending a boring week or so with their even more boring History Professor parents in Cairo doesn’t seem much like a holiday to them. Jake has a knack for getting into trouble but vows that he’ll be good.But it’s not long before he’s stolen an i-pad and is chased by airport security. A strange scarred man comes to his aid and then seems to be following them. After another fight with his sister, their parents leave them in their room, then mysteriously vanish from the hotel.

It’s up to Jake and Pan to find them, following clues to find an ancient lost tomb before hired mercenaries do. Pan has always tried to hide her intelligence, because it always attracted bullies, but now with her smarts and Jake’s courage, they are tracking down their parents – who just might not be as boring as they’ve always pretended to be……

Non-stop action, gadgets, stunts, clue finding and following. Not to mention tomb raiding, explosives and booby traps. Think Indiana Jones with a 12 yr old twin sister!

(History, Action, Adventure, Twins, Danger, Courage, Family, Egypt, Mummies, Tomb robbers, Booby traps, Series, Secret, Mystery)