Category Archives: Children (aged 8-14 or above)

Matilda

Matilda               
Author: Roald Dahl.

Once again, a MUST READ for literally any age group.
Matilda looks like any other young girl, but has almost unrealistic intellectual capabilities. That’s what attracts you to her. She’s the kind that enjoys classics at the age of three- and what’s more, taught herself the English language at three! She’s a gifted child.

But what stinks for her, is that her parents are the MOST self-absorbed, egocentric, conceited, sexist human beings you will ever come across. So self-absorbed that they don’t realize their little one is a genius. Matilda has strong feelings of hatred for her dull-witted family. Their IQ levels simply do not match.

At school, another challenge awaits her. The beastly Mrs. Trunchbull. Not sure whether to call her a headmistress or a monster. She once made a boy eat an entire chocolate cake in front of the entire school, because he stole some of hers. She also spun a girl by her pigtails, for wearing pigtails to school.
But Matilda also has the most affectionate class teacher, who is her escape from the horrid world. She also happens to be in a very bad situation, but Matilda comes to her rescue.
In the end, sweet revenge is taken. I won’t tell on whom, but it surely was comical.

Roald Dahl’s style is different from the other authors, he can crack you up in a second. He was, and maybe even IS my favorite author. You can never grow weary of him, ever. He’s a master of children’s books.

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” – Roald DahlMatilda.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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Author: Roald Dahl.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR LITERALLY ANY AGE GROUP.
On a serious note though, especially if you’re a chocolate/candy/anything-sweet lover, you’ve landed upon the right book.
The book is about Charlie Bucket, a little boy, living in a little house, in a little town, with his not-so-little family, and gets a golden ticket into a seemingly MASSIVE chocolate factory.

Willy Wonka, a flamboyant, eccentric, innovative business man owns the biggest chocolate factory in the entire world, but his factory has been closed for a long time now. Strangely enough, the factory is still full-fledged and operational. How? I’ll let you find out yourself.
From ice-cream that never melts, to gobstoppers that are everlasting, he can create anything! He even built an entire palace out of chocolate. (Well it melted in a while, but that is a different story alltogether)
One day, he sends out a message saying that five golden tickets are in circulation, and the five lucky children to have this ticket, will have a full tour of his oh-so-mysterious factory, and a LIFETIME supply of his delicious chocolates. This is not the least surprising given his enigmatic nature.

Roald Dahl has brought out the personality and behavior of his numerous characters in the most lucid and humorous style. He comes up with his very own words, like scrumptidelumtious, Oompa-Loompa, and whatnot.
This book is one hell of a roller-coaster, and I guarantee that you’re left with a longing desire to explore the miracle that is Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (And devour all the chocolate there is, ofcourse).

“Everything in this room is edible, even I’m edible, but that is called cannibalism, my dear children, and is in fact frowned upon in most societies.” –Roald Dahl, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

 

The Princess Diaries

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Author: Meg Cabot.
The Princess Diaries was one of my favorites as a 7th grader. It is perfect for teenage girls, and even older, if you like cute, girly books. It’s almost like a chick-flick in the form of a book. In fact The Princess Diaries also has a bunch of movies!

Mia Thermopolis (I love her name, for no reason in particular), is a normal teenager, living with her inferiority complexes and insecurities, when she discovers that she actually is a princess. How fairy-tale like, right? But fairy tales always make you happy (make me happy, atleast) and revive your girly, I-want-to-be-a-princess-some-day side.
Her transformation from a shabby, under-confident teenager, to a gorgeous, dignified, but humble princess is beautiful, and Meg Cabot has a very humorous style.  Mia’s grandmother trains her in the ways of a princess, and oozes charm.

There are many books in this series, each with a very interesting story. Mia eventually falls in love, and there is also an aspect of romance in the later books.
It all makes for a perfect fairy tale story with a  happy ending, and every one lives happily ever after. (See what I did there?)

This is a must read for teenagers! Highly recommend. I’d always read this in the library periods in school.

The Hunger Games

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Author: Suzanne Collins.
‘The Hunger Games’ is the tragic but awfully awe-inspiring story of Katniss Everdeen, the epitome of mental strength. She lives in District 12, which is dictated my The Capitol. Her family strives hard to make both ends meet, and her father had died in a mine accident.

The Hunger games is an annual quest for survival, a fight until death. Only one person can survive, only the victor lives. Two tributes are selected from each of the twelve districts, as a punishment for the rebellion against the ruthless Capitol.
Both Katniss and Peeta make their way to the Capitol, and then enter into this quest for survival, The Hunger Games. As they slowly make their way through the deadly games, we also see a romance develop between the two, and two strangers now begin to understand each other. Katniss also remembers Peeta had helped her long back in times of dire need. He had saved her life.
Will they make it through alive? Which one of them will live? This I leave for you to discover yourself.

Highly recommend this for teenagers, the english is very good and easy to understand. The story is extremely gripping, and takes the reader’s imagination on a wild trip.

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.” –Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games.