History Mystery by Natasha Sharma
Shah Jahan and the Ruby Robber, History Mystery by Natasha Sharma

Shah Jahan and the Ruby Robber – a History Mystery

By Natasha Sharma

best illustrated children’s book india – Comic Con award, 2018

Shah Jahan, the Great Mughal is hopping mad.

Someone has replaced the precious Timur Ruby on his new throne with a … plum!

What’s worse, plums are suddenly turning up everywhere.

Who can help the emperor solve this mystery?

 

FUN FACTS! The Timur ruby, now in the Queen of England’s necklace, isn’t a ruby! The Kohinoor diamond and the Timur ruby once hung together on the Peacock Throne!

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Duckbill Books (2017)

ISBN: 978-93-83331-68-0

 

Ashoka and the Muddled Messages by Natasha Sharma - a History Mystery

Ashoka and the Muddled Messages – a History Mystery

By Natasha Sharma

The great Mauryan emperor Ashoka is furious. Someone is messing with the messages he wants inscribed on rocks and pillars.

What’s worse, the messages are now the opposite of what Ashoka wants to say.

Who can help the emperor solve this mystery?

FUN FACTS! Peacocks were a delicacy on the Mauryan royal table! In his edicts, Emperor Ashoka is refered to as Devanamapriya – Beloved of the Gods! 

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Duckbill Books (2014)

ISBN: 978-93-83331-11-6

Razia and the Pesky Presents by Natasha Sharma, a History Mystery

Razia and the Pesky Presents – a History Mystery

By Natasha Sharma

Winner of the South Asian Book Award Honour, 2015

The first and only female Sultan of the Delhi Sultanate, Sultan Razia is furious.

Someone’s sending her the peskiest presents possible: poems on sultanas, girly dresses and palkhis amongst other things. Who is the pest behind these annoying gifts?

And will the Fabulous Forty be able to solve this mystery?

FUN FACTS: Razia insisted on being called ‘Sultan’ and not ‘Sultana’. Can you think of why she wanted that? Sultan Razia also defied social customs of the time for women in dress and her mode of transport. Elephant backs and horses for her instead of palkhis!

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ISBN: 978-93-83331-20-8

Akbar and the Tricky Traitor by Natasha Sharma, a History Mystery

Akbar and The Tricky Traitor – a History Mystery

By Natasha Sharma

Top 3 in the Rivo Kids Parent and Kid CHoice Award, 2014

The mighty Mughal emperor Akbar is angry for someone is leaking secrets of his court to his enemies.

What’s worse his enemies are now laughing at Akbar.

Who can help the emperor solve this mystery?

FUN FACTS: Akbar liked to watch spiders fight! He climbed on an elephant using the tusk as a step! 

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ISBN: 978-93-83331-11-6

Raja Raja and the Swapped Sacks by Natasha Sharma, a History Mystery

Raja Raja and the swapped sacks – a History Mystery

By Natasha Sharma

included in flipkart’s best books of 2014

Raja Raja Chola, the King of Kings, is upset.

Someone is swapping the precious pepper being shipped to China with goat droppings. 

What’s worse, the Chinese are now threatening to stop all trade.

Who can help the emperor solve the mystery?

FUN FACTS: Pirates sailed the seas off the coast of India, over a thousand years ago! The mighty Chola Empire traded with China all the way back then!

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ISBN: 978-93-83331-17-8

Comic Con India 2018 - Best illustrated Children's Book for Shah Jahan and the Ruby Robber

South Asian Book Award (SABA) Honour 2015 for Razia and the Pesky Presents

Top 3 in the RivoKids Parents and Kids Choice Award 2014 for Akbar and the Tricky Traitor

Flipkart’s Best Children’s Books of 2014 and amongst top 6 books in RivoKids PKCA award 2015 for Raja Raja and the Swapped Sacks

“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…”

Saffron Tree

“I wish our generation had such cool historical fiction when we were growing up, instead of those boring text books that put us to sleep! An absolute must read.”
The Good Book Corner

“History is much more than dates and events. It is an uninterrupted, captivating story. And yet, it was one of the dullest subjects during our schooling. Much later we realized that it could’ve been the most absorbing one.

That’s what Natasha Sharma achieves in this History Mystery book – Ashoka and the Muddled Messages – bring fascination into what children avoid as mundane.”

Good Books

“…The plot is hilarious with the king’s edicts ending up muddled every time he sends them out to his kingdom.

…What we absolutely loved about the book was the brief, simple facts about the king given at the back , a page in the end for ‘My hysterical History notes,’ and the absolutely lovely illustrations by Tanvi Bhat. Must read for the younger raccoons. In fact my ten-year-old also enjoyed it, so it is definitely not limited to that age group.”

The Reading Raccoons

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…

Good Books

“The book is a delight to read and dwells on historical facts combining fact with fiction. The book manages to hold you right from the start to the end, and you want to find out who exactly is doing this to the king.” (On Ashoka and the Muddled Messages)

 

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