Book Review – Leatherback and the Strange Place

Hello People, so we have the first book review of 2020 and this one is a children’s book named Leatherback and the Strange Place. I received this book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest review.

The book loosely falls in the mystery, adventure segment. I call it loosely because it does not have the usual chase or fast-paced narrative but is paced just like the protagonists of the book.

Book review of Leatherback and the Strange place

The Story

The book’s protagonists are a bunch of animals that are pets. Yup! No young sleuth or a peculiar old man here! The lead is a leatherback tortoise and his team consists of a parrot, a cat and a guinea pig. These pets are out on an adventure when they realize that Sara- their guardian’s mom has been kidnapped.

Book Blurb

One day Sara’s mother Lolita vanishes into thin air! The animals decide to solve the mystery that has left the Seed household frozen. Leatherback and her team decide to investigate the suspect’s houses to look for Lolita.

The secret and the stories that they discover in the houses leave them shocked and startled. But where was Lolita? Who had taken her and why? This is the premise of Leatherback and the strange place

My views about Leatherback and the Strange Place

This is a book with a difference as the book has managed to introduce mental illnesses and empathy towards those suffering from it without sounding preachy.  The book touches upon various aspects of growing up and the objective viewpoint of the tortoise, who is the narrator, adds credence to the topic.

  • With mental health and disability not being discussed openly even today, it is impossible for kids to understand the gravity of it and learn about diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and friendships in its true sense. This book helps open that dialogue.
  • It manages to seamlessly merge the imaginative with the factual world easing the kids into a grey realistic world with some fascinating imagination and positivity.
  • The ancillary characters are well-etched and their back-stories well-developed. Each character has something to add which takes the narrative forward. The characters are driven by their life experiences and this is one of the great learnings that kids can take from the book.
  • The book is peppered with a lot of facts and trivia related to animals and physiatrist terms to help children understand the plot better.
  • The book also has a few fun activity pages strewn along the book to make it more engaging for the children.
fun activities in the book
  • Overall leatherback and the strange place is a good book and definitely something that children above 10 years will understand and enjoy. Some incidents would also be relatable to children or they might know someone who is a victim of situations mentioned in the book.

What I didn’t like about the book was that a few things that were imaginative were a bit too far-fetched and it could have been ignored. There were also parts where it seems a bit more clues and a bit more inclusion of the children in the book could have made the reveal most interesting. It also helps kids get more involved in the story.

Overall a good book and would recommend for kids 10 and above. It will definitely help grow empathy among children.

Post Author: nehagpatwardhan

Neha Tambe is a freelance social media marketer, writer and influencer. I studied mass communication and worked in various capacities spanning from journalism, copywriting to social media marketing. Blogging from the past 4 years. Founder and Owner of

23 thoughts on “Book Review – Leatherback and the Strange Place


    (January 13, 2020 - 11:36 pm)

    Thank you for this review, I’m passing it on to my niece who’s brother has mental illness and for her Gold Girl Scout project she is planning on writing a book. This would be great for her to see!


    (January 14, 2020 - 8:32 am)

    Thanks for the recommendation! I like how you said it helps kids learn empathy. I will keep this in mind for my soon to be 10 year old daughter who loves reading.

    Fatima Torres

    (January 14, 2020 - 7:16 pm)

    I love that the book makes it easier for kids to better understand the story. I think it’s important to highlight mental health and introduce kids to the topic early on.

    Kelly| Citytoast2southerntea

    (January 14, 2020 - 11:18 pm)

    I will have to add this book to my son’s reading list for school. Thanks!


    (January 15, 2020 - 1:22 pm)

    I think my little girl would love to read this, especially that she has the same name as Sara. I am happy to know that it teachers empathy and other aspects of growing up. Would love to get a copy of this.

    Cindy Dsilva

    (January 16, 2020 - 10:09 pm)

    Mental health numbers have increased but it’s good to know it’s out in the open now. Not being hushed by the people around you.

    Rikki Ridgeway

    (January 16, 2020 - 11:49 pm)

    It sounds like a fun and interesting read for kids.

    Jennifer Maune

    (January 17, 2020 - 9:06 am)

    Wow, this sounds like a great read! I love that it touches on mental health awareness!



    (January 17, 2020 - 3:59 pm)

    I really love the innocence bundled in any children’s story book. Will definitely give it a read.

    Ruchi Verma

    (January 17, 2020 - 10:25 pm)

    This book looks so interesting I will sure check for my daughter!! Thanks for sharing honest review!!


    (January 18, 2020 - 3:06 am)

    This book sounds different in it’s own way. Kids learn fast and understand complex concepts when narrated in story form.


    (January 18, 2020 - 3:13 pm)

    Right from the name of the book to its blurb it its characters everything has enticed me to get this one home

    Gurjeet Chhabra

    (January 18, 2020 - 5:50 pm)

    I daughter will love the book but at same time.,I think she will have lot of questions with it.

    Noor Anand Chawla

    (January 18, 2020 - 7:54 pm)

    This one definitely seems like an interesting read for pre-teens. I may gift it to my nephew. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Sakshi Varma

    (January 18, 2020 - 10:06 pm)

    This sounds like a really interesting book. A novel way of bringing out issues of mental illness and disability for children. A pretty much untouched topic even for adults.

    Jhilmil Bhansali

    (January 19, 2020 - 7:32 am)

    This book seems an interesting one for kids , more so as mental health has been discussed in a way that kids can understand.


    (January 19, 2020 - 7:55 am)

    Your review has made me curious, Neha. I would love to get this book for my son and like to read it myself too.

    Tina Basu

    (January 19, 2020 - 9:16 am)

    I think this will be a good read for both of us.

    Dr Bushra

    (January 19, 2020 - 10:52 am)

    Mental health is not discussed. Sounds intriguing read. This definitely gives key understanding to kids about mental health


    (January 19, 2020 - 11:06 am)

    Aah, my daughters Would love me to read this to them. A story where animals speak is something they just LOVE.


    (January 19, 2020 - 11:21 am)

    Story of pets with lots of facts covered and an open dialogue of mental health seems a good read. Great review.

    Jhilmil D Saha

    (January 19, 2020 - 1:56 pm)

    This sounds like an interesting read for kids above 10. Yes mental health is a neglected topic and kids should be made aware of it

    Preeti Chauhan

    (January 21, 2020 - 12:47 pm)

    Definitely sounds like a good book for kids ,empathy for differently abled and mental diseases is very important.Well reviewed !

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