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Book review: Diary of a wimpy kid, Rodrick rules

Author: Jeff Kinney
Brief summary: This book is not exactly a diary but a journal of a boy named Gregory (Greg). He is always getting into trouble with his big brother Rodrick and always his enjoyments end up in trouble because of his little brother Manny. This book presents us Greg’s cute life filled with sadness and joy. Very interesting to read.

Book review by: Sai Vaishnavi, X-D

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Book review: Two states, the story of my marriage

Author: Chetan Bhagat
Brief summary: This is the story of a girl and a boy who come from different states, culture & background, who fall in love and decide to get married. But they face a lot of problems to make their families accept this marriage. How do they get their acceptance? Read this interesting novel by Chetan Bhagat and find out.

Book review by: Sai Vaishnavi, X-D

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Two book reviews: Percy Jackson and the lightning thief

Author: Rick Riordan
Brief summary: Percy Jackson understood that he is the son of Poseidon, god of sea. Zeus , blames Percy for stealing his lightning bolt. He goes to camp half blood where children of his kind are trained to be heroes. He undergoes a quest to convince Hades that he has not stole and get his mother back from the death claws of Hades, God of the Underworld. On the way he finds him fighting with Ares, God of War & percy won. Ares cursed him that he will fell the wrath of Are whenever he lifts his sword to fight. Percy is accompanied by Annabeth and Grover. Will they succeed in it? This is what the book is about.

Book review by: Sai Bharath, IX-D

Author: Rick Riordan
Brief summary: This book is about a dyslexic boy in 6th grade who gets into lots of trouble by facing different kinds of monsters in his real life. Later he comes to know that he is a demigod, that is, half god and half human. He is the son of ‘the god of sea’. Therefore he is taken to the Halfblood Hill where his type of demigods are present and they train him to fight monsters. After going to the Halfblood Hill he takes up a quest for finding the stolen thunderbolt light of the Zeus and Percy and his father is accused. he had to find the thunderbolt and return it to Zeus before the summer solstice to avoid World War III. Is he able to complete his quest in time? Read the novel and find out.

Book review by: Sai Vaishnavi, X-D

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Right to Education Act, 2009

The passing of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 marks a historic moment for the children of India.
This Act serves as a building block to ensure that every child has his or her right (as an entitlement) to get a quality elementary education, and that the State, with the help of families and communities, fulfils this obligation.
Few countries in the world have such a national provision to ensure both free and child-centred, child-friendly education.

What is ‘Free and Compulsory Elementary Education’?
All children between the ages of 6 and 14 shall have the right to free and compulsory elementary education at a neighborhood school.
There is no direct (school fees) or indirect cost (uniforms, textbooks, mid-day meals, transportation) to be borne by the child or the parents to obtain elementary education. The government will provide schooling free-of-cost until a child’s elementary education is completed.

What is the role envisaged for the community and parents to ensure RTE?
The landmark passing of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009 marks a historic moment for the children of India. For the first time in India’s history, children will be guaranteed their right to quality elementary education by the state with the help of families and communities.
Few countries in the world have such a national provision to ensure child-centered, child-friendly education to help all children develop to their fullest potential. There were an estimated eight million six to 14 year-olds in India out-of-school in 2009. The world cannot reach its goal to have every child complete primary school by 2015 without India.
Schools shall constitute School Management Committees (SMCs) comprising local authority officials, parents, guardians and teachers. The SMCs shall form School Development Plans and monitor the utilization of government grants and the whole school environment.
RTE also mandates the inclusion of 50 per cent women and parents of children from disadvantaged groups in SMCs. Such community participation will be crucial to ensuring a child friendly “whole school” environment through separate toilet facilities for girls and boys and adequate attention to health, water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

How does RTE promote Child-Friendly Schools?
All schools must comply with infrastructure and teacher norms for an effective learning environment. Two trained teachers will be provided for every sixty students at the primary level.
Teachers are required to attend school regularly and punctually, complete curriculum instruction, assess learning abilities and hold regular parent-teacher meetings. The number of teachers shall be based on the number of students rather than by grade.
The state shall ensure adequate support to teachers leading to improved learning outcomes of children. The community and civil society will have an important role to play in collaboration with the SMCs to ensure school quality with equity. The state will provide the policy framework and create an enabling environment to ensure RTE becomes a reality for every child.

[From http://www.unicef.org/%5D

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Told in diary form by an irresistible heroine, this playful and perceptive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the May Bird trilogy sparkles with science, myth, magic, and the strange beauty of the everyday marvels we sometimes forget to notice.

Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She’s a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.

To Gracie it’s all pretty ho-hum…until a Cloud comes looking for her little brother Sam, turning her small-town life upside down. Determined to protect Sam against all odds, her parents pack the family into a used Winnebago and set out on an epic search for a safe place that most people say doesn’t exist: The Extraordinary World. It’s rumored to lie at the ends of the earth, and no one has ever made it there and lived to tell the tale. To reach it, the Lockwoods will have to learn to believe in each other—and to trust that the world holds more possibilities than they’ve ever imagined.

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