TEN

I was really excited when I saw this book in my mailbox the other day.  It’s been awhile since I received a paperback for reviewing purpose ever since I moved in to the new (but inconvenient) place. This book was sent to me by the author Shamini Flint herself. I’m not sure if any of you remembered her or not, but I’ve blogged about her last year. She’s well noted for her ‘Inspector Singh’ series, and to say that I have high expectation on her books is an understatement.

This book is not a part of her famous Inspector Singh series, but a standalone Children/YA fiction. Yup. You got it right. A children book. It’s been awhile since I devoured a children book for escapism purpose, and I was expecting something really light, something that could take my mind off from things, but to my surprise, this book does not have the same effect on me.

This book is more like a coming of age book where the story is about a girl who loves playing football but lives in a conservative society where playing football is frowned upon, and she practically had to fight in order not to succumb to society’s expectation on her.

Quite a serious story, and so, I followed the girl’s journey with immense interest and I have to say that I could relate with her, even though I’m a child no more. I suppose, like the protagonist, I too have dreams that I feel hard to achieve because of the ‘roadblocks’ in the form of family, relatives and friends.

There’s plenty of things you can learn from this book, and that include perseverance and not sticking to the status quo. I definitely recommend this book to both parents and children alike, and could easily rate this book a 4 star out of 5 star. Recommended reading for children of 8 years and above.

I received a review copy of this book from Shamini Flint herself. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.

 

2 comments

  1. small Kucing says:

    i think not only that la…underlying is the sense of being a minority in the society. Like where she mentioned Maya was sent out of the class for unknown reason…then they found out it was for islamic studies where Maya is the odd girl out.

    Then the part of her parents relationship and her yearningfor her dad.

    I like Shamini books coz underneath it there are so many topics at work

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