Zane and the hurricane by Rodman Philbrick

Hi everyone, this first review post features one of the worst natural disasters to hit North America in these modern times: Hurricane Katrina. If you like me were curious as to why it was claimed as ‘the worst’ this book will be able to give you some of the answers…

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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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The Explorer by Katherine Rundell

Hi everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the titles I’ve reviewed so far. Since the last few posts have taken you on journeys around most of the northern hemisphere, I thought we should navigate our way into a region south of the equator. The title this week is set somewhere in the past and our young heroes find themselves inside our planet’s largest rainforest…

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The Murk by Robert Lettrick

Hi all, this week’s post is about a sibling story I found by sheer chance. They say not to ‘judge a book by it’s cover,’ but I did. And after reading it, I was proven wrong, for what I thought was just another adventure story, this one reads more like a Hitchcock thriller!! So, horror fans, if you thought I had let the genre slide away, think again, and continue reading below…if you dare!

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Lyla by Fleur Beale

Hello all, this week’s post features a book about more recent events that had a significant impact on New Zealand’s landscape, both physical and social, specifically the Christchurch earthquake of 2011. Reading it was like going back in time eight years ago to that evening when I saw the devastation on my TV screen but from a personal perspective. Have a read of this title if this description has intrigued you. Continue reading “Lyla by Fleur Beale”