Thursday, May 20, 2010

E3 Call Home by Janet Hunt

At our BookGang meeting at lunchtime today we discussed the winners of the NZ Post Book Awards you can see the full list of winners here.  We have quite a few of the books in the library now and the BookGang collectively have read all the ones nominated in the senior sections, some have read them all! 

One of the winners we felt really happy about was the great book called E3 Call Home.  Those of us who have read it think it is a deserving winner in the Non-Fiction category.  It is the story of two Godwits, E7 and E3, who make the incredibly long journey from New Zealand to Alaska each year during their migration.  One of the birds became famous because the tag she was carrying showed the path she took across the world, but one bird stopped flying at Papua New Guinea and nobody knew what had happened to it.  This is the story of that bird.
It is a great book because it tells a great story but it also gives you lots of facts and interesting information along the bottom of the pages as you are reading, the photos are great, the information about the habitat of the birds is really cool and this is a great book for those people who like a short read but want to learn new things quickly.  We are enjoying it here at King's.
The book is published by Random House and on their website you can find lots of links to the topics that are in the book.  This link is to a TVNZ clip about the Godwits.


  1. Hi Bookgang at The King's Library,

    I love your review. Who wrote it? How old is the reviewer?
    I am a Library and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) teacher at a school in Perth, Western Australia. A friend who is from New Zealand had this book sent to him from NZ (he lives in Australia now) and I loved it so much our school library wants to order more of Janet Hunt's books and it has inspired us to try and do something similar with the whalesharks off the WA northwest coast!!

    What a terrific review!! Enjoyed reading it. I am doing book reviews with my students and will show them yours. Thank you

    Ella Marrion
    Library and ICT
    Landsdale Primary School, Perth, WA

  2. Hi Ella, thanks for the kind comments. I wrote this review for the blog and I am the middle aged librarian (with the soul of a 15 year old boy)who writes the reviews which don't have a student name on them. The boys love writing reviews and seeing their names in 'print' on the blog. It is also a great connection with the student's home because they can see their work.

    Janet Hunt is a great writer and we have all her books here in the library but this one in particular has lots to offer.

    Thanks for your comments, we love comments.


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