This is one really wonderfully written book I have come across in the young adult category. In fact, when the book first came in I had to tussle with my 14 year old niece who wanted to read it too. It took her about 2 days to finish it and her verdict was that she loved it. What I liked about the book was the fact that it was pictorial and each of the pictures were sketches. The size was enough big enough to fit your palm, reminded me of the classics of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin that used to come as pocket books. The print was legible and very soothing to the eye.
What I loved about the book was the style of writing, lucid and well written. The language was immaculate too. It was such a pleasure to read a book which has been edited so well. There was never a dull moment to this book. And honestly I did not mind that I am not really the target audience for the same. It was like a breath of fresh air. The story is simple and has a very realistic set of characters. four school kids, a butty professor, a sadistic headmaster, school mischief and sports events. What I loved best was that the book was not preachy and the kids learn the important tenets of life through the game of cricket.
The book narrates a story that is so untouched by the childhood that kids these days relate to, that of ipads and ipods. This is one very well written book for the young adult category as it has a lot to teach. You end up yearning for your childhood, the values with which you grew up in. What makes this book such an enjoyable read is the beautiful sketches that put up an appearance every now and then.
I loved reading this book and this is one book which needs great promotion for every young adult should be gifted a fine book once in a while specially since the options are so sparce.
Author: Tushar Raheja