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.
Gundu and Keeri Humongoose take a decision! To move out of the jungle! And so begins their adventure into the unknown… filled with danger from two-legged creatures. Funny and quirky, the story is sprinkled with concerns about the environment, and with little-known mongoose traits that author Zai Whitaker knows well – she’s had them as pets!
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...
A little chokli, a stray puppy, wanders into a muddy rain puddle one day… From then on, he can’t stop himself from enjoying the icky, sticky, scratchy feeling! What he enjoys even more is telling tall tales about himself! With happy, whimsical illustrations, this small book about a big-talking dog celebrates smart and spunky choklis everywhere.
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!
Arun has been told never to go to the forest near his house. But of course he MUST! So he slips away one day. All is well until he breaks a “rule”… and has to face the fierce King Yaksha, spirit guardian of the forest. 2019: Best of Indian Children's Writing: Contemporary Award
Who is the girl in her nightmare? Who is the stranger in the mirror? Who is trying to kill her? There are questions to Tiana's hazy past for which she must find answers. But will they be at the cost of her life? A knife-edge thriller that keeps you breathless and guessing till the very end.
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.
A riotously illustrated, riveting retelling of well known fairytales, in which familiar heroines are ingeniously recast to overturn stereotypical notions of beauty and strength.
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 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.
An alphabet symphony that doesn't play by any rules! From A to zany Z, the 26 letters freely frolic in nonsense verse along with Manjula Padmanabhan's witty and refined illustrations. Funny and perceptive at once, this book is an invitation to a joyous, liberating and intelligent exploration of the verbal-visual-musical power of the alphabet.
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.