By: Rebecca Cobb
This is a touching book about a very difficult subject – death. The character’s mother has died and the story openly talks about missing her, looking for her, worrying that she left because of something the child did and being angry at her for going.
This is very simple in its approach. It is a touching book with moments of warmth, honesty and hope.
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Published: 04 June 2012
Format: Paperback 32 pages
ISBN 13: 9780230749511
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By: Cathy Cassidy
Daizy is still looking for her star quality and when she gets a pink guitar for her birthday she thinks this may be when she finds it. Then her Dad comes up with another of his really crazy ideas. This time he wants the whole family to move to Malawi for a whole year. he thinks it will be fun to milk goats, build schools and dig wells. No-one else wants to go and he can’t seem to see that this is causing big problems in the family. Then Daizy hears about the Battle of the Bands competition and sets out to put a band together. She thinks if she can win, then she can donate the money to Malawi and maybe then she won’t have to leave her friends and all the things she likes behind.
Daizy Star is a great character, she’s a little quirky and full of heart. She also goes full on into her wild ideas, much like her father. Life in the Star house isn’t always easy, particularly with Dad’s harebrained ideas, but there is plenty of love and support as things are worked through in sometimes unusual ways. This one has a little darker tone than the previous book with her parents actually fighting over Dad’s idea. Also Daizy embraces some darker themes in the music she writes – mostly all the sucky feelings she is experiencing. Still Cassidy does a great job, giving up a wonderfully entertaining story that has heart. Daizy has great friends that balance her out and supportive siblings, oh and a boy she most definitely is not interested in.
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published: 03 June 2010
Format: Paperback 192 pages
Categories: Fiction, Life, Family, Friendship
ISBN 13: 9780141325200
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By: Rick Riordan
39 Clues book one
Amy and Dan Cahill are orphans and feel abandoned when their grandmother dies. This event means their lives will never be the same again. At the reading of her will they discover they are from a powerful family and that the source of that power has been secreted in many locations around the world. They along with other family members are given a choice: take a million dollars and walk away or get the first clue and join in the hunt.
Amy and Dan take the clue and this starts them on an adventure far more dangerous than they could’ve imagined. Along the way they find out more about the parents they miss so very much.
An entertaining adventure that moves at a brisk pace. Dan and Amy are typical siblings and their dynamic makes you want to keep reading their adventures. You just have to barrack for them as they compete against an incredible array of dysfunctional and downright evil family members. Scattered throughout the story are historical tidbits they may educate kids (even adults) as they read.
The 39 Clues series is multi-platform and utilises an online component that allows participants to collect clues, create your own character card and find out which branch of the family you would belong to. The online games are predominantly hand/eye co-ordination or logic based.
Publisher: Scholastic US
Published: 09 September 2008
Format: Hardback 224 pages
Categories: Adventure, Family Issues,
ISBN 13: 9780545060394