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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
When Sunil is sent to stay with his Uncle Vish, he doesn't know quite what to expect.All he knows is that it's a long way from the city to the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, and that his Uncle's job is to protect the tigers that live there.
Befriended by a little Adivasi girl called Jungu, Sunil soon has to face some tough questions. If the tigers are to survive, then the people must be moved out of the forest. But what will happen to Jungu and all the other Baiga villagers? Don't they have a right to be there? And meanwhile, there's a very real, very dangerous gang of poachers to be caught...
Vithal Rajan's delightful tale of an unusual friendship between a city boy and an Adivasi girl introduces, children to the magical world of the Baigas, teaching tolerance, respect and the importance of protecting the natural environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
The thrilling sequel to Payal Dhar's A Shadow in Eternity.
"I never got to tell him I'm sorry."
Meet Maya Subramaniam: thirteen years old, schoolgirl by day, Preferred by night. Throw in a pair of disapproving parents intent on stopping her forays into an alternate world, a two-metre-tall Watcher who can sense her state of mind, and a best friend who could technically be her worst enemy. Certainly, Maya's life is quite full, and the last thing she needs is an unpleasant involvement with an ancient conspiracy. But being in possession of a valuable artefact belonging to the renegade Warriors of the Shadow, she has little choice in the matter. The question is, should she believe a two-thousand-year-old jumble of calculations, or follow her instincts and trust her Watcher's logic? As events spiral towards a grim climax, Maya, Lev and their Watchers are caught in a deadly race. Will they win? And at what cost.
Baby Crocodile has a problem. She just won't open her mouth! Mama and Papa Crocodile try everything, but Baby just stares and stares.
Sounds like a job for Grandma! With a little bit of know-how and the help of some friendly frogs, the family is soon set right with a smacking, big crocodile kiss - that goes: pchak! pchak!
A delightful tale for children - and crocodiles - everywhere!
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.
What does it take to become an airline pilot? A camerawoman? A surgeon? A choreographer? A vet? A wildlife expert? A senior banking executive? An actress? A TV reporter?
Women are entering and leading so many different fields these days, the career options for youngsters have never been wider, or more confusing! Together in this book for the first time, each of these extraordinary women has made a mark in her chosen profession. They give first-hand accounts of how they got their first lucky break, how they made their way in their chosen profession, what challenges and opportunities they faced.
Including Nandita Das • Barkha Dutt • Sanjna Kapoor • Naina Lal Kidwai
• Blossom Kochhar • Kalpana Sharma and many more.
“Simple, straightforward but thoroughly inspiring. A most commendable effort” -- Dawn
Meet Squiggle—curious, confused and crazy!
Squiggle is confused. She doesn’t know quite what she is! So she sets off through the pages of a notebook in search of answers. Is she a comma or colon? A question mark? Surely not an exclamation! Splash, run, bump, trip and swing with her until she finds her own kind.
Natasha Sharma’s delightful book introduces young readers to the correct way to use punctuation in this deliciously comic tale. The book also includes a section with pointers on punctuation, interesting facts from history, and mayhem brought about by incorrect punctuation.
Jump into this adventure with Squiggle and you’ll never lose that comma again!
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.
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!
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.
This simple, charming picture book introduces youngsters to the importance of taking care of their own bodies. From simple tips on hygiene to an empowering message of personal safety, Shruti Singhal’s visuals and text provide perfect reading material for talking about health, safety, emotional and physical well-being with very young children.
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.
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.
What is happening to my body? Am I attractive? Am I 'normal'? Do I want to be? What is this sex stuff really all about? When is the right time to start? How will I know if my relationship is good for me? Can I have fun safely? Will it still be fun? In this book, young adults can find information about different aspects of sexuality and relationships. The Blue Book has been written keeping in mind what young adults may want to know and what they might already know but might be confused by. It is a guide to exploring sexuality as well as a great conversation-starter for any questions young adults might have.
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.”
'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.
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