‘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 

8-A

 
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

VIII A

 

'The Famous Five:Five Have a Wonderful Time'

By Enid Blyton

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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 
VII-C

 

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

VII-B

 

 ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ Series : A Game of Thrones

 By George R.R. Martin

 

Game of ThonesThis amazing book series is written by the author ‘George R.R.Martin’. 

The entire series is mostly packed into a single book called ‘A Game of Thrones’. It follows through the entire series. It is action packed, with one of the deepest lore in any book I have ever read. 

The history of ‘The Land of Ice and Fire’ dates back to thousands of years.  It follows many characters, but no one is shown as the protagonist. The book is full of antagonists and anti-heroes. It has different villains with extremely different personalities and different motives. Some want to be king of the Seven Kingdoms, some want to be a ruler of one of the kingdoms, some want revenge and some are villains just for the joy they get. But the most intriguing thing about the book is that good doesn’t always win. Protagonists die all the time and so do the antagonists.

In an interview, George R.R. Martin explained why he does this. “A writer, even a fantasy writer, has an obligation to tell the truth and the truth is, as we say in Game of Thrones, all men must die(Valar Morghulis-one of the quotes from Game Of Thrones,” he told Galaxy’s Edge Magazine, “particularly if you’re writing about war, which is certainly a central subject in Game of Thrones.” He said that as much as he admires fantasy writers suck J.R.R. Tolkein, the fantasy clichés they have made harm fantasy more than helping it. He displays the human nature beautifully but through some gore. He displays our greed, our lust, our love for our loved ones. He shows that we can go to so many heights to ensure they have a good future. Overall, I enjoyed the book thoroughly and recommend it highly but to an older audience.

-Syed Sameed Anwar,VIII-C

 

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

This book is the fourth installment of the much popular Harry Potter series. This book is about the Triwizard Tournament between the Durmstrang Institute, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The event is hosted at Hogwarts. The preparations begin at the school with great pomp and splendor. According to the rules of the Tournament, there is one champion of the last year of his/her school to compete, but somebody unknown had put Harry Potter’s name in the Goblet of Fire. Harry also gets selected even though he was a fourth year student. So, Viktor Krum from the Durmstrang Institute, Fleur Delacour from the Beauxbatons Academy and Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter from Hogwarts School compete with each other in the Tournament. The author describes the Triwizard Tournament in a very explanative manner and there is a strong usage of imagery. The tasks set up for the Tournament have been imagined thoroughly and the flow of the story is not broken at all. Meanwhile, the protagonist Harry Potter starts getting visions of the Dark Lord of Evil, Lord Voldemort and his followers in his sleep. Hogwarts also gets a new ‘Defense against The Dark Arts’ teacher, Professor Alastor ‘Mad Eye’ Moody.  In the novel, there are many subplots as well such as, the continuation of Lord Voldemort’s plans in Harry’s mind, Rita Skeeter’s outrageous articles, Hermione’s formation the S.P.E.W etc. During the latter half of the book, Harry grabs the Tournament trophy along with Cedric and they get teleported to Lord Voldemort’s rebirth place. The Dark Lord murders Cedric there and gathers his followers, the Death Eaters. In the end, it is found that Moody wasn’t Moody at all but a Death Eater, Barty Crouch Jr. He only entered Harry’s name in the Goblet of Fire and caused trouble at Hogwarts. 

The book ends smoothly. I found the book very interesting and I was engrossed in it till the end. I look forward to read more books by J.K. Rowling and recommend this strongly to all Harry Potter fans.

Snigdha Soti
VIII C