Rosie Joy – Here, There and Everywhere

Author – Sophie Siers

Illustrator – Judith Trevelyan

Age – 6+

9 yr old Rosie Joy lives on a farm with her older brothers and parents. She loves animals, climbing trees and dreaming of fantastical things and places. When her mum tells her it is time to find some eggs for her broody hen Henny Penny to sit on, Rosie Joy is fascinated in the possibilities. Together they decide on what breed of chickens they would like to hatch and this story follows that journey.

But there are other things happening in Rosie Joy’s world. School, friends, the seemingly impossible task of convincing her brother that girls can be famous explorers too, and the joy of making something with her own hands and determination, that she hopes Henny Penny and her yet-to-be-hatched chickens will enjoy.

From Award winning Author of the Allis the little tractor series, Rosie Joy – Here, there and Everywhere is a gentle story, about NZ family farm life, older siblings, animals and that when sometimes when things don’t quite go as planned, there could be a reason or a happy solution. The pencil sketches throughout are adorable.

Little girls both rural and urban, will love this!

(Farm, Animals, Knitting, Determination, Friends, Chickens, Vocabulary)

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My side of the Diamond

Author – Sally Gardner35698616

Illustrator – Nat Barlex

Age – 13+

Jazmin’s best friend Becky has gone. She jumped off a building with her boyfriend. But moments after they jumped they vanished, leaving Jaz with the fallout, a devastating court trial, and her life shattered.

No-one believed her testimony at the trial. No-one would listen to her. But now, a man called Mr Jones has come to interview her. She can finally tell someone what really happened.

A line on the cover gives a clue to the reader that this is a story that contains something not of this world ‘They came to Earth to find love‘. And indeed it does include alien beings. But the entire story is still set on Earth as we know it today, through a series of interviews. This style and structure was intriguing and had to be followed closely as each person recounted what happened before Becky disappeared.

Something different from a multi-award winning author.

(Aliens, Friendship, Friends, Love, Romance, Sci-Fi, Action, Fear)

 

The Pudding Problem (Lyttle Lies 1)

Author/Illustrator – Joe Berger33980482

Age – 7+

Sam Lyttle is a liar. He can’t help it, it just happens. After all, life is complicated. So of course, anything and everything that happens at home that shouldn’t – is automatically blamed on Sam.
School is complicated too – especially when it comes to Feeny, the class bully. The school legend says that if you cross Feeny 3 times, life as you know it will change forever.

Unfortunately, Sam crosses this line.
1) A lie about an imaginary cheese burger
2) Theft of a foot long super salami
3) Saving a cat from Feeny’s dog

Now he has to face the famous Feeny deadeye, AND face up to his family about the broken items at home.  Will he finally tell the truth? Will he survive Feeny?

Part Black & White Graphic format and part novel, this story is funny! The truth is finally divulged to his family – or is it? Loved the conclusion.

(Series, School, Friends, Bully, Lies, Magic, Family, Funny)

 

Lily Max (3) – Sun, Surf, Action

Author – Jane Bloomfield

Illustrator – Guy Fisher

Age – 8+

Lily Max is looking forward to meeting her BFF Greer at the beach for the summer holidays. They have planned to hang out together the whole holiday at Way Wave Bay – surfing, sunbathing and having fun.

But things aren’t going to plan. The batch they hire has no view of the sea as advertised, the movie that Lily Max’s mum is supposed to be employed by is experiencing major delays, and Greer seems more interested in a boy called Ryder than hanging out with Lily Max.

She feels hurt by the snub, but tries to make the most of it, selling things at the local market, enjoying the sunshine, learning to surf with her surfie dad, and finding out more about the history of the Bay and the topic of the movie.

There is a lighthouse at the end of the Bay that is just asking to be explored. But everyone says it is dangerous and to keep away from it. It can’t be that bad can it? Lily Max has a plan to test Greer’s friendship once and for all.

I liked the character of Lily Max. She is believable, funky, funny, kind, and a design/fashion freak! She is always looking at what people are wearing and how they are wearing it. Her ideas for new styles or fashions are never ending, and I think any young, keen designers will gobble this story up and also get a mystery in the mix.

(Fashion, Style, Design, Series, Friendship, Jealousy, Movie)

After the Fire

Author – Will Hill33357614

Age – 13+

Moonbeam survived. She is full of grief and guilt that many of her brothers and sisters didn’t. Even Father John didn’t make it out, and he was their whole world for so long. But was he telling the truth about the outside?

The Holy Church of the Lord’s Legion has been Moonbeam’s home her entire life. She is promised to Father John as one of his future wives, which she once thought was a great honour.

But she’s not so sure anymore. Things are changing in the compound. Harsher rules and penalties are being dealt until Moonbeam can’t stand back with her head bowed any longer.

But the result is nothing like she could ever imagine.

From the talented Will Hill (Author of the Department 19 Series), After the Fire is completely different but just as intriguing. Moonbeam’s story is told in two different times. Before the fire that claimed many of her friend’s lives, and after as she is interviewed by the FBI and a psychiatrist. Loved it!

(Cult, Religion, Belief, Family, Blended family, Truth, Lies, Guilt)

 

Timeless – Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic

Author – Armand Baltazar23354816

Age – 9+

Imagine a world where all of Earth’s history is thrown together in a tumble of times. Victorian, Art Deco, Steam, Dinosaurs, Airships, the present and the future – all mixed up by a singe cosmic event. This is the world that Diego Ribera lives in.

His father Santiago Ribera is a brilliant mechanical engineer and for Diego’s 13th birthday he is given 3 gifts – one being the understanding of a mysterious inherited gift, and part of the reason for his father’s sought after skills.

When his father is kidnapped, Diego is determined to find him, especially after an argument between them. He is thrown into an adventure with dinosaurs, technology, pirates and three other teens in a quest to get his father and his engineering team back.

What results are the Rangers of the Vastlantic, four teens from different times, working together with their special skills to save the world as they now know it.

Bursting with sumptuous illustrations from the talented Armand Baltazar, who has worked for Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks as a director and artist. There is plenty of action, great character developments, steam gadgets, intrigue and mystery to keep any reader glued to the page – except the illustrations are so good, you want to stay looking at them! FANTASTIC!

(Action, Friendship, Steampunk, Kidnap, Pirates, Dinosaurs,

 

 

Illegal

Author – Eion Colfer35963837

Illustrator – Andrew Donkin

Age – 10+

Ebo is only 12 when he is forced at gunpoint to sail with 13 others in a patched up inflatable dinghy designed for only 6. This is the journey he’s been waiting and working for since he was 10 years old when his brother Kwame left him behind.

But as we all know, these voyages of hope for a better life are nothing like the journey promised to them by money hungry people smugglers. Luckily Ebo has a wonderful voice and loves to sing, and his voice is something he can take on his journey, which ultimately helps him find all that he was looking for.

A full colour Graphic Novel about one boy’s hazardous journey to find a better life in Europe, across deserts, through dangerous streets of a city and out in the ocean on a sinking boat. A thought provoking book that shows young readers the truth behind these perilous journeys.

(Refugee, Boat people, Journey, Voyage, Sing, Poverty)