All of Me 🏆

Author: Venita Coelho Publisher: Harper Children’s About the book: London, 1854: Castor is discovered locked away in a basement. He has been there for five years, but he hasn’t been alone. The Family has kept him company. These are his multiple personalities that have emerged out of the dark. Mr Pickwick is the father figure […]

Journey to the Forbidden City

Author: Deepa Agarwal  Publisher: Puffin About the book: Nineteenth-century Tibet was an unknown entity, a complete geographical mystery to the West. Where did its capital city Lhasa lie? Which rivers, lakes and mountains stretched across this land? Where were its fabled monasteries and legendary goldfields? And did the magical flying lamas actually exist?

Young Pandavas: The City of Elephants

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Author: Anupam Arunachalam  Publisher: Hachette About the book: Nine-year-old Sahadev and his four brothers – Yudhishthir, Bhim, Arjun and Nakul – are happy in their little forest home, until a forgotten curse changes their lives forever. They return as princes to Hastinapur, a city full of riches. . . and secrets. Soon enough, the young […]

The Torchbearers

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Author: AB Majumdar  Publisher: Puffin About the book: Like any bored eleven-year-old with an imagination, Prem makes fantastic wishes. So when his father drags him to a monsoon-lashed Mumbai, Prem know it’s futile to dream of home. Instead, he wishes for a genie, a dragon and some superpowers. What he certainly doesn’t wish for is […]

The Piano: Story of a Friendship

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Author: Nandita Basu  Publisher: Duckbill About the book: What I didn’t know was that just as I was searching for my friend, My friend was also searching for me. And that search had started a long time ago. ‘ This is the story of a friendship between a young girl and her piano. The piano […]

The Adventures of the Kohinoor 🏆

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Author: William Dalrymple, Anita Anand and Devika Cariapa Publisher: Juggernaut About the book: Think jewels are boring? You’ll change your mind when you read about the Kohinoor, history’s most famous diamond. Legend says it carries a curse that brings bad luck to all its owners. Some of India’s most powerful kings possessed it and lost […]

No Nonsense Nandhini

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Author: Aparna Karthikeyan  Publisher: Karadi Tales About the book: I’m the boss. I make my own decisions. Naresh has the world’s coolest mother – she wakes up at midnight, dons a miner’s lamp, and goes to her field to harvest flowers. Will he be able to show everyone at school that she’s a hero? Aparna […]

When the World Went Dark

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Author: Jane De Suza Publisher: Puffin About the book: You left your jokes and funny faces in my mind. You left our secrets and your knitting behind. I’m still sad. I’ll always be. I love you times infiniteeeeeeeey. You don’t mind that I can’t rhyme. I don’t know how to end this, will someone help […]

Uncle Nehru, Please Send An Elephant!

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Author: Devika Cariapa Illustrator: Satwik Gade Publisher: Tulika Publishers About the book: One day, when Prime Minister Nehru opened his overstuffed mail bag, out tumbled hundreds of colourfully decorated letters — from children in Japan! “We have never seen a live elephant,” they said. “Could you kindly send us one from India?” This exuberant picture […]

The Best At It

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Author: Maulik Pancholy Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India Limited About the book: Rahul Kapoor is heading into seventh grade in a small town in Indiana. The start of middle school is making him feel increasingly anxious, so his favorite person in the whole world, his grandfather, Bhai, gives him some well-meaning advice: Find one thing you’re […]