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When fifteen-year-old Samir discovers that he's got new neighbours, he's horrified: he's left certain 'secret documents' in their flat, which should not be seen by anyone - and especially not by a cute girl his own age like Akhila Handa! But to Samir's surprise and relief, Akhila is amazingly sporting about them, and pretty soon their friendship blossoms as Samir gets to know the family: the bouncy boxer dog, Akhila's younger brother Sumit, who is 'a bit slow', and their strangely withdrawn mother. And most of all, her jolly, affectionate father who dotes upon his daughter.

Dotes, perhaps, a little too much...

Samir slowly comes to realise that all is far from well in the Handa family, and an incredible and terrible suspicion begins to form.

Smitten is a story that dares to talk about sexual abuse within the family. It is a story of love, and its opposite. Of bravery and cowardice. Of tough decisions and loyalties sorely tested.

With characteristic lightness and sureness of touch, Ranjit Lal tackles one of the great taboos in Indian society. A must for every school library and bookshelf, the book includes discussion points and questions to facilitate conversations in the classroom or at home.

Rs. 195

Two sisters, one very strange Aunt, and a flock of escaped birds... Magic and mayhem comes in unexpected shapes and sizes to one small corner of a very big city.

Each page of this spectacular picture book will delight and amaze children. Anitha Balachandran's unique illustration style combines real objects and drawing: there's so much to discover in every page. Together with the delightfully quirky text, this unique book brings to life the wonders of India and the world seen through the eyes of these to - rather special - young girls.

Rs. 395

Vandana Singh's first collection of 'Younguncle' stories, featuring every family's favourite relative, has become something of a classic since it was first published in 2004.

These charming, off-beat, funny stories are now available in Hindi in a lively and readable translation.

Rs. 125

An essential guide to the best Indian children's books available in the market.

An invaluable guide to some of the very best Indian children's books in English. From beloved classics to the latest publications, this book is a must-have one-stop shop for teachers, parents, kids, librarians, bookstores and indeed anyone interested in children's books. Conveniently divided according to age-groups from 0 to 15, the books have been reviewed by a range of readers, children as well as adults, who simply love that book and want to share their enthusiasm with others. In a list that has been extensively and collaboratively compiled by some of the leading experts, publishers, writers, booksellers and teachers in the country, 101 Indian Children's Books We Love, is sure to be a classic.

The guide is supplemented by essays by leading Indian language experts on children's literature in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and Malayalam, an essay on bilingual books by Radhika Menon of Tulika, extended entries on key figures such as Ruskin Bond, Satyajit Ray and Jim Corbett, and on the importance of early learning by leading UK book consultant Wendy Cooling.

"A gem of a book"-- Sanjna Kapoor

Rs. 195
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