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‘Beads,Boys & Bangles’
By Sophia Bennett

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Beads, Boys and Bangles picks up shortly after where Threads left off. Sophia Bennett has such a natural, easy way with words that makes everything seem so effortless, despite the fact it's clear so much research into fashion went into this series to keep it authentic. Well, that sounds like fun to me!

Even though I love the plot of Beads, Boys and Bangles it's definitely the characters that make this such a wonderful book and a wonderful series. Nonie is just great, so easy to relate to and I love her voice. She provides some real laugh out loud moments but can have you crying just a moment later. I always shed a few tears during one of the Threads books and I love how the stories always make me cry, it's a testament to how well-written they are.

We learn a little more about each of the girls in this installment and I loved getting to know them all a little better, especially Crow, who continues to fascinate me. All four of the girls are so wholly formed and well developed that it's easy to get pulled into their world, worry about their problems and swoon at the pretty artsy boys right alongside them.

Arshya  Khanna 


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
By J. K. Rowling

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Without the guidance and protection of their professors, Harry, Ron and Hermione begin a mission to destroy the Horcruxes, the sources of Voldemort's immortality. Though they must rely on one another more than ever, dark forces threaten to tear them apart. Voldemort's Death Eaters have seized control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, and they are searching for Harry -- even as he and his friends prepare for the ultimate showdown.

It was a great story as it concluded the series of Harry Potter as he defeats Voldemort. We thought it was the end of the series but JK Rowling surprised us with a new book The Cursed Child.

Vibhor Koshal



'The Famous Five:Five Have a Wonderful Time'

By Enid Blyton


George caught a cold due to swimming the sea in April, and is not able to join Julian, Dick and Anne on their planned caravan trip. The other children have already set up their caravans on a hill opposite Faynights Castle. George is on the mend from her cold, so she writes a postcard to let Julian, Dick, and Anne know that they should meet her at the train station the next day. That day, the children learn that two scientists have gone missing. It's presumed that the scientists are traitors, and have fled the country to sell secrets.

A travelling fair arrives and sets up camp directly next to the Kirrin Children. The children attempt to make friends with the performers, the performers do not feel the same way. Performers include Alfredo the Fire-Eater, Buffalo the Whip Cracker and his assistant Skippy, Mr India Rubber, and Mr. Slither, the snake man. The tension between the children and performers finally culminates in the performers waiting until the children have gone for a walk and then hitch up their own horses to the children's caravans to move them to another field. The field that the caravans have been moved to is owned by a farmer who orders the children off his property. Unfortunately, the Kirrin's are unable to move their caravans without borrowing horses from the performers. Julian and Dick leave to speak to the performers but are unsuccessful in their attempts to borrow the horses. During this time, their old friend Jo arrives and joins the Kirrin children and also aids Julian and Dick in convincing the fair performers to let them borrow their horses.

Jo and the children are enjoying a picnic on the hill, Dick spots a face in the window of the castle tower. Julian also confirms that he sees a face, and vows to investigate further. The other children try to see the face in the window but do not see it. The children are convinced that the face in the window must belong to one of the missing scientists, but when they search the grounds the next day during a tour of the castle, they find no evidence. The steps leading up to the tower have crumbled, making it impossible to access the rooms at the top. Julian learns from the ticket lady that two men from the Society for the Preservation of Old Buildings visited the grounds yesterday. He calls the Society to confirm, and the Society tells him that nobody has been there.

The children decided to investigate the castle at nighttime and find that a chunk of the castle wall has been hollowed. The hollowed spot reveals an entrance to a secret passage in the wall that leads up to the tower itself. There the children find one of the missing scientists, Terry-Kane, being held captive. Quickly, they realize that the other scientist, Pottersham, is holding Terry-Kane captive. The children attempt a rescue which fails, and are captured themselves. The fair performers soon realize that the children are missing and attempt a rescue by climbing up the tower to the window where the children first saw the face. Pottersham is overpowered and is finally defeated by the help of Mr. Slither's snake. Pottersham is taken to the police, where he gives a full confession.

Ananya Gupta 


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By Roald Dahl

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Charlie Bucket lived with his family including his grandpas’ , grandmas’ and his parents. They lived in a little house and were very poor. His grandparents are elderly and stayed in bed all day long. Charlie’s father worked in a toothpaste factory but no matter what how hard he worked, he couldn’t make enough money to feed his family. They live on cabbage and cabbage soup. Charlie used to get a chocolate every year on his birthday as he loved chocolates. The great Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory was near Charlie’s house. The factory was closed for years as some workers who worked in his factory stole his secret recipes and gave it to rival companies. One day, Willy Wonka makes an announcement that he would allow five children to have a tour of his Chocolate Factory , but they had to have a entry pass which was a Golden Ticket which were hidden in his chocolates. The first child to get the Golden Ticket was Augustus Gloop , then Veruca Salt, then Violet Beauregarde and the Mike Teavee. There was still one Golden Ticket left. One day, grandpa gives Charlie some money to buy a chocolate and then they would open it together to see if they get lucky or not. They open but no ticket was there. While walking on the streets, Charlie finds money fell on the ground and he picks it up and buys a chocolate. When he opens the wrapper , he got the last Golden Ticket!!!!!!

He ran back to his house and in excitement , Grandpa Joe gets up from his bed and starts dancing. Later, on the backside they read the message and Grandpa Joe goes with Charlie to the factory as Grandpa Joe used to work there. Then all the five kids with their elders enter the chocolate factory but in between, they saw some small humans , which were called oompa-loompas. In between, kids were getting trapped in different places and the oompa-loompas used to sing and dance if something happened like this. In the end, Charlie was the only one left and his gift was that he would have the whole chocolate factory but there was a condition that he can’t live his parents and Charlie doesn’t accepts this as he chooses his family over this factory.

But later, Willy Wonka allows the family to live in the factory and their house in which they lived, was taken inside the factory in a garden which is made up of chocolate, And they lived happily in the factory along with Willy Wonka.

Jiya Sharma


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