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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Ghost of the Forbidden City - China by Sumita Mukherjee takes readers to China with Keiko, Kenzo, and Eji. They are on a school trip with their friends, and Tyra, their history teacher who was also known as Miss Tyrant. Eji has been given special permission to be on the trip as he cannot stay without Kenzo. They visit the Forbidden City and a lot of weird things happen as they explore the palace. They go from room to room, listening to the fascinating stories of the emperors of the palace. They go through strange experiences in every place they visit, be it the Forbidden City or the Great Wall of China or the Beijing National Stadium. Will they be able to find out details about the hollow faced ghost? What is the story behind the ghost?
The book is entertaining with its mysteries, eeriness, and educational content. The author weaves mystery into the school trip, making it an adventurous yet informative storybook for children. There are a lot of interesting facts about the places in China that the children visit, yet at the same time the book keeps readers glued till the end with the ghost and haunted parts. The illustrations are mysterious, like the stories, and they breathe life into the story and characters. The educational content makes it a good book for all school and children’s libraries, and the mystery part makes it good for classroom read aloud sessions as it tells children about China and the important things to see there. I hope to read more stories like this where children can gain knowledge about new places and develop a liking for travel!