If you are going on a short or medium trip, "Hit for a Six" by Payal Dhar would be a good companion for you. I selected this book based on cover & blurb.
Laila, a spunky thirteen-year-old whose life revolves around Cricket, is badly shaken when the cricketer she idolises admits to match-fixing. Can her hero’s betrayal and her love for the game coexist? Things get complicated further when she discovers that her school is going to be home to the town’s first ever girls’ cricket club.Meanwhile, working on a school project about their town’s historical spots, Laila and her friends find themselves asking questions that seem unrelated at first but point to a mystery just begging to be solved. What is going on in Old Mister Marshall’s house? Who are the anonymous benefactors who have sponsored the renovation of Laila’s school? What why?An exciting read about precarious friendships, cricket and a niggling mystery, Hit for a Six is sure to be a big hit.
As blurb suggested Laila, our protagonist used to come for lone time in an old mansion of her city Chandanisarai. She used to be a big fan of Indian cricket team captain. When she entered in 8th Standard things changed drastically. Her favorite spot - mansion suddenly got new occupants, who didn't allow outsiders to enter the house. Her school suddenly got renovated, her best friend Shalini drifted away from Laila. New students & cricket coach were also big addons. On top of that Laila got history project for which she selected Mansion purposefully to solve the mystery.
A very light story, that made me go to the last page without knowing it was coming. Though no big ups & downs or climax I there in the story, writing style made sure no boring moment awaiting readers. I liked cricket match part, which made me feel like listening to radio commentary.
Talking about ratings
- Cover - 4.5/5
- Content - 2.5/5
- Concept - 3/5
- Overall - 2.5/5
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