Tuesday, May 31, 2011

THE WHALE RIDER written by Witi Ihimaera

We have just got into our library the most beautifully written and illustrated book - The Whale Rider (just like the movie!)

"From the time of her birth, Kahu is destined to become the leader of her tribe in the East Coast village of Whangara. But her grandfather, Koro Apirana, is caught up with the problems facing the tribe. He refuses to accept that a girl could take over from him as chief. Then a pod of whales beach themselves at Whangara. Kahu has to act if she is to save them and her people."

Monday, May 30, 2011


New to the Library this week are the 'Grandpa' series of books written by New Zealand author Joy Watson.

Read all about Grandpa, Grandma and their cat that goes missing in 'Grandpa's Cat'

'Grandpa's cat has gone. Despite Grandma's insistence that it will turn up, Grandpa searches everywhere - inside.... outside..... even in the shed. But there is no sign of the cat.

Then, while sitting on the doorstep, Grandpa hears something.......'

This series is fun to read for young and old (they are certainly one of my favourites!)

You can find them in our 'W' picture book section.


Hi everyone,

Week 10 is going to be a VERY big week for us here at KNS. It is our Book Fair/Book Week, 5 on the hour conferences and Maori Cultural Week all in one! There will be lots going on, not only in the Library, but throughout the school. There will be competitions, a book character parade, special guests and so much more!

Keep watching the blog for more information.


We are very lucky to have the new picture book written by Emma Pullar about a Christchurch dog from Shirley named 'Curly'. Read all about the trouble Curly gets into with his rumbly tum!

Thank you to the Taylor Family - Mrs Taylor (room 14), Connie, Oli and Alex who kindly donated this book to our Library.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bob Dylan's new childrens book - 'Forever Young'

This picture book is on its way to our library from America. Reserve it now!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


We have three fantastic new books Australian author, Mike James. Mike is a police officer and wrote the books as he spent time with his son Connor who was undergoing treatment for a cancerous brain tumour in hospital. The Bootsie books are about a young boy who is mad about RUGBY UNION.

'Bootsie is desperate for his team, the South's Bulldogs, to get into the finals of the under-11's rugby union competition. But first, they have to face the Eastern Warriors, the South East Cats, then the dreaded Western Rebels....

Just as it seems that Bootsie's dream is within reach, one disaster after another strikes.

With supportive parents on the side line and an ex-international test player as coach, Bootsie and teammates discover that there is more to the game that just winning or losing.

By facing-up to their anxiety, fear, and disappointment, the South's Bulldogs' infectious joy of playing the game brings it's own rewards.

As you laugh out loud, you'll also be learning about positions, rules of the game, strategies as well as many other lessons in the game of rugby union.'

Mike James has written more stories about 'Bootsie' which will be published in the near future. We will get them in our library when they are available.

'Bootsie you're 8', 'Bootsie number 2' and 'Bootsie the Schoolboy' are all in the library now. RESERVE THEM NOW!


Hi everyone,

Remember to get find the answer to the question on this page and place your entry in the box in the library ASAP as it will be drawn this Friday.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A brief book review of the series 'My Royal Story'.

The series "My Royal Story" are historical fictional diaries of those who belonged to princess's, girls living at Royal Court and girls who were close to Royal Courts.

These books are all from a girls point of view. All of these books are very detailed without being boring.

Even though they are historical fictional diaries, they give you and insight of what Elizabeth I, Victoria, Mary Queen of Scots and others lives would have been like.

I find the books good because they told me a lot about the times and places that they were based in.

The best one I have read was 'Mary Queen of Scots', written by Kathryn Lasky. I also really liked 'Elizabeth' also by Kathryn Lasky.

I would recommend this series to anyone interested in history.

Reviewed by Sofia Room 12

Friday, May 20, 2011

Assembly today

Thanks to Elliott Lee room 22 for all his help with the library blog.

The mystery questions is: How many new Zac Power books are mentioned on the library blog?

Come into the library and fill in your name, room and answer for your chance to win a prize.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Freak Street

For the fans of Freak Street - we have 'Zombiesons' time machine'
"Your favourite Freak Street families are back, and they're all travelling through time! The Aliensons' Time Hopper is flying them hundreds of years into the future; Zlobba has unleashed an ancient Egyptian curse, sending the Zombiesons back in time to the pyramids; a Wash'n'clean Machine malfunction catapults the Humansons into prehistoric times; and the Wizardsons are on a journey to medieval times to fetch a new magic staff! Join them on their freaky adventures as they meet four new families - the Robotsons, the Mummysons, the Cavemansons and the Knightsons! But that's nothing out of the ordinary, right? Are you a Freak for Freak Street? Travel through time with the Freaks on a trip like any other...until you take a closer look!"

follow the link to the Freak Street website http://www.freakstreet.com.au/


The Floods

We have the first in the new series 'The Floods - Neighbours' by Australian author Colin Thomspson. This is a story about a very 'unconventional' family. Follow the link to The Floods website. http://www.thefloods.com.au/

39 Clues

We have eleven new 39 Clues books .

"Throughout the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan Cahill have uncovered history's greatest mysteries and their family's deadliest secrets. But are they ready to face the truth about the Cahills and the key to their unmatched power? After a whirlwind race that's taken them across five continents, Amy and Dan face the most the difficult challenge yet- a task no Cahill dared to imagine. "

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

For all you Michael Morpurgo fans

We have three new titles in our Library this week.

- The Butterfly Lion

"Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but the butterfly lion ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten"

- The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

"It's 1943, Lily Tregenza lives o a farm in the seaside village of Slapton, and her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day when the villagers are all told to move out of their homes - lock, stock and barrel. Soon the whole area is out of bounds as the allied forces prepare to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas - and returns to the forbidden area. Frantic to find her, Lily decides to enter the danger zone to look for Tips herself....."

- Born to Run - The many lives of one incredible dog

"For Best Mate, being rescued is only the start of his adventures. From unwanted burden to favourite companion, and from pet to champion race dog, this remarkable greyhound proves that it's not just cats who have more than one life. Cast aside, kidnapped, or living rough on the streets, Best Mate can always find a way to survive. But will he ever find a real home?

We have three new adventures from Zac Power - The Fear Files, The Rock Star Files and The Underwater Files

We have three new adventures from Zac Power - The Fear Files, The Rock Star Files and The Underwater Files

Did you know - H.I. Larry (author) is in fact Hillary, yes a woman!

AND FOR THE GIRLS - We have several of 'The Princess Diaries' series by Meg Cabot. Read all about Mia, the most unlikely princess ever!

Also new this week is a lovely book from New Zealand author Sherryl Jordan. 'Finnigan and the pirates' is an easy to read story. "Wildbloode the Wicked is the fiercest, most ferocious pirate in all the seven seas. All she wants is for her nephew to follow in her footsteps. But Finnigan's not interested in piratical pillaging. All he wants to do ...... is dance!