Dear Junior readers,
The Junior Observer launches 'Junior Readers’ Club' to which we
invite all you Junior Readers to join up! The Junior Readers’ Club will
hold activities and competitions to encourage you to read and read and
read more, for fun and to learn. Do join in!
One activity will be to introduce books for you to read. We will
introduce a book from Vijitha Yapa Bookshop and tell you about it in our
'Book Review'. You are also invited to write in and tell us about a book
you have read and liked. Write up to 150 words and email your entries to
[email protected] or post them to Lake House, 35, D.R.
Wijewardane Mawatha, Colombo 10.
NOTE: Vijitha Yapa Bookshop will give away prizes for a write-up on a
book available in their bookshops. The best book review will receive a
book as first prize, and the second will be a gift voucher from Vijitha
Yapa Bookshop. Contact the Junior Observer on 2429239 or 2429234 to
collect your gifts.
Reviewed by Ryhanna Salie
Horrible Harry Moves up to Third Grade by Suzy Kline is about a
naughty boy in third grade who creates mischief in his class. He plays
pranks on his new class teacher Miss Mackle and his classmates, and gets
into trouble. Sidney, Mary, Song Lee, Dexter, and Ida are witness to
Harry's mischief. Harry is notorious and one day he surprises everyone
by bringing a spider to class. The novel has allusions to Charlotte's
Web by E.B. White because that is how Harry got interested in spiders.
Most of his classmates are highly taken up by the unusual pet and learn
more about it. Yet the spider fails to impress Sidney who does not get
along with Harry.
However, Harry becomes worried when Sidney disappears during a class
trip. Harry regrets a prank he once played on Sidney. However, Sidney's
disappearance brings the boys closer and they become friends. The class
trip to the copper mine proves to be interesting as this helps two boys
to develop a friendship.
The novel takes the reader on a journey to a third grade classroom
and the adventures of schoolchildren. It tells us a humourous tale of
girl with an imagination
Anne of Green Gables is a great creation by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
This novel revolves around its main character Anne Shirley, an orphaned
girl who is eleven years old. This story is about Anne's new life with
the Cuthberts who adopt her. Anne enjoys herself living at Green Gables
while hating her red hair. She is described as talkative, friendly,
pleasing and an extraordinarily imaginative girl. Because of her
imagination Anne gets into trouble like dyeing her hair green thinking
that it was black. Gilbert Blythe is her special classmate who teases
her, but at last they become companions. After the death of Matthew
Cuthbert she leaves her campus and looks after Marilla, and starts
teaching in her new school. This novel is filled with adventure,
tragedy, irony and laughter. Everyone should read this book and enjoy
the reality of life. This is my favourite book which addicted me to read
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the most interesting books that
I have read. The author is L. Frank Baum. It is a story about a little
girl named Dorothy, a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion. One day when
Dorothy is in her home in Kansas, a whirlwind comes and takes her away
to the beautiful land of Oz. On the instructions of a good witch,
Dorothy wears a pair of shoes which has magical powers. The good witch
tells Dorothy that if she wants to go home she has to first meet the
Wizard of Oz. Dorothy meets the scarecrow, tin man and the lion on her
way to meet the wizard on the Yellow Brick Road. The wizard says that he
will help Dorothy and her friends only if they help him. After they help
the wizard, they go back and ask for their wishes. The Wizard grants
their wishes. The Scarecrow gets brains, tin man gets a heart and the
lion gets courage. And Dorothy is resettled with her aunt and uncle in
their home in Kansas.