Author – Elena de Roo/ Illustrated by Tracey Duncan
Age – 6+
Opelia Wild is never happier than when she is in her tree house where she is working on code-cracking, bug breaking, secret spy missions.
But while she waits for new clients she has other mysteries to solve and a new boy at school needs some help.
Three fun stories told in rhyming verse. The 1st in this series.
(NZ Author, Tree hut, Spy, Bullying, School, Series, Friendship,Sticking up for your friends, Verse, New Zealand)
Author – Steven Herrick
Age – 8+
Told in a non-rhyming poetry format, this is a story told by students in Room 6A. Mick, Jacob, Laura and Pete all have different worries and dreams and they are all interconnected through their school days. Even the school caretaker gives his view on the happenings during the year. This is a tale about friendships, bullying, loss and laughter.
I enjoyed the way this was written – in a poetry format. What I really liked was stepping into the head of all the different classmates (even the caretaker) and seeing their different view on things.
It always intrigues me how we have a perception of ourselves, often completely different from other’s perceptions of us.
(Bullying, School, Friendship, Grief, Verse, Poetry)
Author – Sarah Crossan
Age – 10 +
Swearing – Piss off
Told in verse, this story is about Kasienka and her mother, two Polish migrants that have arrived in England searching for the father that left them. Kasienka’s mother is obsessed with the idea that she can bring her husband back home to Poland if she can only talk things through with him. Kasienka, being the one with better English language skills, is made to walk down the streets of London, knocking on doors and asking whether people have seen her father. With every failed attempt to find her father, her mother’s heart breaks a little bit more. But that is not the only problem Kasienka faces. She must deal with the other students at her school every day; students who hate her for being different, for wearing the wrong thing, for saying the wrong thing, or just because they can.
This is a story about growing up. It is simply …… Beautiful.
(Verse, Immigrant, Racism, Prejudice, Broken Families, Fitting in)