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.
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?
A visit to Prague takes a strange turn when a spell is cast on Monkeyji. Only Shemeek, the sleeping white horse of Wysherad, can help. A Czech legend is woven into an adventure.
In Budapest, Aditi and friends meet a naughty little creature who keeps changing into whatever anyone thinks she is. But it is this changeling who finally comes to the rescue when Beautiful is in trouble.
Aditi’s grandmother is ill and only a certain rose will cure her. The quest takes the friends to Devon where they meet a boy who lives under the sea and can’t remember anything.
Lost in a flood around 2500 BC, Vanuvati is a doll with an enigmatic smile. She is discovered in 713 AD by Mariam, the sister of an Arab horse trader — only to disappear once more. But will Vanuvati ever be found again? This absorbing 'adventure' story covers time frames centuries apart weaving history, mythology and mystery in one grand tale.
The postal parrot brings a cryptic letter with a British stamp addressed to ‘Aditi and Friends' — an urgent plea for help. The four friends rush to London, and find themselves on prime time news!
Goldie the dragon is missing! Following a clue, the friends head to Cumae in Italy where they meet the Sybil who knows everything, and the tantrum-throwing Vesuvian Giant.
Fourteen-year-old Mati and her twelve-year-old brother, Satya, are secretly spirited away by the loyal Jaya Prabhasa, the most accomplished warrior in the land. This adventure fantasy set in ancient India, long before the region acquired the name, is written in the engaging style of a historical thriller.
Santosh craves the space for both parents in his life, and decides to do something about it. A short, quick-read novel that explores a delicate web of relationships with a refreshingly light and honest touch. 2010: Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Sahitya Akademi
The four, along with the lion cub, are off to Canada with a message for the Techno Sage, who has sealed her island with an impenetrable shield. An adventure with a scientific twist!
The Chola ruler King Parthiban has a dream . . . he wants to make his empire the most powerful in the region. However, before he can do this, he is killed in battle. His son, Prince Vikraman, is a child at the time, but he carries his father’s dream in his heart. He grows up in the shadow of the burgeoning power of the mighty Pallava ruler Chakravarti...
On a visit to Australia, there is much excitement with hi-tech gadgets and journeys underwater and on dragonback. Only the elephant is worried — will she finally find her name?
On a holiday in the jungles of Kalagarh, Gitanjali and her cousins experience elephant encounters of a very strange kind! A spine-tingling tale that is taut with mystery and tinged with Ranjit Lal's trademark humour.
An ant, a monkey, an elephant and a young girl set out to tame a fiery dragon! There is fun and adventure in this ‘fairytale' that stands convention on its head.
Running away from unkind relatives, Arif journeys alone all the way from Mumbai to the Andamans... where he encounters the misunderstood Jarawa tribals, threatened with ‘development'. A story rich with adventure, humour and concern for the environment.
Affirmative writings on peace, in a variety of styles, to help children understand and cope with the world around them. Contributors include Paul Zacharia, Ambai, Asokamitran and Safdar Hashmi.