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Surf Riders Club #2: Bronte’s Big Sister Problem by Mary Van Reyk

brontes big sister.jpgTitle: Surf Riders Club #2: Bronte’s Big Sister Problem

Author: Mary Van Reyk

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: Lothian/Hachette

Published: 27th February, 2018

Format: Paperback

Pages: 135

Price: $12.99

Synopsis: The Surf Riders Club is back! And Bronte has a problem – a big sister problem!

How’s Bronte supposed to catch waves when she keeps fighting with her big sister? She always wanted to be just like Carrie, but now they are growing apart. Bronte wants to do her own thing, but Carrie thinks Surf Riders Club is lame.

Now Bronte is torn between her friends and her sister. Will she get it together in time for the Beachcrest Carnival surf comp?

Ava, Alex, Bronte, Janani and Molly formed Surf Riders Club to help each other practise, but it has quickly become much more than that. Whether it’s learning how to get barrelled, problem parents or annoying boys, Surf Riders Club are there for each other, no matter what.

Officially endorsed by Surfing Australia and includes a special message from Tyler Wright, 2016 WSL Women’s World Surfing Champion.

‘kicks off in a very promising manner . . . Highly recommended for upper primary/early secondary readers.’


AWW-2018-badge-roseThe second in The Surf Riders Club series focuses on Bronte, and the problems that come with having a big sister. Carrie is seventeen, and almost finished high school. Carrie’s obsession with boys, parties and being social hasn’t rubbed off on Bronte, who would rather surf and hang out with her friends and prepare for the Beachcrest Carnival surf competition. While Carrie tries to set her boyfriend’s younger brother up with Bronte, Bronte keeps trying to find a way to please her sister and keep herself happy. When her parents punish Carrie for breaking curfew, Carrie decides to use Bronte as a cover for going out when she’s not meant to. The arrival of their older brother, Oscar, helps a little, but no completely. What will it take for Carrie and Bronte to see eye to eye?

Like its predecessor, Bronte’s Big Sister Problem presents its titular character with a problem that children and teens might face with friends or older siblings that readers of the series can relate to, such as moving away, or conflicts over interests with siblings – what a sibling might want you to do to keep them happy, and trying to find a way to compromise and make everyone happy.

Surfing is a main theme of the story again, and Bronte is a little more into it than the other characters, so seeing it through her eyes, it was a little more pronounced. Though simply told, the conflict with Carrie was interesting and gave the story some more interest than just the surfing, though girls who enjoy surfing will like seeing characters like themselves taking part in an activity they may not have thought about doing.

The story is complex, but the language is simple, aimed at primary school aged children, and early high school aged children. it is written in an accessible way for all readers, reluctant and confident, and will hopefully encourage reluctant readers to try reading, and help those struggling to gain confidence in their reading abilities. I enjoyed the themes of friendship and family the most, and loved the diversity of characters – just a simple mention acknowledged them and worked brilliantly.

Highly recommended for ages seven and older.


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