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Book Reviews for Key Stage 4 and 5 by the GIS Community | Garden International School Malaysia

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Creating a strong reading culture where everyone in our community reads regularly for pleasure is one the things we strive for at Garden International School. With readily available resources at our library, everyone from our students, and even parents and staff is encouraged to read and share recommendations and reviews with one another. Here are a few book reviews by our members of GIS community.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Everything Everything

Recommended for: Key Stage 4, 5 and adults
By Rio Fujita (GIS student)

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon

The character has a rare form of cancer which means she will die if she leaves her house. But she wants to discover the world with a special person… Live life in a bubble or risk everything for love?

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review I am Malala

Recommended for: Key Stage 4 , 5 and adults
By Chandrika (GIS staff)

Title: I am Malala
Author: Malala Yousafzai

This is the story of her life, and also of her passionate belief in every child’s right to education, her determination to make that a reality throughout the world, and her hope to inspire others. Inspiring, Interesting, Thrilling and Motivating.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The Immigrant

Recommended for: Key Stage 4, 5 and adults
By Chuah Bee Hong (GIS staff)

Title: The Immigrant
Author: Manju Kapur

An engrossing portrait of an arranged marriage, from the prize-winning author of Home and Difficult Daughters.Nina is a thirty-year-old English lecturer in New Delhi, living with her widowed mother and frustrated by how little life has to offer.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Inside Vogue

Recommended for: Key Stages 4, 5 and adults
By Ying-ley Ling (GIS parent)

Title: Inside Vogue
Author: Alexandra Shulman

Alexandra Shulman was editor of British Vogue for 25 years and this book is her diary of Vogue’s centenary year. A sanitised account of working in the media where you would normally have 3 knives in your back before morning coffee, but still an interesting read. It pairs well with the BBC documentary that followed her during this extraordinary year.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Wintersong

Recommended for: Key Stage 4
By Sophie Low Li Iin (GIS student)

Title: Wintersong
Author: S.Jae-Jones

A dark read; this book features a selfless protagonist who cares too much about her family that she neglects her own needs, until she meets an old friend that takes her to another world and get her to realise how much she’ll miss and want her life when everyone believes she is dead.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Dan Brown Origin

Recommended for: Key Stage 4, 5 and adults
By Jayden Ting (GIS student)

Title: Origin
Author: Dan Brown

‘On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried – until now.’

There are a lot of really smart aspects about the plot and really interesting twists. It also contains a lot of history and interesting facts about the setting: Spain.
It is a really intelligent thriller.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The Gift of Rain

Recommended for: Key Stage 4, 5 and adults
By Erika Punglino (GIS parent)

Title: The Gift of Rain
Author: Tan Twan Eng

Philip Hutton is remembering the years in Malaysia around the time of World War II. As a sixteen-year-old in 1939, he was the son of a prosperous English father and a deceased Chinese mother who felt like he did not fit into either community. He met Hatato Endo, a Japanese diplomat who was renting an island from Philip’s father. Endo taught Philip the martial arts skills and mental discipline of aikido, as well as the Japanese language and culture. When the Japanese invaded Malaysia, Philip realized how Endo had used his knowledge. It’s a fascinating book involving many cultures. It explores the conflicting loyalties and the difficult decisions that both Philip and Endo must make.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review The hate u Give

Recommended for: Key Stage 4
By Jo Clark (GIS parent)

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas

The book is predominantly the story of a teenage girl who witnesses a police officer shooting of one of her best friends. The story explores many different subjects, such as gangs, mixed relationships but mainly focuses on prejudices that we may hold subconsciously. It is a well written and thought provoking read which hopefully will have a positive effect on anyone who reads it.

 

Garden International School Malaysia blog book review Dan Brown Origin

Recommended for: Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 and adults
By Erika Pungolino (GIS parent)

Title: The murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author: Agatha Christie

The book is set in the fictional village of King’s Abbott in England. It is narrated by Dr. James Sheppard, who becomes Poirot’s assistant. The story begins with the death of Mrs. Ferrars, a wealthy widow who is rumoured to have murdered her husband. Her death is initially believed to be an accident until Roger Ackroyd, a widower who had been expected to marry Mrs. Ferrars, reveals that she admitted to killing her husband and then committed suicide. Shortly after this he is found murdered.

 

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