Wednesday, 13 July 2011

KPE Episode 364: "No Half Measures"

"No Half Measures" by Dunedin author Judy Knox this is the story of a camping holiday in the wilds of South Westland that goes horribly wrong. 
Litia has been reading this book and is interviewed by Shoal.  You will enjoy this podcast and the fabulous animation Litia has included as part of the images accompanying the podcast.

Mitch is on a tramping trip with his bossy twin sister and their uncle when his uncle is badly injured, his sister twists her ankle, and Mitch realises it is up to him to go for help.

He heads into the wilderness, hoping to meet someone, but he finds himself in the middle of a ring of desperate criminals with no apparent way out.

Mitch is a strong character, and makes a nicely plotted development from laziness and uncertainty to tenaciousness and courage by book's end.

Monday, 11 July 2011

KPE Episode 363: "Maximum Boy"

Max "Maximum Boy" Silver is a 11 year old hero. He lives on the north side of Chicago next to Lake Michigan. He lives with his mum, his dad and his teenage sister, Tiffany. He has braces, glasses, and superpowers: he can lift freight trains, fly faster than a space shuttle, and burp the alphabet. He has an adult friend named Porter "Tortoise Man" Torrington, who has a power called the Tortoise Ray.
Max has a few weaknesses. Milk products and sweet potatoes give him a bad upset stomach. Ragweed makes him sneeze his head off. Seeing and hearing maths makes him weak and dizzy.

Check out what Kingston and Starford have to say about "Maximum Boy" by Dan Greenburg in this podcast - and have a look at their fabulous animation.  Don't forget to give them some feedback....