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Losing Reuben

I received this copy from the publisherlosing-reubenBy: Leonie Norrington & Beth Norling

Part of the Mates series

Rueben is one of nine children, every time the family goes anywhere his mum has to count them all to make sure no one gets left behind. Then there are ten, and the whole family goes down to the beach, to fish and relax. Reuben is now included in some of the things the bigger kids get to do, like fishing and mending nets, all this makes him feel a little different but he doesn’t know why. Then after a nap he wakes to discover his family have left without him, will he remember what to do?

This is a cute little story about family and getting bigger, about starting to take responsibility. With simple text and colour illustrations it is a perfect format for beginning readers. A wonderful story to share with children, Reuben is a very engaging character and this simple story arc will appear to the target audience.

Publisher: Omnibus Books

Published: 01 December 2013

Format: Paperback 64 pages

Categories: Family

ISBN 13: 9781742990224

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School Bully Beware

scholastic-reader-level-2By: Kate Ledger

Illustrated by: Kyla May

Twin Magic Series bk 2

Lottie and Mia are twins, but in some ways they are very different, that doesn’t make their bond less strong. In fact Lottie and Mia have a secret when they whisper a secret charm the twins get super powers. They need them this day at school when the new kid Max starts to do things that make him seem like a big bully.

This is a very sweet story with a good heart. Lots of colourful, fun pictures complement the text, which is simple to read. This is a great choice for beginning readers who will enjoy the story of twins with superpowers and find something to talk about with adults regarding the bully part of the story.

Publisher: Scholastic Inc

Published: 01 November 2013

Format: Paperback 32 pages

Categories: Reading Scheme, Twins, Superpowers

ISBN 13: 9780545480260

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Thea Stilton & the Legend of the Fire Flowers

9780545481885By: Thea Stilton

Thea Stilton series bk 15

Hawaii is a great spot for a holiday and a hula competition. The Thea Sisters are there for the latter, they are one of two teams representing Mouseford Academy and they are so excited. They are staying at a hotel really close to a volcano and although they have been reassured that there is no chance it will erupt their friend and scientist back home is calling them to warn them otherwise. The Thea Sisters use the time between competition to try and get to the bottom of what is really going on and along the way they save some rivals and make some new friends.

A wonderfully fun and colourful adventure from those favourites from the Stilton canon. These books continue to be great. The stories are fun, with educational snippets. Things move along at a cracking pace which is what you need when you are trying to encourage beginning readers to continue on the booky adventure with you. A strong reading scheme series that continues to delight.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 28th May 2013

Format: Paperback 176 pages

Categories: Adventure, Reading Schemes, Crime

ISBN 13: 9780545481885 

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

The Lake Monster

9780545560191By: Geronimo Stilton

Mini Mysteries bk 2

A story breaks on the TV news and Geronimo’s grandfather tells him to get out and cover it. Geronimo isn’t too sure about trying to track down a lake monster but it’s part of his job so off he goes. As usual going with his family make things more complicated for Geronimo but that doesn’t make him any less determined to find out what is really going on with this Lake Monster. It turns out there is something of a mystery to be sorted out.

This is the second of the mini mystery books and it is a lot of fun.  A bit of a play on the Loch Ness monster makes for a good, action filled read. It is what you expect from these books and the smaller format is great for more reluctant readers.

I think these books are always fun.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 April 2013

Format: Paperback

Categories: Adventure, mystery

ISBN 13: 9780545560191

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

The Super Scam

9780545560160

By: Geronimo Stilton

Mini Mysteries, book 1

A new Superstore has opened in New Mouse City. This is a very big deal and everyone is eager to go, especially Geronimo and his nephew Benjamin. It has a great gimmick, headphones for every shopper. Once inside though something happens that Geronimo can’t explain, he has to dance and buy everything he can get his paws on. He isn’t the only one. Geronimo has a feeling something isn’t right but will he be able to figure out in time just what is going on!

A new series with the ever popular Geronimo Stilton. The story itself is fun and moves at a fast pace. The characters and style of story will be familiar to Geronimo fans. This series is a smaller format than the other books, both in size and page numbers.  For those readers who just want something short to practice with, or for those who just struggle to read for any length of time this series is definitely worth looking at.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 April 2013

Format: Paperback 96 pages

Categories: Adventure, Mystery

ISBN 13: 9780545560160

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

 

 

 

Drongoes

I received this book from the publishers.

9781862919822

By: Christine Bongers & Dan McGuiness

Jack and his best mate Eric have a goal each for this years cross-contry race. Jack wants to beat Rocket Robson and Eric just wants to finish. Together they train with their goals in mind. The day of the big race dawns and it all doesn’t go according to plan but Jack learns that winning isn’t always about coming first.

This is a fun little story great for readers just starting on chapter books. It is part of the Aussie Mates reading schemes series. It has simple text, a fun plot that any reader can identify with and colourful illustrations on each page.

Publisher: Omnibus Books

Published: 01 February 2013

Format: Paperback 64 pages

Categories: Fiction, Sport

ISBN 13: 9781862919822

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

The Stone of Fire

I received my copy from the publisher.

9780545447744

By: Geronimo Stilton

Cavemice series bk 1

Geronimo Stiltonoot is an ancient ancestor of Geronimo Stilton.

It appears that the most precious artefact, The Stone of Fire, has been stolen from the mouseum. Geronimo and his friend Hercule are on the trail of the stolen item. They track it down to Tiger Khan, the most ferocious leader of a band of nasty felines. It is up to them to retrieve the Stone and return it to it’s rightful place.

A new series that gives avid readers additional Geronimo books. The stone age take is a new angle and gives plenty of opportunity for speculation on history. There is still plenty of silliness and action in a series that sticks to the original format, plenty of colour and pictures.

Any series that can keep going this long and have so many spin off series’ is well worth a look.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 January 2013

Format: Paperback 115 pages

Categories: Action, Adventure, Stone Age, Reading Schemes

ISBN 13: 9780545447744

Rumble in the Jungle

I received this copy from the publisher.

9780545481939

By: Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton series Bk 53 

Geronimo’s friend Bruce Hyena is worried that Geronimo is too boring, so he arranges a trip for Geronimo to Brazil. He wants Geronimo to have the best adventure of his life, so his mousebook page can be updated with interesting pictures and stories. Geronimo reluctantly finds himself on a flight and in the hands of special tour guides. The problem is that by the time he touches down he is all by himself. Firstly he has to find a job to pay for his survival. Then he figures out where his guide might have ended up. Before long Geronimo finds himself traipsing through the jungle in the search for a crystal treasure that had been stolen from a native tribe. Will Geronimo find the hero within himself and become the brave adventurer that Bruce wants him to be?

A really fun addition where Geronimo is left to his own devices. As entertaining and action filled as always.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 April 2013

Format: Paperback 108 pages

Categories: Action, Adventure, South America, Reading Schemes

ISBN 13: 9780545481939

Mouse in Space

9780545481915By : Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton series book 52

Geronimo has done something that meant he has a special agent status. The only problem is Geronimo is more a fraidy mouse than a bravey mouse. In fact he’s just put in a whole new security system to protect himself. Geronimo is thrust into danger when an evil professor threatens his home with his horrible inventions. Geronimo is part of the team put together to thwart the professor’s plans, this means he has to prepare to go into space. Not a prospect Geronimo feels comfortable doing in any way, shape or form.

This is a hugely fun addition to the Geronimo series. It is a reading scheme series that stays strong with it’s fun and fast paced stories, short chapters and bright illustrations. Added to this is the facts sprinkled throughout that mean there is a little bit of an educational edge to these books.

I love the series. Highly recommended.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 March 2013

Format: Paperback 107 pages

Categories: Reading Schemes, Animal Stories, Space

ISBN 13: 9780545481915

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page

Thea Stilton & the Mystery on the Orient Express

I received my copy from the publisher

9780545341059

By: Thea Stilton

Thea Stilton cannot make her trip on the Orient Express, so she sends the Thea Sisters in her place. It isn’t just any journey, this time the train is being used to transport a precious wedding dress that is on it’s way back to Istanbul. Things are not so simple though as the dress has a history, it was stolen many years ago and now The Acrobat Thief has threatened to steal it on this trip. The Thea sisters are determined that this will not happen while they are around. Keeping their eyes open they follow clues and find out some surprising things along the way.

As always the Thea Sisters adventures are great fun. The added bonus as always are the snippets of factual information, that give these books an educational function, it’s okay don’t tell the kids. It’s nice to see such varied female characters as the sisters who are so good at being proactive. There is something in here for all types of girls and there really should be no reason why boys cannot get enjoyment out of these mysteries. The way it is written the glamour of the Orient Express comes through the whole story.

Publisher: Scholastic US

Published: 01 December 2012

Format: Paperback 157 pages

Categories: Reading schemes, Action, Adventure, Crime

ISBN 13: 9780545341059

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on the side of the page.

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