Book Reviews & Storyline

Hello, and a warm welcome to all bookworms! Here, you will find a list of various books I have read. Some are those that I read on my own, and then there are others that I read with my children. I have posted a brief about the storyline and my review. Use that information to choose the book that you like. Have fun reading!

Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13

Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13-Storyline and Review

 Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13 is the sequel to Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer is available as a set of 3 books( As Teil1, Teil 2, and Teil 3). It is written in German by author Michael Ende.

In this book, the story continues from the 1st book. Jim and Lukas return from their adventurous journey, and life on Lummerland returns to normal.

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The complete adventures of Feluda

The complete adventures of Feluda -Storyline and Review

The complete adventures of Feluda Volume 1 and 2 are a treat for all mystery and adventure lovers. Written by the filmmaker and writer Satyajit Ray, these books take the reader into the world of a private detective Pradosh Mitter ( Feluda), and his cousin and aide, Tapesh Mitter ( Topshe), as they go about solving and unraveling mysteries.

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Ronja Räubertochter

Ronja Räubertochter-Storyline and Review

Ronja Räubertochter is a book written in German by Astrid Lindgren, suitable for 10-12-year-olds.

It is the story of Ronja, the daughter of the robber chief Mattis and his wife, Lovis. Ronja grows up in Mattisburg ( A castle named after her father) in the Mattiswald( the forest named after her father) together with her parents, Glatzen Per ( the old and wise robber), and the gang of robbers. 

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An Elephant in the Garden

An Elephant in the Garden-Storyline and Review

‘An Elephant in the Garden’ is a touching story set up during the time of the 2nd world war. The story is narrated by an older woman, Lizzie, to her nurse and her son at a nursing home. It’s a story about Lizzie’s experiences as a 16-year-old girl. With her father gone to fight in the war, she lives with her mother and younger brother Karli in Dresden. This is a time when many cities in Germany have already been bombed, and the allies are expected to attack Dresden anytime.

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Cool!-Storyline and Review

‘Cool!’ is the story of a 10-year-old boy, Robbie, who, while chasing his dog Lucky on the street, meets with an accident and goes into a coma. Before the accident, Robbie lived with his mom and younger sister, separated from his father. He is a big-time football fan and has been a center forward on his school football team.

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Finance 101 for kids

Finance 101 for kids -Review

 ‘Finance 101 for kids’ is a book every parent should get for their child, especially if their children will soon handle money on their own.
Walter Andal has covered most of the commonly used terms in the context of finance and economics and straightforwardly explained them using examples from everyday life-something they can relate to and understand. The illustrations are nice and funny, which brings about a light moment now and then.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas-Storyline and Review

‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is a story set up during the time of the 2nd world war at the time of the Holocaust. It’s the story of a 9-year-old boy, Bruno, who lives with his parents and sister in Berlin. He also has his grandparents and friends, with who he is very close. His father is a senior officer in the Army and is ordered by the Fuhrer to serve at Auschwitz- a concentration camp where all the Jews are brought as prisoners and executed.

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The Night Diary

The Night Diary-Storyline and Review

 ‘The Night Diary’ is a series of diary entries by a young girl named Nisha around the time of India’s partition. 
Born to a Hindu father and Muslim mother, Nisha lives (in present-day Pakistan ) with her father, younger brother, grandmother, and cook- Kazi. Her father is a doctor and mostly stays busy

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Wings Of Fire

Wings Of Fire-Storyline and Review

‘Wings of Fire’ is an honest and straightforward book about Dr. Abdul Kalam that aims to inspire the people of India, make them take pride in their country, and make them believe that all obstacles can be overcome. All targets are achieved when one puts one’s efforts into their work.

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The Gita for Children

The Gita for Children- Storyline and Review

‘The Gita for Children’ is a genuinely enlightening book and a must-read for children and adults who have not read the Geeta before. Written in very simple language, the book starts with an introduction to the story of Mahabharata. It sets the stage for the most incredible conversation between Arjuna and Lord Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

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Parvana's Journey

Parvana’s Journey-Storyline and Review

As the title says, this story is about Parvana’s journey. It is the 2nd book in the trilogy, the 1st being ‘The Breadwinner.’ 

The story continues from the 1st book. Parvana’s mother, sister-Nooria, and brother had left for Mazar-e-Sharif for Nooria’s wedding but never returned.

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Mud City

Mud City-Storyline and Review

 ‘Mud City’ is the 3rd book in the three-book series, the 1st being – The Breadwinner and the 2nd Parvana’s journey.
The story continues from the 1st book – The Breadwinner. One should read the 1st book to understand all the characters and the background story. ‘Parvana’s Journey ‘ ( Book 2) is about Parvana’s experiences, and ‘Mud city ‘ ( Book 3 ) is about Shauzia’s journey.

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he Shanghai Free Taxi

The Shanghai Free Taxi -Storyline and Review

‘The Shanghai Free Taxi’ is a story that gives the reader a peek into the lives of people in China – their experiences, their belief systems, their fears and worries, their wishes, aspirations, and their views about how they wish to see their country in the future.

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Born to Run

Born to Run-Storyline and Review

‘Bestmate’ is what he is named by his first owner- a young boy by the name of Patrick, who finds this tiny little puppy in a sack along with his other siblings flowing down a canal. Patrick saves them, feels deeply connected with the greyhound puppy, and adopts it. Bestmate lives a comfortable life with Patrick, who shows him much love and affection. But these happy days are short-lived. One day, Bestmate gets stolen and taken to a place to be used as a race dog.

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The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient-Storyline and Review

The story revolves around two main characters – Alicia and Theo. Alicia is a famous painter, married to Gabriel – a fashion photographer, living in a grand house in seemingly marital bliss. Her life seems perfect until one evening, after Gabriel returns from work, Alicia shoots him five times in his face.

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Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy

It is the story of Ahmed ( a 14-year-old Syrian boy who lands alone in Belgium) and Max (a 13-year-old American boy who also comes to Belgium with his family). Ahmed has spent all his life in Syria and loves his country, but the war forces the family to leave their homeland and find an escape route through Greece into Europe.

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A Little Piece of Ground

A Little Piece of Ground-Storyline and Review

‘A Little Piece of Ground’ is a story of a 12-year-old boy Karim, his friends, and his family living in Palestine. The book is based on the conflict between Israel and Palestine. It takes the reader through the lives of the people in Palestine and how they pay the price of the political decisions taken by their leaders.

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Ali Cross

Ali Cross-Storyline and Review

Alex Cross is a detective, and Ali, Alex’s son, a 12-year-old, is very keen to follow in his father’s footsteps. The story begins with an incident involving Alex that leads to an accident. Although Alex is not responsible for the accident, he is accused and has to wait until the investigations are completed.

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Pax -Storyline and Review

Pax is a story about a young boy named Peter and his pet fox, Pax.
The back story is that Peter brought Pax home when he was just a kit( left alone in this world after his parents got killed). Peter and Pax grow up together and, with time,  get very emotionally connected and inseparable. 

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earthquake Boy

Earthquake Boy -Storyline and Review

‘The Earthquake Boy’ is a story set up in India. A boy is found under the rubble after a massive earthquake hit the city of Bhuj in Gujrat, India. While many people die, this boy, the protagonist of this story, gets miraculously saved and is discovered after days of continuous efforts by rescue workers. He receives all possible medical attention and is taken to a local hospital, where he gets treated.

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Flute in the forest

Flute in the Forest -Storyline and Review

The protagonist is a 13-year-old girl Atiya, who lives at the forest’s edge with her father. Her father is a nature lover and works as a forest officer who is hardworking and well respected in his circles. Atiya, inflicted with Polio at a very early age, lives a lonely life. Her parents are separated.

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Refugee -Storyline and Review

‘Refugee’ is an important and relevant book for middle school-age kids. While the book is suitable for middle schoolers, adults too stand to gain a lot from this riveting book. Inspired by historical events – this book has a combination of facts and fiction. 

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Scion of Ishvaku

Scion of Ikshvaku -Storyline and Review

This book is the first in the Ram series, written by Amish Tripathi. The author has used his usual style of taking characters from Indian mythology and using his imagination to create a story by fusing together- his fantasy with the original story ( the way it has been widely known). Unlike the Shiva Trilogy, this one didn’t quite hit the mark. 

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Projekt 1065

Projekt 1065-Storyline and Review

‘Project 1065’ is a story about Michael O’Shaunessey, a 13-year-old Irish boy, living with his parents (who are Irish ambassadors)  in Germany in 1943 when WWII is in full steam. To everyone, Micheal seems like a regular boy living with his parents, attending school like other kids, and serving the country by being a part of the Hitler youth. But Michael is not a Nazi. He is a spy. 

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The one and only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan -Storyline and Review

The One and Only Ivan is a children’s book by Katherine Applegate. The book is about a silverback gorilla named Ivan, who has been living in captivity for several years. He lives in ‘his domain’ at ‘Big Top Mall and Video Arcade’ along with an adult female elephant named Stella and a stray dog- Bob. 

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Queen of ice

Queen of Ice -Storyline and Review

‘Queen of Ice ‘ is a fictionalized and historical account of the life of queen Didda, who ruled Kashmir ( in present-day India)  around the 10th Century. Didda, though born into a royal family – daughter of the King of Lohara and granddaughter of the King of Gandhara, has very little hope for the future.

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Where the red fern grows

Where The Red Fern Grows – Storyline and Review

‘Where the red fern grows’ is a story of a young boy, Billy, who wishes to have 2 dogs. The boy does all that he can to be able to afford the dogs, and he eventually succeeds in getting his wish fulfilled. The actual story starts with the 2 beautiful red hounds – Litte Ann and Old Dan, coming into Billy’s life.

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Eine hand Voller Sterne

Eine Hand Voller Sterne -Storyline and Review

 ‘Eine hand Voller Sterne’ is a book written in the form of a series of diary entries made over many years, by a teenage boy, during his days in Syria. This ambitious young teenager, who, despite being born in a lower-middle-class family with uneducated parents, aspires to be a journalist.

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Escape from Shangri-La

Story Outline and Review-Escape from Shangri-La

‘Escape from Shangri-La’ is a story that has 4 characters – Cessie ( a 12-year-old girl), her dad-Arthur, her mom, and her grandfather, Popsicle. Cessie lives with her parents. One fine day, Popsicle turns out of nowhere and tells her family that he is Arthur’s father, who had separated from him 50 years ago.

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A Medal for Leroy

Story Outline and Review – A Medal for Leroy

‘A medal for Leroy’ is a thought-provoking and intriguing book by the master storyteller Michael Morpurgo. It is based on the true story of Walter Tull, a black soldier who fought bravely during the first world war but was not awarded for his extraordinary courage due to the color of his skin.

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The Immortals of Meluha

The Immortals of Meluha-Storyline and Review

The story starts when Shiva, the head of the tribe from Tibet, is offered to move to Meluha – a perfect empire once ruled by Lord Rama. Meluha, though very organized, planned, and prosperous faces many threats and dangers from nearby kingdoms and tribes.

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The Secret of the Nagas

The Secret of the Nagas-Storyline and Review

The Secret of the Nagas In this book -‘ The Secret of the Nagas,’ the story continues from where it was left in the first book -‘ The Immortals of Meluha.’ In the first book, after declaring war and winning it against the Chadravanshis, Shiva realizes that he has made…

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The Palace of Illusions Storyline and Review

The Palace of Illusions- Storyline and Book Review

The Palace of Illusions is the retelling of the epic tale Mahabharata from the point of view of Draupadi. The story covers the entire life of Draupadi, right from her birth, to her getting married to all 5 Pandavas against her wish, unintentionally insulting the Kauravas and eventually playing an essential role in causing the most significant war that humanity ever fought. The narration from a woman’s perspective opens up a new view of this tale.

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