Voted to the Top 3 in the RivoKids Parents and Kids Choice Award 2014 (5-10 years).
The mighty Mughal emperor Akbar is angry for someone is leaking secrets of his court to his enemies. They seem to know how much he weighs, where he gets his water transported from and are even mocking his courage and hunting prowess.
His enemies are now laughing at Akbar and the mystery must be solved at the earliest.
Akbar and the Tricky Traitor is the first in the History Mystery series. A History Mystery, as the name suggests is a mystery set in history! Fictional mysteries that you’ll never find in history books, packed with facts, the books introduce young readers to historical figures from India's past and a whole bunch of new ones, dreamt up by the author.
Akbar is assisted in his search for a traitor by the Super Six - a team of five spies, who in a moment of incredible smartness named themselves the Super Six. 'It will confuse anyone trying to find out about our group.'
Loaded with humour and incredible nuggets of truth, they'll leave have you gasping, for facts are often as surprising as fiction.
Did Akbar like to watch spiders fight?
Did he climb on an elephant using the tusk as a step?
Did he train leopards and cheetahs?
Find out as you follow the mystery in Akbar and the Tricky Traitor!
Natasha Sharma’s History Mystery series is whacky and irreverent (Ashoka the Great blowing bubbles in his bath! Akbar having a hissy fit!) and very entertaining.
Designed in the chapterbook format for younger readers, it sets its tales in different historic periods , with some suspense, many oddball characters and a great deal of slapstick comedy thrown in. It also cleverly weaves in a lot of factual data, sneaking a quick history lesson or two right past its unsuspecting , helplessly giggly, readers.
Akbar and the Tricky Traitor , the first book in the series, has that noble ruler fuming over slanderous comments made about him by a neighbouring king. Clearly there is a mole in Akbar’s court, passing on every thought the Emperor has almost as soon as he has it – but who? Enter the Super Six, a quintet of spies who then proceed to muddy the investigative waters a great deal, before clearing things up.
"The story, which snakes its way through the foolish Super Six’s investigations, captures the mood of the royal era.
The language is simple and suitable for younger readers. The story moves at a good pace and takes you right into the scene with its descriptions of sounds and other details. The skill of the author along with the familiarity factor with Akbar and his times doesn’t make the information forced…"