Sunday, May 17, 2009

Two new chapter books from Harper Collins

Nina of the Dark by Ken Catran, HarperCollins (New Zealand)
According to the publisher’s blurb, this is the first volume in a new fantasy series. It’s a classic quest fantasy with a sharp twist in the tail. Nina is the archtypical heroine, born a slave but destined for great things. Her country is on the brink of a devastating war, and as Nina begins her quest she is caught up in the battle. Eventually people recognise her as a potential queen – but Nina is still driven by an interior voice to find out who she really is and what she is meant to do. Fascinating characters, lots of adventures, some dark secrets, and a good sprinkling of magic make this an exciting and satisfying read. But beware the final secret, which will change your whole understanding of the story. Should be enjoyed by teenage girls.
ISBN 978 1 86950 665 0 RRP $24.99
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

Quin Majik and the Hairy Roof Rescue by Fleur Beale, illus. Philip Webb, Mallinson Rendel This is the second title in the series about Quin Majik and his ongoing battle with the residents of Tidy Street. Quin is a Bad Influence – in other words, he’s a typical boy. The neighbours don’t like him at all. But when Mr Smart went up on his roof to clean it – in his shirt and tie – and got his tie caught in the skylight, guess who rescued him? Quin’s favourite activity is inventing. So he invented a crane to hoist Fred Smart up to the roof to help his father. And suddenly the Smart family are great friends with the Majiks. Seems to me that poor Anna-Louisa Kleen is going to be the heroine of the third book in the series... Light-hearted fun for primary-aged readers, enlivened by Philip Webb’s excellent cartoons.
ISBN 978 1 877423 28 4 RRP $15
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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