We were so happy to see so many of you participate in our Quiz last weekend! Here are the Top 5 Scores. We have sent Amazon vouchers to Parth Choksi in first place and Purav in the second place. Congratulations to you all and we look forward to seeing you on the next one on July 11 and 12!
The Currentkids Weekly Quiz #4 Results
Here’s the link to The Weekly Quiz #4 by Currentkids!
Take the CurrentKids Quiz tomorrow, Saturday June 27 and win an Amazon voucher!
We are hosting our 4th Quiz on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Check here for the link to the Quiz after 10 am on Saturday, and join the Quiz. You can take it anytime between 10 am on Saturday and 12 pm on Sunday to win a prize!
Please remember that we can only give the prize to the top scorer who attempts the Quiz one time. So pull up your socks and give it your best shot!
Book Review by KidsMustRead.com: The Masterminds
If you are between 9 and 11 years old, here is the perfect mini-series to read during these long summer / monsoon afternoons. The ‘Masterminds’ trilogy written by the New York Times bestseller author Gordon Korman, is a keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-novel with an echo of dystopian fiction.
Masterminds is about five thirteen-year-old children who live in Serenity, a small town with 185 residents in New Mexico in America. Serenity is a great, almost utopian (perfect) place to live – there’s zero crime, everyone is well to do, and parents are highly invested in their children. The three Essential Qualities of Serenity citizens – honesty, harmony, and contentment – are drilled into the children who are taught to trust and be truthful at all times. But there’s something strange afoot. While Eli Frieden’s friend, Randy, can leave town, Eli himself feels an inexplicable pain and severe nausea when he tries to step out of city limits. Amber Laska, who loves all things Serenity, stumbles upon a newspaper, USA Today, and is puzzled about why the negative things happening outside of Serenity are not covered in the local newspaper, Pax.
Five children in Serenity – Eli, Amber, Malik, Hector, and Tori – realize that they are somehow different from their peers. As their haven begins to unravel, the children’s questions fuel the answer that will take them on dangerous adventures they never dreamed of. How are the children different? Who is after the children? Will the children manage to break out of this seemingly utopian world? And if they do – what do they do next? Read the book to find out.
For Parents: Starting with the title that has more than one meaning in the context of the story, Masterminds is different from the run of the mill action thriller. Korman’s style of writing is crisp and is more “show, than tell”. For example, we get to know that Eli’s friend Randy (who goads him to cross city limits) is leaving Serenity because, in the next chapter, one of the items on Amber’s checklist is a reminder to make a farewell card for Randy. Told from the shifting points of view of the five children, it allows the reader to hear their varied voices shaped by their attitude to Serenity.
The series has an echo of the brilliant dystopian novel ‘The Giver’ written by Lois Lowry. It makes the reader think about the fundamental question – is nature more important or nurture more important in defining the personality of a child? ‘Masterminds’ is the first book in the series while ‘Masterminds: Criminal Destiny’ is the second book, and the third book that concludes the series is ‘Masterminds: Payback’. The Mastermind series is a fabulous set of stories where the pace of action is maintained in the sequels that finally reach a satisfying ending.
KidsMustRead.com is a website that helps parents to encourage their children to read. The search engine on the website generates a curated list of recommended books that are the right fit for a child’s age, reading level, and interest. The books have been read cover to cover by founder, Priya Iyer, and are vetted for violence and inappropriate content. Kids Must Read does this for you, so your child can have a wonderful and safe reading experience. It is a social enterprise – so all resources are free for parents. Become a member of KidsMustRead.com and help your child discover the Joy of Reading!
Here is an easy and delicious chocolate mousse recipe – by @elithebaker
I am a self taught 14 year old, with a passion for baking and aspire to take it up professionally. I draw inspiration from celebrity chefs and some seriously talented bloggers. I love experimenting with flavors and feeding my friends! Have a look at my Instagram page @elithebaker for more about my work.
It has taken us a while this time to go through and work out the winner for the CurrentKids Quiz – some of you have taken the quiz multiple times to try and get to 100% accuracy! We applaud your effort and hope that you have learned something from the quiz this week. The winner, however, is someone who has attempted it only once.
The lucky winner this week is Mahira Jain with 28,160 points, and 96% accuracy!
Congratulations! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
The CurrentKids Team
Here’s the link to The Weekly Quiz #3 by Currentkids!
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A Plea for Justice: A Poem by CurrentKids Aliya Shetty Oza
A couple of weeks ago, a pregnant elephant standing in a river in Kerala ate a pineapple that had been stuffed with firecrackers, and died. The trap had been laid for wild boar, probably because the wild boar are a nuisance to farmers and their crop. It is a telling tale of the conflict between animals and man as we encroach on more and more natural territory.
This is a poem that Aliya has written about this horrible incident.