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Rāroa Recommended Reads

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Kia ora Karori!

My name is Chris and I’m a teacher at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School in
Johnsonville. I have always enjoyed reading, and I have many fond memories of
coming to Marsden Books as a child to find new adventures and stories. Part of why I
found so many new books to read was from the insightful recommendations of Anna
and her team. I’d like to return the favour, and share some of my personal favourites,
as well as what books we are enjoying in class. We hope you find something new to

– Chris Johnston and Rm5.


Lovely Bones. By Alice Seabold.<br> Susie Salmon is just an ordinary 14 year old girl, until one night in the cornfield she is killed by her neighbour. A search begins, and Susie watches from heaven as her family grows up, and as Mr Harvey leaves town and murders more. I would suggest this book to people who don't get disturbed easily, because there are some graphic scenes of death. A book I would definitely recommend to my friends and one that I really enjoyed.<br> -Tess, 12<br><br> Cress. By Marrissa Meyer. Book 3 of the Lunar Chronicles.<br> Cress lives in a satellite alone, orbiting earth, prisoner of the Lunar queen Levana. When Cinder and her allies come and rescue her, all she can think of is Cinder's friend, Captain Carswell Thorne, and how they will fall in love. Unfortunately, Thorne and Cress get trapped in the satellite as it falls back down to earth, Scarlet gets captured by the Lunar guards, and Cinder must flee. Will they defeat Levana? Or will they all die a painful death? This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles, so only read this if you have already read the others. I love The Lunar Chronicles, and I recommended reading them to everyone!!<br> -Tess, 12





Children’s Classics


In the children’s section we carry a comprehensive selection of classic books. Some of these titles include:

  • The full range of Tintin in both hardback and paperback
  • The Adventures of Asterix
  • The complete range of the Peter Rabbit books

Sean Fay Wolfe’s “The Quest for Justice”,
Elementia Chronicles, Book 1 — Alex Callaghan

The Quest for JusticeAuthor: Sean Fay Wolfestars
Reviewed by: Alex Callaghan
Date: March 2016


This is based on Minecraft, with a twist. A long time ago Elementa was a good sever and all was well until the economy subsided and the city was split. Now two new players can change it all.

Main Characters

Stan is a brave and thought full leader

Charlie is smart but also a good friend

Kat is fierce and power full girl

Dz is skilled and always ready to go


Sean was sixteen when he wrote his first book and there are more to come!


For 8-12 year olds, but most age groups will enjoy this adventure story.




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