• Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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An engaging children’s adventure with a lovable protagonist

By:  MITA MISTRY

ACCLAIMED author Serena Patel has received well-deserved universal praise for her Anisha Accidental Detective children’s books and delivers another adventure centred around the young protagonist.

This time around Anisha and her best friend Milo are looking forward to visiting a National Science Museum to see a real-life space engineer, but her family tags along for the outing and complicate matters when Granny Jas is arrested for stealing a valuable diamond. That is when the young detective springs into action to prove Granny’s innocence and uncover the truth.

The latest instalment of the Anisha Accidental Detective series continues to build on the impressive momentum generated by the first two books. Serena Patel delivers yet another page-turning story that skilfully combines an adventure with relatable family, and often funny, dramas.

As with Patel’s previous books, what makes this one special is the uniqueness of the mystery that the young lovable protagonist is determined to solve. Not only does this make the story highly engaging, but it also leaves the reader on the edge of their seat rooting for Anisha until the end.

The story is packed with entertaining moments which leave you smiling and sometimes snorting-out-loud laughing. At the heart of the action are outstanding characters, each with their own quirks and qualities, which draw the reader into Anisha’s world. And Anisha, a 10-year-old British Asian girl, simply lights up the pages of the book bringing a fresh-new protagonist in children’s literature.

This fun-filled adventure is easy to read, and one that children will love diving into. As it’s composed of equal parts plot and comedy, it will entertain adults too, perhaps more if they are reading it with their children. The series is getting better with each instalment and that is why this book by a talented author is a must-read.

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