New Zealand author alert!
This is a gem, I think Joy Cowley nailed this one, five stars for sure.
The world financial crisis has reached Will and Mellisa’s house and the promised summer trip to Queenstown must be postponed. Instead the brother and sister accompany their elderly grandparents to the old family bach in the Marlborough Sounds. This seems like genuine hardship to the kids considering long drop toilets and zero cell phone coverage, but what happens makes them appreciate life more. Told alternatively by Will and Melissa, you see their confidence, character and relationship develop as they explore a very precious and beautiful part of New Zealand.
This is great for 9+ readers and will appeal to boys and girls.
The final installment of the series which started with “Wool” and was followed with “Shift”, the prequel that helped make sense of the world created in the first story, but left plenty to discover in “Dust”.
The people live in a silo, they have lives, jobs and a very limited understanding of the world around them. Everything about their existence is controlled and while there doesn’t seem much joy; there are families, community and a shared sense of purpose. I encourage you to take “Wool” to the beach this summer, buy copies as gifts for all your reader friends and share in this unique sifi journey.
I loved this book and this series. I loved the imagination, creativity and the hope it shares about life and the living of it. I was lucky to meet Hugh Howie, the author, and he seemed a genuinely nice, regular guy. How easy it is to sum people up and underestimate them, I can’t imagine this story was just sitting in his imagination waiting to be written down. I’m very glad he did.
A thoughtful book, on a dark subject. As the story opens Seth is drowning. Then he wakes up in a strange but a familiar place. His old family home that they moved from years ago, covered in dust and containing things that moved with them and things left behind.
What is the silver tape on his body and why is there no one else around?
As Seth seeks to make sense of this world, surprising things happen.
I am a big fan of Patrick Ness and loved The Chaos Walking series, one of the darkest and bleak series every written. The villain in this story is different because Seth doesn’t know what it is or what part of reality is real.
A must read for fans and dystopia readers should enjoy.
Recommend for readers 14+ but able younger readers may enjoy.
meant to be confusing to relate the characters confusion.
Speed Freak by Fleur Beale
New Zealand Author Alert!
Fifteen year old Archie is into kart racing, every weekend he and his Dad are either racing or working on the kart. Archie is one of the best racers and this year’s competition is the most important of his career because the winner will compete in Europe.
Craig is also a good racer, he has all the advantages money can buy. He has a professional mechanic for the season and is competing with Archie not just on the track but for sponsorship as well. Silver, a girl racer who didn’t compete last year, is back and is making things interesting on the course.
Archie is lucky to have great support not only from his Dad but his Grandparents as well. His Granddad has been in the game for a long time. His Mum doesn’t live with them, and Archie would like to understand why, he blames himself but hasn’t had the courage to ask the tough questions. Dad’s new girlfriend Erica is moving in with her young son, Archie isn’t sure what this arrangement will mean for his racing.
Lots of detail to give the reader an understanding of kart racing, a bit too much for me. It took a while for the story to get interesting, about a third of the way it drew me in. A strong moral 15 year old boy is the centre of the story, maybe a bit too thoughtful but pretty convincing.
Good blended family story with caring extended family.
Recommend to readers 12+ especially if they enjoy motor sports.
This is a special book. This is a book about the end of the world as we know it, it is sad, it is depressing, it is violent, angry, sad, questioning, full of guilt, being left behind and the bravery of carrying on in the face of an unlikely future. The difference between this post apocalyptic story and all the others is the gentle nature of the story telling, the humanity in the telling and the hope.
Hig is lucky to be alive, but he doesn’t always feel that way. He has carved out a new life for himself at an airfield along with a survivalist and they are in it for the long haul. Hig goes hunting, fishing and flies his plane with his dog Jasper as co-pilot, he is something of a dreamer. He hears a voice on the plane radio and after much consideration decides to fly beyond the point of return, not enough fuel to get him home, in search of something more.
What he finds isn’t what he expected but it does open up the opportunity of a future of some kind.
I give this book 5 stars, I also felt highly about The Road by Cormac McCarthy and as it says on the cover of my copy “like The Road – with hope”. That sums it up for me, compelling reading that isn’t bleak yet set in a bleak time, a special combination.
Ruawai Kindergarten was invited to come along and help celebrate Hairy Maclary’s 30th Birthday at Ruawai College and Community Library.
Storyteller Barbara Adams entertained Ruawai Kindergarten students withtales of Hairy Maclary and Slinkly Malinky.
After the reading the guest got busy with all the wonderful activity sheets provided by his publisher Penguin.
The visit finished with a Hairy Mclary themed morning tea, created by senior hospitality students for an assessment.
Lost Riders by Elizabeth Laird
Rashid’s young uncle convinces his widowed mother that her little boys will have a better life overseas. Unfornatuatly he doesn’t realise until it is too late that the boys are being taken to work as jockeys in the lucrative camel racing business. Separated, starving and exhausted they
are forced to into the grueling life of jockeys in the lucrative camel-racing business. They have no choice but to work hard and hope things will improve.
This engaging story about children in harsh conditions with greedy adults who take advantage of them. Many not nice things happen to the boys but there is enough kindness smattered
throughout the books that hope is not lost.
This book will appeal to younger readers (8+) who like a ‘real’ story.