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Book Review: Young Detective by Sumita Bose

Young Detective by Sumita Bose offers a wonderful reading session of fun, interaction, and learning. This book offers twelve light detective stories for children, students, and their parents.

Each story is short, unique, and ends on a cliffhanger position. Readers have to solve the ending of the mystery. For that Sumita puts a question at the end of each chapter. For instance, the first story is about a sculptor theft. The detective questions a few close by people and he finds the culprit. A little thinking and rereading the story twice may give you the clues and answers. However, if you failed to do so or, want to crosscheck your answer – an answer key is given at the back of the book.

Since during school days most of the detective stories are build around thefts and petty crimes without bloodshed such as kidnapping, cheating in exams and games, and so on. Sumita has particularly taken care of this.

The most impressive story about kidnapping is ‘The Kidnapped Businessman’. You will be lost for words the way they solve the puzzle by using calendar month numbers. Way impressive, and a sheer example of logical reasoning. In the similar fashion, there is this story on a palindromic name Kanak.

The prime objective of the book is to push students/children to solve the mystery puzzles – this will hone their cognitive and deductive reasoning skills, promote their mental alertness and observation power and much more.

The language of the book is user-friendly. Each story has an illustration that compliments it. Sumita looks like a veteran children’s books author. She is aware what content will attract them. The book is not limited to a dozen mysteries for you to solve, it rather has some other informative content also for your decoding like secret messages, number games, facts, etc. Before the stories commence, the author has given as how to use this book and what benefits it brings along with.

Overall, the book is a perfect gift for a growing child. The book can be read independently or in groups, both ways it works.

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