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Book Review | The Case of the Careless Aliens

The Case of the Careless Aliens

Summer reading for Tweens – Sixth graders and super sleuths, Rachita and Aarti, are on a mission. Are the economist aliens in town? Will wearing Vipul’s anti-alien aluminium foil hats help? Will the Superlative Supersleuths be able to solve the mystery?. The Case of the Careless Aliens is definitely a hilarious read for kids aged 11+.

The Case of the Careless Aliens

Author: Archit Taneja

Pages: 176

Publisher: Duckbill Books

The Case of the Careless Aliens is the second book in the Superlative Supersleuths series.

The Story

Sixth graders and super sleuths, Rachita and Aarti, are on a mission. Their classmate, Ashwin’s personality seems to have changed overnight. Aarti’s grandparents hear someone knocking windows late in the night and they find a crisp 500-rupee note struck between the two window bars. Also, Ashwin suddenly stops coming to school. Rachita is sure he has a secret. Further, there are UFO sightings being reported around town.

Are the economist aliens in town? Will wearing Vipul’s anti-alien aluminium foil hats help? Will the Superlative Supersleuths be able to solve the mystery?

This book packs in counterfeit money, corrupt cops, kidnapping, quadcopters and more.

Super extra mega ultra-seriously!

What Works

The author has taken efforts and worked STEM into the book. Tetris being fashioned from crossword puzzles is something I really enjoyed reading about. How creative and fun! Weaving maths and physics topics seamlessly into the story making it an interesting read.

The personalities and friendship of the Supersleuths, Rachita and Aarti also stand out. They fight, makeup and help each other. Rachita and Aarti are real kids, not just fictional characters.

Further, the Superlative Supersleuths Detective Decree is definitely something I can see kids copying. I remember having similar rules for my childhood “club”.

While I enjoyed the author’s attempt, I felt too many ideas were being crammed into one book.

The Case of the Careless Aliens is definitely a hilarious read for kids aged 11+.

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