This series by South African author Niki Daly is a collection of wonderful, every day events that occur in the life of Thoko, who lives with her Mama and beloved Gogo.
The Skin We Are In is an exploration of why humans have different colour skin, and how people’s thinking about skin colour has changed throughout history.
Written by Gary D Schmidt (Penguin) Guest reviewed by Aimee (13) Orbiting Jupiter is a heartwarming story about a teenage boy called Joseph, who has a baby. Joseph moves in with a foster family but all he can think about is meeting his daughter. The story is told from...
The Judy Moody series follows the adventures of a feisty and funny girl who creates her own bucket list of things to do before she goes to Grade 4.
Under the Blood Red Sun is about a twelve-year-old Japanese boy named Tomi living in Hawaii during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour in World War 2. This award-winning book is a good springboard to explore the ways in which war impacts on ordinary people’s lives.
Written by Jude Watson (Scholastic) Guest reviewed by Nathalie Hosten, Grade 8, Aka`ula School, Molokai, Hawaii Loot is one of my most favorite books of all time. If you met the main character, March, you would probably think that he’s a normal American teenager. He’s...
The Word of Mouse is about a sky-blue mouse called Isaiah “whose life has been one big fright fest”. Isaiah gets separated from his family and has to find his way back.
What can one young girl do in the face of Islamophobia and ignorance? How do we work out what’s right and wrong in an increasingly complex world? One cold and misty morning Alix and Samir save a drowning man who turns out to be Muhammed – an undocumented Iraqi immigrant escaping torture and seeking asylum.
Wolf Brother is the first book in the gripping series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. The story takes place 6000 years ago during the New Stone Age, and tells the tale of twelve-year-old Torak, a boy of the Wolf Clan. Torak’s father is killed by a demon-posessed bear and only Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it.
In this parody of the fantasy genre, the hero Dirk Llyod, is really a dark lord trapped in the body of a thirteen-year-old schoolboy. Perfect three-part series for tweens.
“Most school boys dream of being spies. With Alex, we have a spy who dreams of being a schoolboy,” says Alan Blunt, M16.
The British secret intelligence agency M16 suspect something’s going on at the Point Blanc Academy, an elite prep school for rebels, so they send their best go-to-man, Alex Rider.
The Alex Ryder books are a supremely successful spy series – children age 10 + love the mix of action and adventure, and the devil-may-care charm of a very worldly 15 year-old Alex. Think a young James Bond and you’ve got Alex Ryder.