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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Six animal stories to inspire you

Hi everyone, this extra post was inspired by many things. The new books I read to fill this post, the sound of the trees outside, and the various little birds that fly in the skies above. I hope to give you a little bit of inspiration and insight into the amazing natural world we live in with the titles included here and a little bit of my own experience with animals. So, settle yourself down, and let’s get started…

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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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Bridge of time by Lewis Buzbee

Hello all, this first post is about a really interesting title that grabbed me from the front cover to the end. Don’t you think that image is mesmerising? I tried to see between the two and failed, which in turn led me to read the book and fall in love with our two heroes instead. Have a read and see if it happens to you!

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Adventure reads and the final frontier

Hi everyone, can you believe that January is almost over?! I turned a year older this month along with my brother. Coincidentally, for those who were wondering, he and I share a birth date as well as month!! Moving on to books, the trilogy of reads I am featuring today is a set I found quite recently and pounced on. Adventure, romance, secret societies, evil geniuses and even a hint of space exploration await you in these reads if you dare to read on…

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So you like dystopian fiction…

I hope you enjoyed the featured series of reads this week. Old Harmonie sounds familiar doesn’t it. For me it brought back memories of The Giver by Lois Lowry, the movie that is. I have read the entire quartet and it gave me quite a lot to think about. Mostly my thoughts centred on how amazing of a writer Lois Lowry was to create a unique world in those books and sparked our imagination into captivating us with her words. As a librarian I understand the need when young readers come and ask for the popular books but I prefer to direct them to those authors who have similar books with, at times, better stories and characters. 

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An interesting twist on dystopian fiction

Hi everyone, this week’s review post is about an intriguing set of books I found by an amazing author. If you are someone who enjoys dystopian fiction with an extra tingle to it, why not try these tween reads to get yourself immersed into this amazing genre!!

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History and SciFi collide in these reads

Hi everyone, I hope the New Year is treating you all well. For those in the US or UK, so sorry for the cold weather. Here in NZ, summer has reached a steady rise. My next post for January features a trilogy of SciFi reads. You will meet up with a cast of contemporary characters and will need to be prepared to have your perception of science knocked up on its head!! I will let you decide if you like it or not, but, a small spoiler; I loved them all!!

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