Thursday, 13 December 2012

KPE Episode 453: The Talking Stick

Serena and Mateo are both year 7 students in room 22, and have recently read The Talking Stick by Dot Meharry.

A boy named Hohepa has a dream in which he is in the marae (meeting house) with his family waiting for the talking stick to be passed on to him, so he can tell his stories but it happens to be that there isn't one.
In an effort to keep in touch with his roots, Hohepa decides to make a talking stick for his family.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

KPE Episode 452: Cows In Action - The Moo-My's Curse

Tana has recently done a podcast with classmate, Tevita who has been reading Cows In Action, The Moo - My's Curse by Steve Cole.

Cows In Action is a series of books that follow star agents who happen to be cows. They must travel to several places in order to stop the bad guys! 
In this series Professor McMoo, Bo Vine and Pat must find out about the Moo - My's curse by going back in time and stop the evil bulls from messing up the Earth's history.
This is a great adventurous book and will have you wanting more.

Monday, 10 December 2012

KPE Episode 451: "Beyond the River"

Brooklyn and Rita have been reading "Beyond the River" by Joy Cowley. 

This book is a collection of 12 short stories for young people. All are set in the South Pacific, some with very familiar locations in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Most use fantasy to create modern fairy tales about our surroundings and Brooklyn focuses on one of them.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

KPE Episode 450: Billie B Brown, The Little Lie

Cheyanne and Taeshell are both year 6 students in room 17, and  have come together to do a review on a book called Billie B Brown The Little Lie, written by Sally Rippen

Billie has just broken her arm, playing hunters and the arrow had accidentally landed on the roof, as she climbed up to retrieve the arrow, she fell and broke her arm.
But just to make the story more interesting Billie adds in a few crocodiles. As her little white lie isn't so little anymore, her friends aren't sure what to believe...

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Monday, 3 December 2012

KPE Episode 449: Just Jack

Marvin and Melvin are both year 7 students in room 20, and have recently joined forces to create a podcast about a book Melvin has been reading called Just Jack by New Zealand author Adele Broadbent. 
This book was a 2012 NZ Posts Children's book awards FINALIST!

Wee Jack Baines is a 14 year old boy who lives on their family farm in Ormondville  under the shadow of his older brother Robert who excels in everything he does, but one thing he is good at is his gift with horses. Jack is very small for his age, and with his gift with horses his Uncle arranges a jockey apprenticeship in Hastings.

This was wee Jack's chance to prove himself to his family, especially his brother and rid of his nickname that he hates 'Wee Jack' and just be Jack.

 Jack quickly realises that its much harder than he anticipated and comes to terms that he is more like a stable boy and his chances of a jockey apprenticeship are slipping away from his grasp.  But with some help Jack soon finds a new position in Napier and is back on his way to becoming a winning jockey.

Until the ground begins to shake beneath him...