Our select list of paperbacks has contemporary novellas, adventure stories, teenage diaries, fantasy, historical fiction, graphic novels, anthologies and literary nonsense verse, spanning a range of styles, formats and themes.
Aditi and her friends are sent to Antarctica by the Island Sage to stop the magic tricks of a little hobgoblin. But once there, they see a bigger problem – global warming!
Ananya Patel has a penchant for make-up, right from her kindergarten days! At her new school in Uttarakhand, she discovers that she could be kidnapped! Does she have what it takes to take them on? Instinct, ingenuity and audacity, for sure, and her trusty make-up kit!
The devas are at the gates of Patala, raring to wage war. But the asuras turn up unarmed and jolly! Is their king, Hasyasura, up to something? Does he have a secret weapon? Indra, king of the gods, is suspicious. Narada sends Hasya Sura, a teen deva, as spy from the sky to uncover Hasyasura’s plans down under. There, he meets more than his match in...
A visit to see his grandfather is about to jolt ten-year-old Advik! Narada, the celestial messenger, drops by in the dead of night to ask for help on behalf of the gods. The truth he is to discover about himself will bring him face to face with the dreaded Harkasura and his hordes! What will he choose to do, especially when his grandfather’s life is on...
It all begins when Vismay falls in love with a twice abandoned puppy in a San Francisco animal shelter. He brings him home, except he has no clue about how to raise this adorable, crazy pit bull-pointer he calls Cody. As his life is taken over by a hyperactive ball of energy, there is also lurking danger when Cody’s curiosity leads him to buried treasure!
Fiercely fun, madly morose and prone to spontaneous combustion — this is Mayil Ganeshan at Not Yet Sixteen. Much like before. But edgier. Older and bolder, the unstoppable ‘Mayilwriter’ rants in rhyme, ponders in verse, and doodles in between. For every moment of clarity, there are others filled with anger, confusion and self-doubt. But Mayil keeps her...
The five most venomous snake species can all be found in Australia’s Outback — and that’s where Jiyaa is headed on her first school camp since moving to Perth from Mumbai. Mom is NOT happy. Jiyaa is super-thrilled (though she’s trying to act cool).
Not everyone has two grandfathers quite like Amol's – distinctly different, interested in everything and afraid of nothing. And when the going gets tough, Amol couldn't ask for a tougher twosome. A bittersweet novel of loss for pre-teens, with effortless humour, restraint and compelling storytelling from a Bal Sahitya Puraskar winning writer. 2018: The...
An eclectic mix from 18 writers, including R.K. Narayan and Vikram Seth, which takes on the narrow notion that 'boys will be boys'. Written with humour and empathy, there is a story here for every boy.
Young Mara is set on the trail of the elusive Chief Magician of the skies! Magic meets mystery in this gripping graphic novel inspired by a Tangkhul Naga folktale, in which otherworldly hills and valleys have a quiet but strong presence rendered by striking colour pencil art.
A riotously illustrated, riveting retelling of well known fairytales, in which familiar heroines are ingeniously recast to overturn stereotypical notions of beauty and strength.
A dragon has to be punished by a boy. But neither knows how to go about it, and they become friends instead. Sweeping through spans of fantasy, reality and time, the author of the popular Aditi Adventures gives us a set of stories that once again takes children on a ride through magic realism.
In her second diary, Mayil is perceptibly older, and wiser to a lot more things that make up teens. But some things don't change, and Mayil will still not be quiet about anything — from sexual harrassment to caste distinctions (even in Harry Potter!).
Fifteen stories and poems meant for reading aloud, by some of India's most talented writers. Sounds, repetition and drama add fun to the interactive experience of storytelling, reading and listening, and develop language skills in young children.
This timely collection retells stories from mythology and folklore to focus on the need to protect, conserve and value water. Together with interesting facts and a timeline from earliest times, this book makes a creative plea to readers of all ages to treat water, and, by extension, all life, with respect 2010: Excellence in Book Production, Federation...
Five timeless stories from an internationally acclaimed fabulist and poet. Playful and gentle, they traverse layers of myth with ease to speak to readers of all ages. Well known artist Nilima Sheikh's colours and delicate textures enhance the nuanced writing. A contemporary classic.
A fantasy novel to challenge all: the adventures of an auto with a mind of her own and dreams that she dares to follow — in this world, and worlds within and far beyond. 2011: Children's Honorary Shortlist, Economist-Crossword Book Award
An engaging journey into the mind of a 12-year-old. With everyday dilemmas to questions of gender stereotyping and popular culture, a must-read coming of age book. 2015: Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Sahitya Akademi
An anthology of stories from Kashmir, evocatively illustrated. The people, the sights, the places and adventures all bring alive a region little represented in children's books.
One summer holiday brings Murli to Mango Tree Lane — an elusive outsider into the neighbourhood of grouchy Colonel Sinha, tight-fisted Rice Aunty and the snoopy Sharma Aunty - Menon Aunty duo.
A runaway computer programme lands Aditi and her friends in big trouble. The rebellious little Mistress i takes the adventurers on a fascinating exploration of cyberworld.
Practical Siril seems to have fallen in love... with one of Jupiter's moons! With help from the Techno Sage he gets set to build a spaceship to zoom into space and correct the moon's orbit.
Singapore, the ‘city of lions', is under threat and Gardy the Lion Cub rushes there with the others to save it. But what if the guardians of the city are themselves the cause of all the trouble?