The Ghost of Malabar

Author: Soumya Ayer Illustrator: Isha Nagar Publisher: HarperCollins India A spooky tale… set in Fort Kochi, once a seaside town with a long colonial history! Twelve-year-old Edwin blames his father, a wayward fisherman for everything rotten in his life. But when he encounters Velu his life is catapulted from rotten to outright chaotic. Velu is […]

The Train to Tanjore

Author: Devika Rangachari Publisher: Duckbill Tanjore, 1942 There are few excitements in Thambi’s quiet life. There is the new hotel, disapproved of by elders, which lures him with the aroma of sambar with onions. There are visits to the library to read the newspaper, and once in a while, a new movie at the Rajaram […]

Misfit Madhu 🏆

Author: Divya Anand Illustrator: Vedushi Sinha Publisher: Puffin Madhu is a shy middle-grade developer who spends her holidays creating her dream app, ‘School Santhe’. Soon, the app goes viral…and so does she! And why not? After all, an app where everyone at school can trade stuff is the app they’ve all been waiting for! Madhu […]

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 […]

Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire: Adventures in Champak Bagh

Author: Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar Publisher : Speaking Tiger Publishing Private Limited About the book: Is Jwala Kumar a bird? A bat? A chameleon? Or is he something no one has ever seen before? And did he really just fall out of the sky into Champakbagh?Mohan Chandar lives with his wife and three children in the […]

Ahimsa 🏆

Author: Supriya Kelkar Publisher: Scholastic India  About the book: New Visions Award Winner! Can one girl make a difference in the destiny of a nation? It is 1942 and 10-year-old Anjali’s mother has joined India’s freedom struggle. Anjali gets unwillingly involved in the turmoil. She has to give up her biases against the Dalit community, […]

Flying with Grandpa

Author: Madhuri Kamat Publisher: Duckbill Books and Publications Pvt Ltd Illustrator: Niloufer Wadia  About the book: We need to take him out of here. Xerxes will never grow up with Mamavaji around. ‘Xerxes’ mother wants him to be like JRD Tata, but all Xerxes wants is to be like his Grandpa – his beloved Mamavaji. […]