Sunday, January 26, 2020

Review of a middle-grade Book - Leatherback and the Strange Place by Shubhra Shah

I was checking the latest book releases on WritersMelon when my 5-year-old saw my mobile screen. The book on screen was "Leatherback and the Strange place". The cover was more than enough to give him the message that the book was his style. He doesn't know much about genres but he can judge what kind of books are meant for kids. He convinced me to go for it. I would like to thank WritersMelon for providing us a review copy in an exchange for an honest review. To my surprise book was taken by my kid and he put it in his collection of storybooks which he called "My Collect-action". He made me read it every night before he sleeps and that's how this short & sweet book which can be read in 2-3 sittings extended for more than a week.

The story is around the family of Sarah and Neel. Sarah had decided to help Tanya to take care of her turtle Leatherback. You may say turtle is the semi protagonist of our story. Unlike his current master Tanya's family, that of Sarah seems distant on the first look. Leatherback found out glitches in the relationship between Sarah's parents. Neel, Sarah's younger brother, lost the ability to speak (not physically though) at age of 5 due to mental trauma in an accident. On another hand, Sarah stuttered while speaking. The arrival of Leatherback can be called good as well as bed omen. As at first, Sara fought against a bully in Spelling competition by defeating her own weakness. But on another side when they reached home they found their mom was kidnapped. Would Leatherback and other pets of the colony help Sara's family to solve this case? Read the book to know more.

Apart from the middle-grade preferable story, the book provides color pages, connect the dots and other interesting activities that kids love. The language is age-appropriate, wherever the author has used the difficult words she has given meaning with usage for kids to learn. The book contains interesting facts about animals & nature. In an, all a must-read or must gift material to kids.

Do buy for your kids if they love to read.

I will give 4.5 out of 5 to this book.

Book links Goodreads, Amazon & Flipkart


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