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The Hunt For the Golden Book

I received my copy from the publisher.

By: Geronimo Stilton

Part of the Geronimo Stilton Series

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It’s ten years since Geronimo published his first book and Grandfather William wants him to throw a high party to celebrate, and he wants a special book written for just this occasion. Geronimo isn’t so sure about any of this but tries to do what Grandfather William wants. It all goes horribly wrong though when his laptop is stolen and on it is the only copy of his very special book. Geronimo has to go to extraordinary lengths to get his computer and his manuscript back.

A fun special hardbound edition. The adventure is fast paced and full of all the silliness that is expected from a Geronimo Stilton book, and many familiar characters whom you love or hate. The format works though so why change it. It remains a good serious for those young ones just starting out on their chapter book reading journey. Ten years is a worthy cause to celebrate. This version also comes with a bonus mini Geronimo adventure.

  • Publisher: Scholastic US
  • Published: 01 May 2014
  • Format: Hardback 190 pages
  • Categories: Adventure, Crime, Reading Schemes
  • ISBN 13: 9780545646499

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

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

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

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

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.

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