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Series-ly Super Stocking Stuffers

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We all know that there are many of our children who absolutely eat up their favourite series. And what a way to keep them hooked on reading!

I’ve had a stack of new episodes come in recently so thought I would run through them all for your stocking filling information.

Not in any particular order (more like how I grabbed them from the various piles!):

Rangers’ Apprentice The Early Years 2 : The Battle of Hackham Heath

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Penguin

ISBN 9781742759326

October 31, 2016

Random House Australia Children’s

RRP $18.99

 

I’m actually only halfway through this but definitely need to put it top of the list.  Like so many others I love this series and was worried when the ‘final’ was published that we would have no more of the adventures.  Whew! Thank goodness John decided to provide us all with more of our fix with The Early Years.

 

Readers are discovering how Halt becomes the most successful of the rangers, despite the fact that he has not had the arduous long official apprenticeship and training of others. We are also privy to the growing romantic attachment between Halt and the beautiful Lady Rosalind.

More importantly we follow Halt’s dangerous and stealthy mission to track down and report on Morgarath’s mountain hideout and his recruitment of fearsome beings known as Wargals to form a new army. Araluen’s peace is not an easy one but more an anxious lull and it is up to Halt to learn exactly what the kingdom faces.  At the same time there is tension around the Queen’s much-anticipated pregnancy and Crowley is charged with keeping her safe as she undertakes a dangerous journey to ensure the baby’s delivery.

 

As always the reader is fully engaged in the world of the Rangers and their commitment to the kingdom.

 

I’m quite disappointed that the girls at my current college don’t seem to care for the series (though hoping to promote it next year) as I have always found that both boys and girls relish this fantasy fiction and eagerly wait for more instalments.

Highly recommended for adventure lovers from around 10 years upwards.

 

Dork Diaries: Frenemies Forever –  Rachel Renee Russell

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Simon & Schuster

Simon & Schuster Children’s UK |

ISBN 9781471158018 |

November 2016

RRP

AU$ 19.99

NZ$ 22.99

 

On the other hand this is a series that our girls go crazy for! This is the 11th instalment and the troubles for Queen of the Dorks, Nikki Maxwell just keep rolling on.

 

The very exciting news is that Nikki has been accepted (as part of the ‘school transfer’ program at her own school) to spend a week at prestigious North Hampton Hills. This is the way cool school – very ‘preppy’ and she is suitably thrilled to be spending her week there.

 

Except for one teeny problem, her arch-nemesis Mackenzie started at the school just recently and she will have to deal with her on a daily basis.

 

But that issues pales into insignificance when the ruling queen bee of NHH, Tiffany, decides to make things very unpleasant indeed.

 

Ouch! It seems as though Nikki and Mackenzie may need to sign a truce to deal with this horrible girl and survive her week of preppy school life.

 

Girls from 10 years upwards just adore this series and no doubt will pounce on this latest one as well.

 

 

Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #11 – Jeff Kinney

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Penguin Australia

9780143309338

November 1, 2016

Puffin (AU YR)

 

Without a doubt one of the most popular series for kids, this one appeals to both boys and girls and I know in my libraries, the copies become as dog-eared and tatty as can be as they are read and re-read. It is a continual mission keeping copies up to scratch!

 

I could pretend I’m all highbrow and find them beneath my reading contempt but the truth is they make me laugh out loud (have had some weird looks given me when reading them in public and snorting into my coffee).

 

Poor old Greg is the ultimate in anti-heroes. His mum (always good value) is on a mission. She thinks Greg is spending far too much time on (video) games and that his brain will soon turn to jelly and dribble out of his ears.  She thinks it’s high time that he begins to explore his ‘creative side’.  Oh dear.

 

Add some Halloween into the mix with scary things coming at Greg from all angles and there’s a recipe for hilarity right there.

 

When Greg comes up with a plan to quell his mother’s nagging – and possibly become rich and famous – by making his own movie, you just know it’s going to be a complete disaster!

 

Boys and girls from around 8 years upwards will go crazy for this latest.

 

How to Beat Genghis Khan in an Arm Wrestle – Nick Falk/Tony Flowers

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Penguin Australia

ISBN 9780143780342

August 29, 2016

Random House Australia Children’s

RRP $14.99

 

This is the second in the latest crazy series from this equally crazy pair of creators. (Having seen them in action earlier this year, I can definitely verify their madness!)

Sid has spent literally hours working on his own comic – we all know his drawings skills are legendary – and when Zac, the biggest bully ever, steals it Sid is determined to get it back.  The problem is that Zac will only return it if Sid beats him in an arm wrestle.

 

Time to call in reinforcements in the shape of Sid’s neighbour Professor Skeletron who uses his super-powers to calculate that Sid’s chances of beating Zac are pretty abysmal but with his usual cunning skills comes up with a plan. All they need is a Time Rescrambler so that Sid can ‘rewind’ and take on Zac ten times, eventually winning.

 

Sounds simple – until the rewind button jams and the pair, along with Sid’s little sister, find themselves in their new predicament – back in the time of the Mongol Empire’s most feared leader, Genghis Khan. Worse – the mighty Khan gets his hand on their gadget.

 

Hilarity ensues as usual. Recommended for girls and boys from around 8 years upwards.

 

Danny Best #2 Never Wrong – Jen Storer/Mitch Vane

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Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780733333347

ISBN 10: 0733333346

Imprint: ABC Books – AU

On Sale: 01/11/2016

List Price: 17.99 AUD

Here’s my recommendation for this second in the Danny Best series. I read it aloud to a very tough Year 4 class while doing a relief teaching day and it was the ONLY time during the day that they were all quiet with no shenanigans happening.

Given the format (similar to those above) with little text, interesting fonts and ‘inserts’ along with wickedly funny illustrations as well as the raucously funny scenarios in the short stories, this is a real winner.

Danny’s meddling with his mum’s folk art sculpture, his subsequent ‘mending’ of it and his big sister’s ultimate triumph over him is a killer. But the obstacle course is wildly funny as well.  My feral 4s even jumped in to answer the quiz questions at the end of each story.

 

All in all, a great success for the day but also for your readers so why not grab both #1 and #2 to pop into someone’s parcel?

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck – Jeff Kinney

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Hard Luck: Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney  
  

Penguin Australia

Imprint: Puffin

November 2013

Paperback, 224 p.

ISBN: 9780143308089

RRP: $14.95

I have no doubt that there were some furtive sidelong glances from my fellow commuters yesterday on the train as I chuckled my way through the latest of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books – Hard Luck.

There is something about the hapless Greg Heffley that strikes a chord with thousands of fans, including me (perhaps because he sometimes puts me in mind of Frank Spencer, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em).

In this latest episode from the continuing comedy that is Greg’s life, our poor anti-hero finds himself without his lifelong friend Rowley because – shock! Rowley has a girlfriend with whom he is totally besotted.  No one to carry his heavy bag of books, no one to give out dog poo warnings, no one to deflect the feral forest thugs and certainly no one to hang out with. Greg discovers that making new friends in middle school is a difficult if not impossible ask.

Fed up with what he sees as wrong decisions being made about his life and the subsequent disastrous consequences, Greg takes fate in a firm grip and starts placing all his choices with the answer given by a ‘Magic 8’ ball. Naturally, this does not go according to plan!

Amongst many hilarious scenes from the book, my undoubted favourite is Greg hiding out in his mother’s wardrobe and uncovering a ‘secret stash’ hidden away – no, not what you might think at all! This carefully hoarded cache is a collection of parenting books, from which Greg recognises many techniques used by his mum along with multiples of his favourite toy – in case of disaster with the original (or is that no longer the original?).

Released with judicious timing to land in Christmas stockings around the country, this one is highly recommended for readers, both boys and girls,  10 and up – and as with all the Wimpy Kid books, a great choice for reluctant readers.

Ten Things You Don’t Know about Jeff Kinney

ü  He still doesn’t have to shave too often.

ü  His first decent drawing was of a turtle at the age of 3 (Jeff, not the turtle).

ü  He plays the piano “very, very poorly.”

ü  Jeff’s brother Scott has written one of the songs in the movie, DofAWK                                                                           

ü  He created the kids’ website Poptropica.com.

ü  His favourite computer games are the Mario Kart series.

ü  His favourite sandwich is peanut butter and jelly (eeeuw).

ü  His favourite song is ‘Brownville Girl’ by Bob Dylan.

ü  He has two brothers and a sister.

ü  At one stage he studied to become a federal law enforcement officer.