Room One's Online Book Club

The Invasion by K.A Applegate
The Invasion                                                        
K.A Applegate

Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco. 5 normal teenagers meet up with each other when they leave the mall and decide to take a shortcut home through an  abandoned construction site. Then they see a alien spaceship, and inside is a real alien called an Andalite. The alien tells them through that he is not the only alien to land at Earth. More are coming like Yeerks, small slug-like aliens who control people’s minds. To stop the Yeerks the 5 teenagers are given the power to morph. All they need to do is touch an animal to get it’s DNA. They all get this power just before Visser Three, the only Yeerk to capture an Andalite body lands his ship. Now, it’s up to the 5 teenagers to save everyone on Earth. Can they do it?

Dark River By Erin Hunter

Dark River
Power of Three, Book 2
Erin Hunter

  There will be three, Kin of your Kin...Who hold the power of the stars in their paws. The three children of Squirrelflight and Brambleclaw, grandchildren of the great leader Firestar, have been thriving in their apprenticeships: Lionpaw’s energy and strength serve him well as a warrior apprentice, Hollypaw improves her understanding of the warrior code, and Jaypaw explores his mysterious powers and connections with StarClan as the apprentice of Leafpool, ThunderClan’s medicine cat. But with more experience comes both power and danger: Lionpaw makes a friendship and a discovery that must be kept hidden; Hollypaw knows something that could avert a battle if only she could convince the rest of her clan, and Jaypaw learns a secret that could benefit ThunderClan by damaging others. And, as conflict begins over what it means to be a warrior, rising tensions threaten to overflow, washing away the peace that has protected the clans for many moons, the three are torn apart as each discovers darkness: In the past, in the Clans, and in themselves. 

An interview with an author:

This week we were lucky enough to be able to interview Deborah Burnside. Here are her answers to our questions:

How did you become an author?

I had always told stories, but didn’t know that writing was a ‘real job’ so I never thought about it until I was grown up…when I suddenly decided it was what I wanted to do I was quite old…about 30…so I telephoned Joy Cowley; she was the only NZ writer that I could think of at that moment and she said ‘Just Begin’ so I did.  I started a writing group called the Fiction Kitchen with some other people who also wanted to write, entered competitions and took some courses because writing is like any other job or sport…you have to train for it and practice, practice, practice.

Was it hard to get your first book published?

Luckily for me, no it wasn’t…I had been granted a place on a mentoring scheme and had Tessa Duder (Night Race to Kawau/Tiggy/Alex series of books) as my mentor, the first publisher the book was taken to accepted it…that isn’t so very unusual as to never happen, but it is not the experience of most authors…sometimes they write many, many books before they are published, but I felt like a complete beginner really.  That book was shortlisted in the LIANZA awards and is called On A Good Day

What type of books do you enjoy writing most?

I never know what type of book I’m going to write next because I’m still ‘new’ in my mind…I definitely enjoy writing for 11-12 year olds and 14-16 year olds but LOVE reading to the littlies 5-7 year olds so think I will try to have something published for that age group at some point.  The book I am working on right now (well sort of working on as I’m a bit busy working at my ‘real’ job – running a waste and recycling company right now and practicing for a show I’m in that I’m not doing that much actual writing, but I’m always writing in my head) is for 8-12 year olds.

Did you always have an interest in writing?

I always had an interest in books and stories and although I liked writing I was more an absorber of story than thinking I wanted to write stories necessarily when I was young.  When I was at primary and intermediate school I made my own books and instead of writing the stories out, told them with the voice inside my head or quietly out loud to myself and drew the pictures as I went except I wasn’t that great at drawing so these stories mostly had only things in them that I felt confident about drawing.   That limits you quite a bit really as a story teller.

Did you have any jobs before you became an author?

A gazillion jobs…writers are usually a bit curious about the world and so often say YES to something just to ‘give it a go’ and see what happens.  I was a Doctors Receptionist, Travel Agent, Insurance Clerk, Shop Cleaner, Shop assistant, Shoe Model, Voice artist, Wine Promoter, Photographic Model, Actress, Tourism Hostess, Radio Survey Agent… then I fell in love with the rubbish man and became a garbologist and have been one ever since.

What is your favourite book that you've written?

Ooooo that’s a hard one…because there is an amazing feeling at some point when you are writing a book where you are suspended in the unreal world of your story; seeing everything, hearing everything, but not always knowing everything and it’s like riding a roller coaster…very exciting, but you can’t have that feeling all the time only while you’re wrapped up in your imaginary world so while I’m writing that part of it is my favorite and that story is at that moment my favorite.  I think my favorite story though would have to be On a Good Day simply because it was my first published book and there’s something very special about that.

What is your favourite book that you've ever read?

Again…too, too hard…so many books and they are all your favorite while you are reading them…in order of appearance though I loved all the Dr Suess Books growing up and preschool, then the Lion in the Meadow was a particular favorite and my childhood copy is now signed by Margaret Mahy…moving on to Pippi Longstocking and Milly Molly Mandy, Little House on the Prairie…all of the Enid Blyton books…I simply ate books while I was growing up, I loved the places they took me and the things I discovered…I loved to be scared by a book, excited by a book and very best of all laugh out loud when reading a book.  As an adult I was crying within a few pages of reading, The Lovely Bones.  One of the most remembered books was called The Headless Cupid because the author had a very unusual name and Judy Blume’s, Are you there God, it’s me Margaret (a book that was banned in some parts of America) because I loved books about real people living real lives.  When you are growing up in a very small town, sharing a room with your sister, in a small house in a culdesac, where everybody knows you it was Fantastic to transport yourself into another world through the cover of a book.

Here is our book review for week five:

The Silver Sword
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
Ian Serraillier                                                 
The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier is an imaginative and interesting story of three siblings
living in World War II. When Edek, Ruth, and Bronia’s parents are taken by the Nazis, 
they are left with nothing and no one to help them. Alone in the pandemonium of their home town, Warsaw, they have to learn to look after themselves. 
Then they meet Jan, a ragged refugee who happens to have their old silver sword that 
used to belong to their lost father. The sword becomes their symbol of hope and freedom
as they begin their perilous journey across Europe to Switzerland to find their parents...

Mr Stink by David Walliams

Week Three's Book Review:

Mr Stink
David Walliams

Chloe Crumb thinks she is the unluckiest girl in the world. Her horrible mother and shy father pay all of their attention to her revolting little sister, Annabelle, who’s only aim in life is to get Chloe in trouble. Then she meets Mr Stink, the local tramp. He is the only person who has ever been nice to Chloe. Yes, he smells a bit- well, more than a bit, but Chloe quite likes the funny old man and his little dog. Then, one cold winter night, she smuggles the smelly old tramp into the garden shed. But soon her posh politician mother finds out...


The Gift by James Patterson

  Here is our book review for the week:

The Gift
James Patterson

In this book, Whit and Wisty Allgood, two famous siblings and magicians, lead the Resistance group into the final battle with the most dangerous enemy in the world- the New Order, a massive organization that wants to brainwash every living thing in the world into believing that reading books, listening to music, looking at art, and being creative are huge criminal offenses. And at the head of it is the most terrifying man on earth - The One Who Is The One. He is after three things: Whit and Wisty’s Gift of magic, world domination, and an end to the Allgood family. He already has Whit and Wisty’s parents, most of the kids from the original Resistance group, and power over Earth, Air, and Water. If he successfully captures Whit and Wisty, he will drain their Gifts, gain control of the element of Fire, and then gain thousands of admirers at the Allgood family’s public execution.

Find out what happens in the second exciting book in the Witch and Wizard series. 

Hello! Welcome to Room One's Online Book Club! Every week we will post a book review on books that our class has read that week. Feel free to comment on our reviews or suggest a book that we could review.


  1. How fabulous! Can't wait to see what the first book is...!

  2. Hi Mrs.Smallbone and room 1 I have just finished reading Jacky Daydream. It is about the awsome author Jacquline Wilson and her childhood.

  3. I am still thinking of the next book...... suggestions would be welcome!!

    1. way of writing about this blog is awesome dear. i really impress with this post. it's good and i really feel happy when i want to read someone good and find like this blog post...
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    2. Hi there. I have been looking at your books and they seem really cool. I would love to read them. I am a student of Mrs. Gray in Room. 16 at Otonga Primary. A suggestion would be Urgum The Axeman. It is a funny story about an Axeman called Urgum who is the fiercest warrior in the Lost Desert. He does really stupid things and the gods always end up saving him. Thy do this because if Urgum dies then they wouldn't be real gods because nobody else believes in them. One day Urgum is out hunting Unicorns with his 7 sons when the gods have to save him. They get so annoyed that they play a trick on him. When he returns home time has been put forward ten years! He now has a daughter and a modern home. Life becomes chaos!

  4. I missed the interview with Deborah Burnside :(

  5. Ashleigh... You promised I could put my warriors book up! When can I do that?

  6. maybe your next book should be Hatchet because that book is very godd in two ways One because it is easy to retell and also it is an amazing book

    Well done

  7. Hello Ashleigh. I lke your book club and think it is really cool, hopefully we can sart one up as well.Love the week five book review,I am so interested in getting that book now. I think you should add the Skulduggery Pleasant series, they are really interesting books as well. I thougroughly enjoyed reading about the interview with Deborah Burnside. I thought you asked some good wquestons and in return, got some extremely intresting answers. Can't wait to see some more interesting books.

  8. Hello. I am a student of Mrs Gray's at Otonga Primary School, Room 16. I am a year 6.I think your books look really cool and I would love to read them. I also think that your blog is awesome!!!

    I recommend a book called Jelly Mountain, by Des Hunt. I found it a very interesting book. It is about two people brother and sister that are trying to stop a man from selling tuatara. I like the story and found it quite exciting.I really think more children should read Jelly Mountain and other books by Des Hunt.

  9. Hi my names Chloe Im from room16 at Otong School and I really like your blog!
    There are a couple of books i would like to suggest:
    Goosebumbs monster blood by R.L.Stine
    The Secret of Jelly Mountain by Des Hunt
    Hatchet by Garry Pulsen
    I would really appreciate it if you put 1 of them on your blog
    thanks Chloe :)

  10. Hi your book reports are wonderful if you keep it up you would be able to get up to a very high stage

    Great job

    One suggestion Try Hatchet or the harry potter series!?!?

  11. dean robson (mrs grays student)September 9, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    hello I have been looking at your blog and I am from otonga primary i have a book for you to add it is called Just Annoying it has about 150-200 pages and has about 9 stories inside the book is rated for all ages and highly recomend it.

    1. Jason Nel (A Member Of Mrs Grays Class)September 10, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      Hi i agree the Just series is awsome and I hope itn gets on to your blog

  12. Dean Robson (Mrs Grays student)September 9, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    hello I have been looking at your blog and I am from otonga primary I have a book to suggest it is called Just Annoying it has about 180-200 pages has 9 stories inside and is for all ages I highly recomend it.

  13. This blog is exellent.Why not add a harry potter book

  14. Matt Lindsay $_$™ (Mrs Grays Student)September 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Hurro my name is Matt $_$™
    and i am a student of Mrs Grays.
    I have a Series for you to put on your wall its first books name is name is Eragon its author is Christopher Paolini and its sequels are: Eldest, Brisngr and Inheritance but its for older readers as each book is 750+ pages long. It is a fantasy book that i highly recommend as they are completely different to what i have ever read and is a fastpaced book yet everything is explained in huge detail. It also is for both boys and girls so anyone can read it. I think if you are and excellent reader and you are bored you should definetly read this.

  15. I loved the interview with Deborah Burnside and all the books you have read,but have you ever read the book "Hunger Games" you should write a review on that. Its an action book, with a suprise on every flick of the page. In the future North American is put in to 12 districts,a young 16 year old girl Katniss Everdeen went into a life and death fight with 23 other children called the Hunger games. They have to find there way to be the last alive in the stadium. Katniss has to be alert at every second. She has the support of her family and all the other people of district 12. Read the book to find out more.

  16. Hi Ashleigh!!,
    I am a student of Mrs Gray at Otonga Primary School, and I am a year 6.
    You should try The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick, The Hunger Games by Susan Collins or The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter.
    Your blog is really great!!!! I love the interview with Deborah Burnside!!!!!!!
    Great work!!!!!!
    I LOVE THE BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  17. Anna (Mrs Gray's Student)September 10, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Hello, my name's Anna, i recommend the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. These books revolve around Percy,son of Poseidon,and his friends Annabeth daughter of Athena, Thalia daughter of Zeus, Nico di Angelo, son of Hades, and Grover the Satyr who likes eating empty coke cans. These books include, fighting the minotaur, riding in Apollo's sports car and pens that turn into swords. An epic action adventure series you guys will love. I really think you should read this series

  18. Hi Ashliegh!
    You should try The Secret Zoo!!!!!
    Your blog is AMAZING!!!!!
    I could not do this.!!!!

  19. Hi my name is Bri
    I am a student i mrs grays class.
    And I am the class book worm.
    I really like this series called Molly Moon.:)
    It is about a girl who is a orphan who has a special gift.... she can hypnotise!!!!! She has the coolest adventures!!!:)

  20. Jason Nel (A Member Of Mrs Grays Class)September 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    hi i've read your awsome blog, well done. For your next book I recomend the 'just' series. Some of them are Just Shocking, Just Annoying, Just Crazy,Just Tricking and Just stupid. They have 10 short awsome stories in one book. These books are so funny that you can't put them down. I've enjoyed these series and I hope you do.

  21. Jason Nel (A Member Of Mrs Grays Class)September 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    hi i've read your awsome blog, well done. For your next book I recomend the 'just' series. Some of them are Just Shocking, Just Annoying, Just Crazy,Just Tricking and Just stupid. They have 10 short awsome stories in one book. These books are so funny that you can't put them down. I've enjoyed these series and I hope you do.

  22. Hi im nick and im in mrs Grays class.
    I have a series that you could put on your wall.
    It is the how to train your dragon series.
    It has eight books in the series and each book has about 230 pages.
    It is a funny and ecxiting series is not hard to read.

  23. I love your Blog!!!!!!
    You should try Some of the Jacqueline Wilson Books!!
    They are really good!!!!!!
    Your blog is great!!!!!!

  24. You should try "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins.
    It is a great Book!!!!
    Your blog is really good!!!!
    I like the interview!!!!!!!

  25. Zin@l (Mrs Grays Student)September 10, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Hi my name is Zinal Dahya and there is a author called Andy Griffiths and he has made about sixteen that I know and they each are so funny and these are all of the books he makes first the Just series in order Just Tricking, Just Annoying, Just Stupid, Just Disgusting, Just Crazy, Just Shocking, Just Macbeth and Just Doomed and now for the schooling Around Series in order Treasure Fever, The Pencil Of Doom, Mascot Madness and Robot Riot and now for the other series not in order first The Bad Book, The Very Bad Book, The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow, The Cat On The Mat Is Flat and that's all I know so Bye :)

  26. Emma McDougall (Mrs Grays Student)September 10, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Hello my name is Emma I go to Otonga school and I am in room16. I have been looking at your blog and I think its great.
    I have a a book to suggest, it is called Shadow by Micheal Morpurgo. Its a book about the war in Afghanistan. Aman finds a Springer Spaniel in the mouth of the cave and he calls it Shadow. Shadow helps them find there way to England. But nowhere is safe for Aman and his mum.
    This is a great book and I suggest it for ages 9 and up.

  27. Chris 01234567899876543210abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzSeptember 18, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    U should read percey jackson

  28. Georgia (Student of Mrs Gray's classSeptember 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    HI Ashleigh

    My name is Georgia i am a year 6 my age is 11 and i am a member of Mrs Grays class And i LOVE no i mean LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog

    Keep it up