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Twelve-year-old Sarojini’s best friend, Amir, might not be her best friend any more. Ever since Amir moved out of the slum and started going to a posh private school, it seems like he and Sarojini have nothing in common. Then Sarojini finds out about the Right to Education, a law that might help her get a free seat at Amir’s school – or, better yet, convince him to come back to a new and improved version of the government school they went to together. As she struggles to keep her best friend, Sarojini gets help from some unexpected characters, including Deepti, a feisty classmate who lives at a construction site; Vimala Madam, a human rights lawyer who might also be an evil genius; and Mrs. Sarojini Naidu, a long-dead freedom fighter who becomes Sarojini’s secret pen pal. Told through letters to Mrs. Naidu, this is the story of how Sarojini learns to fight – for her friendship, her family, and her future.
The Foxy Four are BACK! Mandy, Padma, Jahan and Charu - along with Razia, the 'Aunt who Rocks' - are on their way to India's holiest city, Varanasi, to take part in a national quiz. But when a rare idol of a goddess is stolen from a temple nearby, they soon discover that there's more to puzzle out than quiz questions. And when a film crew rolls into town, the girls become entangled in a plot straight out of Bollywood.
Their quest takes them through the narrow lanes and beautiful ghats of an ancient city, encountering astrologers and godmen, heroines and reporters... and a rather charming young priest. Can the intrepid four outwit a bunch of clever criminals? Will Mandy ever become a film star? Will Jahan really have to change her name? Can the girls save the goddess before she is smuggled out of the country? Find out in STAR STRUCK - the second 'Foxy Four' adventure!
It wasn’t Radhika’s idea to move from India to some crazy place where kids are 49% fish! Even so, she’s wanted to go swimming since Day 1 in Australia, and is almost drowning in frustration over her mother’s queen-sized water phobia.
When Radhika finally gets her chance, she faces a zillion more problems, from finding a swimsuit that fits to understanding the age-old secrets of breathing. Will she sink or swim? What will Radhika do when she needs to strike out for herself?
This is an amusing story about one girl prepared to take a plunge. It’s about new experiences, unfamiliar environments and the challenge of putting together that most difficult of all jigsaw puzzles—the mind of a parent!
NOW ALSO AVAILABLE IN HINDI!
Shortlisted for the 2008-2009 Grand Canyon Reader Award Master List, USA
Selected by the Children's Library Guild, USA, 2007
In a small, sleepy town in northern India, three children gaze out onto a rain-drenched street, waiting for a most unusual guest. Their father's younger brother is coming to stay. Who is Younguncle? What?s his real name? Was he really, truly kidnapped by monkeys when he was little? Can he really make a noise like a sewing machine? Will he ever (heaven forbid!) Settle Down and Get Married? When he finally arrives, Sarita, Ravi and the baby know instantly that their lives will never be the same again.
Meet India's newest and most engaging literary creation, as he outwits the local hoodlums, rescues the town's finest milk-cow, evades the baby's schemes to eat his shirts, flummoxes unwanted in-laws, plucks the hair from a sleeping tiger's tail, and generally turns the world upside-down. The adventures of Younguncle and his family will entertain, delight and amuse readers of any age -- from babies to ancient old fossils.
"Vandana Singh is a fresh, new voice in children's fiction, this book is a treat that has you turning the pages with a smile and the last page with a sigh." -- R. Sriram, CEO & MD, Crossword Bookstores
"One of the best children's books I saw this year, Younguncle Comes to Town has none of the self-consciousness you often find in adults who write for children, very plausible dilemmas and a delightful style" -- Nilanjana Roy, Business Standard
"Vandana Singh is a most promising and original young writer" -- Ursula K. LeGuin, author of The Earthsea Trilogy
In every class, there’s a kid who’s a little bit different, a little bit on the ‘slow’ side. When she first sees Sushmita, with her sweet round face and innocent eyes, the principal of Rugged Rocks High is worried. “Putting that lovely child amongst our kids? It’s like putting adugong into a tank of barracudas.” And she’s right to worry!
But Sushmita has other ways to fight back against bullies, and somehow, having her among them changes all the children’s lives – for the better.
In The Dugong and the Barracudas, Ranjit Lal tackles the subject of prejudice, bullying and ‘special needs’ with his signature blend of humour and insight, challenging young readers to step out of their own skins and see the world through someone else’s eyes.
India’s top ten best-loved animal fables come to life in a new and lively collection by Bittie Mithal.
Superb colour illustrations by Premola Ghose accompany the stories of how the monkey manages to escape being a crocodile’s breakfast, the crows escape from the hungry black snake, how the merchant’s beautiful parrot finally finds her freedom, and how even the king of the elephants needs the help of the smallest creatures sometimes.
This beautiful collection makes perfect read-aloud bed-time stories for younger children, and a gift to treasure for children starting to read for themselves.
Do you sometimes feel Anxious? Bored? Confused? Depressed? Enervated? Fat? Glum? Horribly Irritated? Jealous? Kleptomaniac? Low-down? Miserable? No? Or Perhaps Quite Rapturous? Super-Trendy, Uplifted, Very Wonderful, eXtremely ... Yawn.... Zzzzzzz....
Life’s tough for a kid, and problems come in all shapes and sizes: from agonizing auntie-jis to zealous parents, from acne to zits. But don’t worry – help is here! This little book is packed with hints, advice, information, things to get you thinking, stuff to do, and loads of fun for kids of all shapes and sizes. Because no matter how big (or small) the problem, you know it’s nothing you can’t handle.
Reena Daruwalla divides her time between Delhi and Mumbai. Her favourite pastime is playing with Pépé, her daschund.
'I'm proud to be white,' the Swan proclaimed.
'I'm proud to be black,' the Raven said.
'And I,' said the Parrot, 'am justly famed for my jacket so green and scarf so red.'
But the Peacock is glum. Very glum indeed. All he wants is to be grey - now that would be really cool, and really chic! so Peacock decides to give all his colours away to the other birds. But does this make him happy? No chance! Luckily, the Glum Peacock needn't stay glum for long with the help of his clever and resourceful friend, Miss Snake.
Written by one of India's leading authors, this enchanting fable will amuse and delight children learning about colours, birds - and the importance of being happy with who you are.
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.
A hilarious, heart-warming novel from a brilliant new children’s writer.
The last place Chloe Jones wants to be is in Class Five of Premium Academy, New Delhi. That is, until a strange new girl shows up, another kid who doesn’t blend in. Divided by background, class, language, skin colour – you name it – Chloe and Lakshmi soon realise they have a lot more in common than meets the eye. With a little help from Chloe’s crazy mom, her prefect-perfect sister and a street dog called Kali, they discover that even a couple of misfits can change the world!
• Tackles some profound emotional issues – homesickness, not fitting in, finding (and losing) friends, family, social injustice/prejudice, popularity.
• First ever Indian kids’ book to deal directly with the Right to Education Act and inclusion of children from economically weaker section into mainstream/private schools.
• Questions and information on RTE at the back make this the perfect book for initiating classroom discussion.
In the third of the Foxy Four adventures, Charu, Padma, Jahan and Mandy are at it again: solving mysteries, breaking the rules, dodging eagle-eyed gatekeepers, careening around in Aunt Razia’s car, and driving their school principal crazy!
Travel with our four feisty friends to a crumbling old haveli in Bhopal; to the Kalakshetra dance school in Chennai; pandal-hopping at Durga Puja; and crime-busting in the gullies of Old Delhi.
Each story is narrated by one of the girls. Mandy, the fashionista babe, reveals a surprising brain beneath that perfect hair. Padma may be a computer geek, but she knows a thing or two about classical dance. Jahan seems like the cool-headed type, but even she gets the shivers in a haunted haveli. And then there’s Charu, who everyone knows, is just destined to be a writer...
Rishabh the rat and Shashee the spider are quite happy with the way they are: rummaging around in Venkat Thatha’s wonderful, musty, dusty, rare herbs shop. Until, that is, they stumble upon a magical powder and find themselves transformed into human children.
It’s not easy being a kid: there’s school, and homework, wearing clothes and — yuk! — having to use soap… but even worse, their very home and the entire city are under threat from an evil moneylender and property dealer known as the Shark.
Can Rishabh solve the cryptic clues that lead to King Kempe Gowda’s fabulous treasure before the Shark can get to it? Will the vermin survive Ajji’s herbal pesticide attack? Will Shashee be able to spin her way out of this tangled web of intrigue?
With the help of other children, friendly cockroaches, cheeky mosquitoes, a very Big Bandicoot and a platoon of plucky rodents, they set out to prove that no problem is too big even for the smallest of creatures.
“These are exciting times for children, with fiction such as Monideepa Sahu’s Riddle of the Seventh Stone — a unique take on ordinary events and creatures that we take so much for granted, things that get extraordinary in her gifted hands.”
Squiggle’s back - this time, in a fun-filled adventure that helps turn muddled sentences into ones that make sense!
Squiggle’s stuck! She’s fallen into a dictionary and can’t escape. The only way out is to create a grammatically correct sentence and use it to jump off the page. She’s even got to rescue a very mixed-up character called Doodle Dude while helping him learn about verbs, nouns, prepositions and more such. Can you help them build a getaway sentence?
This new adventure follows on from Natasha Sharma’s brilliant and highly acclaimed Squiggle Takes a Walk, the best way to figure out the world of punctuation.
Poor King Vikram! Tasked by the sorcerer Shaitanish to bring him a corpse, he finds that a vampire named Betal has taken residence in it. He’ll come along only if King Vikram lends a willing ear to a series of riddling tales. There’s the one about the world’s most sensitive ladies: Queens Touchmenot, Itsratherhot and Oohmyhead. There’s the tale of the four foolish brothers Nin, Com, Poo and Oops. Each tale is crazier, funnier, madder than the last, and even if King Vikram doesn’t enjoy the journey - you sure will!
The story of Vikram and Betal is over a thousand years old. See this much-loved traditional tale come alive with Priya Kuriyan’s fabulous illustrations.
It is 2040AD. The place is Pune, India. The future is here and now. Liquid computers. Flawless Skin. Emotional cars. Illusion pods. Synthetic life. For thirteen-yearold Tara and her elder brother Aditya, it's a world full of tough questions and infinite possibilities. Why are Tara's new friends, Francis and Ria, so freaked by the night sky? Is their strange and beautiful mother, Mandira, friend or foe? Where is their father? Is he a terrorist or a genius? And what, exactly, is the beast with nine billion feet?
As Tara and Aditya soon find out, there are no simple answers. They find themselves on very different tracks, caught up in a deadly game - a struggle for power and control, a fight for the genetic code to life itself. In the 'here and how' of Anil Menon's brilliant and disturbing debut novel, the future itself is at stake.
It's MADRAS 1910. Poesy and Tilly are caught in a scandal that will change their lives forever. Singing and dancing across a hundred stages as members of a troupe of Australian child performers, called The Lilliputians, they travel by steam train into the heart of India. But as one disaster follows another, money runs short and tempers fray. What must the girls do to protect themselves and how many lives will be ruined if they try to break free?
Based on a real historical incident, award-winning writer Kirsty Murray tells a tale of intrigue and skullduggery, of friendships made and betrayed, set against the heat and dust of a lost Empire.
The Lilliputians is not only a gripping adventure story, but a vividly imagined historical novel, that will enthrall young readers and take them on an unforgettable journey back in time...
“This captivating historical story will take you back to a different era and completely immerse you in the travels and troubles that happen on tour. Kirsty Murray has done a great job bringing the childrens’ tale to life!”—Hannah Mariska
Maharaja Icky is quite the most disgusting King you’ll ever have the misfortune to meet. The ruler of the kingdom of Icktapur regales all with his utterly vile table manners.
While he sits licking curry from hand to elbow and juggling rosogullas, his beloved nail-nibbling queen Maharani Yucky, joins him. Banned from using spoons or nail cutters, the people of Icktapur are at their wits’ end. But their hopes rise when the announcement comes that the Maharani is expecting a little baby...
With gleefully gross illustrations by highly acclaimed children’s illustrator Anitha Balachandran, Icky, Yucky,Mucky! will have children squirming in their chairs and yelling with delight. And perhaps, learning a lesson or two in table manners!
When Younguncle and his family head off on a Himalayan holiday, you know the hills are never going to be the same again. Carrying a message from the monkeys of the plains to their mountain-dwelling relatives, Younguncle and the three children embark on a series of hilarious encounters at the gloomy, mysterious and haunted Hotel Pine-Away.
As Younguncle chats with the monkeys, debates the true nature of reality with an off-beat sect of Quantum Banana Spiritualists, the fate of the picturesque little valley hangs in the balance. Who is the strange Rat-girl, who charms the rodents out of their hotel? Can the children and their eccentric uncle thwart the plans of that 50-Lakh Bridegroom, Pradeep Dalmakhni? Can Younguncle help Dalmakhni’s intended bride to escape a fate worse than death? Or has he, finally, met his match?
For all those who have been enchanted by Younguncle in the first book, this new adventure will be a delight. And if you haven’t met him before—Younguncle will be a friend for life!
Vandana Singh was born and raised in New Delhi. As a teenager, she acquired a life-long interest in peace and environmental issues, and was one of the founders of the environmental NGO, Kalpavriksh. She obtained a doctoral degree in Physics from the United States where she now lives with her family, teaching physics in a local college, and writing fiction for children, and science fiction/fantasy for adults.
Be transported into dystopian cities and alternate universes.
Hang out with unicorns, cyborgs and pixies.
Learn how to waltz in outer space.
Be amazed and beguiled by a fairy tale with an unexpected twist,
a futuristic take on a TV cooking show,
and a playscript with tentacles.
In other words, get ready for a wild ride!
This collection of sci-fi and fantasy writing, including six graphic stories, showcases twenty of the most exciting writers and artists from India and Australia, in an all-female, all-star line-up!
Samhita Arni, Kuzhali Manickavel, Manjula Padmanabhan, Vandana Singh, Payal Dhar, Anita Roy, Annie Zaidi, Penni Russon, Kate Constable, Isobelle Carmody, Justine Larbalestier, Alyssa Brugman, Kirsty Murray, Margo Lanagan, Priya Kuriyan, Prabha Mallya, Amruta Pail, Lily Mae Martin, Nicki Greenberg and Mandy Ord.
Inspiring, informative, insightful? meet some of India's most celebrated female scientists. What led them to choose their particular field? Who encouraged them? What were their struggles? What are their sources of inspiration? What are the key questions at the cutting edge of modern research? Why choose a life in science at all? From astrophysics to zoology, learn what it takes to make a career in science.
In the land of eighteen tides, where three rivers meet, deep inside a mangrove forest near the Bay of Bengal, there lived thousands and thousands, maybe even gazillions, of honeybees, ruled by the Bee Goddess.
The bees filled their honeycombs with rich, golden honey - liquid light, some called it - until it ran down trees like rivulets of sunshine. All the animals and birds loved it, but one person loved honey more than anyone in the world: a little spiky-haired boy called Shonu.
One day, driven by hunger, Shonu breaks the honey-hunters' golden rule and sets off into the forest. Will he find the honey he so loves? Or will he be caught by He-Whose-Name-Must-Not-Be-Taken, the mighty and terrible Demon-Tiger?
Join one of India's finest poets and one of France's best-loved illustrators on a visual and poetic journey to the heart of the Sundarban.
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