Boy No. 32

Author: Venita Coelho Publisher: Scholastic  About the book: An explosion brings down the orphanage that is home to Battees. Buried in the debris, he realises that something impossible has happened. Someone has got inside his head. It’s Goongi who cannot speak. Battees identifies the terrorist who blew up the orphanage and he obviously wants the […]


Author: Sampurna Chattarji Publisher: Scholastic India About the book: Ela is a happy child with everything she could wish for, until her thirteenth birthday when she discovers she is an adopted kid. The story is about how she copes with this new knowledge. A Children’s Bookshelf Selection: Each month our editor’s pick the best books […]



Author:  Paro Anand Publisher: Scholastic  About the book: This slick and ground-breaking graphic novel tells the story of a young Indian boy, Ganga, and a Swedish girl, Helga, whose destinies get tied with one another in a strange and magical way. Two is a gem on its own, which shows the perspective of two different […]

The House That Spoke


Author: Zuni Chopra Publisher: Penguin Random House India  About the book: Fourteen-year-old Zoon Razdan is witty, intelligent and deeply perceptive. She also has a deep connection with magic. She was born into it. The house that she lives in is fantastical—life thrums through its wooden walls—and she can talk to everything in it, from the […]

Rasha: Little Girl, Big Heart


Author: Muhammed Zafar Iqbal Publisher: Puffin About the book: The breathtaking story of a feisty young girl Fifteen-year-old Rasha is abandoned by her mother in a village with her aged and probably mad-grandmother. Uprooted from higher school and her friends back in cosmopolitan Dhaka, a disgruntled Rasha has to start life afresh in a faraway […]

Like Smoke: A Collection


Author: Paro Anand Publisher: Penguin Books  About the book: How often have you felt that you just can’t take it any more? Felt that nothing is worth the head ache, the heart ache? The good news – you are not alone. The bad news -you are not alone – for every teen carries the angst […]

What Maya Saw


Author: Shabnam Minwalla Publisher: Harper India About the book: Almost from the moment Maya steps into St Paul’s College, she is afraid. Everywhere she goes, she encounters questions and secrets. Not to mention the Shadows – a bunch of drop-dead gorgeous students who she realizes will do anything to keep their youth and beauty. Even […]

Queen of Ice 🏆


Author: Devika Rangachari Publisher: Duckbill  About the book: Despised by her father and bullied by his heir, Didda’s childhood is miserable and her future, bleak. When she is married off to the dissolute ruler of Kashmira, she must learn to hold her own in a court ridden with factions and conspiracies. But Didda is no […]

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 […]