Quote of the week

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

Laugh Out Loud!

Where should a 500 pound alien go?

artLast week’s answer: Lemonaid

Author of the week

Ray BradburyRay-Bradbury
Ray Bradbury was an American author best known for his science fiction short story collections such as ‘The Martian Chronicles’. He was born on August22, 1920 to Esther and Leonard Bradbury in Illinios, U.S.A. During his childhood, Bradbury was fond of literature that every now and then, he’d write a short story inspired by authors like Jules Verne and Arthur C. Clarke.

During his teen years, the Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles and he was enrolled at Los Angeles High School.

Bradbery started off his career in 1938 with ‘Hollerbochen’s Dilemma’ and went on publishing more and more stories, which gained him a fanbase and awards such as the Sir Arthur Clarke Award’s Special Award,  the National Medal of Arts, the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement and many more.  During this period of time, he married Marguerite McClure and had four children.

Although he was living a quite successful and happy life, he became sick little by little, starting off with a stroke, until his death on June 5, 2012.

Notable Works
Fahrenheit 451
Dandelion Wine
The Halloween Tree
A Sound of Thunder

Creative Corner

cMinidu Senul Karunarathne
Oruwala Kanishta Vidyalaya

Calling out all the Bookworms across the country!bee
Welcome to Creative Corner where all creativity and fun exist. Each week we’re giving you the opportunity to write a short story or a poem related to the given topic and the best story or poem will be featured in our page next week (or the week after). So grab your pens, notebooks and thinking caps and let your imagination do the rest. And don’t forget to send it to The Nation when you’re done.
Happy writing Bookworms!
Topic:The UFO
Deadline: August 29, 2015

Cartoon Corner


Kids’ Corner

Fun book to read
Four: A Divergent collection – Veronica Roth


Book of the week

In the Fifth at Malory Towers – Enid Blyton


Teens’ Corner

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel written by American science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery fiction writer Ray Bradbury. The novel centers on an American society in the future, where books are banned and “firemen” are hired to burn said banned books. It was first published in 1953 by The Ballantine Publishing Group.

The novel’s 159 pages are divided into three parts; “The Hearth and the Salamander”, “The Sieve and the Sand”, and “Burning Bright”. They follow the life of Guy Montag, a fireman who is loyal to the anti-intellectual society in which he lives, whose encounter with Clarisse McClellan, a teenage girl with a liberating spirit and free-thinking ideals, leads him to question his life.

Fahrenheit 451 has won several awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature (1954), the Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal, the Prometheus “Hall of Fame” Award (1984) and a”Retro” Hugo Award in 2004, as well nominations, with the most notable being a Spoken Word Grammy nomination for the 1976 audio book version of the novel. The novel has been adapted into several films, theatre productions, radio dramatizations, an interactive fiction computer text adventure game with the same name and a graphic novel.  A collection of Bradbury’s short stories, titled “A Pleasure To Burn”, was published as a companion piece to the novel in 2010.

“The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.”
– Ray Bradbury , Fahrenheit 451

Fun fact
The title refers to the auto ignition temperature or kindling point of paper, which is said to be around 451 degrees fahrenheit.

Compiled by

Kids’ Corner
Kalindi Wimaladharma
Royal Institute

Teens’ Corner
Hemangi Wimaladharma
Girls’ High School

Cartoon Corner
Kulindu Wimaladharma
Royal Institute



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