One Hundred Names One Hundred Names

Nimra Adnan | Class X-C | Beaconhouse Defence Campus Karachi

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Review: If you are looking for a novel with hope and inspiration then you have reached your destination. One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern is a story of a journalist names Katherine Logan. Katherine starts out as a successful and brilliant journalist until one unfortunate day, a scandal involving her starts the worst time of her life.

She becomes jobless, friendless and scared to step into her own house as people treat her like a criminal. Her life gets worse as her only hope, her best friend, tragically dies. Her friend leaves behind a list containing a hundred names that Katherine has never heard of before. So, Katherine decides to use her journalism skills to unlock the mystery of that list of names.

As she goes down the list, Katherine meets people who are heroes and simply delightful in their own special ways. This story shows how people’s lives are filled with uncertainties and how they could lose all the things they love in the matter of a single day. This book is a must-read, with an eye-opening message of having trust and hope and that sometimes your heart can be changed by the most unexpected people – people you may have never even met before.
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!
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