I received the book, Leatherback and the strange place by Shubhra Shah, as a review copy from Writer’s Melon and am thankful to Writers Melon and the author for the book.
Leatherback is a hundred and something years old, and finds Queenie, the cat and Loro, the parrot too rowdy! But she likes Sara, who once was the girl with no confidence. How Sara turned her weakness into strength is a story to tell.
One day, Sara’s mother vanishes into thin air! The animals decide to solve the mystery that has left the Seed household frozen. Leatherback and her team decide to investigate the suspects’ houses to look for Lolita.
The secret and the stories that they discover in the houses leave them shocked and startled. But where was Lolita? Who had taken her?
All Leatherback had wanted was a quiet summer, but she had no idea that she was about to enter a whirlwind of mysterious secrets and adventures.
Leatherback, a hundred plus year old turtle is Tanya’s pet turtle and considers herself as Tanya’s torty mother. But Leatherback has to spend the summer vacations at Tanya’ friend, Sara’s house because Tanya has to go for swimming competitions and pets are not allowed. Leatherback is upset because she does not like Sara’s cat, Queenie and her brother’s parrot, Loro.
But Leatherback adjusts herself and even makes friends with Queenie and starts liking Loro. She even attends the Spellbee with Sara only to comeback and find Sara’s mother missing. She has been kidnapped and Sara’s father is receiving threats.
So what happens next?
The book has been written from the point of view of Leatherback, the hundred plus year old turtle. And the characters, both human and non-human, are well developed. Sara and the other children are realistic and even the problems, the jealousy and also the friendships between them. The names of the animal characters are very interesting.
The book has been written in simple English which is easy to understand and whenever she has used difficult words, she has given the meaning in the book itself. The illustrations are beautiful and the book has a multitude of activities like jumbled words, join the dots, colour the pictures, the word maze and unscrambling words. There are beautiful poems as well and also there are a lot of facts mentioned as the story proceeds.
The plot is well developed and not did I get bored and also the suspense kept me going chapter after chapter.
I loved the way the author has used the story to convey many values to the children.
I enjoyed the book more as I was reading it along with my kids, alternatively, we would read one chapter, pass the book and then read the next, so we took a longer time finishing the book. And we did the puzzles together and also the Spellbee.
Loved the book, and would recommend it to children and their parents.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of the book from Writer’s Melon in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.