Category Archives: Reviews

NZ Children’s Book Reviews reviews “Reach” by Hugh Brown

As we approach the last day of 2012 I am writing my last review for the year. Things haven’t gone entirely to plan and I haven’t quite reached my goal of one review a month but I have done pretty … Continue reading

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NZ Children’s Book Reviews reviews “Sacrifice”

Sacrifice Written by Joanna Orwin Reviewed by Katharine Derrick Teaching notes available at http://www.harpercollins.co.nz/docs/teachernotes/9781869509125.pdf At last, after what feels like months of putting the NorthWrite 2012 festival ahead of reading, I have finished Joanna Orwin’s Sacrifice. I have to say … Continue reading

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NZ Children’s Book Reviews reviews “Thor’s Tale”

Thor’s Tale by Janice Marriott Reviewed by Katharine Derrick Teaching notes available at: http://harpercollins.co.nz/docs/teachernotes/9781869505721.pdf I love Thor’s Tale! It was sitting on my bookshelf for a long time before I read it because of two unfortunate conclusions 1) it’s for … Continue reading

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NZ Children’s Book Reviews reviews The Red Poppy

The Red Poppy Written by David Hill Illustrated by Fifi Colston Reviewed by Katharine Derrick Teaching notes available at: http://www.scholastic.co.nz/Resources/Notes/The-Red-Poppy.pdf New Zealand soldier, Jim McLeod waits in the trenches on the Western Front, France. Soon the battle will begin and … Continue reading

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Book Review “Dirt Bomb” by Fleur Beale

Dirt Bomb Written by Fleur Beale Reviewed by Katharine Derrick Teaching notes available at http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/data/media/documents/teacher%20notes/Dirt_Bomb_TN.pdf Jake’s life is sweet. No worries about money (best mate Buzz’ll pay), so no need to get a job. It’s the summer holidays and school … Continue reading

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Book Review “Shadow of the Boyd” Diana Menefy

Shadow of the Boyd Written by Diana Menefy Reviewed by Katharine Derrick Teaching notes available at http://www.harpercollins.co.nz/docs/teachernotes/9781869508609.pdf Shadow of the Boyd is the fictionalised account of Thomas Davidson, a real apprentice seaman who survived the massacre on board the brigantine, … Continue reading

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Earthquake! The Diary of Katie Bourke, Napier, 1930-31 by Janine McVeagh

              Earthquake! The Diary of Katie Bourke, Napier, 1930-31 Written by Janine McVeagh Reviewed by Katharine Derrick Teaching notes available at: http://www.scholastic.co.nz/club/pdfs/my_new_zealand_story_earthquake.pdf Earthquake! The Diary of Katie Bourke, Napier, 1930-31 is the story of … Continue reading

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