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‘I Wish I Were’ Book Review by 6 year old Dhakshitha.C from Chennai

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Today’s review by 6 year old Dhakshitha.C is of an old folklore, retold now as it still has a significant message for all of us. This book is globally acclaimed for the Indian look and feel of its characters and had won the spotlight from Global  Literature for Libraries.

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Dhakshitha. C enjoys reading books, classical dance and music and visiting temples. She is a student of N.S.N Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chennai

 

 

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Title: I WISH I WERE

Author: NIDHI MISHRA

Illustrated By: PARVATI PILLAI

Published By: BOOKOSMIA

My Mom bought this E-Book for me to read.

When I saw the cover of the book in which a girl wearing a traditional skirt, is  sitting on a tree branch with her friend crow, I immediately connected to
her as I like to wear traditional skirts very much and started to read the book.

This story is a folk tale about a little girl who wishes to become someone else.

The characters are the girl, her friend crow , the swan, the parrot, the peacock  and the girl’s mom and dad.

The story takes place in the girl’s house from where it moves to the pond and then the zoo and back home again.

The story starts with the girl telling her friend, crow about her wish.

Her friend crow also wanted to be a  swan. So they both went to the pond to meet the swan but the swan wanted to be someone else and so the girl and crow visit many creatures till they realize, we are great in the way we are.

My favorite character is the girl because she is active and curious, just like me!

This book teaches us that we should be happy and satisfied with the way we  are. My favorite part of the book is when the girl realized that everyone is special in his or her own  way.
I loved this book. The book was very colorful and attractive. I will recommend this to my friends.

I rate this book with ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5*
Recommended age group for the book is 5 To 8 Years

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‘The Upside-Down Magic’ Book Review by 11 year old R. Darshini from Chennai

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Today’s review is of children’s fantasy book series that was later adapted into a Disney Channel Original Movie.

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11 year old R. Darshini from Chennai is inspired by her parents to read books and has a big collections at home. She  loves reading books. She is thankful to find a platform for students, where she can share her review of books. R Darshini is a student of NSN Mat.Hr.Sec.School,  Chrompet, Chennai.

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The Upside Down Magic Book Review

Title:  The Upside-Down Magic

Author:  Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins

Publisher: Scholastic

This book is one of a Scholastic book series.

I got this book as a birthday gift from my aunt. My aunt always sends books for me to read ( like for my birthday or when I score good grades) and my cousin sister always shares her books with me to read.

I enjoyed reading this story and think it is the best story book of all.

This book  beautifully describes the story of a girl named Nory, who has little ‘Upside Down’ MAGICAL POWERS.

To begin with, this story tells that everyone has magical abilities. Many children begin their magical training in the Sage Academy. The five divisions – Flares,  Fuzzies, Flickers, Fluxers and Flyers, each have particular skillset. Nory is a  Fluxer, but she shape-shifts into a kitten mixed with a beaver or a dragon and has no control over it. As she fails in the entrance exam for Sage Academy, and is forced to attend a special class called UDM (Upside Down Magic), she makes friends with other children in classroom who also have uncontrolled magic.  They all learn to embrace their uncontrolled magic as a gift.

 

My favourite part is when the authors beautifully narrate that Nory is a very determined girl and how she overcomes the disappointments. Finally, at the end Nory and her friends join together to prove that Upside-Down Magic is  also needed and that they are gifted too.

The key characters in this book are Elinor Nory Horace, Elliott Cohen, Bax Kapoor, Andres , Pepper Phan, Marigold Ramos, Willa , Sebastian Boondoggle.

My learning from this book is that every person is unique in his/her own way and one has to make use of that uniqueness.

Every person has an important role to play.

I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 on a scale of 1 to 5 and recommend it for age group 8+

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‘Good night stories for Rebel Girls-Alfonsina Strada’ Book Review by A. Rakshana Thrinetra from Chennai

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Today’s review is of one of the most talked about books of our times, and one which broke site records for fundraising for literature publication.

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Title: Rebel Girls
Story: Alfonsina Strada
Author: Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavalli
 
The Reberl Girls is a collection of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a series of two children’s books, aimed at ages six and up. The books each feature  short stories about 100 real women who can be role models to children.
I particularly enjoyed the story about Alfonsina Strada.
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Once there was a girl who could ride a bike so fast that you could barely see her. “Don’t go so fast, Alfonsina !” her parents would scream. Too late – she had already whizzed past.
When she got married, her family hoped that she would  finally give up this crazy idea of becoming a cyclist.
Instead, on her wedding day, her husband gifted her a brand new racing bike. The gift from Alfonsina’ s  husband was so surprising and that was my favorite part.
After marriage, they moved to Milan, and Alfonsina started to train professionally.
She was so fast and strong that a few years later, she entered the Giro d’Italia,  one of the toughest race in the world. No other women had ever attempted it  before.
“She’ll never make it,” people said.
But nobody could stop Alfonsina.
The race was long and strenuous, with twenty one day long stages along some of the steepest mountain roads in Europe. Of the ninety cyclist who started out, Alfonsina was one of them. She was greeted as a hero.
The next year, was bared from competing. “Giro d’Italia is a men’s race,” the  officials declared . But that didn’t stop her either. She raced all the same and she set a speed record that stood for twenty six years, even though she rode a 44 pound, 1 gear bike.
Alfonsina would be happy to know that things have changed a lot since then. Now women’s cycle racing is hugely popular. It’s even an Olympic sport.
The gift from Alfonsina’ s  husband was so surprising and that was my favorite part.
 I recommend this book to women who wants to become an athlete.
I rate this book with ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5*
This book is for kids 6 and above  and I recommend this book to women who wants to become an athlete.

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‘Harry The Dirty Dog’ Book review by 8 year old K.S.Rithik from Chennai

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Today’s review is of one of the most beloved children’s books ever, ‘Harry The Dirty Dog.’

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K.S. Rithik is 8 years old. He Is very curious to learn new things. He is very much interested in science and technology, sports & art and craft apart from reading. He wants to invent something that is helpful for the society. He is a student of NSN Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chitlapakkam, Chennai.
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Title: Harry The Dirty Dog
Author: Gene Zion
Illustrator: Margaret Bloy Graham
Publisher: Harper
This story was originally published in 1956 in black and white, then reprinted in 2002 with splashes of colours.
I read this story in a mobile app. This is a fictional story.
When I saw the front page of this story, I thought it wouldn’t be nice.
But after reading this story it became one of my favourite stories!
The central idea of the story is Harry the white dog with black spots likes everything except bath. One day before bath he hid the scrubbing brush and  ran away. He played where they were fixing the street, so he became dirty. He played tag with other dogs, so he became even dirtier. He sled on  coal chute and became the dirtiest of all, while coming home he came in black colour with white spots. His owner couldn’t recognize him so he didn’t let him go into the house. Then when the owner didn’t see, Harry went to the house and jumped into the bath tub. Then his owner came to know that this dog is Harry.
My favourite part in this story is how the owner recognized that the dog is indeed his pet Harry. Harry is my favourite character because even when he got lost, he came back to his house.
I like this story because Harry the white dog with black spots turned into a black dog with white spots by doing some naughty things.
If I could change something in this story, I wouldn’t have let the dog go out. I understood if we go and play outside we have to take bath regularly and be clean.
The recommended age group for this book is 4+
My review rating for this story is 4.5/5*

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‘Black Beauty’ Book Review by 14 year old Agshitha Kumari from Chennai

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Today’s review is of the widely popular classic for young readers- Black Beauty.

14 year old Agshitha Kumari is a student of NSN Memorial School, Chennai.

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The Black Beauty Book Review by kids Sara with Bookosmia

Title-THE BLACK BEAUTY

Author-ANNA SEWELL 

Reading books has always been my favourite hobby.
And now, another book has been added to my collection recently, “THE BLACK BEAUTY”
This is a story about a well-bred horse called and he is the narrator of the story.
He is an ideal horse – obedient, willing, intelligent and courageous too. He  recalls being carefree under kind masters and the hardships he faces under  successive cruel owners before finding his final home.
The thing that grabbed my attention in this story, was the realization of the  cruel treatment horses got. Some of his owners were incredibly kind, while  others were cruel and terrible. It was those cruel owners that made me want  to jump into the story and confront them. Just kidding!!
The writing is pretty good for the time that it was written. I had no trouble at all in understanding what was going on. I was never confused. So, I would  definitely recommend this book to my friends who are horse lovers.
And the best age group for reading this book is children aged 8+ .
On a scale of 1-5, I would rate this book 5/5* of course. I’m very glad that I got this book from my friend Helly who recommended me to read it.  It is a must read book for everyone.

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‘The Palace of Illusions’ Book Review by 13 year old Tatvi Shah from Vadodara

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Here is the first in the genre of Indian mythology- a very popular category amongst readers. And ahead of the International Day of the Girl child, what better pick than one that talks of one of the strongest female characters.

13 year old Tatvi Shah from Vadodara shares this wonderful review. She is a student of Delhi Public School, Vadodara

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Title- The Palace of Illusions

Author- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

 

I recently read this book by the Indo-American author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

I got this book as a present on the festival of Raksha Bandhan from my father. It has been a tradition in my house of tying rakhi on my father’s
wrist and he gives me the most valuable gift of  the year. We consider ourselves as siblings of last birth!

 

This book was worth-spending on as I always wanted to read mythology books written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, as i wanted to discover her  perspective about the characters of Mahabharata.

I was fascinated as soon as I saw the cover page of The Palace of Illusions.
The picture on it intrigued me as it shows a beautifully carved gate and it feels that walking through it leads to a new life.

The unpredictable life of Draupadi, having been produced from fire to her final  journey to Mahaprasthan, builds up the climax of this entrancing novel. The  storyline includes narrative about her relationship with her brother, the  desolation that she faced in her father’s palace, the relationships with her only  sister, Sikhandi; her life as the spouse of the five Pandavas and how  she triggers the Mahabharata war.

Draupadi is the protagonist of the book. She has been fascinatingly illustrated  through this book where we almost envision ourselves in her shoes. Chitra  Banerjee has portrayed Draupadi as a lady with a voice, who is not reluctant to  convey anything which she thinks is perfect. She is a charismatic woman with  ego.

 

Draupadi and her brother were born from sacred fire after prolonged prayers, to King Drupad.Even then she had to suffer the strict gender bias. These views of the patriarchal society are the biggest problem the world is and has been  facing from years immemorial.

The central idea of the story is that the author chose a female character that  was tainted as she wanted to demonstrate that even women have equal rights and should be given equal dignity as received by men.

 

I savoured the part  when Draupadi pesters Sage Vyasa to know more about  how sorrowful her life is going to be. When Sage Vyasa responds with due  respect that she is going to be the wife of five husbands and also the queen of  a pompous kingdom, Draupadi, and I were on seventh heaven to know that she would become the queen. To me this is the most delightful part of the story,  based on my opinion.

If were the author, I would add the account of the events that took place during exile and war in particular. The war and exile are two essential parts of  Draupadi’s biography. I would fancy writing less about her lamented life and  elaborate on her espoused life after the war also.

This is a book which can be read by anyone comfortable in English but I would  recommend this book for  13+.  This would help them know more about how to  deal with struggles.

Evaluating this book with stars is a challenging decision but actually, this wonderful book has changed my view about Draupadi. I give this excellent book 4.5 star.

*On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest

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‘I Love My Mom’ Book Review by 9 year old Kanishka from Chennai

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Today’s review is on a book that has been translated from Japanese.

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9 year old Kanishka from Chennai is a Grade 4 student. She is a Phonics Power student. She is very interested in dancing and singing too.

Kanishka is a student of Kendriya Vidhyalaya School, Tambaram (Chennai)

 

 

 

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I love my mom Book Review by kids for kids Bookosmia

Title- I LOVE MY MOM

Author- Fongsamy Pommaxay

Publisher-Room to Read.

I was attracted by the words, “I LOVE MY MOM” on the cover page.

I read this interesting book. It is a Japanese story translated by Stephanie Wei,  illustrated by Nivong Sengsakown.

 

During this lock down, I could not buy and read any books. Then I thought of  searching online books to read. I saw many books. Suddenly my eyes were  drawn to this particular story which was “I LOVE MY MOM.”

 

The story is about a little girl and her mom. Her mom loves her very much, so  she teaches many skills to her like, how to cook, wash and dry clothes, water plants, make the bed, how to ride a bicycle.”

 

She used to tell bedtime stories to her daughter at night and sing her lullabys when she was sleepy. Her mom worked hard all the time. So the little girl loves  her mom very much. 

The lead character of the story is her mom. The most interesting thing about  her was that she was a hard worker all through the day.

The central idea of the story is the girl learns many skills from her mom. They have illustrated the story through pictures.

 

The general look of the book is impressive because of the colorful pictures.  Even kids can easily understand the writing skill of the story. 

My favorite part of the book was learning the bicycle ride.

I understood how to learn many skills from my mom in this story.  

If I could change something in this book, I will write the whole story as a  conversation.

 

I would rate this book 4 out of 5. The best age group of this book is 7 – 9 years.

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‘The Blue Umbrella’ Book Review by 13 year old Zenia Parpia from Chennai

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Today’s review is of a book, by the much celebrated Ruskin Bond.

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13 year old Zenia Parpia from Chennai has been following Ruskin Bond since  the day she started reading. She feels his stories contain magical  words that can also help her improve her oratory skills. Zenia is a student of NSN Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chennai.

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Title: The Blue Umbrella

Written by : Ruskin Bond

Illustrated by : Trevor Stubley

 

After seeing the cover page of “The Blue Umbrella,” I thought maybe it could be about rainy season.

But the creativity of Ruskin Bond surprised me .

I havent read such a creative, sweet story ever .

This story is about four peoples Binya , Bijju , Ram Bharosa , Ram Chandran.

The lead character in this story is Binya who had fair skin, pink cheeks, brown hair,  glass bangles on her hand, a necklace and loved nature . She is also  sensitive towards people .

 

Its about how Binya got the beautiful blue umbrella, how she protected the umbrella from wind , dust , rain, from villagers and especially from Ram Bharosa.

Binya protected the umbrella . In the process of protecting the umbrella, she  realized that unwantedly she heard the feelings of Ram Bharosa. Since he tried to steal, Binya took the help of Ram Chandran, who was working in Bharosa’s shop. Because of this all people stopped buying from his shop .

 

Seeing this Binya felt guilty and gave the blue umbrella to Bharosa. Meanwhile, Bharosa also realized his mistake. He called Binya and gave her a necklace  with a pear paw pendant which was considered lucky.

 

I loved the writing style, especially the usage of personification. It was interesting to read of non living  things having the character of living things.

 

My favourite part is when Binya gives the most important thing in her life to  Ram Bharosa. I learnt that human relations are more important than things.

 

This book is so interesting that I would give 5 out of 5* ratings

I would recommend this book for age 12 +

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‘Looking For Alaska’ Book Review by 15 year old Ananya Bulani from Ahmedabad

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Today’s review is on a widely popular book for teenagers,  by the author of the famous book “The Fault in Our Stars.” Do not miss this uniquely written review!

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Ananya Bulani is in 11th standard in Ahmedabad. She is  very passionate about writing. Whether it is reviews or articles, she loves penning down her words. She believes writing for an audience, even if it is just one person, helps her to think from the perspective of the audience. Ananya is a student of Young Orators.

 

 

 

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Looking for Alaska Book Review by kids Bookosmia

Title- Looking For Alaska

Author- John Green

Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books

 

 

 

 

Hush!! Such profound words have wrapped a story of a few teens whose lives are intertwined and connected forever, in the Culver Creek Alabama. It is the labyrinth that unites them.

 

I had mixed expressions when I started reading this book because of my  previous experience with Green’s books.

Looking for Alaska follows the novel’s main character and narrator Miles Halter, or “Pudge,” to boarding school.

 

What I did like about this novel, is  that  it had a lot of what I enjoy about Green’s writing- Pudge’s obsession with last words was not only fascinating but gave the novel an almost educational value, because they were true facts. Pudge would wonder about philosophical  ideas, giving a novel a depth beyond just a coming of age book.

 

I clearly remember a line from the book, “If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.” This line echoes everyday in my heart, for the line shows how much Miles loves Alaska, although they weren’t meant to be together. I now understand the real meaning of this line – no matter what happens in future, always love your lover. Love remains eternal, although lovers don’t remain together always.

 

When I finished it for the first time, I loved it. I thought of their problem as  mine. Indeed whenever I begin reading it again, I feel those emotion coming back to me. The author has made this book an literary masterpiece.

 

Thank you Alaska, Miles, Colonel, Lara and others for making me re-read this book every other week and month. Thank you for telling me to enjoy my life to the fullest, without any inhibitions. Miles, thank you for being shy yet smart. Thank you for telling me that being too shy is very harmful. Your neediness is something I envy.

 

Alaska, special thanks to you for making me love you, your carelessness, your never-say-never-spirit. I love you the way Miles does.

 

Thank you, Mr Green, for writing this amazing and heart melting book. It made me cry, laugh, retrospect. All in one book.

 

Looking For Alaska was an enjoyable read which I think makes a poignant remark about the ability of people to cope with grief, especially at such a young age. I definitely respect John Green for his ability to write and tell a story which is not only compelling, but will make you question how to search for your own ‘great perhaps.’

 

I’m giving this book 4 stars out of 5* for its pace and the never ending interest I had in the story line.

The book is appropriate for readers 14 +

This officially my second favourite John Green book. I’m excited to continue reading his stories.

 

I still don’t think I am ever going to find a book that I loved more than The Fault In Our Stars. But you never know.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Book Review by 14 year old Pooja Balaji from Chennai

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Today’s review is by 14 year old Pooja Balaji from Chennai.

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Pooja is a 9th standard student at NSN Memorial Secondary School, Chennai. She says she is not a bookworm but loves reading books. Her grandpa narrated a lot of stories during her childhood. That is how she fell in love with reading.

 

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The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Book Review by kids for kids Bookosmia

Title- The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

Publisher: Scholastic

Books are my best friends. Due to the pandemic situation, I could not buy  them, so I read ebooks. I love to travel around the world and every time I carry a book along with me.

I was really bored during the lockdown and didn’t know what to do. But then my friend called me and she told me that she read a lot of books during this lockdown. She recommended a book named The Hunger Games.
The minute I saw the book I fell in love with it. The cover of the book had a bird  with an arrow. It was magnificent!
I was really so engrossed in the book that I forgot where I was and what was  happening around.
The main character of the story is Katniss. She is a young girl who lived with her mother and sister Prim. She loved hunting with her friend Gale. She lost her dad in a mine blast.
This book is about the games played as a tradition by everyone in all the districts. This is not a simple game like the ones we play. It is a game where  people kill each other and only one person can survive .He/She who survived is awarded. The arena keeps on changing every year.
I love Peeta, a boy who was in the arena. He was so selfless, brave and very smart. He  wanted to save Katniss.
I don’t want to change the book because its perfect and action packed.
My take away from this books is that you should stand up for what you believe no matter what your circumstances are.
I would recommend this book to children above the age of 12.
I would surely rate this book 5 out of 5* because I found it really captivating and it was the most irresistible page turner. If you begin the book you won’t feel like putting it down.

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‘Surprise’ Book Review by 9 year old Kaviya R  from Chennai

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Today’s review is by 9 year old Kaviya R  from Chennai.

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Kaviya loves to play chess, badminton, cricket and football. Her hobbies are writing, reading books and drawing. Her ambition is to become a doctor.
Kaviya is motivated by her teachers and parents. She is a student of N.S.N Memorial School, Chennai
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Title- SURPRISE
Author – OLA ZUR
It was boring to spend time during the lock down –period. I read a story from the website ‘really-learn-English.’
When I read the first paragraph, it was fun and interesting. I read the story in one go. It was fun all till the end.
Now let me share the story which I read – Emma and Jerry are husband and  wife. It was summer and Jerry’s birthday. Emma and Jerry’s mother wanted to  give him a surprise and they needed to keep it as a secret. But they did not  know what Jerry wanted for his birthday. So they kept watching Jerry for one week for clues. There were no clues! And after a day it was Jerry’s birthday
both were terrified of what to give him as a gift. Will they be able to get him a gift that he would like?
The lead characters were Emma and Jerry. The interesting thing about them  was that they were fun and helpful with each other.
According to me, the author did well in keeping the story interesting and the reader wondering , so they are compelled to read this story continuously.
My favourite part of the book was when Jerry received the gift box from Emma and opened it.
My understanding after I read the book is to cross check again before taking a decision.
If I would change something in the story is to give a pair of speakers instead of giving a pair of sneakers.
The illustration of the book was colourful and the text was bold. And the general look of the book was colourful. The best age group to read this book is 7 to 12.
I give this book rating of 5 out of 5* stars to this book.

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‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ Book Review by 13 years old Satvika from Bangalore

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Today on International Day of Peace, I am happy to share this lovely review by 13 year old Satvika, of one of the most important books of our time and an international bestseller, ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank.

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Suri Lakshmi Satvika is 13 years old. She loves reading books and drawings and lives in Bangalore

 

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Title: The Diary of a Young Girl

Author: Anne Frank

BOOKS are dreams you hold in your hands. When we
read a book, we expect to learn something valuable from it.

 

The book I am going to review now, taught me a very important lesson and  when this book was written, the writer was of the same age as I am now (13 years old)So, it influenced me deeply.

 

“The Diary of a Young Girl” is the book I am talking about. This book, as the title suggests, is a diary. The writer of this diary is Anne Frank. This book was  published in the year 1947, in Dutch. Later in 1952, it was translated and  published by ‘Amazing Reads’

When I first saw this book, its cover page and illustrations seemed quite ordinary. But it was the picture of the young girl, Anne Frank which caught my  eye.  Also I had heard quite a lot about it, so I thought of giving it a read.

 

I got this book as a birthday present from my parents on my 13th birthday.

Coming to the plot of this book, it gives us a glimpse into World War II through  a young girl’s perspective. It also shows us how tough and tiring life is when we are confined and not treated as an equal in the society.

 

Anne Frank is the main  character of this book. She is a remarkably clever girl,  a very thoughtful narrator and her diary is an entertaining read as well as a significant historical document.

 

Anne’s first entry said- “Writing in a diary is a very strange thing for someone  like me. Not only because I’ve never written anything before, but also because  it seems to me that later on, neither I  nor anyone would be interested in the  musings of a thirteen year old.” But little did she know her diary became the  primary source of information about the German holocaust.

Though, Anne’s diary only offers a glimpse into the horrors inflicted on the  Jews by the Nazis, it paints a very vivid picture if human nature and relationships during the time of war. It shows us that happiness can be found anywhere.

 

It also tells us that hope is something that should never be lost. I feel that the  main message is that freedom and equality are something very valuable. It  shouldn’t be given to one based on their cast, creed, race, or religion. It should  be everyone’s right.

 

This book is a very wonderful read for anyone above the age of twelve.

We can realize how lucky we are to be this free.

I would give this book 4.5  out of 5. I recommend this book on everyone’s reading list. Happy reading!

*On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest

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‘Ichuppa Village’ Book Review by 12 year old S. Nishitha from Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli

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So here is a ‘book review for young readers, by young reader of story by young writer.’

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12 year old S. Nishitha from Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli shares her review of one of our favourite stories,  ‘Ichuppa Village,’ by 10 year old S Sivakumaran from Chennai.

Nishitha is student of Bell English School. She loves her  father, mother, teachers and God. Nishitha loves eating  fruits and vegetables and playing volleyball and seven stones. She wants to become a doctor,to help others.

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Story-Ichuppa Village

Author- S Sivakumaran

Publisher- Bookosmia

 

I like reading books about studies.
The story is about Rahul and his friends who play video games and watch TV  all the time. They do not give any importance to studies. One day, in his video game, he was walking on the river bank. On the opposite side was walking a boy called Luhar.
My recreation of what Rahul’s village must looks like is below.
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Luhar used to live in a place opposite of Ichuppa village where everyone was  interested in studying and playing outdoor games.
My recreation of what Rahul’s village must looks like is below.
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Rahul is the lead character in this story.He got inspired by seeing what all Luhar and others in the village had achieved. Rahul too changed his lifestyle -and focused on studies.
The story’s idea is to inspire readers to study more and try to learn about everything.
The writing style was very good and nice.
My favourite part is that Rahul mistook the the robot as Luhar’s brother, it was so real!
Studying is important in our life to improve our knowledge. I have learned this from the story
The age group of readers is upto 14 years old.
The story is nice and I don’t want to change anything in the story.  I would give it a rating of 5/5*

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‘At the Farm’ Book review by 5 year old K. S. Manha from Chennai

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5 year old K. S. Manha from Chennai shares this adorable little review of her favourite book.

She is a student of NSN Memorial School, Chennai.

 

 

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Book Name: At the  Farm
Illustrated by: Sindhu Ganesh
Published by: EZ Vidya Pvt Ltd

 

I got this book from school for building reading skills, recommended  by Chrysalis education system.

The book is about how much fun kids can have in a farm and can know about how we are getting the fruits and vegetables in the market, where do they come from.

The story is about Raja and Rani, who play and run at uncle Mano’s farm. In the farm there are mangoes, bananas, guavas and pineapples. There came a  truck in which Raja and Rani loaded the fruits. The truck was full and went to market.

I liked it  because the story made me feel as if I am enjoying in a farm, with so  many colorful fruits and vegetables. It has colorful pictures like real images. Enjoying nature is the real happiness

I think the book is good for 3 to 6 years.   

 I would rate the book  5 stars out of 5*

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‘The Magic Finger’ Book Review by 11 year old Arav Prasad from Bangalore

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Today on Roald Dahl’s Day, I am happy to share this lovely review of his book ‘The Magic Finger’ by 11 year old Arav Prasad from Bangalore.

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Meet Arav from Bangalore, who is the Google of cricket. He studies in 6th grade and dreams to be the captain of the Indian cricket team. These days he is trying his hands at baking and cooking.

 

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Book- The Magic Finger

Author- Roald Dahl

Illustrator- Quentin Blake

A few days ago I read a book called ‘The Magic Finger’ written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. 

 

The book cover had touch and feel letters. 

 

My mom bought me this book on seeing my good results.  

This book was really funny and as you know that anyone who reads Roald Dahl’s books, would definitely love them !

 

So it all started like this-there was a girl who had a finger which could do  anything but it will only work when the girl gets cross and sees red. She went  to school and there her teacher asks her the spelling of cat and she told k-a-t.  Obviously it was wrong so teacher told her to give her hand and you know what happened with 5 hits of the scale. She got so cross and then she saw red and the magic finger did what it had to do. It sprayed a purple light which got injected on her mam and then comes the funniest part. The teacher started to become a cat. She stayed in the cat form for more than 2 years and then no one knows what happened. The next day she met the Gregg family and there starts the real story.  

The girl’s name was not mentioned in the book but the Gregg family consists  of William Gregg, Phillip Gregg and Mr and Mrs Gregg. 

The central idea of the story is not to harm the flora and fauna.

I would not change anything in the story.

 

My favourite part of the book is when the teacher started to become a cat.    

This book is great for the ages 7 to 10. 

Recommendation-5 stars out of 5 *

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‘Brother, sister and the TV remote’ Review by 9 year old Sriram from Chennai

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Today, I am proud to bring this special review-an example of what young minds can achieve when allowed the freedom to express themselves.

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Sriram is studying in NSN Matriculation school.  He loves to read, draw and play. He would like to become a doctor. 

Sriram loves his father, mother, teachers and NSN School, Chennai

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Title – Brother, Sister And  The TV Remote 

Author- Sanaaya Sureka

Publisher – Bookosmia
 I discovered this story  on the Bookosmia website.
It is an interesting story in which a girl wants to watch a channel and her brother wants to watch a different channel. Then the sister and brother fought for the TV remote and his brother went to read books. Later the sister got bored in watching TV alone.
The lead characters are the brother and sister. They used to watch television together- that was interesting about them.
The central idea of the story is it is more fun to do things together. They should watch television, half an hour for each of them to pick their favourite channel.
The writing style was nice.
My favourite part of the story is that the brother and sister both said sorry to each other.
My understanding of the story is that we should be able to give up some things to enjoy the company of our loved ones.
If I could change something, I would be changing the play time for them.
I recommend this story for age group- 7 to 13 years.
I would give the story a 5 ratings out of 5*

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‘Two Wolves’ Review by 10 year old S. Kirthika from Chennai

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Today, I am sharing this lovely review by 10 year old S. Kirthika from Chennai

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S. Kirthika is studying in V grade in N.S.N Matriculation school, Chennai.

Kirthika’s ambition is to become a teacher.

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Story-Two Wolves

Publisher-Giant Wheel magazine.

The lead character in the story is a girl by the name Priya. The change in her thought process and her attitude is the crux of the story.

 

Priya was studying in a school. Her friend called and asked her for the notes,  but she denied giving because he had complained about her to the teacher for some reason.

 

The central idea of the story is inculcating good values, through a story by  Priya’s father that there is a constant battle between two wolves inside. One  wolf being good and the other being evil.

It is relevant as during these days, parents spend less time with children as  they are always busy with their own life. Priya’s father took time and imparted the values to her through a story which was the need of the hour.

My favourite part of the story is during dinner time, Priya’s father did not ignore the conversation that she has with her friend.Instead he tried to explain to her that what she was doing was not right. There is a constant battle  between two wolves inside. The one wolf with love, joy, kindness, hope, truth
faith or the one wolf with anger, jealousy, pride ,sorrow, guilt which we feed inside wins.

The learning from this story is we should develop only positive qualities like  love, faith, kindness, being truthful, helping others, which in turn will brings  happiness in our life.

Parents are second teacher to a child and they influence a child’s behaviour so much. This story has outlined a father who is a role model to a child.

If I could change something in the story, I would have added the family background of Priya clearly and also the reason why her friend had complained about her to the teacher.

The writing style was so easy to understand for the kids. The age group for this story is 7+.
On a scale of 1-5, I would rate this story as 5.*

*On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest

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‘Famous Personalities’ Book Review by 10 year old K. S. Mohammed Daanish from Chennai

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Today’s lovely review is by 10 year old K. S. Mohammed Daanish from Chennai.

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Book : Famous Personalities
Publisher : Shree Book Centre, Mumbai
Author : Quick reference Biographies (OMNIBUS)
I purchased this book from Book Exhibition held in YMCA ground, Chennai, January’20.I picked up the book since I was impressed on seeing pictures of the personalities on the cover, about whom I knew a little.
The book is a biography of eight personalities who are well known to everyone. First two personalities, about whom I read were Adolf Hitler and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.
Adolf Hitler was a German Emperor, he was self-educated from age of
16 years. His great interest in politics drew him towards it. He was much interested in learning arts. Because of rude nature and anger he became a cruel ruler. It was because of him the phrase “The banality of evil” gained exact meaning.
I learnt how I should not be, from him.
Next personality I read about is, my favorite A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former
President of India and an admirable teacher for all the students. He was
born in a simple family and his curiosity towards learning mathematics
and science made him to pursue aeronautical engineering. He became a
person, fondly known as ‘Missile Man’ or ‘Rocket Man.’ Because of his
determinations he achieved what he dreamt and secured more awards.
Things I learnt from the book:
 How should I give shape to my dream
 How to achieve the goals
 How should I learn good things and identify the bad ones
I would recommend the book to everyone, starting 6 years and above.
I would give this book four out of five stars*

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‘The Diamond Brothers Series’ Book Review by 10 year old Anwesha Nag from Bangalore

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Today I share a wonderful book review by 10 year old Anwesha Nag from  Bangalore.
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Anwesha studies in 5th grade at The Samhita Academy and loves reading books, travelling and art. She has her own travel journal on the places she visits.

She completely loved the Anthony Horowitz books and was recommended by her favourite library, Kahani Box.
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Book- The Diamond Brothers Series

Author- Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz has written many books out of which I liked the Diamond Brothers series.
This is about a detective named Tim and his kid brother Nick. But  unfortunately Tim is the world’s worst private detective and cannot solve a  case without his quick thinking brother Nick. These brothers have gone  through many dangerous cases and have even almost lost their lives in some.  Sometimes they have been tied to the train track, shot with a gun,
poisoned and much more.
But how did they escape? Danger is lurking everywhere they go. Are the Diamond brothers’ days numbered?
My most favourite book in the Diamond Brothers series was The French Confection. Tim and Nick Diamond win a trip to Paris, through a yoghurt company. But things did not turn out as they expected. As soon as they  arrived, a man was crushed under the train. Then they were chased by 2  french terrorists. There is a nasty smell in the air that is not cheese. If they
are not careful their dream could turn into a nightmare. Will they last long?

 The lead character in this series is Nick. He is the most intelligent character in the book. My favourite part of the book is when the suspense ends and Nick finds out who the criminal is.

The writing style of the book is easy for children to understand  and the illustrations in the book are simple. This book is best suitable for children in the age group of 8 to 10.
 I would like to give this series a 5 out of 5 rating*. 

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”Who Was Anne Frank’ Book Review By 9 year old Seeyona from Hyderabad

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Today I share a very thoughtful review of a book based on the life of an important person.

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Book- Who was Anne Frank

Author- Ann Abramson

One day, I was browsing through a bunch of books to choose from, when I came across a book called ‘WHO WAS ANNE FRANK’ by Ann Abramson.

I wanted to have this book but before I told my mother to buy it, I wanted to know a bit about who Anne Frank was.

My mom told me that Anne Frank lived for only 15 years. That really got my attention. So I got this book to know how come she lived for such a short period and what was her journey like?

 

This book tells us about the life of Anne Frank from her childhood. It is the  story about Anne and her family going into hiding from Hitler’s army and all the rules they had to follow in the Secret Annex . Adolf Hitler was a German  politician and leader of the Nazi Party who started World War II.

I feel the book is important because, apart from facts about world history, it  tells us a real-life story of how we must not give up hope even when things  around us are out of place.

My favorite part of the book is to know that on Anne’s 13th birthday she had got a diary that she wrote in, every day. Later, her father got it published for  the whole world to read it. And today almost 90 years later, we can still read  her story in her own words! Isn’t that exciting to know?

This book has lots of black and white photos of her. In fact the pictures are so simple that I actually drew one myself. 

At the end of the book there is a timeline of Anne Frank’s life.

 

The best lines I read in the book were also the last lines she ever wrote in her diary. This is what it said –

“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.”

 

The book is written in a very simple language for young children to easily follow and understand.

I would give a rating of 5 out of 5 stars to this book.*

This book is perfect for children in the age group of 8 to 10 years, who like to read inspiring real-life stories.

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‘Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer’ Book Review by 13 year old Swastik from Jaipur

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Today’s heartfelt and thorough review comes from 13 year old Swastik Kumar from Jaipur. He is studying in class 8 at Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh School, Jaipur and is a student of Young Orators.

 

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Book- Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer

Author-Rick Riordan

 

“As soon as the flaming blades of Surtr touched me I knew it was the end. I had only one choice to make.”

‘The Sword of Summer’ is the first sequel in Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase series of three novels
that has sold millions of copies worldwide.

It is an amazing story which puts a cheerful smile to the young and old alike.Rick Riordan is known for his humor, and the twists that we get at the end of the stories.

Magnus Chase is the story about a young demigod son of the god Frey, who  dies valiantly fighting the fire lord Surtr and goes to Valhalla (the place of the noble dead) to spend the remainder of his time preparing for Ragnarok. Ragnarok is often called as the end of the world. It is believed that it would start on the event of Fimblewinter {the last winter}

People say that Magnus Chase is a must read. I think that they could not be  any more right. Rick Riordan spins the story in such a way that you cannot resist yourself to think, what I would have done if I was in that position.

You can see many of the characters in our everyday life. Take Magnus for example. He is gullible and trusts anyone and everyone. He lived a hard life at  the street after his mom died.

Let’s take a look at Samirah. Father has a bad reputation but still she is trying  to get along with the society. As most of his characters are taken from  everyday life, it is easy to relate and understand how they feel.
The main characters of the story are, Magnus, a young Demigod son of Frey who used to live at the street after his Mom died. Samirah, a daughter of Loki who is struggling to make her place among the demigods. Blitzen, a dwarf who has an expertise in clothing and Hearth stone, an elf who cannot hear or speak but has a mastery in runes.

The protagonist of the story is Magnus Chase, while the antagonist is the  flaming demon lord, Surtr.

Valhalla is truly an amazing place to go after you die. The never ending fun. The constant partying. Atop of all this Rick Riordan has described it in lubricious  words and spun it into a tale so great that you feel that you are actually in the halls of Valhalla reliving the experience. But the main aim of Valhalla is to train  the troops for Ragnarok. Even getting in Valhalla is not that easy, you have to go through harrowing trials, and prove that you are worthy for Valhalla.

 

But for Magnus, things just do not just end there. Many adventures follow the  duo Magnus and Samirah as they go on regular quests. Sometimes to prevent  Ragnarok from happening or on the quest to find a missing weapon of the  gods, that can determine the fate of the world.

 

This is not the first series of Rick Riordan. He has done it many a times and has been nicknamed the story teller of gods. He has also won the literary award on  the Percy Jackson. He is best known for his works on the Kane Chronicles and the Percy Jackson series.

I really like this book because it takes care of the problems that society face nowadays. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5*

It is recommended for the ages of 13 and above.

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‘Lockdown and the Magical School’ Book Review by 10 year old A . Hanu Vardhan from Chennai

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Today, I am proud to bring this special review-an example of what young minds can achieve when allowed the freedom to express themselves.

 

Here is a story written by a 7 year old Sanvi from Mysore, enjoyed and reviewed  by a 10 year old A . Hanu Vardhan  from Chennai. Isnt it beautiful what we are created?  ‘Book reviews for young readers, by young readers on stories by young writers!’

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Hanu Vardhan is 10 years old and loves to study in  grade 5 of N.S.N school.He loves playing cricket and  football.
His inspiration in my life comes from his mother, father,teacher and god .
He wants to explore the whole world ans aspires to be a collector .
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Story- Lockdown and the Magical School
Author-Sanvi, Mysore
Publisher- Bookosmia
I read this story when I searched for ‘stories of Bookosmia.’
When I found this story and read the first paragraph, I found it  interesting  from the beginning itself. The fairies , the magical school , Sanvi , the bad octopus being friends- all made me smile .
Sanvi was the special character in this story. Sanvi is in a fairyland,making  friends with an octopus was the interesting part about the character .
The story theme is about enjoying during the lockdown days by imagining that we are in a fairy land and enjoying there in a magical school. It is relevant as during the lockdown days, children will be bored locked in the home.
When they imagine like this and play they will be happy .
The writing style was superb.
My favourite part of the story is everything, since it is a wonderful story of a girl and the fairyland. I love fairyland so every part of the story was interesting to  me. If readers read this story they will smile and become happy .
In this book I learnt to be happy in lockdown and I understand that imagining our favourite things makes me happy .
If I want to change the book I will add more about her adventures in the  fairyland daily. For example, next day in the morning itself Sanvi went to the fairyland and made more friends , had a party with fairies etc .
I think this story will put a smile on every one’s face. The age group to this book will be above 6+
I would rate the story 5 out of 5*

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‘Abduction’ Book Review by 13 year old Taneesha from Singapore

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Today’s lovely review is by 13 year old Taneesha Sheth from  Singapore,an 8th grader in Singapore American School. Apart from art, reading, writing, and playing various sports such as basketball and badminton, she loves taking part in social activities.

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Book- Abduction
Author:- Peg Kehret
Publisher:- Dutton Juvenile

Imagine a day, when the sunshine has warmth in it’s brilliance and spreads it’s precious golden rays in all directions, everything with a bright glow. Just perfect until you realize that your brother has been kidnapped – and that too from the bathroom.

 

Overwhelmed with fear, you wake up to discover that your adorable little puppy has disappeared into thin air. Imagine a night when you tuck yourself in your blanket, with constant fear instilled in your mind. Scratch that, in the book Abduction by Peg Kehret, the main character feels that way, after suffering 2 losses, her beloved dog, Pookie, and her half brother Matt after they are kidnapped.

 

In the book Abduction by Peg Kehret, Matt, a gullible 6 years old is missing. Bonnie’s younger brother left his classroom to use the bathroom – and disappeared. A police dog traces his scent, later everyone identifies that  apparently, he got into a vehicle. But why would Matt go anywhere with a  stranger? Isn’t everyone taught not to say ‘yes’ to strangers? Buried with fear  Bonnie also discovers that her dog Pookie is missing. Was Pookie used to indulge Matt by going with him? Meanwhile when Bonnie desperately tries to search for the two favorite things in her world,she makes à terrible mistake.

Did she fall into her own trap? Determined to be with each other, together  again, can Bonnie and Matt outsmart the abductor?

 

Peg Kehret, the author of this book, and 50 other books have swiftly  combined a pinch of humor with a handful of suspense and mystery in the book Abduction.

 

Instead of moving the story really quickly, Peg Kehret has written a bit-by-bit,  persuading the reader to read another page, indulging the reader to find another clue on the condition of the 2 precious sweethearts. In this book the author also writes and moves the story very slowly to help the reader digest each part of the suspense created.

 

This is a great book because the character traits of the main character can  easily connect wit anyone reading this book. The author has crafted this story in such a way that it awakens the tension inside you and creates a lot of  depression, building word by word inside of you.

 

Another point that I would like to mention about the author’s craft and her  style is that she has tried to include a lot of description which draws an image  or paints an image in the reader’s brain, to help them visualize what is going on. While I was deeply engrossed in this book I also noticed that at the end of each chapter, the author has a cliffhanger to create more suspense and motivate the reader to read the next chapter without putting the book down.

 

Overall this author did a fabulous job in terms of including our five senses in  the book so that we as readers can be completely inside the book instead of just reading it.

 

I think that I wouldn’t change any aspect of the book because the author has crafted it based on what would happen in real life if someone were to face the same situation. Therefore I like it the way it has been laid out and how the story moves ahead.

 

I would definitely recommend this book if you love mystery combined with a little bit of mischief. To end this, I would rate this book 4 out of 5*. This book is  definitely a page-turner and the author does a wonderful job in keeping you engaged throughout. 

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‘Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone,’ Book Review by 14 year old N. Sai Deeptha from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHi there book lovers, your friend Sara here! If a book is written for kids, shouldnt we ask the kids to tell us how they liked it?

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Today’s review of an iconic book is by Sai Deeptha ,a 9th grader in N.S.N Memorial School, Chennai. She loves reading books and not being able to buy more books is depresses her.

 

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Book- Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone

Author- J K Rowling

Publisher- Bloomsbury,UK

When I first saw the cover of  “ Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone,”  I thought that it would be a very droopy and boring story, but it was so not what I had expected. The cover has him, Ron, Hermione  and Hagrid,the school’s gatekeeper, of whom he is very fond, with Hogwarts in the background.

The saying ‘ Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is used quite literally here . 

I was engrossed  in the book and I was experiencing all those adventures . 

 

My friend recommended this book to me, but I tried to stall as much as I could, to not read the book. I did not even try to watch the movies.But, as I started  reading it, I found it very compelling and kept reading it.

 

The story is basically about a young wizard called Harry Potter , who had  survived a death curse  and was living with his cruel aunt, uncle and cousin  because his parents were killed trying to save him.But as he turned 11,he was  taken to Hogwarts, a first rate wizard school. He was to be trained to be a  skilled wizard. There, he made friends with his best friends for life, Ron  Weasley and Hermione Granger. They have all sorts of adventures together  during the quest to protect the philosopher’s stone from the villain, Voldemort, who had tried to kill Harry Potter.

 

The lead character is Harry Potter, who is a powerful young wizard. He is  undeniably brave and extremely loyal to all his friends and family, so much so that they don’t mind giving their lives for him. It is interesting that even after  so much pain and suffering, he stayed strong and continued fighting. That is really impressive .

 

In this story , Harry is mistreated and shunned by his own family and lots of people would be questioning their existence.But, even though his parents weren’t alive and he was cruelly treated by his aunt and uncle, he was still  loved by his friends and they supported him no matter what. I feel that the central idea of the story is that love is more powerful than anything and it is proved when his mother’s love actually saved him from Voldemort .

 

The illustrations of the book is what that gave the book its magical feel but as I said before, I’m not very fond of the cover. The writing style makes me feel like I’m with them, experiencing all the adventures and undergo all they went through .

 

My favourite part of the book is when Harry,Ron and Hermione take on a fully  grown Troll all by themselves.It is really impressive how they work together  and vanquish it without any proper knowledge of spells .

 

My takeaway from this book is that love is more powerful than anything and even a powerful villain can be conquered easily .

 

The one thing that I would change in this book is that Draco Malfoy can be portrayed in a nicer way, so that he might not seem so cruel and arrogant. Draco is forced and brain washed by his parents to act the way he does ; to be as if he was better than anyone. I would have made Harry and Draco have an almost civil relationship and defeat Voldemort together .

 

Any person above 8 years can read this.It is in a very easy language and is appealing to all age groups.

I would definitely rate the book 5/5* because I couldn’t put it down and was so engrossed in the book that I didn’t notice what happened around me at all.

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‘Disney Minnie Storybook Collection’ Book Review by 9 year old Vetrivel K from Chennai

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Today 9 year old Vetrivel K from Chennai shares what he feels about his favourite book.

Vetrivel got into the habit of reading story books, after enhancing his English through Phonics Power, . He loves to read books and play chess.

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Minnie Storybook Collection Book Review by kids Bookosmia

Book: Disney Minnie Storybook Collection
Author: Disney
Publisher: Penguin Random House India

I bought the book in a book stall which is in the Phoenix Mall. I got this book to enjoy reading it with my favourite Disney characters.

Inside this beautiful book there are six fabulous stories to enjoy. Solve the  mystery of the missing brownies, join the search for Pluto, and enjoy a classic  Minnie Mouse fairytale and lots more!

My favourite character in the book is Mickey Mouse which supports Minnie  Mouse in all the stories.

In this collection of stories, Minnie is a lead character, supported by her friends Mickey, Daisy, Donald duck, Pluto and Goofy on various mysteries and  adventures.

The pictures in this book are my favourite. The high quality printed pictures  explain the story easily and supports my reading habit. It is definitely a visual  explanation. The story is narrated in a simple manner were early learners can  read it easily.

My favourite part of the book is Minnie’s New Hat story because lot of adventure and excitement was there while reading the story.

I learnt to visualize the story while reading using the lovely and supporting  pictures given in each pages. I read Rapunzel and Little Red Riding hood with a lead character as Minnie, which gives different experience while reading and visualizing from its original.

My recommended age group for reading this book  8 – 12 years

Rating of the book is 4.5 out of 5*

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‘Percy Jackson and the lightning thief’ Book Review by 12 year old Meher Gandhi from Vadodara

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Today’s book review is by 12 year old Meher Gandhi from Vadodara on one of the books in the popular Percy Jackson series.

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Meher is an avid reader who also loves to play keyboard and likes to swim and dance. Meher goes to Navrachana International School Vadodara.

She is a student of Young Orators.

 

 

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Book  – Percy Jackson and The lightning thief

Author- Rick Riordan

For a girl like me who is very picky and unsure of many things in life, I was very sure about one thing after glancing at the cover page of this book-I instantly decided that I wanted to read it.

The book  with its catchy book cover caste a spell on me and I was compelled to read the book.

 

So, Percy the protagonist is a normal boy next door doing all the usual  activities until he discovers, he is the son of the Greek Sea God, Poseidon. He is accused of stealing Zeus’s master lightning bolt.

This 16 year old kid, unaware of his identity was going to school and suffering  from dyslexia. Percy’s mother Sally, wanted him to go to a secret place called  Camp Half Blood, since he was a demigod and his life was in danger. How his  life changes after this unexpected consequences and how he deals with it, is  the crux of the story.

Percy goes on a thrilling quest and during his journey he encounters many  challenges, meets ample number of monsters and other characters. To know  how he finished his task is an absolute delight to any fiction lover.

 

The book is very well paced and full of surprise elements. I loved the author’s  description style throughout the story. It is embedded with every possible  minute detail about characters and surroundings which makes you visualize the scene clearly. The book actually takes you to the world of Gods and Monsters.

 

The enriching vocabulary is another big plus of the book. The author has the  ability to mesmerize and engage the readers so well that it simply captivates  you and it becomes very hard to put the book down.

 

Young readers between the ages 12-14 will find it fascinating and will surely enjoy delving deep into a different world. It is a must read for fiction lovers – not to be missed!

I would give 5 out of 5 points* to this book for its well-crafted plot, spectacular  imagination and detailed description. This enchanting book makes us believe  the most unbelievable things, through its brilliant narration.

This book compels you to yearn to read the next part – Sea of Monsters.

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Blast to the Past- Book Review by 9 year old Sanjith D from Chennai

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Name – Blast to the Past

Author- Scott Nickel

Publisher-Stone Arch Books

Illustrator-Steve Harpster

The book’s cover page was a dinosaur chasing David and Ben.When I saw the front page, it was so fun. I got impressed.

 

I got this book from a kids library. I wanted to read it to know more about  dinosaurs.

 

The story is about two boys who get a time machine from their uncle and  planned to retake a test, but they traveled a long way back instead.

 

The characters are David, Ben, Mrs. Franklin and Darrin. David and Ben are  brothers.Mrs.Franklin is their school teacher and Darrin is their Uncle. David and Ben traveled back past few days, in order to retake a test which they failed.

 

The writing style was very easy to understand. The illustration was so good  and meaningful. My favorite part of the book was when they were trying to escape from the past, a dinosaur took the remote and when they were trying to come back, they traveled to future instead.

After reading the book, I got to know more information about dinosaurs.

If I were one of the characters, I would change the reason for which they used the time machine. I would instead use the time machine to save people from  danger.

The best age group for this book would be from 7 to 10 years

I would give the book 4.5 stars out of 5*

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‘Counting by 7s’ Book Review by 11 year old Ganeev Kaur Kapoor from Delhi

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11 year old Ganeev from Delhi sends us her comprehensive book review.

She goes to Springdales School and is student of Jabberwocky.

 

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Book-Counting By 7s

Author-Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s is a heartwarming book written by New York Best Selling author and award-winning director Holly Goldenberg Sloan.

 

 

The story is of a 12-year-old genius girl named Willow Chance who loves  learning about diseases, skin problems, has a knack for planting, and loves counting by 7s. But when she returns from a counseling session from the school counselor Dell Duke, her whole life turns upside down. Her loving  parents are no more and she has no relatives who can take her in.

Young Willow Chance’s life is shattered as her adopted parents die in a car crash. Will she be able to cope with the loss will she ever count by 7s again?

Her new friend Mai Nyung takes her in and there shines a little light for Willow.  In a concrete building, Willow brings bright yellow sunflowers.

 

The book just connects with the reader, somehow making them feel warm  reading it. The book is for anybody who likes coming of age stories and books with happy endings.

 

Willow has no antagonist in her life except that fate always is one step ahead of her but Willow listens. She listens for things that most people don’t and she  uses them in her real life. She is a ‘genius’ as stated by Dell Duke.

 

The book is very beautiful and draws you in from the very first page. The  interesting characters build up and the story-line does not drop.

My favorite character for Jairo a taxi driver who thinks Willow is his angel as whatever she says to him turns. But in the end, he pays off her favor in  mysterious ways.  It was not what I expected it to be it was better in many ways.

It was more humorous and the point of view of the different characters  enhanced the overall experience. The book is for all kinds of readers- it may drag along but it improves throughout and I would recommend it to anyone who loves realism heartfelt books.

 

In the words of Willow herself, “books=comfort.”  This book will make you feel comfortable and warm the second you pick it up.

The recommended age for the book is 11 to 16 years.

The book is an award winning New York Times Bestseller. I would give this book 5 stars

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‘Pashmina’ Book Review by 11 year old Ditya J Nair from Bangalore

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Here is a delightful review by 11 year old Ditya J Nair, studying in 6th grade in The Samhita Academy, Bangalore.  Ditya has a keen interest in books, music, and travel. She is an avid reader, enjoys playing her guitar and writes her experiences on her own blog. Her review is of a book recommended to her by  Kahaani Box Library- Bangalore.

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Book Reviews with Sara by young readers Pashmina Bookosmia

Book-Pashmina

Author & Illustrator- Nidhi Chanani

Publisher- HarperCollins Children’s Books.

When I first saw this book, I was amazed. Of all the books that I have read, this one probably had the simplest cover page. However, it did speak a lot in itself.

Pashmina is about an Indian-American teen Priyanka Das, who has never seen  her homeland India. She doesn’t know about her father and her extended  family. When she finds a Pashmina in the attic, she wraps herself in it. What  she sees next is a world filled with beauty and diversity. Along with it, there is a  mysterious shadow trying to tell her something. She feels the need to go to  India to find answers to her endless questions.

Priyanka, who prefers to be called Pri, is the lead character in this book. She is  an amazing cartoonist and is very close to her uncle Jatin. I loved Pri’s curiosity  and her interest in drawing and driving.

The central idea according to me is the curiosity of a girl to find out more  about other members of her family and her homeland. She lives in a little world comprising of her mom, uncle, and aunty. The shock that each of them faces because of her sudden desire to visit India gives the story a nice twist.

Nidhi Chanani’s illustrations are amazing. Her writing style is simple and narration is to the point and ideal for a graphic novel. I loved the way she has  shown the curiosity of Priyanka in the cover page itself.

My favorite part of the book was her interaction with kids in the slum during  her visit to India. The happiness of the children on meeting her and her  appreciation of their skills was shown very well in the story.

 

It left me feeling happy and motivated about how someone can bring a change in the life of less fortunate children. In most books I have read, the story is always about kids who lead a different life with hardships and I always have a takeaway. Pashmina too has a takeaway ready for its readers.

‘Nobody can stop you from making a decision, it is your thing.’

Lastly, if I could change something in the book, then I would make Priyanka’s character have a couple of friends who have her back. Now when she will find the  Pashmina, she doesn’t need to keep the secret to herself. She would let her friends know and they would decide to accompany her to India.  And her mom doesn’t forbid her citing safety concerns.

The best age group for this book is 10 + years

I would give this book a rating of 4 on 5.

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‘Matilda’ Book Review by Adrian, 10 years, Chennai – Book Reviews with Sara#11

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Today’s book review is by 10 year old D. Adrian from Chennai on an all time favourite book by Roald Dahl.

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Adrian studies in Grade 5 and has enjoyed reviewing his favourite book Matilda by Roald Dahl.

 

 

 

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Book- Matilda

 

Author- Roald Dahl


Illustrator- Quentin Blake

 

Hello Everyone,
I am Adrian and I love reading books. This is the review of one of my favorite books- “Matilda” by Roald Dahl.

It is a classic, light hearted and inspirational book.

The story is about a female character who is kind, compassionate, humble,
intelligent and outspoken. Her name is Matilda Warmwood. She has an elder
brother by name Michael. Her parents are not very supportive and they often
ignore her while her brother was treated well by them. Her parents were biased to the extent that she was even deprived of education. Her mother felt that girls should give importance to their appearance and boys should be educated well. So, Matilda decides to learn by herself by reading books. When  her parents were away for a while, Matilda used the opportunity well by going to a public library and eventually she managed to join a school. The class teacher Ms. Honey admired her intelligence and was very supportive. She decides to promote Matilda to a higher grade where another evil character enters the story by name Ms.Trunchbull who is the principal of the school. She hates children and does not agree to promote Matilda to a higher grade.

 

The story highlights a lot of emotions among the characters involved in the  story. In short, this is a very interesting story to read and I will definitely  recommend this book for beginners.

While the recommended age group for this book is 8-11 years, I feel it will be loved by children of all age groups. It is not too heavy and easy to hold. The font size is big enough to read without any struggle and most of the pages have an illustration that help us to relate to the story better.

I will give this book a 4 star rating

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‘A Race to secure India’s top secret document’ by Jessica Rachel,9, Chennai- Book Reviews with Sara #10

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Hey book lovers, your friend Sara here! Today on this special day of India’s Independence Day, I am proud to bring this special review-an example of what young minds can achieve when allowed the freedom to express themselves. Here is a story by a 11  year old writer from Surat, enjoyed and reviewed  by a 9 year old from Chennai. Isnt it beautiful what we are created?  ‘Book reviews for young readers, by young readers’!  

Read with Sara book review by Jessica Bookosmia9 year old Jessica Rachel from Chennai studies in grade 4 in  N.S.N Mat. Hr. Sec. School. She chose to review a story she read on the Bookosmia website, by another young writer.

 

Title: A Race to secure India’s top secret documentRead with Sara A race to secure India's top secret document book review Bookosmia

Author: Dheryaa Mehta

Publisher: Bookosmia

My first reaction to the cover page was an excited face because I like
mystery stories very much.

I was reading some of the stories on the Bookosmia website, when I came across this one.

This story is about a girl and her friend named Riddhi. She worked for the government. Once, the minister gave her some very important and  confidential documents. But she looked quite upset and tensed. When her friend asked her about it, she told her that she had to take the documents to  Delhi to hand over to the Parliament but because of a death in the family, she also needed to head home immediately. She told Riddhi that she will take the  documents properly and hand it over safely. What follows is a thrilling series of events, as the girl loses the top secret document in the inadvertent exchange of her suitcase at the airport, then spinning off into a series of thrilling events.
The lead character was a girl who was clearly very clever and brave.

The central idea of the story was getting the document back to ensure that information critical to India is safe.

The writing style of the book is excellent

My favourite part of the book was when the lead character fooled an international spy.

My understanding was that when we have made a mistake, we should not panic rather think of ways to correct it.

If I could change something in the story, I would give a name to the lead character, Riddhi’s friend.

I think the best age group for this book is 9+

I would give the story a 5 star rating*

Read this exciting story here-

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‘Smile’ Book Review by Vibisha L.M, 13, Bangalore- Book Reviews with Sara#9

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Book Reviews with Sara Vibisha Bangalore Bookosmia Here is a delightful review by Vibisha L.M studying in 7th grade in The Samhita Academy, Bangalore. She enjoys reading both non-fiction and fiction stories! She has a blog where she writes poems and stories and aspired to be an author😊 Her favourite library is Kahaani Box Library- Bangalore.

 

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Book: Smile

Author & Illustrator: Raina Telgemeier

Publisher: Scholastic

 

“Weird…something happens when you smile at people. They smile back”―  Smile  

When I saw the cover I was excited to read the book as I was too getting my braces soon and was at the same age as the protagonist of the story, Raina.

I borrowed this book from my favourite library in Banglore, This book was suggested by my friend. 

 

Smile is a wonderful story written by award-winning author Raina Telgemeier who received many awards, the recent one is the Eisner Award for best writer. This graphic novel takes us through the feelings and changes that we undergo when moving from middle school to high school.  The book is based on Raina Telgemeier’s real-life experiences with boys, dental drama, family, friends and earthquakes,yes earthquakes! 

 

Raina just wants to be a normal teenager but on the night of returning from girl scouts, she trips and injures her two front teeth. Resulting in a long journey of on and off braces, headgear and retainers with fake teeth. Between all this drama, Raina is struggling with her not- so-friendly friends, boy trouble and an earthquake in her city! Will Raina be able to clear out the confusion in her feelings and stand up to her friends?

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This novel taught me about standing up for myself and being proud of who I am. I was able to relate to Raina as she is the same age as me. The book is filled with colourful illustrations and fun characters. I couldn’t stop reading! 

 

If I could change something in this book, I would have added a little bit more about Raina’s new friends at the end.

This novel is a must-read for teenagers(12+) who may be facing the same issues with its entertaining graphics and fun story line.

It keeps you on the edge and keeps you turning the pages. I enjoyed reading this book.I would rate it 4.5 stars out of 5. And would continue to read the series by Raina Telgemeier.

Suitable for age group : 12+
Rating : 4.5/5

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‘Divergent’ Book Review by Sachi Patel,15 Vadodara- Book Reviews with Sara#8

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Book review with Sara Divergent Veronica Roth Bookosmia Today I share this well rounded book review by Sachi Patel studying in class 10 in Navrachana School, Vadodara. Sachi is a student of Young Orators.

 

 

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Name of book : Divergent
Author : Veronica Roth
Publisher : Harper Collins Publishers

 

 

“I feel like somebody breathed air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am DIVERGENT – Tris Prior.

Imagine having to choose between your family and your identity. Imagine  having to make a decision that will change your life forever. Imagine facing  some of your greatest fears depending on your choice. Once chosen, there is no turning back. Face what is in front of you or live your life in poverty, dismay and utter misery. Well, this is Beatrice Prior’s world, welcome to it! Welcome to Divergent!

The population of the city is divided into five groups called the factions, each having its specific character traits. Each year, every sixteen-year-old has to choose one of there five factions: Erudite [the intelligent], Abnegation  [the selfless], Dauntless [the brave], Amity [the friendly] and Candor [the honest]. Once chosen you have to abide by their laws forever, forgetting your past, leaving your family, and taking the quote ‘faction before blood’ seriously even if it means changing your identity. Just like in the case of Bentrice Prior who is now known as Tris.

Tris was born in an Abnegation family but was feeling suffocated about always giving up what she loved, just to he selfless.  Just like the others, she depended on the aptitude test to tell her which faction is most suitable for her to choose, until it was declared that the test didn’t work, it was inconclusive as she had an aptitude for not 1 but 3 factions. She was a DIVERGENT. You might think she is lucky, but in her world, divergence is considered extremely dangerous, she must conceal it to stay alive.

On the choosing day, Tris shocks everyone by the choice of her faction: Dauntless. She starts her initials training by jumping off a roof. Initials is a training divided in three stages: physical, mental and emotional. At the end of initials, only ten of the initiates would make it in. Will she be able to make it? What happens if she doesn’t? What happens next? All of your answers to such questions are hidden in the book so go ahead and read it.

Divergent is filled with suspense, drama, action, mind-blowing plot twists, captivating dialogues, realistic characters, a hint of romance and a dash of humour. Here you will meet many characters that you can relate to in real life, like the-want -it-all- Peter, brave, skilled but soft-hearted- Four, the villain -Jeanine and of course the protagonist -Tris. Tris will amaze you with her strength, will power, intelligence and above all her transformation from an Abnegation to a Dauntless.

According to me, Veronica Rath has done an excellent job. She has given it everything I ever expected from a book.  It has 2 more sequels which are equally amazing and all 3 of them are major motion movies now. The Divergent series has so far sold 32 million copies. It is one of the New York Times bestsellers. If you enjoy reading books like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner than Divergent is a must-read. It’s one of my favourites. You will love it.

Suitable for age group : 13+
Rating : 5/5

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Book Review of Mr.Wrinkles, by S. Aneesh Krithik, 8 Years, Chennai- Book Review with Sara #7

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Today, I am sharing this short and sweet review of the popular book ‘Mr. Wrinkles’, by 8 year old Aneesh Krithik from Chennai, a student of Phonics Power.
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Title- Mr.Wrinkles
Author- Robert Pearce
Illustrator-Jacqueline East
Publisher-Alligator Publishing Limited

When I saw the book for the first time, I was so curious to know why the elephant got stuck inside a big hole.

 

Mr.Wrinkles is my favourite book. The book has a lot of colorful pictures of  birds and animals illustrated by Jacqueline East .

 

The book was gifted by my friend.

 

The setting of the story is in the jungle. The most interesting character and the protagonist of the story is Mr. Wrinkle, the elephant. The interesting fact about him is that he remembers everything and never forgets.

 

The story is all about friends. Each one in the story is different- giraffe, lions, crocodile, cheetah, birds, meerkat, wilder-beast. But everyone is special  indeed.

 

It also teaches the importance of team work. The key message from the story is – Never forget your friends.

 

If I could change one thing about the book, I would add monkeys in the story.
The writing style is simple for 6 year olds, illustrations very attractive and the book has a colourful look. I would say it is suitable for 6 to 7 years old kids.

 

Overall, the book is very good in terms of story and attractive illustrations. My review rating for the book is 5*.

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Book Reviews with Sara #6: Thea Stilton MouseFord Academy by Sampoorna, 10 years, Chennai

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Today 10 year old  Sampoorna Laxni R from Chennai, a student of Phonics Power  shares her review of the book  A Dream On Ice  from the widely popular series Thea Stilton – Mouseford Academy.

 

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Sara's Book Review A Dream on Ice (Mouseford Academy #10) by Thea Stilton

 

Title of the Book:  A Dream on Ice (Mouseford Academy #10) by Thea Stilton

Name Of the Author: Elisabetta Dami, aka Thea Stilton

 

The key characters in the book are the Thea Sisters-Colette, Violet, Nicky, Paulina, and Pamela, who are five students at Mouseford Academy on Whale Island. They are adventurous, lively, fun mice, and they want to become  journalists someday. Between lessons and friendship, life at Mouseford Academy is incredibly fabulous!

The story centers around a winter on Whale Island,  when the students at Mouseford Academy are thrilled with the visit of a famous figure Tara Mousinski. The Thea  Sisters come up with the idea of hosting Mouseford’s first ever Winter Game.

The reader is gripped by the question- Will the games be a success, or will diva mouse Ruby Flashyfur ruin the fun for everyone else? As all were waiting for the race to start, Ruby said, “I will destroy the Colette in  the figure Skating competition. What unfurls is an exciting string of events.

My favorite part  of the book is  when Colette, Violet , Nicky , Paulina and  Pamela participated in the  Ice skating events.

The best age group for this book is  9  years old

I enjoyed this book  because dreams about ice skating often reveal your desire to experience some pleasant moments. I would give 4 out of 5 star rating for this wonderful story.

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Book Reviews With Sara #5: Diving with the Dolphins, Review By Shikha Dholakia,11,Vadodara

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Today 11 year old Shikha Dholakia from Vadodara shares her book review with us.

 

 

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Book Reviews with Sara Activity Magic Tree House by Shikha Bookosmia

 

Book: Diving with the Dolphins, from the series Magic Tree House

Author: Mary Pope Osborne, a famous American writer who writes books for children from ages 5-15. She lives in New York, and has published over 40 books be it fairytales, myths,and much more.

 

Some famous person said, “Books are another way to get on an  adventure.” While keeping this in mind, I read this beautiful and adventurous book.

I loved the way the author has written the book. Whenever I read the book, I get the mysterious and thrilling feeling in me.

 

The book is about a brother and a sister who go into the deep sea in order to solve riddles given by a person named Morgan. Their journey from sitting in a mini Sub and all the adventures they go through, is what makes the story  interesting. They go through different difficulties which include the minisub getting attacked by octopus, seahorses and the scariest part was when they were going to be attacked by sharks. But the main twist happens when the dolphins save the mini sub from drowning . This is the part I like the most. It is said that dolphins are very helpful and friendly to human beings and this scene proves it.

The bond between the brother and sister is also very sweet because Jack, even though the older brother never, scolded his little sister and always helped her, supported her, and took her everywhere he went out for an adventure. I think that this is what we should do with our siblings.

Other special moments I would like to share from the book include the way the dolphins showed their bravery and courage in order to save the kids from the drowning mini sub, and the best part was when the story begins from how the two kids see the same dream and keep it in mind and set off for the clues and riddles given by Morgan. The way the kids have used their intelligence in order to find clues in the deep sea is phenomenal.

I would recommend this book because it is well researched,  interesting,  exciting, adventurous , etc.

As I said that If you are an animal lover this book would be really interesting to read. This book is really nice as it not only shows the importance of people but also  animals.

I recommend the book not only for its intended age group- 6 to 10 years, but also older.

If you trust me and read this book you will fall in love with the Magic Tree House series. I would give it a full 5 stars out of 5*

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Book Reviews with Sara #4: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Review By R.Sankruthyayan, 12 yrs, Oman

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Book reviews with by Sara R.Sankruthyayan Oman BookosmiaToday I bring to you the review of an all time favourite book for kids, by 12 year old R.Sankruthyayan from  Indian School Sohar, Oman.

 

 

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Book review with Sara Roald Dahl Chocolate Factory by R.Sankruthyayan, Oman Bookosmia

Book: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Author: Roald Dahl

Illustrator: Quentin Blake

The first sight of the book’s cover made me think that it would be hilarious.

It was a gift from my father’s friend.

The lead character in this book is Charlie Bucket. The other salient
characters are Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee, and Violet
Beauregarde. Charlie was a well mannered and obedient boy with patience.

 

The central idea of the story is to select the luckiest five kids through the
golden ticket lottery to visit Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory and to qualify the best among them for handing over the mantle. There were a few character tests to ascertain his apt successor.

The story’s twist and turn created a suspense that increased my curiosity. My  favourite part of the book was when Charlie got the last golden ticket just before factory opening day. This reminded me the saying, ‘Last but not the
Least!!’

According to me the author emphasizes moral values through this fantasy filled story that one must have patience, calmness and obedience to become
successful in life. Being rude with others, and greediness will never fetch
success.

Some conversations of Mr. Wonka portrayed him as a person who is always concerned about his chocolate-factory, ignoring basic humanitarian values.
Eg. When Mrs Gloop was worried that her son would become chocolate fudge and enquired to Mr Wonka. He replied, “Never, I won’t allow it! Because the  taste would be terrible,  just imagine it! Augustus-flavoured chocolate-
coated Gloop!! No one would buy it!!” He could have replied and consoled Mrs
Gloop politely rather ridiculing her son.

The story is in simple English and easy to understand. This book would be highly enjoyed by kids 7 years and above.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I would give this book a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5*.

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Book Reviews #3 With Sara: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian, Review by Raghunandan, 14 years, Cochin

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Today 14 year old Raghunandan from Nava Nirman Public School , Cochin shares a well laid out book review.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book: Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian

Author:  Mr. Rick Riordan

When I saw the cover page I thought this book should be something about  myths and legends.

 

I got this book because my Mom’s friend suggested it to me.

 

It is a book about Greek mythology, a fantasy story about the Greek gods and heroes. The central idea of the story is about the dangers faced by children of Greek gods.

 

The story describes how children of Greek gods reach a summer  camp which is safe for them. This summer camp is called camp half-blood. The children of Greek gods are called half-bloods or demigods. They go to this camp to train themselves against Greek monsters which feed on demigods. Now their fathers, who are the gods of Olympus (Heaven for Greek gods) are in danger because of  The Titan Lord Kronos.

 

The lead character of this story is Percy Jackson. He is a son of Poseidon (God of oceans). The most interesting part about him is that he is a great  swordsman. Percy Jackson leads the camp and other demigods in it to defend Olympus.

 

My favorite part of the book is when Percy Jackson single handedly defeated the army of Lord Hades(God of the dead)

 

My learning from the book is that I should always have a plan like Lady Athena, Goddess of wisdom and battle.

 

If I could, I would change the part where Lord Zeus (God of gods) offers Percy  Jackson a position of god, but Percy didn’t want it because he loved Annabeth(daughter of Athena) and didn’t want to leave her. Annabeth was the architect of Olympus. So instead of declining the offer Percy could have asked Lord Zeus to make Annabeth God of Architecture and Percy could have been Poseidon’s lieutenant and served him eternally and also could have married Annabeth.

 

The best age to start reading this epic series is 9 years.

 

It is really good book. It is written in simple language so that everybody can easily understand. I would give it 4.5 stars out of 5*

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Book Reviews #2 with Sara: The Hardy Boys series, review by Adhiraj Gogna,11 years,Saugor, Madhya Pradesh

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Today 11 year old Adhiraj Gogna, a student of Army Public School in Saugor, Madhya Pradesh sends us this detailed review of the classics Hardy Boys series.

 

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Book- Hardy Boys Series

Author- Edward L. Stratemeyer

 

I got this book on my birthday from my good friend.

The book’s cover page was a dark coloured book in a 5 book pack and I thought it was full of mysteries.

The series includes some  teenagers who are amateur sleuths or detectives solving cases and mysteries. 

 

Frank and Joe, together known as Hardy Boys after their surname, are fictional characters who appear in several mysteries trying to solve them and also  sometimes trying help their father Fenton Hardy.  Frank is eighteen, and Joe is seventeen. They live in Bayport on Barmet bay with their world class detective father Fenton Hardy and their mother Laura Hardy. The brothers attend high school in Bayport, where they are in the same grade. In each mystery the boys  are in danger but still try solving mysteries without any fear.

 

The first mystery was that the Hardy boys’ friend had a car and it was stolen by somebody and when they found where the car was, they got an idea that  the stolen car mystery and tower mystery were connected somehow. The  mystery was that there is a tower in which the Applegate family lives. There are two towers, an old one and a new one.

 

Just when they figured out the thief and started their investigation, the thief  died in the hospital because of severe injury. The Applegate’s riches and  securities are stolen by a thief and Fenton Hardy, father of the Hardy boys’ was to solve  the case. They try to solve the case with him.

 

My favourite part of the story was when they solved the case on their own without the help of any adult, by using their brains so efficiently.

 

The learning we get from the story is that we should not commit any crime because if we do, we only will get harmed eventually.

 

If I could change something in the book,  I would make the Applegates a little helpful and kind, with a calm behaviour. In the book the Applegate’s are shown as really harsh.

 

RATING: 5 stars

The best age group according to me for this book would be 10 years and above.

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Book Reviews with Sara#1: Yaksha, by Harshika,8 years, Hyderabad

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Hey everyone, Sara here!  Today I am launching a new activity section which is very special to me. Book reviews by kids!

First one rolling in is from 8 year old Harshika from Hyderabad. It is on my favourite book Yaksha, an Indian superhero who tells kids it is ok to feel different.

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Book: Yaksha

Publisher: Bookosmia

Author: Archana Mohan

Illustrator: Adithyaa Sadashiv

The story is about a boy named Yaksha who is in the same grade as me. He  learns about his family secret of Yakshagana dance from his parents and  grandmother. When he learns that the dance form is dying, he wears a  Yakshagana dress to school and tells his friends about it. 

 

Before reading this book, I had never heard of Yakshagana. I loved this book because of its illustrations and story, one activity and also because the boy is of my age and grade. I like that Yaksha said it is ok to be different. 

 

I did not like that he was bullied in his new school. If I was in Yaksha’s school, I would have been kind to him and not made fun of anyone because that makes one sad. If I was the author, the book would have ended with Yaksha going on to perform many competitions inspiring other children and everyone appreciating him.

 

After I read the book, my mumma helped me know more about Yakshagana. I am happy she gave me this book. 

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Harshika Nair

Age : 8

Delhi Public School, Hyderabad

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Book Reviews with Sara#0: Submission Guidelines

Book Reviews with Sara: Submission Guidelines

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 Book reviews with Sara BookosmiaHey friends, Sara here! Read a book?
Share your review with me. Need a little help?
Here are some suggestions on what you can write :
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– Name of the book, author, publisher and illustrator (where applicable)
-First reaction to cover page
-How/why did you get the book
-Brief plot summary
– Write about the lead character- what was most interesting about them
-What is the central idea of the story according to you, why is it relevant?
-How was the writing style, the illustrations, general look of the book
-What was your favorite part of the book?
-What was your learning/understanding after reading the book?
-If you could change something in the book, what would it be?
Dont miss to share the following-
-What is the best age group for this book?
-On a scale of 1-5, where 5 is the highest possible , what rating would you give the book?
Come on now! Mail in your entries to me at sara@bookosmia.com with the above and your name, age, city, school and parents contact no.