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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Old School

Though Jeff Kinney’s The Long Haul [5/5] was better, this book has equally a great plot and there are surprises along the way as you read it.   This book features the diary of a boy, whose name is Greg.  Greg’s Mom tells him that in this generation everyone has their n oses two inches from the screen and nobody is interacting with anyone, and in her time, everyone used to play outside, interact with everyone in town, and it was like one huge family.

But Greg isn’t cut with all this nonsense, and says that everyone is entitled a private life, and modern life has its own conveniences.  He prefers to be in a movie camp in the vacation instead of suffering outdoors in the old- fashioned way.index

Greg’s Mom gets fed up one day due to Greg’s overuse of technology and starts a petition and asked people to sign it in which they have to voluntarily unplug and go electronics-free for 48 hours. She needs 100 signatures before she can take it to the town hall. The whole town soon unplugs , much to Greg’s despair.

The other thing that happens is that Greg’s Grandpa moves to Greg’s house because of the increase in the rent of Leisure Towers, the old-age home where he lived, which he couldn’t afford.  Since the time Grandpa moved in, Greg’s dad, Frank starts acting strangely.  He nearly loses his temper and restricts everyone by putting security cameras here and there.  Greg’s Grandpa also goes out of control at times.

Greg’s elder brother, Rodrick gets a job at an ice-cream parlour as a following event.

Greg and his friend, Rowley make a lemonade stand as a fundraiser business for themselves, but because of incorrect methods,   they end up cleaning the town park for FREE as a result.

Greg  damages his dad’s car by a mistake, when his dad is away, and goes to a camp in a farm where he has to live in miserable conditions to escape from his dad, at least for sometime, till his dad is calm again or at least a little less angry The rumor of Silas Scratch, a frightening farmer in the camp, is also freezing everyone.

Overall it is a good book, it has great illustrations, like a real diary, with excitements and surprises around the corner on what happens next. Observe how Greg and other people survive in the electronics-free world  and how Greg improves his grades this time!

(This book review is written by Aravinda Venkatesan. He is studying in class 7th,  G.D.Goenka School, Indirapbbloguram, Ghaziabad. His hobbies include reading fiction, encyclopaedia, playing x box, and watching 3D films. He has written a book,’The Hunt for the Golden Cup’ which is yet to be published. I am sure his parents must be so proud of the literary achievements of their son. Aravinda is a voracious reader at our BuzzingBooks Library.)

Dear Aravinda, I would like to compliment you upon your comprehensive review and insightful comments about this book. We and many other young readers would like to hear from you again. All the best for a bright future you are so deserving of. 

I am Malala

I have heard the name Malala many times and have always wondered that who is Malala? I read the book Malala which is a story on a Pakistani girl and then I decided to write a book review on that book for people who still wonder that who is Malala?

Malala is a Pakistani girl and was born in Mingora and she lived in the valley of Swat and now in Birmingham, London. She started campaigning for girls’ education at a very early age and used to come on local TV for interviews. Heri-am-malala-400x400-imadzunggcn3j9n4 family was very supportive. Her father was the person who knew her the best, he was the one who encouraged and gave confidence to her to give interviews, go to school and campaign for girls’ education. He gave her hope and courage to fight against the Taliban. Her mother always stood by her side and her brothers always reminded her that even though the whole world knows her, she is just their big sister.

Malala is my role model and my favorite character in the book because she is so brave and courageous to fight against the Taliban. Despite all the fame she got, Malala never grew conceited, vain and she never forgot her customs, traditions and most importantly; who she is and from where does she belong. The part I liked the best was that even though Taliban shot her, she and her family did not back out but continued campaigning, and million other people joined them and spoke up for the cause. At the age of 16 she was invited to give a speech in New York, USA. And at the age of 17, Malala received the Nobel peace prize for fighting for girls’ education.

It is a book which should be read by all because it tells you to never lose hope, have faith in yourself, have courage and be brave and most importantly always believe in your beliefs, no matter what.

(This book review is written by Miss. Vani Gupta. She is a class 6th student of Kothari International School, Noida.  Her parents must be very proud of having such a talented and matured child. Her insight on this inspirational autobiography is quite profound. I must congratulate Vani on her choice of book….this book is not a common choice for a 10 year old. The fact that she read this motivating book and got influenced enough to write about it gives me immense pleasure. Vani has set an example for other young readers to read autobiographical books like these and get inspired by great entities.)

Dear Vani, hope you get motivated by many more books and people like Malala and ………who knows may be you grow up to be a very famous person yourself and set an example for others. 

The Castle of Adventures by Enid Blyton

The Castle of Adventures is a really nice book filled with immense fun, adventure and situations that take your breath away. The way that Enid Blyton has exalted the whole story is awesome and once you start reading you won’t be able to leave it. It gave me a feeling that it’s my onus to be with the characters of this book and accompany them on their adventurous route.

The story is about two girls and two boys named Lucy-Ann, Dinah and Jack and Philip respectively. Lucy–Ann and Jack and Dinah and Philip are siblings.  Lucy-Ann and Jack are orphans and live with Mrs. Mannering, mother of Dinah and Philip.

Jack is fascinated by birds and Philip is fascinated by all kinds of animals. They spend most of the time together gazing at numerous animals and birds. Jack has a mischievous and extremely talkative parrot named Kiki.  In contrast their sisters didn’t share this like of their brothers and spend time together.Enid Blyton

Finally holidays have started and Mrs.Manerring has planned their vacations near a castle in the countryside. The kids are really excited about this. Finally the first day of vacations arrives after a lot of waiting. All the kids along with Mrs. Mannering reach the Spring Cottage. The children were warned not to go to the castle but the kids are keen to go. Jack while bird watching catches glimpse of an eagle. He becomes very eager to find the eagles nest and click some cool pictures. He finds out that the eagle’s nest is in the castle. All of them now become really eager to go to the castle and also now they have got a valid reason. Luckily they meet a wild girl called Tassie who attracted by Philip and Kiki become their friend and shows them the way to the castle. With much effort and brain storming they reach the castle through an empty window. The castle looked quite old and lonely. Jack luckily  finds the eagle’s nest and stays over there for a few days to take good snaps of the young eagle learning to fly. This is where the adventure really starts.

I virtually experienced this exciting adventure ranging from hiding in a gorse bush, seeing lightnings at midnight, traveling down the slippery tunnel, to  facing a severe storm that made the tower fall. The images of the entire story are still clear in my mind.  I liked this book tremendously. It signifies bravery, positivity and helpfulness. I must recommend all the kids of my age to read this book and join the adventure with the five kids, parrot, investigator and Philip’s fox cub-Button.  Thanks Enid Blyton for writing a marvelous book.

Thank You Buzzing Books 🙂

(This review is written by Miss. Eshita Jain. She is a student of Modern School, a prestigious school of New Delhi. She is currently studying in class 6th. Her parents must be very proud of having such a talented and focused child.  Eshita is an avid reader at our BuzzingBooks Library. Her love for books clearly shines through her words.)

Dear Eshita, hope you get inspired by many more books and ………who knows may be you grow up to be a very famous writer!