Books have a character. A few books are like patient best friends. They don’t hurry you to complete them, they have an air of confidence that say ‘come to me whenever you feel like and we will spend some good time together.’
Sudha Murthy’s latest middlegrade novel, The Magic of the Lost Temple, is a book that fits the character of a ‘patient best friend ’. In this book, Nooni, starts her summer vacation. Their family’s usual vacation plans change because her mother has to go for a work-related training.
Nooni is shipped off to her grandfather’s village (dad’s dad) for six weeks. Nooni makes new friends in the village, learns how to help at home, learns about plants in her grandma’s garden and also listens to the tales about village history from her grandmother. Her grandmother tells her about a magnificent stepwell that remains buried. Is that stepwell a myth or a reality?
What I loved about the book is the ‘village lifestyle’, where everything is unhurried, people help out one another and have close relationships. I liked Nooni’s grandmother who participated in village events and contributed by cooking delicious dishes. The book itself is unhurried and is like Nooni’s journal, where nothing much happens for most of the book. In other words, it reminded me of all the leisure and fun I had in my summer vacations as a kid, and what a delight it was!
There are also illustrations for each chapter but the illustrations could have been better.
This is a book from my personal library.
Category: middle grade book
Age recommendation: 9 years and above
Publication date: November 11, 2015