Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Book Details

Author: Rick Riordan

Age: 8+

Price: Rs 1299 for kindle edition and MRP is Rs 250 on paperback

Pages: 1696

Purchase link: Paperback boxed set

About The Series

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is about the Greek Gods moving to America because it is the modern heart of western civilization.

We cannot see the gods or where they stay due to the power of The Mist. It makes us see only or exactly what we expect or want to see.

So in some cases when gods come down to earth using the mist we normally see them as mortals just like us. Sometimes the god on earth falls in love with a human and they have a kid.

These kids are called half-bloods. They are always haunted by monsters. Most of the time they are fighting for their lives and do not enjoy it.

Most of the Ancient Greek monsters do not have super great eyesight, but still most of the time they find half-bloods to attack, due to half-bloods carrying a scent they dangerously carry along with them continuously.

Under rare circumstances do half-bloods reach Camp Half-blood. It is a safe haven for all half-bloods. This camp is where they are trained to survive.

Half-bloods do not stay at the camp all the time. They have to go for quests as and when prophecies are issued by the oracle.

These books are mostly about a half-blood named Percy Jackson, his friend Annabeth Chase, Grover Underwood the satyr and various other half-bloods fighting against some dangerous ancient Greek monsters.

Everyone at the camp is worried about the presence of spies or dangerous enemies among them. Read the book to find out more!

Why I Liked The Books

My favourite part of the books was the way Rick Riordan made things not to scary, and even when something dangerous happens he adds something really funny, so I did not freak out. The other thing I liked was, often he really surprised me.

I liked the camp director Dinosyus because he would pretend to never remember anyone’s name. He’d just alter it a bit so it looked like he was bad at handling the camp.

My favourite character was Percy’s cyclops half-brother Tyson, because he was always funny and a bit cute compared to everyone else in the books. He was usually very excited and loved Percy a ton. He was very curious too.

My favourite books were The Sea of Monsters and The Titan’s Curse.

Another thing I thought was funny is almost every year or so Percy would get kicked out of school almost as if it was his goal to do so. Sometimes the reasons he got expelled were hilarious.

Atomic Levels

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Energy Levels and Angular Momentum

Electrons orbit the nucleus at different distances from the nucleus much like the planets orbit the sun in the solar system. Each orbit corresponds to a different energy level and can accommodate a certain maximum number of electrons. The electrons hate energy, so they want the least of it as possible. Because the inner most orbit has the lowest energy and the next has more,the electrons first fill the inner most orbit called the first orbit. The energy level symbol is n. n takes values 1, 2, 3 etc.

The energy of the electron also depends on the angular momentum. The angular momentum symbol is l. The maximum value l can have for any particular n level is n-1. So for a particular value of n, l assume values from 0 to n -1.

l orbitals are labeled as the letters s,p,d. They can each hold a maximum number of electrons.

The angular momentum has different possible orientations labeled by m. For a particular value of l, m takes the values -l to l in steps of 1. For example if l = 2, m = -2, -1, 0, 1, 2

Each value of m accommodates at most two electrons, one of each spin type. The two types of spins are the up spin and the down spin.

For example let’s look at the distribution of electrons in the carbon atom.

By adding all the electrons that can fit in all the m orbitals for a particular n level we get the maximum number of electrons in the particular n level, which is equal to n*n*2. Like in the second level we have n = 2. We see that 2*2*2 is equal to eight therefore the second level can hold a maximum of electrons which is eight.

The Teeny-Tiny Atom

Atoms are the smallest bit of an element that have its chemical proprieties. They are made of 3 smaller particles which are called protons, neutrons and electrons.

The protons have a positive charge and weigh 1 amu, while the electrons have negative charge and are approximately 2000 times lighter than a proton. Also the neutrons have no charge and also weigh 1 amu.

The protons and the neutrons bind forming the nucleus located in the center of the atom. At atom is about a 100,00 times bigger than its nucleus. Atoms are mostly empty space.

Each of the electrons orbit the nucleus. The number of electrons orbiting the nucleus is the atomic number. Every element has a different atomic number.

Number of protons and the number of electrons must be the same, or atoms would be charged particles.

Atoms may have many isotopes. Isotopes differ in the number of neutrons but have the same number of protons and electrons. That means the atomic number is the same for all isotopes. Stable isotopes are not radioactive.

Across The Line


Book Details

Author: Nayanika Mahtani


Price: 156.94 for kindle edition and MRP is Rs 250 on paperback

Pages: 230

Purchase link: Kindle edition, Paperback

About the book

Across The Line by Naynika Mahtani is about 3 generations of two families and how strongly they feel about the partition between India and Pakistan. Most of it is set in 2008 but some is set in 1947.


1947 in Rawalpindi. Toshi Sahni and her younger brother were playing, when a bunch of unexpected rioters were on a rampage. Toshi and her grandparents manage to escape on to a train to India, but they don’t find either her brother or her parents.

1947 in New Delhi. Here there are as many riots too. The Haidars were big landlords in Delhi. But they had to leave this great life behind when they were forced to move to Pakistan.


Jai is Toshi’s grandson. His mother was going to work in London, so Jai decided to visit her. At the very same time Innaya Haidar is going to play cricket, also in London. At the beginning they do not get along at all. Read the book to find out more about their interactions and families.

Why I Liked The Book

I liked the book because it had many people’s perspective and how they felt about the partition.

Even though partition is not a very pleasant subject, the book didn’t freak me out as much as the real topic.

My favorite character is Jai. I like him because he is troubled by bullies but he tackles them very well. He likes food and is good at ordering like me.

I thought it was cute that Innaya’s grandmother called her kishmish

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll

Price: Rs. 151 on amazon

7 to 10 years


About the book:

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, is about 7 year old Alice following a white rabbit into a rabbit-hole and landing into a fantasy world which she knows nothing about. She is desperate to escape, but she does not know how to do so. Will she escape? How shall she do so? Read the book to find out.

Why I liked the book:

I liked the the Cheshire cat best of all the characters he is logical and funny. He is safe from anyone attacking him because he can disappear and appear at will.

I would recommend this book, because it has many funny conversations between Alice and over-logical and quirky characters of Wonderland.

What I did not like about the book:

I did not like the character of the caterpillar. I think he was a bit nasty and bitter.

The Mystery Of The Invisible Thief

Author: Enid Blyton

Pages: 240 (print edition)

Price: Rs. 136.29 (kindle edition)

Age: 7 to 11

About the book:

The Mystery Of The Invisible Thief by Enid Blyton is the 8th book in The Five Find-Outers series.

There has been a robbery in Peterswood and the robber seems quite invisible. How can that be? The Five Find-Outers cannot wait to solve this new mystery. There are huge glove prints and boot prints all over the wall and floor. But not a soul has seen him or even heard him. But yet this thief is getting away with more robberies. Will Mr.Goon solve this mystery first? How much more will this thief get away with? Read the book to find out who is robbing Petreswood.

Why I liked the book:

I liked the tricks played by the thief.

The clues were easy to find but together they had no obvious answer which made this book very interesting. And every time they found a new bit of information I suspected someone else.

Malory Towers Series Books 1 – 6

Book Deatails:

Author: Enid Blyton

Price: There are 2 omnibuses of 3 stories each that are priced at approximately Rs 395

Buy here: Omnibus 1, Omnibus 2

About The Books.

The Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton is about a young 12 year-old girl named Darrel Rivers, who grows up in an all girls boarding school called Malory towers.

Darrel has a younger sister named Felicity. Darrel tells her sister all about her school. After a few years, Felicity joins Malory Towers too.

Darrel’s school days are filled with tricks, adventures, and games.

The children’s time together is full of fights, fun and friends.

Her new school changes her in many different ways for example she gets better at controlling her temper and becomes more helpful. The other girls too change and grow in many ways as they learn not only french verbs and arithmetic, but numerous life lessons.

Malory Towers had 4 towers located at the 4 corners of the school. The towers house the classrooms and dormitories and enjoy a splendid view of the sea.

Darrel liked all the people in her form except for Gwendoline Mary. Gwendoline was badly spoiled by her parents. She had no friends. Does her experiences and interactions in Malory Towers succeed in improving her? Read on to find out.

Why I liked the books:

I enjoyed all of the books but my favorites were the last two.

The tricks played by the children were very funny the children kept giggling in the time of a particular class helplessly. The children played the most funny tricks on Mam’zelle. The tricks played by Felicity’s form were just as funny too.

I got excited when the when they had midnight feasts.

I enjoyed the few dangerous adventures. They were very engrossing.

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Book Details

Author: J.K Rowling

Pages: 320

Ages: 8+ years

Price: Rs. 139 for kindle edition and Rs. 320 for paperback

About The Book:

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by J.K Rowling is the third book in the Harry Potter series.

A very dangerous criminal from high-security wizard jail called Azkaban escaped and is nowhere to be seen. No-one has ever escaped from Azkaban before. Where could he have gone? What could he be up to? Everyone thinks he is after Harry.

Harry’s broom gets dismembered, and he really needs a new broom. But to his astonishment he gets a Firebolt, the most coveted model among brooms. The packing does not have any name on it. Is it safe? Could it be from the prisoner of Azkaban?

Harry, Ron and Hermione find a map called the Marauder’s map. The map shows where everyone in Hogwarts is. All the secret passages are marked.

Why I Liked The Book:

  • I liked Lupin because his teaching method was different and his classes were more interesting. Every class was a practical which was fun. His classes were scary but with him staying very clam the class could do it that made it quite exciting.
  • I liked the adventures that Harry had at the Leaky Cauldron, because he got to explore the wizarding world without any restrictions. Harry being in grave danger added to the excitement.
  • Every-time Harry went for an adventure with the marauder’s map, I was eager to learn what he would discover.
  • I was amused by the bizarre flavors and varieties of sweets sold at Honey Duke’s sweet shop in Hogsmead.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Book Details:

Author: Roald Dahl

Pages: 208

Ages: 7 to 11 years

Price: Rs. 165.39 for kindle edition and Rs. 239 for paperback

About The Book:

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory byRoald Dahl is about a little boy named Charlie. Charlie loved chocolate but Charlie’s family was very poor and he could rarely afford any.

Willy Wonka, the greatest chocolate maker in the world has hidden 5 golden tickets in his chocolates. The 5 people who find the tickets will get to see Wonka’s secret factory.

Lucky for Charlie, his birthday comes before the 5th golden ticket is found. His grandfather presents him a Wonka bar. Will Charlie be lucky? Will he be able to see Wonka’s secret factory?

4 of the children who found the ticket were rich and could get whatever they wanted. To me, it felt like a dream to get whatever one wants. But when I met them, they learnt a lot about their flaws. If you want to know about it and the fascinating secrets of the factory, read the book.

Why I Liked The Book

  • The life lessons the Oompa Loompas were both educational and entertaining.
  • The factory was magical and so amazing! I loved reading about all the bizarre things the various machines did.
  • The way the kids got into trouble and learnt about their flaws was funny.

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Book Details

Author: J.K Rowling

Pages: 256

Ages: 8+ years

Price: Rs. 190 for kindle edition and Rs. 269 for paperback

About the book

Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets is the 2nd book in the Harry Potter series.

Harry meets a creature from the magical world who gets him in trouble with his aunt and uncle, until Harry’s friend Ron Weasley saves the day!

At Hogwarts, there is a new teacher for defense against dark arts who annoys Harry a lot!

A monster is hiding in a secret chamber and it is killing muggle-borns. There’s only one person who can control the monster. A lot of people think it’s Harry but who’s really doing it? Read the book to find out!

Why I Liked The Book

  • I liked the magical creature that Harry met because it was acting very funny.
  • The way Ron rescued Harry was cool.
  • The new defence against the dark arts teacher had a really funny way of speaking and would greet Harry saying “Harry, Harry, Harry.”
  • I was very anxious when the Bludger was chasing Harry and it added to the excitement of the Quidditch match.
  • I liked that at many points in the book I was tricked into thinking I had figured out who is controlling the monster. But I never guessed the real person. It was a big surprise!