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Friendship, nature and adventures: August bookshelf for the young readers!

It’s a new month and we have new friends and new adventures lined up for the young minds!

Which ones would they like to begin with?

 

Friends Behind Walls

Friends Behind Walls || Harshikaa Udasi

 

Why won’t anyone let Inu and Putti be friends?

Putti is spending his summer vacation in Deolali and he thinks life is going to be fun with his new friend Inu. But with their parents FORBIDDING them from playing with each other, the two kids are flabbergasted. Flab-ber-gas-ted. Means shocked. Nothing to do with food and farts.

Join the two of them have decided to find out why.

 

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Ladakh Adventure

Ladakh Adventure || Deepak Dalal

 

On their visit to the Changthang plateau of Ladakh, Vikram and Aditya find themselves on the run along with Tsering, a young Tibetan boy they meet while camping on this grand yet barren frontier of India.

Determined to protect Tsering from the mysterious band of men chasing him, the three boys traverse the majestic land beyond the Himalayas in search of answers.

Join them to journey across journey across one of India’s most splendid destinations.

 

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Unearthed

 

Unearthed || Meghaa Gupta

Protesting against dams, protecting tigers, hugging trees, saving seeds, making room for elephants, battling mountains of waste, fighting air pollution, coping with soaring temperatures-India and its people have shared a remarkable relationship with the environment.

Full of trivia, tales of eco-heroes and humorous cartoons, this easy-to-read account uncovers the story of a past with the hope that we will rewrite India’s future.

 

 

 

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Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure

 

Awesome Friendly Adventure || Jeff Kinney

You’ve never seen the Wimpy Kid World like this before – an entirely new, awesome, friendly, truly fantastic fantasy quest from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney!

From the imagination of Wimpy Kid’s Rowley Jefferson comes an adventure of epic proportions! Join Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they leave the safety of their village and embark on a quest to save Roland’s mum from the White Warlock. Will our heroes survive?

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Books to keep the little ones busy with, this July!

What’s the best way to keep your child entertained and busy this July? Summer plans might have got cancelled, but you can still send your child on an adventure! Choose from this list of books from authors like Sudha Murty, Ruskin Bond, Ira Trivedi and many more.

Stay safe, healthy and inspired with this list.

How the Onion Got Its Layers

How the Onion Got its Layers || Sudha Murty

Have you noticed how the onion has so many layers? And have you seen your mother’s eyes water when she cuts an onion? Here is a remarkable story to tell you why.
India’s favourite storyteller brings alive this timeless tale with her inimitable wit and simplicity. Dotted with charming illustrations, this gorgeous chapter book is the ideal introduction for beginners to the world of Sudha Murty.

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My Genius Lunch Box

My Genius Lunchbox || Uma Raghuraman

Written by Uma Raghuraman-a masterchef of a mom, a super popular food blogger and Instagrammer-My Genius Lunch Box is every parent’s go-to book for fifty fun, nutritious and simple vegetarian recipes that can be made on a school day.

Featuring stunning photographs styled and shot by the author herself, this book is divided into six sections: one for each weekday and a bonus section that includes recipes for bite-sized snacks!

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The Piano

The Piano||Nandita Basu

This is the story of a friendship between a young girl and her piano. The piano was made many decades before the girl was born. And it travelled from leipzig, Germany, through war-torn France and England come to Calcutta during the independence struggle. Finally the girl and the piano found one another, until circumstances separated them… This is a story of love and loss, of unexpected bonds and loneliness, and above all, it is a celebration of the power of music.

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Skill Builder Phonics Level 1-4

These books contain simple and easy-to-do activities, crosswords and puzzles to help young learners hone their reading, writing, vocabulary and spelling skills through play. By engaging in fun and challenging tasks, your child will learn and master language concepts that are also applicable in a wide range of everyday contexts. The series is suitable for children
aged 6+ (Level 1) to 9+ (Level 4).

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Song of India

Song of India|| Ruskin Bond

Sixteen-year-old Ruskin, after having finally finished his school, is living with his stepfather and mother at the Old Station Canteen in Dehradun. Struggling to begin his writing journey, he tries to make a passage to England to chase his true calling. But as he prepares for his long voyage, the prospect of saying goodbye to the warm, sunny shores of India looms large.

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Om the Yoga Dog

Om the Yoga Dog|| Ira Trivedi

It’s fun yoga time with Om the Yoga Dog, Prana the Frog and Moksha the Elephant! Learn and master essential asanas like Roaring Lion and Tummy Sandwich, pranayama techniques like Anulom Vilom and meditation exercises like Yoga Nidra.

Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations, this calming book helps your child develop flexibility, strength, inner peace and mindfulness.

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Peppa Pig: Peppa Loves Yoga

Peppa Loves Yoga||Peppa Pig

It is a very busy day at Peppa and George’s playgroup, but they have a very special visitor coming in the afternoon. Miss rabbit is going to teach the children how to calm down and relax with yoga. The children love learning all the different positions… And the parents love picking up their calm children!

Check in with yourself today through these books

Books and stories are invaluable companions – especially to connect with and accept ourselves on a deeper, rawer level.

Times are challenging, and recent events have brought to the fore a dire need to address mental health concerns that most of us grapple with in silence and solitude. It’s crucial for us and our loved ones to know how to help and cope.

From personal stories to fictional characters that will speak to you and your struggles – scroll down below for a diverse list of books that will help you develop deep insights into your mind and your mental and spiritual health.

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I’ve Never Been (Un)Happier by Shaheen Bhatt

I’ve Never Been (Un)Happier, Shaheen Bhatt

I don’t write about my experiences with depression to defend the legitimacy of my pain. My pain is real; it does not come to me because of my lifestyle, and it is not taken away by my lifestyle.

Unwittingly known as Alia Bhatt’s older sister and diagnosed with depression at the eighteen, this tell-all memoir is an intimate and raw look at the day-to-day experiences of living with depression.

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Battles of the Mind by Anna Chandy

Battles in the Mind, Anna Chandy

Our minds fight battles, trials and tribulations on a daily basis. Anna Chandy, the chair of the Live, Love, Laugh Foundation along with actress Deepika Padukone, shares here a personal story of survival through pain and lows – a story that we all can take away something from. Above all, her story teaches us to hope.

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Death is Not the Answer by Anjali Chhabria

Death is not the Answer, Dr. Anjali Chhabria

Did you know that India is the world’s suicide capital with over 2.6 lakh cases reported every year?

From recognizing covert suicidal intentions to timely interventions – it has become more important than ever to develop insights into the minds of suicidal patients. Psychiatrist Dr. Anjali Chhabria attempts with to help thousands who are questioning the motive of their life, or dealing with grief – as well as people who have lost loved ones to suicide.

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Beating the Blues by Seema Hingorrany

Beating the Blues, Seema Hingorrany

According to a WHO study, a mindboggling 35.9 percent of India suffers from Major Depressive Episodes (MDE). India’s leading clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and trauma researcher Seema Hingorrany provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to treating depression, examining what the term really means, its signs, causes, and symptoms; and some accessible self-help techniques you can adopt to manage it in your day-to-day life.

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On Meditation by Sri M

On Meditation, Sri M

In today’s challenging world, don’t you wish you knew how to quieten your mind and focus on yourself?

Spiritual leader Sri M breaks down the practice of meditation into a simple and easy method that any working man or woman, young or old, can practise in their everyday lives.

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Happy for No Reason by Mandira Bedi

Happy for No Reason, Mandira Bedi

Mandira Bedi is a fitness icon. But behind the six-pack is also a snotty, complaining, can’t-get-out-of-bed-today girl who, in her own way, is still searching for true and unconditional happiness.

In her book, she invites you along on an ongoing discovery of some kind of non-scientific, non-spiritual and as-yet-non-existent formula for finding peace in everything; of how to be happy for no reason.

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How to Travel Light by Shreevatsa Nevatia

How to Travel Light, Shreevatsa Nevatia

Diagnosed as bipolar at twenty-three, a young journalist struggles for a decade, fighting a cycle of depression, and euphoria.

In this candid, stylish journey, we visit diverse former loves and eccentric fellow sufferers; mental health institutions and Benares; his moments with Diana Eck and Deepika Padukone-and reckonings with past wounds.

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The Beauty of Ally My Days by Ruskin Bond

The Beauty of All My Days, Ruskin Bond

 

‘So here I am, delving into the past like Monsieur Poirot, not to solve a mystery, but to try to understand some of the events that have helped define the sort of person I have become.’

India’s most loved storyteller embarks on a self-reflective journey alongside his readers. Each chapter of this memoir is a remembrance of times past, an attempt to resurrect a person or a period or an episode, a reflection on the unpredictability of life. Some paths lead nowhere; others lead to a spring of pure water. Take any path and hope for the best. At least it will lead you out of the shadows.

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The Younger Ones Struggle Too

 

Flyaway Boy by Jane De Suza

Flyaway Boy, Jane De Suza

Spirited and powerfully imaginative, Flyaway Boy is a story about embracing everything that makes you uniquely you.

Kabir doesn’t fit in. Not in the wintry hill town, he lives in, and not in his school, where the lines are always straight. Backed into a corner with no way out, Kabir vanishes. With every adult’s nightmare now coming true, finding this flyaway boy will mean understanding who he really is.

This one is a must-read for every parent to understand, accept, and connect with their child better.

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Inside a Dark Box by Ritu Vaishnav

Inside a Dark Box, Ritu Vaishnav

When you get trapped in darkness, finding your way out can be a long and lonely battle, especially when the war is within your own head. Here’s a peep inside a mind struggling with itself.

Powerfully illustrated and extremely accessible, Inside a Dark Box is a simple book about what depression can feel like.

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The Lies We Tell by Himanjali Sarkar

The Lies We Tell, Himanjali Sankar

 

Seventeen-year-old Irfan Ahmed is handsome, easy-going and deeply in love with his girlfriend, Uma. However, when Uma dumps him for his best friend, Rishi, Irfan’s life begins to unravel. Things haven’t been good at home ever since his sister left. And soon, they get worse.

when a photograph of Uma begins to circulate among their classmates, everyone suspects it’s Irfan taking his revenge on his two erstwhile best friends.

Is Irfan really going out of his mind or is there someone else out there playing games with him?

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Unbroken by Nandhika Nambi

Unbroken, Nandhika Nambi

 

So okay, I’m a monster.

But look what I have to deal with–my brother is a frightened little freak, my father is selfish and ill-tempered, my mother is an ignorant doormat and my friends are just plain irritating. And I’m in a prison surrounded by them all, with nowhere to escape.

But one day, something happens … and suddenly I see what these relationships and people (however annoying) mean to me. I’ve been a monster for such a long time now, I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to be human. Is it too late?

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In the end, all these books and characters come together to convey a simple yet strong message – you are seen, and you are not alone. It is okay to reach out. Your mental health matters.

Team Penguin wishes you safety, health and wellbeing.

Professor Shonku & Other Iconic Satyajit Ray Books for the Young Ones

We’re delighted to be marking the 99th birthday of the legendary author and film maker Satyajit Ray with launch of The Final Adventures of Professor Shonku. This is the last volume in the children’s series on Professor Shonku’s escapades and once again brings alive the wildly imaginative world of the weird and wonderful protagonist.

 

Who is Professor Shonku?

FULL NAME: Trilokeshwar Shonku.

In Bengali, Shonku means a cone. Trilokeshwar means the ‘lord of heaven, earth and hell’. It is also a play on the name Trishanku, a mythical figure who tried to reach the heavens but was punished by the gods to forever remain stranded somewhere between heaven and earth.

BIRTHDAY: 16 June. Birth year estimated to be 1912

QUALIFICATIONS: BSc in physics and chemistry. A child prodigy, he graduated from college when he was sixteen. Honorary doctorate from the Swedish Academy of Sciences

HOMETOWN: Giridih

PET: Cat called Newton

MANSERVANT: Prahlad

NEIGHBOUR: Avinash Babu

FRIENDS: William Crole Jeremy Saunders, John Summerville

 

How did Professor Shonku come to be?

The first book in which Prof. Shonku appeared was simply called Professor Shonku. Published in 1965, it was Ray’s first book, though the stories had been written between 1961 and Professor Shonku was dedicated to Ray’s son, Sandip, who was eleven years old then. The inscription in the original book read ‘To Sandip Babu’. (Sandip’s pet name is Babu.) This was the only time Ray dedicated any of his books. One of the earliest examples of science-fiction writing in any Indian language, this book won the Government of India’s prize for Best Book for the Young.

 

Apart from this new volume which brings alive the wildly imaginative world of Professor Shonku, there are various books by Satyajit Ray that you can read with your young ones:

The Mystery of Munroe Island and Other Stories

Join Professor Trilokeshwar Shonku, eccentric genius and scientist, on an incredible world tour as he confronts a daring doppelganger,undertakes an experiment to create pure gold, unravels the mystery of a scientist’s loss of memory and visits an unknown island to look for an amazing fruit, amongst other escapades.

Featuring the indomitable Professor Shonku and a bunch of madcap characters is presented here in a brilliant new translation that brings alive the magic and charm of Satyajit Ray’s imaginative world.

The Unicorn Expedition

Professor Shonku cannot dismiss without proof the possibility that unicorns do exist somewhere on earth. In fact, Charles Willard, a fellow scientist, claimed to have actually seen them in Tibet, but, unfortunately, died shortly afterwards. So, when Shonku learns that another expedition is starting off for Tibet, he jumps at the opportunity to trace Willard’s route and find the unicorns. Tibet is just one of the exotic places Professor Shonku’s exploits take him in this volume of stories.

The Emperor’s Ring

A stolen ring. A private menagerie. A mysterious ‘spy’ . . .

The first novel to feature master sleuth Feluda and his teenage assistant Topshe, The Emperor’s Ring is full of adventure, mystery and intrigue.

Feluda and Topshe are on holiday in Lucknow when a priceless Mughal ring is stolen. Feluda begins to investigate the case and finds himself hot on the trail of a devious criminal.

 

The murder of a stranger in a Calcutta hotel leads Feluda and his friends to Kathmandu, straight into the den of Maganlal Meghraj, their old adversary. With an incident at Swayambhunath, an ambush in a prayer wheel factory, a thrilling night at the casino, and a prolonged LSD-induced delusion for Jatayu, the case soon turns into a memorable adventure. In a sensational climax, the master sleuth uncovers an international racket in spurious drugs and emerges victorious yet again.

 

On the Run with Fotikchand

An eleven-year-old boy; Bablu; gets kidnapped by four goons. As they make their escape in a stolen car; they meet with an accident and two of the goons die on the spot while the boy loses consciousness. The two surviving kidnappers; presuming the boy to be dead; leave him stranded. When Bablu regains consciousness; he realizes he has lost his memory. In his wanderings; he befriends a street juggler; Harun; who gives him shelter and introduces him to a new way of life. Bablu; now called Fotik; spends his days working in a tea shop; while his evenings are spent assisting Harun on his street shows.

On the Run with Fotikchand is a thrilling story of everlasting friendship. Riveting and racy; it’ll have you turning the pages till the end.

Adventures Of Feluda: The Bandits of Bombay

A murder in an elevator. A trail of heady perfume. The nanasaheb’s priceless naulakha necklace.

Feluda, Topshe and Jatayu are in Bombay where Jatayu’s latest book is being filmed under the title Jet Bahadur. Soon after Jatayu hands over a package to a man in a red shirt, a murder takes place in the high-rise where the producer lives. Feluda and his companions find themselves in the midst of one of their most thrilling adventures ever, with a hair-raising climax aboard a train during location shooting.

 


All titles mentioned here are available as e-books. So you can start reading them today!

Get Your Young Ones Hooked onto these Books

This March, introduce your child to Hawaldar Hook, do fun activities with the Econuts, celebrate your natural hair and more with these new books:

Hook Books


Hey Diddle Diddle
Who’s There?
A Quiet Girl
My Daddy and the Well

 

 

 

It’s not a book, it’s a hook!

The Hook Books are early chapter books for very young readers, aged five and above (for being read to) and six and above (for reading independently). Written by award-winning and most-loved writers for children, and illustrated in exuberant colour by some of India’s best illustrators, these stories are set largely in non-urban settings. Hawaldar Hook is the mascot of the Hook Books.

My Daddy and the Well
As a child in Goa, Daddy used to jump in a well, to water the bananas. Years later, the bananas are gone. But the
pump is there, the well is there, Daddy is there … SPLASH!

Who’s There?
The cats are mewing in panic. Strange voices are calling from the attic. Who’s there??

A Quiet Girl
Puja smiles and smiles, and does not speak. She spends all her time with the foal, Takbak. But Takbak is going to be
sold! What will Pooja do without her best friend?

Hey Diddle Diddle
A horse may be able to jump over the moon. Can a cow do it? Hey diddle diddle.

 

Econuts Value Pack

This series of story-and-activity books features the adventures of Dewy, Woosh, Petals, Pebbles and Waggy, who call themselves the Econuts because they’re simply nuts about ecology and the environment! As the Econuts solve mysteries and find solutions to problems, the reader gets in on the action by solving puzzles and word games.

I Hate my Curly Hair

I tug till my head’s black and blue!
But nothing can tame
This wild, curly mane!

Curly haired girl does everything she can to straighten her stubborn curls-after all, everywhere she looks she sees heroines with smooth, silky hair. Then one day, a bigger bully comes along and everything changes! A humorous tale of self-acceptance. And of hair, lots and lots of glorious curly hair!

 

The Torchbearers

Like any bored eleven-year old with an imagination, Prem Tripathi makes fantastic wishes. And he has been bored a lot since his father dragged him to a monsoon-lashed Mumbai on some mysterious project. Prem wishes it would stop being so hot. He wishes for a genie, a dragon and some superpowers.

The one thing Prem doesn’t wish for is an adventure to bring back the fading gods. A prophecy from the lips of Brahma himself foretells that the gods’ only hope lies in those who will harness the mysterious power of the Vedas. Now, Prem encounters gods in danger of oblivion, demons seeking immortality, and humans caught in the cosmic crossfire. But, along the way, he also discovers who he truly is: a Torchbearer.

Can The Torchbearers save the Gods and humanity from a future devoid of love, hope, and faith?

 

The Girl Who Stole an Elephant

Chaya usually has an answer for everything. But stealing the Queen’s jewels, even for the best of reasons, is not something she can talk her way out of. So she makes her great escape on the back of a gorgeous, stolen elephant and leads her friends on a noisy, fraught, joyous adventure through the jungle where revolution is stirring and leeches lurk. Will stealing these jewels be the beginning or the end of everything for the intrepid gang?

The Best of Tenali

Vijayanagara, ruled by the benevolent King Krishnadevaraya, is home to the wittiest court jester alive, Tenali Raman. Join the charming Tenali, shrewd Rajguru, silly Tingary and Tenali’s pet cat Sundari on their many adventures that include chasing a flying machine that goes berserk, rewriting the Mahabharata and outwitting an evil puppeteer. Packed with stories of wit, wisdom and hilarious antics, this comic-book omnibus with ten rollicking Tenali tales is sure to take you on a journey that is the stuff of legends!

New Year, New Books for The Young Ones!

Start off the new year with a bang by inculcating the habit of reading. Let your child discover the wonders of reading with the help of these wonderful new books. Read an essential handbook for every student, discover tales of evil witches, meet a forgotten hero and more, this January.

Here is a list of all the books you can read with your young ones this month:

The Constitution of India for Children 

What is celebrated on 26th January is at the heart of our democracy-the magnificent Constitution of India.

The document didn’t only lay down the law but united India with a vision that took two years, eleven months and seventeen days to realise. Subhadra Sen Gupta captures the many momentous occasions in Indian history that led to its making in The Constitution of India for Children. Populated with facts and dotted with cheerful illustrations, this book provides answers to innumerable questions asked over the years.

 

Journey to the Forbidden City

Nineteenth-century Tibet was an unknown entity.

It was next to impossible for a white man to enter this territory. And so was chosen an intrepid Indian explorer from the mountains of Kumaon-Nain Singh Rawat. Trekking across this country, he risked life and limb and donned innumerable clever disguises as he surveyed the vast expanses and identified countless villages and people. His eventful and often arduous travels led to his name being permanently engraved in the annals of Indian exploration.

Puffin Classics: Timeless Tales from Marwar 

 

Giving a new lease of life to his writings, Timeless Tales from Marwar is a handpicked collection of folk tales from the everlasting works of Detha’s celebrated Batan ri Phulwari meaning ‘Garden of Tales’. Collected and written over the span of nearly fifty years, this fourteen-volume assortment of Rajasthani folk stories earned him the moniker-the Shakespeare of Rajasthan.

 

Discover India: Monuments of India 

Who built Fatehpur Sikri to be the capital of his empire? What is the thousand-year-old temple in Thanjavur called? Who painted the murals at Ajanta and Ellora?

Discover the answers to all these questions and more with Mishki and Pushka. Join them as Daadu Dolma takes them–and you!–on a whirlwind tour of some of India’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring monuments.

Discover India – Food, Culture and People of India

There’s possibly no other country in the world that’s as diverse as India. Thanks to its colourful history and influx of people from all over the world, India is today a glorious mix of religions, cultures, and traditions.

Why does India have so many languages? What is ‘Indian’ food? How do people celebrate special occasions? Find out all about India’s culture, food and people in this exciting book.

Discover India: Folk Tales of India 

Have you heard about Janba and Janai and their incredible generosity?

Do you know the story of the tiger who married a young woman?

From Madhya Pradesh to Mizoram, Kerala to Maharashtra, Indians have for centuries had a treasure trove of folk stories to tell. Join Mishki, Pushka and Daadu Dolma to read these stories and several more traditional tales from across India!

Introduce your Child to James Patterson with the ‘Middle School’ series!

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author, best known for his many enduring fictional characters and series, including Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, I Funny, and Jacky Ha-Ha.

Here is a list of some of his most popular books, the Middle School series:

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he’s got an ace plan for the best year ever, if he can pull it off.

 

Middle School: Big Fat Liar

Georgia Khatchadorian–the sister of the star of the first two Middle School books, Rafe Khatchadorian–plans to excel at Hills Village Middle School in all the places her troublemaking brother failed. Will she be able to overcome her fears and win her bet with Rafe?

 

Middle School: Get Me Out Of Here!

After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. It’s more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art.

 

Middle School: Save Rafe!

Rafe and the rest of the pack of ‘delinquent’ trainees are forced to cooperate as they prepare for the final test: a solo excursion in the deep woods. Can Rafe come out of the experience in one piece? And if he does, will anyone recognise him as the kid they once knew?

 

Middle School: Ultimate Showdown: Superhero

The Khatchadorian kids are an opinionated duo and as readers of the Middle School stories know, they don’t exactly see eye to eye. But when wild-card Rafe and mostly-straight-laced Georgia go at it, the only thing more fun than their ranting is getting to join in!

 

Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill

Rafe Khatchadorian, the hero of the bestselling Middle School series, is ready for a fun summer at camp – until he finds out it’s a summer school camp!

 

Middle School: Dogs Best Friend

It’s a dog-eat-dog world, and Rafe Khatchadorian is just trying to live in it. Life in middle school is finally starting to seem bearable – until Rafe spots his grandmother standing in the free-meal line at the local soup kitchen.

 

Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck

In this seventh Middle School episode, Rafe heads back to the place his misadventures began: the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, where he’s now being forced to take ‘special’ classes… He also finds himself joining the school’s football team – alongside his main tormenter, Miller the Killer!

 

Middle School: Born to Rock

When Georgia’s favourite rock band, Lulu and the handbags, advertise a major music competition where the winner gets to JAM with Lulu herself, Georgia will pull all the stops to make sure we Stink wins – even if it means asking her annoying older brother, Rafe, for help!

 

Middle School: From Hero to Zero

After a mostly-successful stint at Hills Village Middle School, Rafe is excited to visit the incredible city of London with his class. Sightseeing around a foreign country sounds like a blast, until Rafe finds out his roommate will be none other than Miller the Killer, bully extraordinaire!


 

Perfect Reads for your Young Ones this Monsoon

This monsoon we have a list of books especially curated for you and your child! Curl up with your young ones during the rains with these fantastic titles:


Shrilok Homeless: The Ultimate Adventures Volume 2

India’s favourite teen detective is back!

After taking Mumbai by storm, Shrilok and his best friend, Rohan, are now chasing criminals far and wide, even landing up in London. The stakes are high for the chaiwala-turned-super-sleuth, with murder mysteries, secret codes, museum robberies, an exam-paper racket and a terrorist from the past. Will our desi Sherlock rise to the challenge?

 

101 Things to Know and Do (series)

These books contains important information, helpful tips and stories of people who have found ways to clean up the air, save animals, save water, save plants and the Earth. There are also lots of fun activities and do-it-yourself projects for you to try at home!

 

National Park Explorers: Chaos at Keoladeo

Experience all that the jungle has to offer with the first in The National Park Explorers series!

Sameera, Alex and Tarun are headed to Bharatpur with Uncle Avi. They’ve heard that the Siberian cranes have returned to Keoladeo National Park after more than twenty years. But things just don’t seem right at the park. The three young explorers find themselves in the midst of things wondrous and wild as they spot birds and animals, bump into wildlife biologist Rauf Ali and sleuth around to solve mysteries along the way.

 

How the Sea Became Salty

A long, long time ago, seawater was sweet and drinkable. How it became salty is a remarkable story.

India’s favourite storyteller brings alive this timeless tale with her inimitable wit and simplicity. Dotted with charming illustrations, this gorgeous chapter book is the ideal introduction for beginners to the world of Sudha Murty.

 

Let’s Do This Together

Let’s Do This Together is filled with stories that cleverly weave everyday maths problems into the narrative so children can easily solve them with the help of a parent, teacher or friend.

As they start with sums that are easy-peasy, move to mostly easy and then to ones that are not that easy, the book helps them build their self-confidence and number proficiency.

 

 Flyaway Boy

Kabir doesn’t fit in. Not in the wintry hill town he lives in, and not in his school, where the lines are always straight. Backed into a corner with no way out, Kabir vanishes.With every adult’s nightmare now coming true, finding this flyaway boy will mean understanding who he really is. Or is it too late?

 

My Sister is in the Indian Navy

Nikky’s sister is in the navy. When her ship is in port, she and Nikky get to do lots of fun things together. Nikky would like to spend more time with his sister, and he doesn’t want her to leave, but he knows that, eventually, her sailing orders will arrive… Read on to find out about the people and their families whose big and small acts of heroism make the Indian navy exemplary!

 

My Mother is in the Indian Air Force

Rohan thinks his mom is a bit like a a superhero-she flies in to save the day, she loops and swoops between the clouds, she even jumps off planes wearing parachutes! But her job demands that she keep moving from place to place, and Rohan doesn’t want to move again. Not this time. Can he find a way to stay?
Read on to find out about the people and their families whose big and small acts of heroism make the Indian air force formidable!

 

My Father is in the Indian Army

Beena’s dad is in the Indian army, which means that when duty calls, he’s got to get going at once. Beena knows her dad’s job is important, but her birthday is coming up. She really, really wants her dad to be at home to celebrate with her. Will he be able to make it back in time?
Read on to find out about the people and their families whose big and small acts of heroism make the Indian army inspiring!


 

It’s Adventure Time with These Books for the Holidays!

Ah, they’re here – the holidays! It’s the time of the year our little ones look forward to the most. They’re off school and ready to get into some mischief. How can we keep them busy this summer, while ensuring they nourish their little brains?

We say, with books! Here is a list of new titles that will be the perfect summer companion for your little one!

Astra: The Quest for Starsong

The winds speak of a terror from the south. Ravana, the Lord of Lanka, is on the march. Seers whisper that he has awakened Starsong, a mythical astra of the gods. And that he thirsts for this weapon that will make him invincible.

Today is the day Varkan, the young prince of Ashmaka, will taste freedom. Today is the day he will lay claim to his destiny as the wielder of Starsong. And along the way, perhaps he will change the destiny of the world itself.

 

Coming round the Mountain: In the Year of Independence

Thirteen-year-old Ruskin is back at school, doing what he loves-reading, goal-keeping, spending time with his friends and eating lots of jalebis. But things seem to be rapidly changing all around him. Whispers of a partition haunt the corridors of his school. Does the formation of a new, independent India mean saying goodbye to old friends-and, with it, the shenanigans they got up to?

 

Vocabulary Enhancer: Wuthering Heights

Word power is an integral part of being able to express yourself-whether you’re in college, appearing for competitive exams or attending a job interview. It makes you an effective and confident communicator. This handy guide brings to you an abridged version of the beloved gothic romance Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë to familiarize you with a must-read and equip you with new words.

 

Vocabulary Enhancer: 1984

Accessible and engaging, each book in the Vocabulary Enhancer series simplifies a classic and helps you memorize a list of carefully curated, frequently used words through their definitions, antonyms, examples of usage as well as word exercises and puzzles to recap your learning. This handy guide brings to you an abridged version of the dystopian masterpiece 1984 by George Orwell to familiarize you with a must-read and equip you with new words.

 

One Lonely Tiger

One Lonely Tiger illustrates this urgent threat of extinction and loss of habitat among valuable species, and asks the pressing question: are our trees, wild animals, birds and insects safe amidst us? Gorgeously illustrated and thoughtfully narrated, this book sensitizes young readers to the pathos and loneliness of our wildlife and the ecological crisis around us.

 

Skill Builder: Math series

This series contains mathematics activities, puzzles and problems to help young learners practise basic arithmetic and hone their logic, reasoning, creative and critical thinking skills. Through fun and challenging scenarios, your child will learn and master mathematics skills that are also applicable in a wide range of everyday contexts.

Amma, Let’s Explore India’s Monuments

Come, explore the places where we worship with Amma and the boys! Bhakti Mathur’s books in this series is sure to inform and excite your little one to travel to the different monuments in India. Told through interesting stories with captivating illustrations, this new series introduces readers to the history of different faiths and their associated monuments. Here are three of her books that you must take a look at!

Amma, Take Me to Tirupati

Enjoy the scenic drive uphill, while listening to captivating lore about the snake that became a hill range and how Vishnu came to reside on the very same hill, first as a boar and then as a heartbroken husband. Wake up bright and early to the hymns of Suprabhatam. Savour the delicious Tirupati laddu as prasad. Relish a few quiet moments by the lake Swami Pushkarini. Witness the adoration of Venkateshwara’s devotees.

 

Amma, Take Me To The Golden Temple

Join Amma and her children as they travel to the famous Golden Temple in Amritsar. Take a tour through the wonderful sights, sounds and history of Darbar Sahib. Hear stories about the Sikh gurus. Visit Darshani Deori and Akal Takht. Savour a drink from the sacred waters at Har Ki Pauri and the langar from the world’s biggest kitchen! Learn Guru Nanak’s eternal message of equality, love and service.

 

Amma, Take Me to the Dargah of Salim Chishti

Hear the story of why the great Mughal emperor Akbar visited the Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti and then had a mausoleum built in his honour. Walk through the imposing Buland Darwaza. Admire the majestic architecture of the sprawling quadrangle. Hear the soulful notes of azan wafting from the Jama Masjid. Tie a thread in the delicate jali screens as you make a wish. Behold the dargah of Salim Chishti shining like a white pearl in an oasis of red sandstone. Listen to Amma with your eyes and ears wide open, for this whirlwind of a journey promises to leave you mesmerized!