Adventure, mystery, graphic novel, novella, verse, diary — an eclectic collection of fictional genres for young people eight years and older, by contemporary writers with a distinctive voice and sensibility.
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!
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 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...
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.
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!).
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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.