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The Genie of Timbuktu The Genie of Timbuktu

Umema Asher | Class: VIII Pink| BSS PTC, Girls’ Branch

Author: Gill Harvey

Summary:

Once, there was a boy named Abdul who was really lazy but he wanted an adventure. His father told him that he has to go to Djene to his aunt. He was really excited, but his father was worried, so he gave him a charm that was blessed. Abdul set off on his journey, he met some gold traders, who were armed. They let Abdul join them, thus he reached Djenne safely. He looked at the mosques around and was very amazed. Some men were sitting outside the mosque and they got amgry, as he addressed them with his shoes on. They sentenced Abdul to die at sunset. Worried, Abdul went to his aunt Fatima and told her the whole story. She told Abdul to turn everything in the house upside down. After they were finished, Abdul realized that they had stopped the sun from setting. When the people of Djenne got to know about this, they started stomping Aunt Fatima's door. To resolve this matter, Aunt Fatima called Baba Shirfi from Timbuktu to help them. They called the most powerful genie in Timbuktu-El Farouk. Baba Shirfi told El Farouk to take Abdul's place and die. He tried to escape but Baba Shirfi's power was too strong, so he agreed to take Abdul's place meaning that now the sun sets at its right time.
The Family The Family

Muhammad Muzammil | Class IX-G | Beaconhouse Defence Campus Karachi

Author: Mario Puzo

Review: This is a very interesting book; it is about the importance of family ties and bonds. Mario Puzo excellently describes the meaning of being a family.

Summary: It starts when the cardinal Alexander is a few months away from being elected Pope. He has four children Cesare, Juan, Jofre and Lucrezia whom he takes to his palace to learn the teaching of the church. The story begins with the pope’s eldest son Cesare, who is an ambitious boy, who wants to be the best at everything. He is very strong, physically and mentally. Juan, his second son, is a dull boy who is physically weak. Lucrezia is the smartest and most kind-hearted in all of the children while Jofre is not special and since he is the youngest son he does not get much attention but he does not even want it. After an incident of poisoning, which was meant for the pope, affects Juan instead, draws more love of the pope towards Juan. The pope makes Cesare a Cardinal even though he wants to be an army general. Juan becomes a general even though he has no skill in fighting. The pope loves his family very much but he uses his children, except for Cesare, to acquire more land for his papal empire. The pope uses blackmailing to convince his children to do as he says. Because of his actions the pope has a lot of enemies and when he stops valuing family morals he, along with his sons, get killed and only Lucrezia survives because she cares for her people like a family so they also take care of her.
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