Dino Hunter (1) D-Bot Squad Series

Author – Mac ParkDino Hunter (D-Bot Squad #1)

Age – 6+

Hunter Marks had no idea when he dressed as a dino hunter for his school Book Week Parade, that he’d soon be chasing a real dinosaur. The school librarian, (Ms Stegg) guides him towards a computer game that involves building a dinosaur robot that captures dinosaurs.

When he captures the dino on screen in the allotted time, Ms Stegg explains what’s going on. She works for a top secret agency called Dino Corp. They have brought dinosaurs back to life, but some have escaped!

His love of dinosaurs makes him perfect to join the D-Bot Squad, to help Dino Corp capture them again before anyone is in danger!

With 8 books in this series, all ending on a cliffhanger, D-Bot Squad is designed specifically for reluctant readers -“A world kids will love, using words they can read.” Full of B & W illustrations and topics kids will identify with – school, friends, coping with new challenges, and asking for help when you need it. 

(Dinosaurs, Courage, School, Series, Reluctant readers)

 

The Traitor and the Thief (1) The Sin Chronicles

Author – Gareth WardThe Traitor and the Thief

Age – 10+

Caught stealing at Coxford’s Corn Market, 14 yr old Sin is hunted across the city. But his street skills can’t evade his pursuers. They want Sin to join their Covert Operations Group (COG) and train to become a spy. Used to his life of crime on the streets he’s not sure of these people, (but he does enjoy a nice warm bed and plenty to eat for a change.)

Wary to begin with, Sin soon makes a friend in Zonda Chubb, and an unlikely alliance with the school bully Velvet Von Darque. But there is an assassin among them, and he’s not sure who he can trust. Is his own life in danger?

A rip-roaring steampunk adventure by the winner of the Storylines Tessa Duder Writing Competition for Young Adults in 2016! With rich writing, well developed characters and awesome world building, The Traitor and the Thief is a fantastic read and not to be missed!

(Series, Friendship, Spy, Assassin, Courage, Conflict, Adventure, Action, Betrayal)

Glitterwings Book Week Blunder (1) Miniwings

Author – Sally SuttonGlitterwing's Book Week Blunder (Miniwings #1)

Illustrator – Kirsten Richards

Age – 6+

When Sophia and Clara are given 6 small plastic unicorns by their Nana, they think they are sweet little toys, but little do they know, they are naughty, cheeky, and bound to get them in a LOT of trouble. In the 1st episode of this series, it is book week at their school and there is a dress-up parade on the last day. What will they go as?

They ask Mum to help, but the Miniwings spoil things. The next time Mum agrees, the Miniwings are even worse! Will they ever get a costume ready or will they have to wear their school uniforms in the parade?

These fun, coloured illustrated chapter books are great for budding readers. No. 1 & 2 are on the shelves with four more adventures to come.

(Unicorns, Series, Siblings, School, Magic, Fantasy, Fun, Mischief, Family)

Battle for the Shadow Sword (1)Team Hero Series

Author – Adam BladeBattle for the Shadow Sword (Team Hero #1)

Age – 7+

Jack Beacon is sick of being called Beak the Freak by his classmates because of his weird scaly hands. But this difference and what he can do with them alerts a secret academy to his skills, and he is soon enrolled.

Meeting others with strange powers makes him feel like he belongs somewhere for the first time in his life. But his relief is short-lived as he quickly learns about an evil creature called General Gore and the Noxians. Creatures that were banished after a war with humans 1000 years before.

The Noxians are stirring and Jack and his new friends are called to protect humankind. Is this all for real? He’s only just arrived. How can he help with no training? Jack’s skills are quickly put to the test.

I never read Beast Quest so when I picked up the first book in this new series, I wasn’t sure what to expect. With great friends, gadgets, evil fiends, freaky creatures and another boy who is suspiciously at hateful as Malfoy in HP, this series is going to be epic for reluctant readers or lovers of action!

(Friendship, Monsters, Series, Good vs Evil, School, Rivalry, Belonging, Courage)

 

 

 

 

 

Funny Kid (1) For President

Author – Matt Stanton35284578

Age – 7+

Max and Hugo’s teacher doesn’t like them very much – but Mr Armstrong doesn’t really like any of his students. When he and Max have an argument about a poo found in the storeroom, they both end up in front of the principal.

Principal Sniggles is very small, and very old, and not to be messed with! When she learns there is no class president in Max’s class, she instructs Mr Armstrong to ensure there are elections in his class very soon.

Max decides he’s going to run for president. But he’s not handsome or funny or sporty or smart like the other candidates. How will he convince his classmates to vote for him? He’s funny! And so this is a story about a horrible teacher, a crazy campaign, and a small annoying, duck.

Full of simple black and white illustrations and cartoons, this is the first in this hilarious series about Max – a very funny kid.

(Humour, School, Election, Class President, Being yourself, Identity)

 

The Serpent’s Heir (How to Train your Dragon)

Author / Illustrator – Dark Horse Comics25810228

Age – 8+        (Graphic Novel)

Hiccup is the new chief of his village and when a visitor arrives (Calder of the Nepenthe), he asks Hiccup for help. His island is experiencing fearful earthquakes and they’re not sure what to do. Can Hiccup and his skill with dragons come to their aid?

But they find more than they’ve bargained for, with dragons aplenty, a madman who believes he’s a dragon and a surprise under the island.

This story begins after the events in the movie – How to Train your Dragon 2….

(Graphic Novel, Adventure, Action, Dragons, Courage, Fantasy)

 

The Silent Invasion

Author – James Bradley33777895

Age – 13+

Ever since strange spores covered Earth, leaving web-like threads, humankind has battled The Change. Anybody who shows the symptoms of luminescence on their skin, or strange lights in their irises, are taken from their families, never to be seen again.

Callie is not about to let that happen to her 5 yr old half-sister Gracie. They have already lost their father to The Change, and Callie can’t face losing Gracie too. Against the strict Quarantine laws, Callie flees across Australia to The Zone – a place said to be a safe haven for The Changed.

But their journey is full of danger, vicious dogs with hate-filled owners, drones on the look-out and determined Quarantine officers. Will they get to The Zone and is it what they’ve been told or is it something not of this world?

I quickly became attached to determined, resourceful Callie and her love for her little sister. The tension never lets up on their journey and it culminates in a shocking finale. A trilogy I will definitely be following!

(Dystopian, Love, Family, Action, Alien, Escape, Determination, Series, Trilogy)