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  • A fun (and funny) mystery story for middle-grade readers, with a dash of fantasy thrown in in the form of a Bartimaeus-esque djinni.
  • The excerpts from Adventures Among the Djinn (a fictional book within this book) provides for amusing asides as the story unravels.
  • The illustrations peppering the text make it even more interesting.
  • Some of the situations are a bit unrealistic, like Ashwin’s mother not questioning Zubeida’s presence or checking up with her guardians before taking her out with them; or why no one notices people being turned into trees in broad daylight in a Mumbai street. However, all this is unlikely to bother young readers.


A decent mystery story to keep a young reader occupied on a lazy summer afternoon. There is plenty of scope here for a series


Author: Parinita Shetty
Illustrator: Jit Chowdhury
Language: English
Page Extent: 264 pages
Price: Rs. 250.00
ISBN: 978-0-143-33455-2
Publisher: Penguin, 2017
Subject category: Fiction/Mystery/Humour
Age-group: 9+

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