If the ancient grove of trees next door starts to talk to you, what will you do? Will you run for your life or will you talk back? Tadpole and her brother Vishwajit have moved in next to Medley Gardens, which is an old house surrounded by hundreds of trees. When the children wander into the gardens, they discover a startling fact – the trees can talk. Soon they start having conversations with these venerable residents and other creatures who live their branches. An astonishing hidden world opens up to brother and sister. But soon they realise that the trees are hiding a dangerous secret. When the owners of Medley Gardens decide to sell the place, will the trees be able to guard their secret?


  • Award-winning author Ranjit Lal has got the summer-holiday-adventure formula down pat. There are definite shades of some of his popular books like Taklu and Shroom and The Secret of Falcon Heights in this one, though perhaps less dark and aimed at a younger readership.
  • You will be drawn into an adventure with trio of spunky kids, including the lovable brat Tadpole, plus a motley collection of trees, birds, insects, all with Attitude.
  • This book is a veritable treasure chest of information for youngsters keen on natural history. It reminds one of Enid Blyton’s Children of Cherry Tree Farm, except for the fantasy element.
  • The beginning is a bit slow and the profusion of names overwhelming, so it takes some patience to stick with the story.


Once you get past the slow start, this is an unusual and imaginative adventure story for middle readers, especially those who love nature.


Author: Ranjit Lal
Language: English
Page Extent: 260 pages
Price: Rs. 295.00
ISBN: 978-81-291-4859-9
Publisher: Red Turtle, 2017
Subject category: Fiction/Storybook/Adventure/Nature
Age-group: 10+

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