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‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ‘ by J. K. Rowling

fab-photo.jpgOn my summer vacation, I read the book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets written by J.K Rowling.

After a marvellous year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter is stuck spending summer break with his awful aunt and uncle. His summer is going down the drain—until a little house elf from the magical world appears in his room. Dobby, the house elf, warns Harry that danger awaits him back at Hogwarts. No matter how charming Dobby may seem, Harry doesn’t want to believe him. .The Dursleys lock him in his room, but soon afterwards he is freed by Ron and his twin brothers and is taken to The Burrow in an enchanted flying car. It is time to return to school. Harry and Ron try to get through the portal at King’s Cross Station, but find it closed. So they steal Mr Wesley’s car and fly it to Hogwarts, only to crash into the Whomping Willow. They escape being expelled but are given detention. Inside the castle Harry is the only person who hears a mysterious voice threatening to kill. After a Halloween party, Mrs Norris the cat is found Petrified. The students are scared; everyone is talking about the Chamber of Secrets and the monster within. Professor Lockhart starts a Dueling Club. When Draco Malfoy sets a serpent against Harry, the wizard stops its attack by speaking in Parseltongue. The students are terrified and suspect Harry of being the heir of Slytherin. Ron and Harry find an empty diary. Harry is curious and starts writing in it. The diary was enchanted by a boy called Tom Riddle; through it, Harry sees Hagrid, fifty years earlier, accused of setting a giant spider onto a girl and killing her. When Hermione and another girl are Petrified,  During a visit to Hermione, Ron and Harry find a piece of paper in her hand bearing the word ‘basilisk’. Their friend had discovered the identity of the real monster. The teachers panic when Ginny Weasley is abducted, and they send the students home. Ron and Harry decide it is time to act, so they take Professor Lockhart to Moaning Myrtle’s toilet and there they find a secret passage through one of the sinks. The boys and their hapless teacher go down the passageway. Lockhart tries to bewitch them but the curse falls on himself. Ron and Harry are separated, and Harry decides to enter the chamber alone. The young wizard finds Ginny Weasley alive, but he also meets Tom Riddle. The latter admits that he is Lord Voldemort, the last heir of Slytherin, and he sets the basilisk onto Harry. Dumbledore’s Phoenix enters the chamber and drops the Sorting Hat in Harry’s hands, whilst it punctures the basilisk’s eyes. In the Sorting Hat, Harry finds Gryffindor’s sword and with it kills the snake. The wizard destroys Tom Riddle by pushing the basilisk’s poisonous fang into the diary. Back in Dumbledore’s office, Harry tells his story. Lucius Malfoy, furious that the headmaster is back, is accused of giving Ginny the bewitched diary. He is also tricked by Potter into freeing Dobby. The students celebrate with a midnight feast and Gryffindor win the House Cup for the second time.

It is a wonderful book.I recommend this book to all of my friends who love Harry Potter.I rate it 9/10.

Reviewed by Aishwarya Pradeep


‘Summer Term at St Clare’s’ by Enid Blyton

Related imageThe book Summer Term At St Clare’s is a fantastic book written by Enid Blyton. It’s a beginning of a new term at St Clare’s. Five new girls have joined their form. There is an American girl called Sadie, who is obviously quite rich and elegant. There is a wild looking girl called Carlotta, who is half Spanish. There is a naughty but very likeable girl called Bobby [Roberta]. The last new girl is Pamela, who is very hard working but also very shy. This time Sadie is kidnapped. Prudence has a hand in that. How are they going to rescue Sadie? There would be going to be a drama and action.

I recommend this book to everybody who loves school days and adventures. I give this book 10 on 10.This is a fabulous book. I like this book very much.

Reviewed by Bhavya V.

‘The Daughters of Mars’ by Thomas Keneally

Image result for book 'The Daughters of MarsThis Book is written by the Australian novelist Thomas Keneally on the basis of the dairy notes written by two Austrian nurses named Judith and Jane during the first world war period.  This is a fictional novel based generally on medical installation period. In this book the two sisters Naomi and Sally, Naomi is the older one and seemed very confident. In their childhood Sally always felt subject to comparisons with Naomi by their teachers and relatives. Most of it was her own sense of being less. And some of it was real. Naomi was good at the outer world.

Naomi was working in the big city and stayed there while Sally stayed behind on the dairy farm looking after her mother who was dying of cancer. Naomi returns to help her mother. And the sudden death of mother makes Sally suspect Naomi. This produces a strong emotional feeling (guilty) that runs through the novel. Later it’s the experience of war which bring them together.

I did like the way how the author shaped the story. And also the simplicity used in the story. The book takes us through a different world .

It is a very interesting book for who loves and enjoy reading. I suggest this book for reading.

Reviewed by Kavya Priya S.

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ by J. K. Rowling

Image result for book harry potter and cursedJoanne Rowling, also known as JK Rowling was born on 31st July. She studied in Wyendan School and college with the position as the Head Girl. She graduated   from University of Exeter with BA in French and Classics. On a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990, JK Rowling wrote her initial Harry Potter ideas in a napkin. JK Rowling was diagnosed with clinical depression which she claims gave her inspiration for Dementors in the Harry Potter series. Twelve Publishing houses rejected her Harry Potter Manuscripts until a small publisher Bloomsbury gave her a chance. The eighth book is very interesting.

It is a play written by J K Rowling and produced by John Tiffany. In this play there are two parts, part 1 and part 2. Harry Potter,  now married to Ginny Weasley already has 3 children of his own. Eldest son James has already started Hogwarts; school of witchcraft and wizardry and in Gryffindor is teasing his younger brother that he might go to Slytherin house. Albus, the second youngest getting worried that he might go to Slytherin house. Then Ron Weasley, who is married to Hermione Granger and his two children, comes to leave their first child Rose who is going to Hogwarts for the first time with Albus. They got in the train and said good bye. In the next scene they are in the train and Rose says they have to be careful with their friends. Albus gets into a compartment and sees Scorpious Malfoy. Albus makes friends with Scorpious and they both are sorted into Slytherin house and Rose is sorted into Gryffindor. Let us see what happens with this pair?  They make friends with Delphini Diggory without knowing her properly . Who is she? Harry who is a ministry official along with Hermione the minister of magic gets an illegal time turner. Where is the time turner? Albus wants the time turner for bringing back Cedric Diggory  who was murdered by Lord Voldemort. Scorpious helps him. Will they be seen and be muddled in the time?

What I loved the most was the simple but good influence for everybody to be the famous Harry Potter, Brave, Courageous, and Determined. J K Rowling took me to the magical world with Harry Potter and Albus Severus Potter, his son. I rate it 4/5 stars.

Reviewed by Neeraja Unnikrishnan

‘City of Halves’ by Lucy Inglis

‘City of halvImage result for book city of halveses’ authored by Lucy Inglis is an urban fantasy.  Set in London this book starr Lily a girl with extraordinary talents  regarding  computers and their systems . This book is packed with superb characters.
London  is a mysterious city  very old and mythical and it is also  Lily ‘s home but now strange happenings are taking place
When is attacked by a  two headed  dog  She is saved not so quite human Regan. As a guardian of the gates it is his job to protect the city  from  supernatural creatures that threaten it. As Lily and Regan met they must race to find out something that can be a danger to humans and  non humans alike  This book a is thrilling mystery with lots of action.
I recommend this book to all my friends like reading mysteries and I rate this book 4 out of 5.
Reviewed by Ananya B.

‘Wings of Fire’ by Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Image result for book wings of fire‘Wings of Fire’ is an autobiography of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam covering his early life and his work in Indian space research and missile programs. It is the story of a boy from a humble background who went on to become a key player in Indian space research/Indian missile programs and later became the president of India. The book has been very popular in India and has been translated into multiple languages. I recently picked up a copy and read it in a couple of days. It was very engaging initially, but tended to drag a bit towards the end with lot of technical details and procedural information of his space research and missile projects.

I loved the initial chapters of Wings of Fire since it gives a vivid picture of our country during 1930 – 1950s. Kalam was born in Rameswaram, a southern religious town in Tamilnadu. The initial chapters provides an interesting glimpse of religious harmony which existed before India’s partition.Through Wings of Fire, we come across some brilliant people who worked behind Indian space research  such as Vikram Sarabhai and Dr. Brahm Prakash.

MY RATING:4.5/5   I hope you will enjoy the book.

Reviewed by Vyshnavi Vinod



‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl

Image result for book charlie and the chocolate factoryRoald Dahl was mostly inspired to write this book because of his own experiences as a child.The reputed chocolate firm, Cadbury would occasionally hand out new types of chocolates to the students and ask the blissful children to rate them. Dahl, who was one of those lucky students, would often fantasize about working in the lab where these chocolates were created. Many years down the line, this childhood fantasy would culminate into the hugely popular, best-seller ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’.

The story begins when Willy Wonka, the great, eccentric chocolate inventor and owner of Wonka’s chocolates decides to open the gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children. And to get this prize of a lifetime, all you have to do is find one of the five golden tickets in Wonka’s chocolate bars! This news, gives everyone a jolt of surprise and the craze begins. People start hunting for the ticket and four of them are found by spoilt,mean little children.

Charie Bucket, lives with his family in a little house and hardly gets enough to eat even though his father works very hard.  He is a poor, needy but sweet and innocent child and gets a chocolate only once in a year on his birthday. One fine day, he finds a lost coin on the ground, so obviously he bought chocolate, which he loves but rarely gets….

Yes! You guessed it right, he gets the golden ticket and it was completely by accident! When Charlie got the ticket, I did a happy little jig in my head! I had complete faith in Charlie and most importantly, Roald Dahl…

So on the special day, all the lucky children and their proud parents arrive near the gates of the factory and go on a tour in the wondrous factory. They go on a ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ (Dahl’s credit) tour through the wonderful factory and see all kinds of sweets like hot- icecream,wriggle sweets, candies,three-course dinner chewing gum, giant lollipops and a huge chocolate river.

Dahl has also showcased his limericks and poems here and there, along with his crazy self invented words.[ gobstoppers, anyone??]

What happen to the spoilt kids? What does Willy Wonka reveal? And what happens to Charlie? To know the answers, read the book. I dont want to reveal everything and spoil your reading experience. 🙂

I am sure kids would love this book. My seven year old brother became a regular reader of Roald Dahl after reading ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ and he now keeps a lookout for all of Roald’s books in the public library.

The dialogue is edgy and witty.  There is of course, Dahl’s lovely humour in the books and the ending was also good. I was able to complete the book quickly.

According to me, this is a light- hearted, fun and short book and it can’t be considered as deep and thrilling as some other novels and books. Because, the book is meant for children and it is the natural talent of the writer  which which made him keep the book simple, cute and also interesting enough to be read by readers of all ages. I rate it 4/5. When you read the book, you will find yourself automatically flipping through the pages into the magical world of Charlie.

Reviewed by Kalyani Santhosh