Word Travelers and the Taj Mahal Mystery (Paperback)

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Word Travelers and the Taj Mahal Mystery (Paperback)

By Raj Haldar, Neha Rawat (Illustrator)


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Mystery and etymology go hand in hand in the first book of an adventurous new series perfect for fans of Magic Tree House. Eddie and MJ are having a perfectly normal, fun, sleepover when they get to wondering—where did the word “pajama” come from, anyway? Their curiosity leads them to the Awesome Enchanted Book, and before they know it, they are transported across the world and into the middle of a treasure-hunting mystery!

— Claire, Wild Rumpus

Are you ready for adventure? The first book in a new action-packed series from bestselling author Raj Haldar follows two best friends as they race to different parts of the world to solve mysteries and uncover lost treasures!

It's a Super Saturday sleepover! That means best friends Eddie and Molly-Jean (who prefers to be called MJ) are going to play outside, create obstacle courses for MJ's newts, and watch their favorite movies—and then they'll travel to India to solve a mystery and help save a school—all before bedtime!

This action-packed mystery story is perfect for anyone looking for:

  • A wild adventure around the world that middle school kids will love!
  • A story of two best friends solving mysteries with a little magic!
  • Cool, new knowledge tucked inside an epic chapter book!
  • A journey to India to learn the Hindi roots of the English language

Magically travel around the world along with two best friends who decipher clues and uncover mysterious secrets. Can you help them find the golden key?

"Reminiscent of Mary Pope Osborne's "Magic Tree House" series…contains the same mix of fantasy, adventure, and cultural discovery. Etymology is the distinctive feature here, and its importance is reflected in every part of the text."—School Library Journal, starred review

Raj Haldar is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling picture book, P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever. But, for close to a decade, he has been better known as Lushlife, the rapper, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. In that time, he's amassed a fervent global fanbase and released award-winning viral music videos that highlight his erudite lyrics. The Sunday New York Times describes his work as “an intoxicating mix of captivating rhymes with audacious, gorgeous production.” So it should come as no surprise that Haldar has made the leap into the world of children’s literature. His latest book entitled, This Book is Banned gives young readers a lighthearted entrypoint to begin understanding the dangers of book banning and censorship. His work has been featured by The Washington Post, Interview Magazine, VICE, Pitchfork, Village Voice, Mental Floss, BBC, SPIN and more!

Raj currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife and two young daughters.

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Neha Rawat is a children's book illustrator from India and a grand prize winner of the SCBWI Summer Spectacular Portfolio Showcase 2020.  She worked as a software engineer for 5 years before freelancing as an artist and creating custom illustrations, comics, and merchandise and eventually moving to children's books. In her spare time, Neha can be found petting, booping and belly rubbing dogs. Connect with her on instagram @NRBstudio.in

Product Details ISBN: 9781728222059
ISBN-10: 1728222052
Publisher: Sourcebooks Explore
Publication Date: October 5th, 2021
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Word Travelers
"Fast-paced and fun, this word-lovers adventure will immerse growing readers in both a puzzling mystery and the origin of English words that come from India." — Imagination Soup

"A fast-paced mystery… reminiscent of Mary Pope Osborne’s "Magic Tree House" series…. Etymology is the distinctive feature here, and its importance is reflected in every part of the text. The cultural awareness implicit in the book’s themes is reflected in the diversity of its characters as portrayed in both text and illustrations. The work as a whole feels very child centered, and is likely to appeal to a broad range of readers. This winning series opener is full of fun and facts." — School Library Journal, STARRED review

"The characters are likable and realistic... and the reader is guaranteed a happy ending." — School Library Connection