Saturday, December 22, 2018

Wonder, by R J Palacio

Wonde, by R J Palacio

Wonder is about a ten-year-old boy named Auggie (August) Pullman. Auggie was an unlucky child as he had been born with a deformed face. Even after twenty seven surgeries Auggie’s face looked so bad that people were shocked when they saw him. Auggie had never been to school before and had been homeschooled. Now, his parents wanted him to attend a real school as it would be fifth grade and the start of middle school for everyone. Auggie starts at Beecher Prep. Everyone find him scary-looking and most of them are mean to him The book then talks about how Auggie feels everyday at school and how he makes a few friends and how he starts enjoying school.

The book was one of my favourite books ever because everything was written so well and it was simply amazing. My favourite part was that the book had many different parts. Most of them were from Auggie’s point of view but a few were from the different people in his life like his sister or his best friend. This gave you a chance to see what everyone feels about Auggie and from their point of view. It was a great book to read and I loved the sequel of this book too.

© 2018, Anika Agarwal. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Middle School: My Brother Is a Big Fat Liar, by James Patterson

Middle School: My Brother Is a Big Fat Liar, by James Patterson (Author), Lisa Papademetriou (Author), Neil Swaab (Illustrator)

This book is the only book in the Middle School series that it written from Georgia’s point of view. Georgia is Rafe’s younger sister and now that she is in middle school she too is going to HVMS (Hills Village Middle School).The book talks about how Georgia Khatchadorian goes to HVMS. The teachers get to know that Georgia is the sister of the infamous Rafe and give her no chance to prove herself. They think that Georgia is just like Rafe and only wants to fool about. Adding to this are the Princess Patrol, Missy, Bethany and Brittany. They are a group of girls that are popular and cool and treat everyone else as dirt. They have now singled out Georgia as the new person to bully. Then Rafe signs up Georgia’s band to play at the dance. Knowing that their band was horrible Georgia is afraid about what will happen at the dance. Will she be able to survive till the end of the year? This was only a short glimpse of what the book is about.

The book is so funny. It is also a change to be reading from Georgia ‘s point of view. You get to know a lot more about her and what she feels. It is also hilarious when Georgia thinks of the different ways to outsmart the Princessesses. The tricks that she and Rafe play on each other. It all comes together very nicely and the result is one amazing book. The plot and everything else is just awesome. This was another one of my favourite Middle School books because it was from Georgia’s point of view.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Curious Case of the Sweet and Spicy Sweetshop, by Nandini Nayar

 The Curious Case of the Sweet and Spicy Sweetshop, by Nandini Nayar

The Mithaiwallas are one of the best sweet-making families. The secret to their success is a book that contains the recipes of every delicious and new sweet created by them. Vishnu Mithaiwalla is the current generation in the Mithaiwalla family. One day a boy named Laddoo shows up and claims that he is his nephew, the son of Vishnu’s estranged sister, Revati. The next day however, a girl named Anu shows up claiming that she is his niece and the daughter of Revati. Both say that they have come to live with him. Now, Vishnu is in a fix and has no way of knowing who is the real relative. On top of this, someone sets out to steal the ancient recipe book! Will Vishnu catch the culprit before it is too late? Will he find the real Mithaiwalla descendant? That was the summary.

This book was recommended by our librarian, Pratap Uncle. The minute I read the blurb I fell in love with the book. The plot was simple yet very entertaining. This book is one of those books that you won’t mind reading over and over just because of its simplicity. I liked the way all the recipes are described and the way the food is made. The book makes your mouth water when you think of the food. This is a book that any kid would like reading.

© 2018, Anika Agarwal. All rights reserved.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Artemis Fowl, Book 1, by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl-1 (Book 1), by Eoin Colfer

This is the first book in the Artemis Fowl series. Before I do anything I would like to give you a short summary of the book so that you’ll understand what I’ll talk about later.

The main character is a twelve year old boy named Artemis who is a criminal mastermind and a genius. In the course of one of his schemes, he manages to find the People or the fairy folk. The People have been living underground for a long time hidden from the Mud Men or humans. They have survived this long thanks to Foaly, the centaur also a technological genius. Artemis manages to decipher the Book (the rulebook of the fairies) which is written in Gnommish. This is a first. He learns that fairies need to complete a Ritual so that they can restore and replenish their magic. The Ritual involves plucking an acorn from an ancient tree and while the acorn is still fresh, planting it on a full moon night. Artemis goes to all the ancient oak trees onn full moon nights in the hope of catching a fairy. After many long waits he is rewarded. He captures Captain Holly Short of the LEP (fairy police force) He holds her captive and asks for a ransom from the LEP. The LEP has no other choice but to put a time field on Artemis’s house. A time field stops time in that particular place for at least 8 hours. If Artemis did not give up Holly by the end of the eight hours the LEP would have too release a bio-bomb that kills all living creatures and leaves everything else untouched. Is Artemis as clever as he seems? Will he be able to win without getting killed?