Reviews: Books and Magazines

 

Sand by Hugh Howey

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Sand by Hugh Howey is a science fiction novel about a world buried under sand with survivors eking out their existence by diving through the sand to salvage remnants from the previous civilisation. That previous civilisation looks suspiciously like it might be current day earth but there are few clues as to what has happened and how the world was buried.

The story focusses on a number of members of one family each of whom has coped with their circumstances very differently.

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Rufus and the Rain

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Rufus is a bear who just wants to enjoy a cup of tea in the sun.  But this is not as easy as you might think!

Rufus and the Rain is a story about weather patterns, the importance of the earth seeing a variety of weather, and the consequences of saying ‘go away!’

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True Grit – Junior Edition

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Bear Grylls – he’s a hero of sorts.  He chose to live his life on the edge after being inspired by a number of other heroes, and this book brings together those people’s stories.  True Grit: Junior Edition is abridged from the original, making it suitable for the tween/teen age bracket, and probably some of the more resilient younger folks too.

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Tottie and Dot

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Tottie and Dot are two little girls who live side by side. Life is very peaceful until one day the girls begin competing with each other to create the best house. As the story unfolds, jealousy takes hold and their competitive spirit gets increasingly out of control until ultimately, things collapse in a disastrous heap. Will Tottie and Dot realise the importance of their friendship before it’s too late?

Written by Tania McCartney and illustrated by Tina Snerling, Tottie and Dot is a fun book and great for stimulating discussion.

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Best Mates

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Best Mates is a story about three school friends who go to war together. One is killed and buried at Gallipoli, the other two survive and remain friends, then go back to Gallipoli many years later to visit their friend’s grave.

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Real Fresh Gluten Free Food

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Anna and Roger Wilde are a Nelson couple with a passion for eating healthy, delicious food. All the meals in Real Fresh Gluten Free Food are gluten free and many are vegan or dairy free. Meat eaters, don’t worry though! There is also a seafood and meat section.
Their recipes are generally quick and easy to prepare – no huge lists of ingredients or hundreds of steps to make a dish.

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The Year my Life Broke

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In The Year my Life Broke, Josh and his family are forced to move to a small town because of a change in their financial situation. Josh goes from being a big cricket star at his old school, to a loser at his new one, when the PE teacher decides he can’t play sport. Josh is resigned to a boring life in this “hole”, but then interesting things start happening next door and he gets drawn into danger.

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Exposure (Virals 4)

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Exposure is the fourth book in the popular ‘Virals’ series starring Tory Brennan, niece of Temperance Brennan (‘Bones’, to those who watch the popular TV series).  It is written by Kathy Reichs and son Brendan Reichs.

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How to Build a Girl

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How to Build a Girl is a vaguely autobiographical coming of age story.  Johanna Morrigan completely embarrasses herself on national TV, so she decides to rebuild herself as Dolly Wilde, woman of mystery. She decides the best way to do this is to write music reviews for a popular magazine, so she learns all the new music, learns to drink, smoke and flirt and off she goes. It’s described as being like The Bell Jar written by Adrian Mole.

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Where is Rusty?

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Rusty goes to the department store with his mother and Henrietta and Toby. But his nose soon leads him astray and on a new adventure. Where is Rusty?

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