Year of the Weeds 🏆

Author: Siddhartha Sarma Publisher: Duckbill Books and Publications Pvt Ltd About the book: ‘Sometimes, Korok, it is best if the sorkar forgets you.’Korok lives in a small Gond village in western Odisha. His life is in the garden which he tends every day. Anchita lives in the house which has the garden and is an […]

When Morning Comes

Author: Arushi Raina Publisher:Tradewind Books About the book: Its 1976 in South Africa, and four young people are living in Johannesburg and its black township, Soweto: Zanele, a black female student organizer; Meena, a South Asian girl working at her father’s shop; Jack, an Oxford-bound white student; and Thabo, a teen-gang member, or tsotsi. From […]

This is Me, Mayil

Author: Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran Publisher: Tulika Publishers  About the book: 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 […]


Author: Nidhi Chanani Publisher: Macmillan US About the book: A heartfelt young adult graphic novel about an Indian-American teen’s attempt to reconnect with her mother’s homeland through a magical pashmina shawl.Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most […]

Indira | NBA Honour

NBA 2019 Honour Book | Young Adult Author: Devapriya Roy Illustrator: Priya Kuriyan Publisher: Context  About the book: In a government school classroom in Delhi, young Indira Thapa is set an unusual assignment by her favourite teacher: to write an essay around her name. Who was Indira Priyadarshini, the person after whom her grandfather named […]

Amrita Sher-Gil: Rebel with a Paintbrush

Author: Anita Vachharajani Illustrator: Kalyani Ganapathy Publisher: Harper Children’s About the book: Anita Vachharajani and Kalyani Ganapathy An artist? A dreamer? A rebel? Who exactly was Amrita Sher-Gil? She was a little bit of all these things, really. Amrita grew up with a great sense of mischief and adventure in two very different worlds, in […]

The Dwarf, the Girl and the Holy Goat

Author: Cordis Paldano Publisher: Hachette India About the book: A poor girl, a kind dwarf and a beloved goat – not to forget a gangster politician – meet in an action-packed tale of friendship and courage. Charlie the dwarf stops to console a girl crying by the roadside – and from there begins a friendship […]

The Curious Case of the Sweet and Spicy Sweetshop

Author: Nandini Nayar Publisher: Puffin Books About the Book: Making and selling sweets day after day is the life of Vishnudas Mithaiwala, the owner of The Sweet and Spicy Sweetshop. However, when Laddoo appears at his doorstep one night, claiming to be his estranged sister Revati’s son, Vishnu’s life is thrown into confusion. More craziness […]

The Cloudfarers

Author: Stephen Alter Publisher: Puffin About the book: Those footprints tell us of our origins, recalling the first Cloudfarers who came to earth, exiled from the sky. ‘ Paramount Academy is nothing short of a prison. As Kip comes to terms with this awful military-style school, he makes new friends who have a terrible secret: […]

Painters Potters Cooks and Kings | NBA Honour

NBA 2019 Honour Book | Junior Readers Author: Subhadra Sen Gupta Publisher: Scholastic  About the book: Travel back in time and meet King Ashoka, Emperor Akbar, King Krishna Deva Raya, Princess Jahanara and other unforgettable people from Indian history. A dose of history, a dash of mystery and a dollop of adventure—find all of this […]