Category Archives: Book reviews

Book Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life of Pi is the story of how a teen-aged boy and a Bengal tiger survive a ship-wreck. The boy is named Piscine (after Piscine Park, Paris). His father is a zoo-keeper in Pondicherry. When the government acquires his land he decides to move his zoo with all the animals to USA in a ship. Then the ship-wreck happens and Pi (the boy has shortened his name from Piscine) and the tiger are the only survivors. The rest of the story is about their struggle for survival for 30 days.

I liked this book because the author has written the story in an interesting manner. This book has got the Booker Prize.

Reviewed by: Vinayakan S Kumar, VII-C, Shift I

Book Review: The Wimpy Kid Series

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books is about a kid called Greg Heffley who is different from others. The author of this series is Jeff Kinney. The series consists of several books like, Old School, Rodrick Rules, etc. I have read all books and enjoyed all of them. They contain many funny incidents in the life of Greg.

For instance, on Christmas his uncle gives him a big gift. Greg expected chocolates, but when he opens his gift he finds that his uncle has given him a big photo frame of himself. Greg’s brother gets a smaller sized gift. Greg laughs at his brother. But when his brother opens the gift he finds that it is the doll of a superhero.

Such incidents make these books very interesting.

Reviewed by: Goutham Haby, VI-B, Shift I.

Book Review: Extra class! by Siddharth Oberoi

Ananya has just joined the presidency convent school in Delhi. She sees that this school is very much different from her last school at Raipur. Back there she was everyone’s roll model. But here, things have changed. Everyone barely notice her.

Ananya is a very good debater. As she wishes to join the debate club, the school head girl, Natasha keeps her from doing so. The very next month there is supposed to be a debate competition in a nearby boys high school, Bishop Boys. Will Ananya be able to join the debate club? Will she be in the group of debaters who will compete in Bishop Boys? Will Natasha stop her from competing? Find out in the Backbenchers series book The Extra Class! by Siddharth Oberoi.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Mary Jiji, Class 8-B

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