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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
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).
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
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...
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.
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...
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.
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
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...
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.
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!
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!
A riotously illustrated, riveting retelling of well known fairytales, in which familiar heroines are ingeniously recast to overturn stereotypical notions of beauty and strength.
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...
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.
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.
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!).
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...