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Chapter books for middle-grade readers by Young Zubaan.

Return to the world of Vikram and the Vetala with Natasha Sharma's excellent retelling of the tale, Vikram and the Vampire, or go on whimsical adventures with the eccentric Younguncle.

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Meet sisters Anjali and Pooja.

They have a lot of questions about the changes their bodies have begun going through and they’ve enlisted their friends, their myth-busting didi (she’s a doctor!) and their mothers in their search for answers.

Join the adventure to find out what they learn!

This comic book can be read as a story, or used to learn about menstrual health. It's chock-full of beautiful illustrations, projects and game ideas, as well as DIY instructions to make cloth pads. It tackles many persistent myths about menstruation head-on, helping girls to redefine their relationships with their bodies in a positive way and creating the culture of sharing and sisterhood.

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A comprehensive guide to menstruation and personal hygiene illustrated in the form of a comic, and told through the eyes of young girls.

 

 

Email spreadingyourwingscomic@gmail.com for bulk discounts!

 

Rs. 545

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.

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A hilarious retelling of the timeless classic, Vikram and Vetaal that spotlights riddles and features a host of rewritten female characters with agency.

 

 

Rs. 195

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.

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Funny, sensitively-told and easy to relate to, this novel is perfect for YA fans who want to see a strong, flawed, compassionate brown girl at the centre of the stories they read.

 

 

 

 

 

Rs. 375

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!

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A wonderfully illustrated picture book for young readers about finding the courage to face your fears, and the wonderful possibilities it may lead to.

 

 

Rs. 125

PLEASE NOTE: This copy is discounted at 70% and is in saleable but not pristine condition. It may show signs of age or wear.

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.

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An excellent choice for fans of stories featuring strange goings-on, like stories by Roald Dahl, or Ruskin Bond's Rusty.

 

 

Rs. 175

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.

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The story of an unlikely friendship that speaks to the importance of tolerance, respect, and of protecting the natural environment.

 

 

Rs. 250

PLEASE NOTE: This copy is discounted at 70% and is in saleable but not pristine condition. It may show signs of age or wear.

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

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An excellent choice for fans of stories featuring strange goings-on, like stories by Roald Dahl, or Ruskin Bond's Rusty.

 

 

Rs. 150

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!

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Perfect for young readers that enjoyed The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin and Nancy Drew books.

 

 

Rs. 195

PLEASE NOTE: This copy is discounted at 70% and is in saleable but not pristine condition. It may show signs of age or wear.

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.

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Younguncle in Hindi! An excellent choice for fans of stories featuring strange goings-on, like stories by Roald Dahl, or Ruskin Bond's Rusty.

 

 

Rs. 125

PLEASE NOTE: This copy is discounted at 70% and is in saleable but not pristine condition. It may show signs of age or wear.

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

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A comprehensive guide for people looking for rounded and inclusive feminist books for children, by Zubaan's very own Anita Roy.

Rs. 195
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