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Matilda Matilda

Sania Sajjad | Class VIII-Pink | Beaconhouse Palm Tree Campus Gujranwala

Author: Roald Dahl

Review: This story is, quite simply, Roald Dahl at his best. Get ready to experience comfort, inspiration and amusement while reading this wonderful story. An all-time favourite of many, this book has that magic ingredient that instantly transports you back to your childhood. In this book, young Matilda discovers her love of books very early and, by the age of three, has taught herself to read. At four, she has read all the children’s stories in the library. She is oblivious to her brilliance and her parents are, sadly, less than encouraging.

With her father demanding “What’s wrong with the Telly, for heaven’s sake?” while her mother insists that a brain never got a woman anywhere, Matilda feels out of place even at home. It is only when she attends school and meets the lovely Miss Honey that anyone begins to nurture her talents. But things don’t get any easier for poor Matilda even there. She must survive by following the rigid rules kept by the frightening and larger-than-life Miss Trunchbull.

Within the familiar school ground setting, Roald Dahl takes his readers into the world of little Matilda, enduring cruelty, loneliness and overwhelming power to teach lessons to the adults in her life. The combination of speaking directly to the readers and crawling into the minds of his characters is classic Dahl. The story is beautifully written; a heartwarming mix of humour, adventure and mystery. Also, as with any Dahl story, it has a strong message for children and for grown-ups: be kind and treat your children nicely, they are not as helpless as you might imagine!
Ash Mistry and the City of Death Ash Mistry and the City of Death

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

Author: Sarwat Chadda

Review: Sarwat Chadda delivers an enjoyable story with an amazing storyline. He is able to blend in Hindu tradition and beliefs into the story with ease and is able to describe every scene in a unique way.

Summary: After Ash’s encounter with Alexander Savage in “The Savage Fortress”, Ash believes that his life will return to normal. However, before bonfire night he meets Parvati and an old woman named Elaine who tell him that Savage is after the Koh-i-noor diamond rumoured to contain mysterious powers. After Genma is killed in the bonfire night by Jackie the wolf rakshasa, Ash leaves home to hunt down Savage and Jackie and to find the Koh-i-noor in hopes of resurrecting Genma. He finally learns to control his kali-aastra and is able to enter the soma to gain unlimited powers but he soon learns it comes with a heavy price. By the end of his quest, Ash learns that those who die and are resurrected do not come back as they were before; they come back as monsters. He learns that it is best to let the dead rest in peace.