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Book Review: Bourne Betrayal by Eric Van Lustbader

This is sure to be a hit among Ludlum fans. This novel is authored by Eric Van Lustbader. Although, this book is not written by Ludlum, the world’s favourite thrill fiction writer, this book doesn’t disappoint fans as Lustbader has the potential to rival even Ludlum. This Bourne adventure may lack its feel because most of the other important characters are either absent or dead. But Lustbader makes up for this with his hair-raising adventures, assassinations and crazy high-way chasing scenes. As usual the book lives up to its tag of a Ludlum, and delivers a heart-stopping, suspenseful climax.

Reviewed by: Paulson K Shaji, Class 10-D

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Book Review: Young Samurai – The Ring of Earth by Chris Bradford

Title of the Book – Young Samurai: The Ring of Earth
Author – Chris Bradford

I loved this book because it is full of surprises.

This is the story of a young samurai named Jack Fletcher. He was a gaijin, meaning a foreigner. The daimya Akechi was forbidding gaijins from entering Japan. In this story Jack joins one of the ninja clans to study ninjutsu. Using his fighting skills he is able to reach Nagasaki without the Akechi samurai’s being aware of it. In his journey he realises that all the ninjas are not bad and, likewise, all samurais are not good. It is an incredible adventure that you should read about.

I’d give this book a score of 8 out of 10.

Book review by – Athul Rony, Class VI-A

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Book Review: Dork Diaries – Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell

Title of the Book – Dork Diaries: Pop Star
Author – Rachel Renee Russell

I loved this book because the protagonist of the story, Nikki, is a lot like me.

When Nikki gets to know that her new school is organising a talent show she decides to team up with her BFF’s (Best Friends forever) Chloe and Zoe. But her rival, Mackenzie, is also entering the talent show, teaming up with Nikki’s best friends. Nikki abandons her dream of becoming a local pop star. But what happens when her BFF’s learn that Nikki is heart-broken? Is Nikki able to realise her dream? Read the book and find out.

I’d give this book a score of 9 out of 10.

Book review by – Jennifer M. Jiji, Class VII-B

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Book Review: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

“The Alchemist” is really an inspiring book. It is the story of an ordinary shepherd boy who was a dreamer and about how he comes to understand the truth about his dreams and his destiny. The book advises everyone to follow thier instincts, to follow their heart, to find their destiny. Inspite of the difficulties and struggles, the boy believes in his destiny and, as he follows his dreams, he begins to understand the language of this world – which takes him closer to his destiny.

The book really inspired me a lot. It made be believe that each one of us has a destiny, and the only thing for us to do to find it is to follow our heart. But then there is also a great factor apart from all this, that is, “maktub” – fate. This book is really special.

I liked this book because: it had something wonderful which inspired me a lot.

Reviewed by: Haritha G S of Class IX-D

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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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