‘The Boy Who Met a Whale,’ by Nizrana Farook, cover by David Dean.

In a time when travel options are severely limited, we need books which can which us away to exotic and faraway locations. Preferably with a large dollop of adventure mixed in for good measure. That’s exactly what you get from Nizrana Farook’s second novel set on the tropical shores of Serendib (Sri Lanka.)

A thrilling adventure set in fictional Sri Lanka, jam-packed with peril and kidnap and a huge blue whale! Razi, a local fisherboy, is watching turtle eggs hatch when he sees a boat bobbing into view. With a chill, he notices a small, still hand hanging over the side… Inside is Zheng, who’s escaped a shipwreck and is full of tales of sea monsters and missing treasure. But the villains who are after Zheng are soon after Razi and his sister, Shifa, too. And so begins an exhilarating adventure in the shadow of the biggest sea monster of them all…

As soon as I opened the pages of this book and breathed in the sea air, I was transported back to Serendib for another thrilling adventure (the first being The Girl Who Stole an Elephant.) Nizrana’s writing is so atmospheric that you really will feel as though you’re right there on the beaches and bobbing on the waves along with Zheng, Razi and Shifa as they hunt for treasure and flee from criminals.

This is an absolutely fantastical adventure packed with action and lashings of deadpan humour. The perfect balance of friendship, peril and treasure-hunting to enthral any reader aged 9+

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Nosy Crow for sending me this title to review*

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