The Riddle of the Seventh Stone
Author- Monideepa Sahu
Ilustr. Pooja Pottenkulam
This is an adventure story for the young readers (age group 9-12 years) and offers a glimpse to the vermin world. The main characters are a rat and a spider. The readers get along with as the action takes place in the lanes of the Bangalore city.
It is a refreshing to read about characters, which are familiar and easy to relate. Shashee the spider and Rishabh miraculously transform into human beings in the daytime. The story tells you how Rishabh and Shashee help to save Venkat Thatha’s house from a greedy property dealer. Readers travel with Rishabh to solve the cryptic clues to find King Kempe Gowda’s treasure.
The author has weaved in the special characteristics of spiders and rodents in the story. Funny situations arise as these two live the life of school children in the day. Technology is explored through the perspective of insects and rodents. The computer savvy rodents sending vmails (vermin mail) sounds hilarious. The creatures are portrayed well enough to make them adorable.
It is a great read for the young readers who will definitely find it absorbing. Even adults will enjoy this thought provoking tale. It can be a good gift for birthdays and other occasions.