Sunday, 29 September 2013

Fiction 9 up

NZ Writer & Illustrator
Johanna Knox, illustrated by Sabrina Malcolm
The Sundew Stalks
Book Two in The Fly Papers series
Hinterlands   2013       $23.00pb         173pp
ISBN  978 0 4732 2663 3
Themes:  Carnivorous plants/ Genetic engineering/ Protection of the environment / Wrestling


Zany characters, including a set of carnivorous plants with personalities of their own, an outrageously over the top but still totally believable plot and a wicked sense of humour are the components of this book. Tora de Ronde, plus characters from the first book, leads a full on life of excitement and adventure as she battles scheming wrestlers, tries to rescue the plants and to help a scientist in great danger.  An easy to read, accessible writing style make Johanna Knox’s Fly Paper series one that children from around nine to intermediate level will really latch into. The illustrations by Sabrina Malcolm match the text perfectly and the whole production has a feeling of careful planning and quality. The next book in the series, The Aldrovanda Turns is promised ‘soon’.  As far as I know there are six more books to come… 

Year 5 up/ Age 9 up

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