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Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge

Review by Sana Feroz, age 12

'Twelve Minutes to Midnight' is the first book in a trilogy by Christopher Edge. It is about a thirteen-year-old orphan named Penelope Tredwell. She is the author and publisher of Victorian Britain's bestselling magazine, 'The Penny Dreadful' and writes under the pen name, 'Montgomery Flinch'. One day, Penelope receives a letter from Bedlam Hospital (a mental asylum) directed towards 'Montgomery Flinch', requesting for help. Every day, at Twelve Minutes to Midnight, the patients begin frantically writing on any surface they can find, on the walls. on paper. or even on their own skin. Penny investigates and realizes that they are writing accurate predictions of the coming years. She later finds that a woman, Lady Isabella Cambridge, has poisoned these patients with spiders' venom. Penelope also figures out that Lady Cambridge wanted those writings because they were predictions of the future. However, Penny gets herself poisoned by sneaking into Cambridge's house, but soon finds a way out. After she solves the mystery, she thought that it would be a great plot for her next story which was going to be featured in her magazine. It is an amazing read for anyone who loves mystery and horror stories, and it gripped me till the end. I would rate it 5/5.


The Imaginary by A. F. Harrold

Review by Sana Feroz, age 12

'The Imaginary' is about Amanda Shuffleup, a girl with huge imagination. She has an imaginary friend called Rudger, and she is the only one who can see him. They are best friends, even though Rudger doesn't exist. The book is mainly about the adventures she has with Rudger, and the point when she is on the edge of losing him. The story was very moving and it made me laugh and tear up a little while I was reading it. I would rate the book 4.5/5 and would like to thank my friend for recommending it to me.


Little Red Riding Hood by Candice Ransom

Review by Naissha Kathpal, age 7

The story is about a girl who is on her way to see her grandmother. On her way she meets a fox. While talking to the fox, she gave her grandmother's address. The fox quickly reaches grandmother's cottage and eats grandmother. When red riding hood reaches her grandmother's cottage, the fox disguises as the grandmother. The story teaches us never to trust strangers and talk to them.


The Return of the Young Prince by A.G. Roemmers

Review by Krishay Sachdeva, age 10

The Return of the Young Prince is a wonderful book for people who need yet to know the importance of friendship , family , community and compassion. In the book the Little Prince embarks on a new journey back to Earth into the secrets and joy of a meaningful life.He learns many new and important things and so do you.


Ned's Circus of Marvels and The Gold Thief by Justin Fisher

Review by Krishay Sachdeva, age 10

Ned's Circus of Marvels is a rip roaring , page turning adventure for people who like Harry Potter . Ned and his family are trying to be ordinary except for the fact that they aren't ordinary at all. Then all the world's gold goes missing in a day which really doesn't have anything to do with Ned ... until it does. When an oily thief and his pet monster turn up at Ned's door , Ned finds himself on the run again and racing to find out what this new villain wants . Together with his best friend Lucy , his clockwork mouse and his shadow, Ned must use his growing magical powers to try to uncover a secret that could end them all.


A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Review by Samir Daadouch, age 10

A light in the Attic is a poetry book by Shel Silverstein. The book includes interesting and funny poems about monsters, clowns, pirates, strange people and animals. This book is greater than great, it's just wonderful, but not colorful. So, I will tell you a poem from the book that I took. Prayer of the selfish kid: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my toys to break. So, none of the other kids can use 'em. . . Amen. I think this is quite a funny poem, just like the others. Some poems are long and some are short, but they are all incredible, so get the book, because you will have a good time laughing. I am sure kids of all ages will enjoy a fan word play.


I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Review by Nishkka Kathpal, age 11

This book is about a girl who stood up for educational rights of girls. It portrays her journey from childhood till date. She was shot in the head by the Taliban. However, she stood against all odds and she is the receiver of The Nobel Peace Award.


Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Review by Zuriel Rock, age 9

Wilbur is a runty pig about to be done away with when Fern the daughter of the farm owner saves him. When he is moved to the Zuckerman's farm, Charlotte the spider saves him from becoming a meal by writing different messages which tell good things about Wilbur. The interesting part is Wilbur getting two chances to live again. I like spiders and Charlotte the spider proves to be a good and true friend.It showed me how you can be true friend in all circumstances.


Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Review by Zuriel Rock, age 9

Alice tumbles own a rabbit hole. She finds a bottle marked "DRINK ME". She is curious to know what would happen if she drinks it and explores new world in her dream. This book fascinates me as Alice shrinks in her size, grows tall in dream world and is full of imaginations.


The Big Book of Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids: A 3-in-1 Collection by Rob Elliot

Review by Krishay Sachdeva, age 10

It's a fun book with lots of laugh out loud jokes for kids , zoological hilarious jokes and knock knock jokes . You sure will be in a tizzy reading such jokes . This book is for all age groups !!! This book is must read and one can carry them for a holiday too !!! Q: What do you get if you mix a rabbit and a snake? A: A jump rope. Knock knock. Who's there? Cook. Cook who? Are you as crazy as you sound? A book full of giggles , guffaws and smiles !! After all it's good to read something light !!!! Happy Reading !!!