Tuesday, 10 December 2013

KPE Episode 477: Tashi and the Giants

Starford is a Year 8 student in Room 21 who is being interviewed by Crusader who is also in Room 21. ‘Tashi and the Giants’ is a book written by an author called Anna Fienberg.

Tashi is a young boy who tricks a dragon. This angers a giant called Chintu who threatens to destroy the village if Tashi does not show himself. Tashi decides to save his village by going to the giants home. Will brave Tashi he be able to save his village? Or will he be able to outsmart the giant? Listen to this cool podcast to find out more.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

KPE Episode 476: The Horse and his Boy

Makerita is a Year 8 student being interviewed by Gabriel who is also in Year 8. Makerita has been reading an amazing book called ‘The Horse and his Boy’ written by an author called C.S. Lewis.

The Horse and his Boy is the fifth published of seven novels in the Chronicles of Narnia. The story features two children and two talking horses fleeing North through Calormen to Narnia. Can you imagine what a talking horse might say? Listen to this cool podcast to find out more.

Friday, 6 December 2013

KPE Episode 475: Tongue Tied

Kingston and James are both Year 8 students who have enjoyed talking about a book called ‘Tongue Tied’ written by an author called Paul Jennings.

Tongue Tied contains a collection of short stories written by Paul Jennings. ‘The Hat’ is just one of the stories that Kingston talks about in this podcast. A boy called Jason receives a very special hat. Jason comes across some interesting animals called Bilbies and is forced to make an important decision. Will Jason make the right choice?

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

KPE Episode 474: Astrosaurs - The Seas of Doom

Kingston is a Year 8 student in Room 20 who is being interviewed by Darius from Room 21 who is also in Year 8. Kingston has read an interesting book called “Astrosaurs - The Seas of Doom” written by an author called Steven Cole.

Captain Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur - he's an astrosaur! Along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy, Teggs rights wrongs and fights evil. Teggs and his crew have been sent to a watery planet where a very large and scary monster has been attacking a local fish factory. When Teggs and Gipsy travel down to the bottom of the sea to check out the monster, they come under attack themselves. Find out what happens next!

Monday, 2 December 2013

KPE Episode 473: Spartacus and his Glorious Gladiators

James is a Year 8 student in Room 20 who is being interviewed by his friend Crusader who is also in Year 8. James enjoyed reading ‘Spartacus and his Glorious Gladiators’ written by an author called Toby Brown.

You've probably heard of Spartacus… Spartacus is the story of a man who became famous for leading a slave army to defeat the powerful Roman army hundreds of years ago. But did you know that Spartacus also fought for the Romans at one time? Listen to what James has to say about this great book.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

KPE Episode 472: Fantastic Mr Fox

Crusader is a Year 8 student who is being interviewed by Starford who is also in Year 8. Crusader has read an amazing story called ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ written by a famous author called Roald Dahl.

Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr Fox and his family surrounded. 

Only the most fantastic plan can save Mr Fox now.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

KPE Episode 471: The Meanwhile Adventures

Mary is a Year 8 student who has read a book called ‘The Meanwhile Adventures’ written by an author called Roddy Doyle. Te Rina has interviewed Mary to find out more.

The Mack family are pretty special. Mr Mack is an inventor and Mrs Mack likes to break world records. Imagine the chaos that happens when Mr Mack is arrested and Mrs Mack is nowhere to be found. Will the Mack children find their mother and help their father get out of jail?

Friday, 11 October 2013

KPE Episode 470: George's Marvellous Medicine

Wyatt and Calvin are both year 7 students in room 15 and Wyatt has recently read a fabulous novel called "George's Marvellous Medicine" by Roald Dahl, Calvin decided to interview Wyatt to find out more.

George's Marvellous Medicine is yet another amazing and quirky novel by Roald Dahl.
George lives in a farm with his two parents and grandmother who he very much despises. One day George becomes so fed up with her attitude towards him that he comes up with a plan to cure her bad attitude and put a stop to it. George finds and collects all the harmful products he can find around the house a few animal pill and mixes it together.
After feeding his grandma this Marvellous Medicine something spectacular happens to grandma,
What might that be ??

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

KPE Episode 469: The Midnight Feast

Anamei is a year 7 student in room 19 who has interviewed her fellow classmate Te Rina  about the book " The Midnight Feast by Elizabeth Pulford

Tilly and Rosie are best friends and it is Tilly's birthday. To celebrate they are going to have a midnight feast just the two of them in a cellar. But when Rosie comes to pick Tilly up there is another girl in the car called Margaret, Tilly starts to wonder where Margaret will sleep and if the Midnight Feast will still happen because it was only for the 2 of them.
Why did Margaret have to come ? Will the Midnight Feast still happen ?

Monday, 7 October 2013

KPE Episode 468: Rocky

Darius is a year 8 student who has recently interviewed his class mate Shayne who is a year 7 student in room 19 about the novel Rocky by Janeen Brian

When Jaimie's family goes away, he stays with his Aunty Betty. Jaimie decides to venture out and go check out the beach not too far from the house. He then finds a kitten wedged between two rocks. Funnily enough the kitten he found look identical to the one in the picture in his room where he was staying.  

How could this be... Listen and find out more from Shayne and Darius and their awesome podcast.

Friday, 4 October 2013

KPE Episode 467: Nasty Stinky Sneakers

Hossanah is a year 8 student in room 15 who has read a novel called 'Nasty Stinky Sneakers' written by Eve Bunting. Dante has interviewed Hossanah to find out more.

A young boy named Colin has decided to enter a competition that will win him 3 new pairs of sneakers. One for himself, another pair for his younger sister, and the other pair for his best mate.
The way to win these sneakers is to have the nastiest stinkiest sneakers than everybody else.
Just as Colin is getting them to their stinkiest they go missing....

Listen in on this fabulous podcast for more insight on this novel

Thursday, 3 October 2013

KPE Episode 466: The Goat Hunt

Henry is a year 8 student in room 18 who has recently read The Goat Hunt by New Zealand author Daniel Ngerengere. Classmate Andrea has interviewed Henry to find out more about this interesting book.

Four young Maori boys have set out to catch goats alive and sell them to a farmer as his flock. It sounds like an easy job, and one of the boys Daniel thinks that it will be good some quick easy cash...but turns out it is not as straight forward as they had anticipated.

Take a listen to this awesome podcast!!!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

KPE Episode 465: "Capped"

Dante is a year 8 student in Room 15 who has recently read a novel called "Capped" written by Rowena Cory Lindquist. Dante's classmate Hossanah has interviewed her to find out more about this latest podcast.

"Jonathan has a problem, he has been asked to be school captain. Normally this  would be a great privilege but if he chooses to accept this would mean that both his parents would come to the presentation but they are separated and fight whenever they are together"

This sounds like a very interesting and relatable novel,
that Dante and Hossanah have done a fabulous job with.

Take a listen to this awesome podcast.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

KPE Episode 464: " A Sudden Puff Of Glittering Smoke"

Clevelyn is a year 7 student in Room 19 who has been reading a very interesting novel called " A Sudden Puff Of Glittering Smoke" By Anne Fine. His classmate Howard has been interviewing Clevelyn to find out more about this exciting novel

Imagine if you found a ring on your way to school and it turned out to be magical just by giving it a rub... Well luckily for Jeanie this happened to her and out popped a genie.
Sounds like the coolest thing right?? 

Unfortunately not quite Jeanie is quick to realise that this genie is a rather grumpy one and has a different outlook in the world

Take a listen and find out for yourself how great this book is

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

KPE Episode 463: "Graffiti"

Andrea is a year 7 student from room 19 and has recently read this awesome book called "Graffiti" by Dirk Strasser her classmate Jorja has joined her to get some insight on this interesting novel.

(Dirk Strasser)
"Steven panics when he finds himself at the wrong station. Where is his train ticket and why isn't Aunt Vivien there to meet him?
People ignore him as he dodges and weaves through the crowded streets of Melbourne. He feels lost and alone, when he's suddenly confronted by a bunch of street kids who desperately need his help.
But time is running out for the gang. Can Steven help them . . . before it's too late?"

Why were these street kids in need of Steven's help? You will have to listen in on this fabulous podcasts these two girls have done


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

KPE Episode 462: "The Battle Begins"

Underworlds #1 "The Battle Begins" is written by an American author named Tony Abbott.
Vivienne from Room 21 has been reading this book and her classmate, Brooklyn, interviews her about it for this latest podcast episode.
There's something lurking under Owen's school. . . .
Owen Brown is your average fourth grader. Or he was, until his best friend, Dana, disappeared. Right in front of his face. Through the floor of the school.
Owen's average life has turned upside down.
He's determined to find Dana -- before anyone realizes she's missing. Owen sets out on a mysterious, mythological rescue mission with his friends Jon and Sydney. But what none of them know is that Dana's disappearance is part of a much larger riddle.
And they're at the center of it.

Vivienne tells us,  "The moral of the story is to never give up. Whether it's in a sports game, treasure hunt or even if you are trying to find someone just like this story. Never Give Up! "

Saturday, 22 June 2013

KPE Episode 461 "The Horse and His Boy"

Makerita and Shoal continue sharing their reading journey on KPE with one of C. S. Lewis' great works, "The Horse and his Boy"

Friday, 21 June 2013

KPE Episode 460 "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Last Straw"

Ashleigh has been reading "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Last Straw" which is the third book in the series by Jeff Kinney and Jasmine interviews her.

Let’s face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways. Somebody just needs to explain that to Greg’s father. You see, Frank Heffley actually thinks he can get his son to toughen up, and he enlists Greg in organized sports and other “manly” endeavors. Of course, Greg is able to easily sidestep his father’s efforts to change him. But when Greg’s dad threatens to send him to military academy, Greg realizes he has to shape up . . . or get shipped out.

If you enjoy this book you may also like to check out another in the series which has been published on KPE

Thursday, 20 June 2013

KPE Episode 459: "Hollie Chips"

Vivienne has been reading "Hollie Chips" by Anna Gowan and Brooklyn interviews her.
These girls are Year 8 students from Room 21 at Pt England School.
An unusual thing about this book is that the author has a blog about the book!

We recommend that after you have listened to this podcast you check out the stuff the author has posted herself about it.

When Hollie Chips and her mum move to Puriti Road, Hollie is baffled by the way her neighbours all keep to themselves. But Hollie is a remarkable little girl, and it isn't long before she has charmed her way into their

When she discovers that a dastardly businessman is trying to buy up their houses, to bulldoze them and build a dog food factory (which he has told them will be an orphanage!), the neighbours have to band together with Hollie and her mum to outwit him!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

KPE Episode 458: "Traitor"

Darius interviews Shoal about a book called "Traitor" by  Andy McNab and  Robert Rigby.
Boy Soldier is a series of novels written by Andy McNab with the cooperation of Robert Rigby. It tells the story of a boy named Danny Watts and his grandfather Fergus, apparently a rogue ex-SAS soldier.
Darius and Shoal are Year 8 students in Room 21 at Pt England School.

Danny Watts' grandfather, Fergus, was a Deniable Operator in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely denounced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good. Together Danny and Fergus are forced to go on the run in an against-the-odds battle for survival. As they try to clear Fergus' name, Danny learns all the military field craft, trade skills, and covert operations techniques that are second nature to his grandfather. When Fergus is recaptured, Danny must put those skills to the test and rescue Fergus before it's too late.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

KPE Episode 457: "Meet Me in Horrorwood"

Makayla and Ashlee review "Meet Me in Horrorwood (Creepella von Cacklefur #2)" by Geronimo Stilton
This series is very popular with kids at Pt England School.
Makayla is a Year 7 student in Room 21 and Ashlee, her classmate, interviews her.

Gorgo, the monster in Cacklefur Castle's moat, is in love with the famous monster movie star Blobbina. When Creepella helps Gorgo write Blobbina a love letter, they discover that Blobbina has disappeared! Creepella heads to Horrorwood to search for the missing monster, but will she be able to find her?

Monday, 17 June 2013

KPE Episode 456: "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief"

Jasmine and Ashleigh are in Year 8 at Pt England School.  
Jasmine has read "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" by  Rick Riordan.

Wikipedia tells us this about the story:
Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old boy with dyslexia and ADHD, who has been expelled from every school he has ever attended. When his class takes a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, his pre-algebra teacher Mrs. Dodds transforms into a Fury and attacks him. Percy's Latin teacher Mr. Brunner throws Percy a magic sword named Anaklusmos or the English translation, Riptide, and sends Mrs. Dodds to Tartarus.
When Percy and his mother go to Montauk, his friend Grover Underwood comes to tell them to leave immediately. They drive away in a horrible storm, and a Minotaur takes Percy's mother in a blinding flash of light. In anger, Percy kills the Minotaur and takes one of its horns. He wakes up three days later, healed by nectar and ambrosia, at Camp Half-Blood. Grover reveals himself to be a satyr, and Mr. Brunner reveals himself to be Chiron the centaur. As nobody knows whose son Percy is, he is placed in the Hermes, the god of messengers, travelers, and thieves, cabin. After several water-related incidents, a trident mark appears above Percy's head, his father Poseidon claiming him.

We think you will enjoy the discussion these two girls have about the book.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

KPE Episode 455: "The Adventures of BeanBoy"

The Adventures of BeanBoy by Lisa Harkrader is reviewed by Darius and Shoal, who are both Year 8 students in Room 21

Never underestimate the power of the bean. Tucker MacBean has been drawing comic books almost as long as he’s been reading them. When his favorite comic has a contest for kids, he hopes he has finally found a way to fix his family—all he has to do is create the winning superhero sidekick . . . Introducing “Beanboy”—the first comic book character to truly harness the power of the bean for good. He is strong, he is relentless, he can double in size overnight (if given enough water). 

Tucker MacBean is in middle school. He's not unpopular, but he's not popular either. He does all that he can to just be invisible, especially from the school bully Sam. Tucker rushes home everyday to make sure he takes care of his special needs brother because his mother works and goes to university. Tucker and his brother love comic books. In the latest issue of his favorite comic, he notices an advertisement for a contest to develop a new sidekick for the superhero. The prize is a full university scholarship. Tucker immediately decides to enter to get his mum the scholarship so she can stay home and not have to work so much, but he knows that he can not work on his sidekick drawings at home while also babysitting his brother. To solve this issue, Tucker asks to join the after school art club.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

KPE Episode 454: Wolves Of The Beyond- Lone Wolf

2013 and Korero Pt England is in it's 8th year!  Welcome back to the Pt England podcasters.

The first episode of 2013 is produced by Vivienne and Marvin.  They have been reading and reviewing "Wolves Of The Beyond- Lone Wolf" written by Kathryn Lasky.

In this book a mother wolf tries to find a safe place to have her pups. Its a snowy night and you can’t really see anything. The mother wolf is struggling to find a place to have her pups when luckily she finds a den that is empty. She enters the den.....

Publishers blurb: A wolf mother has given birth, but the warm bundle snuffling next to her brings only anguish. The pup, otherwise healthy, has a twisted paw, and the mother knows what the harsh code of the pack demands. Her pup will be taken from her and abandoned on a desolate hill. The pack cannot have weakness - the wolf mother knows that her pup is condemned to die.

But alone in the wilderness, the pup, Faolan, does not perish. This his story - a story of survival, of courage, and of love triumphant. This is Faolan's story, the wolf pup who rose up to change forevever the Wolves of the Beyond.