Prepare to never think of beetles the same way again.
When Darkus' dad vanishes out of thin air while working at the Natural History Museum, everyone is perplexed as to what happened.
Darkus is forced to move in with his loveable yet eccentric Uncle Max.
Darkus soon learns that Max's neighbours, Pickering & Humphrey, are not only maniacs that hate each other, they also have a massive beetle collection.
One of them, a rhinoceros beetle that Darkus names Baxter, displays amazingly smart behaviour. In fact, Darkus is able to train Baxter like a loyal pet, and together they set out to solve the mystery of the disappearing dad.
With a cast of madcap characters and really creepy villain, Beetle Boy is a great new book that our Year 7 & 8 students are going to love. Filled with action, comedy and suspense, Beetle Boy is a great read for fans of The Last Wild or of course Roald Dahl.
Stewart is thirteen but has a brain that can rival most adults that I know. - academically at least. Socially he's a nightmare and unable to connect on a meaningful basis with most people.
After his mother dies from cancer, he and his father move in with his father's new girlfriend and her fourteen year old daughter, Ashley.
Ashley is popular, trendy, has a gaggle of frenemies and doesn't care for school. Her father has recently come out as gay and moved out - to the guest house next door. She's ashamed at her father's identity and reeling from having a new family arrive.
Needless to say her and Stewart don't get along at all, making for some very uncomfortable nights at the dinner tables.
Even worse for her, because of Stewart's academic prowess. he's put in Ashley's classes. Stewart on the other hand, just wants to survive gym class, where he's tormented by the school jock, Jared. It doesn't help that Ashley has a massive crush on Jared and will do almost anything to get his attention.
I read this book in one setting, it's an easy, fun read with lots of humour and pleasant situations. That said, there are some very dark moments in the book as well which I won't spoil but would, in my opinion, make it a very interesting point of discussion for ages 14 and up.
There's a lot of life in this book, and I know a lot of students that will really enjoy reading it.
I recommend this book to ages 14 and up!
, Prince Alfie can't complain, but sometimes he still does.
As the son of a king, he's got everything at his fingertips. The problem is he can't escape the title of Prince - there's paparazzi, bullies and his ever present and overly protective bodyguard, Brian.
Then, without warning, Alife is made king. At fourteen, he doesn't think he's ready. When he finds out that being king is actually turning into a superhero clad in magic armour that rides an equally magic flying horse and has to do battle with the ancient and evil Black Dragon, he knows he's not ready.
With the help of his brother Richard and his friend Hayley, Alfie might survive his battle against evil. Let's put the emphasis on might.
Defender of the Realm is a fast paced action romp with lots of laughs and sharp dialogue. It's brimming with English historical nuggets that are snuck in effortlessly so students won't realising their learning as they devour this fun read.
Even better, it's got a few great twists that will keep you guessing to the very last page, literally!
I can't keep the copies of this book on the shelves long enough, I recommend it to Ages 10 and up!
Mana is having a rought night.
First of all, she's just consumed a little bit of coffee which everyone knows she shouldn't because she's either allergic or has some sort of other weird reaction to it that makes her act completely out of control.
Second, in the middle of her cheerleader routine at her high school, she sees Dakota, the boy she has a crush on, being kidnapped.
Terrified, she still manages to run into the locker room after Dakota to try and help.
This is when Mana's night becomes very, very strange.
Yes, Dakota is being kidnapped, but the person she once knew as Dakota is now an acid-spitting alien with an elongated tongue. Standing over her is a Man in Black who calls himself China. China claims that Dakota is evil and needs to be exterminated.
In shock, Mana runs away, desperate to find her mother and inject some reality into an ultra crazy day.
The problem is, Mana returns home to find it trashed, her mom gone and a creepy, lizard-like alien in the bathroom ready to devour her.
With the help of her friend Lyle and the strange yet protective China (whom she can't figure out if she can trust) Mana embarks on an epic mission to find her mom and figure out what the heck is actually going on.
Chalk-full of snarky commentary and high octane action scenes, Flying is a great adventure story that teens will love!
I recommend it to ages 15 and up!
Luke can't seem to catch a break.
First, his older brother (known as Star Lad) gets superpowers after an asteroid has a near miss with Earth.
Then, to make matters worse, his friend Lara gets superpowers too. Her power? She gets to control the minds of animals. Well, not big animals, that would be dangerous. As Luke puts it, she's more like Snow White in leotards.
Now Luke has an even bigger problem, he's convinced that an alien attack is imminent and he knows his gym teacher, Sue Dunham, is behind it. The problem is that nobody believes him, not his brother, not Lara, not even his best friend Serge.
In desperation, Luke turns to the only person he has left, Christopher Talbot, the ex-super villain turned comic book shop owner. A hilarious battle between good and evil and everything in between begins!
There were some genuine laugh out loud moments in this novel. It reminded me of films like The Last Starfighter, Super 8 and Attack the Block.
I enjoyed the banter between Luke and his brother, his friends and the people around him. Of course, there's lots of twists and turns thrown in to keep the action going. Any fan of video games, humour and sci-fi will really enjoy this book.
I recommend it for Year 7 and up!