Arjun loves Maths but hates reading! But when his teacher announces a reading competition with a night stay in school and a telescope view of the solar system for the winning class, he is eager to go for it.

But Arjun’s chances for the night stay look bleak. He is in the Snail group of readers. Also his mother doesn’t like the idea of Arjun staying away from home. And Annika, the rival reader from the other section, is devouring books at a break-neck speed.

Arjun is desperate. What can he do? Can his class win?


  • A simple, enjoyable story about reading that is likely to keep young readers turning the pages.
  • Characters are very relatable, and readers can easily identify with the various school and classroom scenarios.
  • Touches of humour (for instance, the school classifying readers as Snail, Bull and Cheetah readers based on their reading abilities) add to the book’s appeal.
  • The quirky die-cut cover will make children want to pick the book up.
  • Stereotypes, like boys refusing to read ‘girly’ books and foreigners speaking ‘bad’ English, could have been avoided.


An ideal chapter book for a reluctant reader or non-reader whom one wants to encourage to read.


Author: Arti Sonthalia
Illustrator: Sumedha Saha
Language: English
Page Extent: 88 pages
Price: Rs 175.00
ISBN: 978-93-5275-174-7
Publisher: Scholastic, 2017
Subject Category: Fiction/Chapter book/Reading
Age-group: 7+

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