Six extra stories on kindness

banner shaoed image. middle large image of five children in silhouette holding hands with orange sun behind them. top three images parts of book covers. top left part of roof and Because of You in white. top middle kids walking with dog in woods. top right blue sky and mockingbird in black. bottom left part of image of girl with arms outstretched. bottom middle white writing Stella by Starlight dark blue starry sky. bottom right bowl with orange goldfish and The Fourteenth Goldfish cramped under it.

Hi everyone, this extra post includes six titles that I really enjoyed reading. A few have even awards for their story and writing. For me, the young protagonists here embody all that falls under the umbrella of kindness and compassion. Without sounding too preachy…I would encourage you and your tween to check out the post below and start talking about what kindness means to you…

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Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Hi everyone, this week’s post is actually a Newbery Honor medalist!! When I first read it, and promptly completed reading, I thought it would win something and I was right!! Set in the shadows of both World Wars in Pennsylvania, this read takes the reader on an emotional journey and well…why don’t you just read the rest to find out…

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The power of harmony by Jan L. Coates

Hi everyone, welcome to my first post for this new month. In this read I’ll be asking you to delve into the not-so-distant past and travel to a region of this world that I would like to travel to someday: Canada. I had read this title a few years ago but the message it gave out still remains in my heart. Check out the post below if this interests you…

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Six stories of New Zealand’s past to enjoy

Hello all, I hope you enjoyed this week’s review on a period of New Zealand’s recent history. I thought I’d share with you all how I learned about my adopted country’s rich and colourful past. This post is slightly differently laid out and will have a little bit of personal things along with a short review of some of the My New Zealand stories I’ve read. So if you’re a history buff, have a wander down this post…

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Dawn Raid by Pauline Smith

Hi everyone, this week’s post is a bit of an introduction to the history of the country I call home. This title is a New Zealand diary fiction read, whose events are based on actual events from history. If you enjoy learning about New Zealand, this week is the one to start reading…

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My brigadista year by Katherine Paterson

Hi everyone, this week I’m reviewing a book that kept me engrossed from start to finish. This title is similar to the previous one in that it’s based on actual events that transpired in the previous century, but in another part of the world. So if this has piqued your interest, settle down for a read…

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Dear diary… it’s June now

Hi there, it’s the beginning of June! I hope everyone has slumbered out of lockdown alright. Down here in New Zealand we’ve just come out of our lockdown period and easing back into ‘normal’ life. With all the changes that have taken place, both outside of my world as the seasons shift and inside myself, I wanted to change up my selections for this month. This month you will find all the reads told in the style of diary entries.

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The sequin star by Belinda Murrell

Hello all, for this last week I’ve selected a time-slip adventure that will take you on a wild ride. Yes, time-slip month is about to end!! I must confess now, this is one of my favourite themes!! Be prepared for this one with plenty to snack on and possibly some tissues on hand!

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Seven stories up by Laurel Snyder

Hi everyone, winter is making her voice heard here in the picturesque corner of Auckland I call home. How I wish I could be with my sister in England as she welcomes summer!! This next title is actually a summer read but our young heroine finds herself slipping back in time to when her gra… Woops!! Sorry…I’m doing it again!! Will you be brave and find out what happens next?

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The Blitz next door by Cathy Forde

Hi everyone, I hope this month has brought you a new wave of appreciation for this new world around us. It sure did for me as I got to see the seasons change in a lovely part of Auckland I hadn’t lived in before. This next time-slip book is an interesting title that takes you to Scotland and… well, I won’t say anymore because that would spoil it for you!! Have a read and find out for yourself!!

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