Title: History Hunters Book 2: Akbar and the Agents from the East
Author: Shruti Garodia & Archana Garodia Gupta
Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan
Publisher: Hachette India
Age: 8 to 12 years
Book Review by my 11 year old son, Medhansh Dwivedi
I received this interesting book from Kids Book Café which captured my interest the moment I saw it. History Hunters! Could imagine an adventure trip to some old town with the characters of the book.
This book is written by Shruti Garodia and Archana Garodia Gupta and is historical fiction. It has around 130 pages but someone who loves reading and is curious about Indian History can definitely finish it in couple of hours.
The characters and story
In this book there are five main characters – Zoya, Noor (Eknoor), Ansh, Rohan and their pet elephant named Elfu and the story revolves around them. The way the author describes them, you will feel like the sixth character in the book is you!
This book is all about how these five go on a mission that will benefit humanity in some way. They were sent by Zoya’s father’s friend Siddeshwar Lal who was a billionaire in a time machine to the era of Akbar to get his DNA sample. At first you would find this like any time travel book, but what makes it different is the touch of Indian History and how it allows us to explore so much in fun way.
Now what will they have to go through to get this DNA sample is what you have to read the book to find out. What I can tell you that their journey is worth reading 🙂
In the end the book gives lots of historical facts on Akbar and the Mughals. These facts talk about their lifestyle, religion like Din-I-Ilahi, the kitchen and many other known and unknown facts about the Mughals.
One of my favorite parts was where Ansh was showed to the emperor, while his friends were held captive by the emperor’s men. This small scene was a good mix of anxiety, anger and humour. I also liked how the author uses science fiction to describe a historical story and that makes it quite engaging.
This will make a good and must read for 8 to 12 year olds because it is very informative and has been written in a manner that you would want to finish it in a go.
[Added by Asha]: Should you wish to read Archana’s review of History Hunters Book 1: Chandragupta Maurya and the Greek Onslaught it is here on this website.
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Disclaimer: Medhansh is part of the #kbcReviewerSquad and received this book as a review copy from the publisher.