FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: JUNE 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: JUNE 2018

Neel on Wheels

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AUTHOR: Lavanya Karthik
ILLUSTRATOR: Habib Ali
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years)
PUBLISHER: Duckbill
PRICE: Rs 299

ABOUT THE BOOK:
My big brother Neel has wheels!
Neel’s wheelchair transforms itself to fight dragons and monsters and chase away scary creatures of the night.


The Hill School Girls: Strangers

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AUTHOR: A. Coven
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
AGE GROUP: Middle readers (8-12 years)
PUBLISHER: Duckbill
PRICE: Rs 225

ABOUT THE BOOK:
What do you do when strangers suddenly become part of your life?
Maitreyi’s new year at Hill School does not begin well. Her mother tells her she has to meet the brother she barely remembers. And then her mother falls ill, which means her plan to avoid him is an epic fail.
Meanwhile, at Hill School, the Class VIII students have to help rebuild a school for local children, which was destroyed in the floods. But the Baldwin boys are part of the project. That means Maitreyi is thrown into the company of this stranger who is her brother!  And the four friends have other mysteries to solve – like the odd behaviour of some of their classmates, the bruises that keep appearing on Maitreyi’s brother’s face…


Ranji the Music Maker

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AUTHOR: Ruskin Bond
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
AGE GROUP: Middle readers (8-12 years)
PUBLISHER: Puffin
PRICE: Rs 150

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Was this what it was like to be a rock star? Except that pop singers were usually followed by people, not cats.’
In the middle of his languid holiday, idle young Ranji stumbles upon assorted musical instruments in the storeroom-first a shrill flute, then a blaring little trumpet and, finally, a too-big drum that may have once
sounded a battle march. He stages impromptu concerts down the road, not sparing his neighbours, nor the cats around his porch, nor the peace-loving inhabitants of the zoo!  But all Ranji’s really seeking is a friend who’ll hear the magic in his din.
Lyrical and stunningly illustrated, this is a sunny story of forging bonds and the simple joys from India’s favourite teller of tales.


The Ammuchi Puchi

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AUTHOR:  Sharanya Manivannan
ILLUSTRATOR: Nerina Canzi
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years)
PUBLISHER: Puffin
PRICE: Rs 199

ABOUT THE BOOK:
“When Anjali and I were really little, we were sort of afraid of our grandmother, Ammuchi.”
Aditya and Anjali love listening to their grandmother’s stories, particularly the scary one about the ghost in the tree. But the night their grandmother passes away, all her stories seem to lose their meaning.
Then something happens that is more mysterious and magical than any story. Could their grandmother still be with them after all?
Stunningly illustrated and told in gorgeous, poetic prose, this is a poignant and moving story about bereavement and healing.


The Curious Case of the Sweet and Spicy Sweetshop

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AUTHOR: Nandini Nayar
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
AGE GROUP: Middle readers (8-12 years)
PUBLISHER: Puffin
PRICE: Rs 250

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 child, Vishnu’s life is thrown into confusion. More craziness ensues when Anu turns up, insisting that she’s Revati’s child! With no idea how to determine who the real Mithaiwala is, Vishnu finds his life in chaos as the two children compete to prove their identity. Meanwhile Laddoo is thrown another curveball – he senses a ghostly presence in the house! When a plot to steal a Mithaiwala heirloom is hatched, Laddoo tries to use his new psychic ability to save the day.


The Colour Thief

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AUTHOR: Stephen Aitken and Sylvia Sikundar
ILLUSTRATOR: Sandhya Prabhat
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years)
PUBLISHER: Tulika Publishers
PRICE: Rs 200

ABOUT THE BOOK:
What happens when a grouchy giant decides to scoop all colour out of the world – from the trees and flowers, from the birds and animals, the fish and the waters? A quaint, fairytale-like story, set amidst magnificent mountains, leafy forests, swirling seas and skies, in which the significance of colour is pointed out by one little girl who can’t see it. Sandhya Prabhat’s pictures play with the ebb and flow of colour, startling the reader with brilliantly coloured pages and stark, monochromatic ones. A multi-hued journey in which a little girl who can’t see helps the grouchy giant see the world around in a completely new way.


The Good Indian Child’s Guide to Eating Mangoes

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AUTHOR: Natasha Sharma
ILLUSTRATOR: Shreya Sen
CATEGORY: Non-fiction
LANGUAGE: English
AGE GROUP: Middle readers (8-12 years)
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
PRICE: Rs 299

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Does eating mangoes need a guide book? Do you need a personality quiz before you eat a mango? What makes you a ‘good’ Indian child (or adult) while eating mangoes? Bite into the book for Natasha Sharma’s delicious humour in one crazy story with bonus mango-based character building, mango recipes and even some mango math! The Good Indian Child’s Guide series takes things that are intrinsic to India and presents a tongue-in-cheek exploration of the subjects. Eating a mango will change forever! “Drool-inducing! Rib-tickling! Timely! Generations of Indian children will benefit from this pro-BURR…RRP! (Excuse me, it’s mango season.)” -Anuskha Ravishankar, popular children’s author


Uncool: Fights, Camera, Action

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AUTHOR: Jane De Suza
ILLUSTRATOR: Tasneem Amiruddin
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
AGE GROUP: Middle/older readers (8+ years)
PUBLISHER: HarperCollins
PRICE: Rs 250

ABOUT THE BOOK:
So, I’m DD and I’m going to be rich and famous because I’m making a film on (hold the phone still, will ya?) high school life. All the secrets, fights, crazy exam pressure, brainiacs and show offs (not you, not you!). Only, everyone wants to be the star (hey you, get out off the frame!). It’s got drama and hysterics, historics, sorry, histrionics. And my mom’s got Mr Horns. And I still haven’t got a boyfriend or a dog. And then, the lurker appears. And it all gets super scary. And he’s coming closer – so I’ve gotta run. Fast. Bye! See ya inside! The first book of the bitingly funny UNCOOL series – a rib-tickling tackling of teen issues!


The Scholastic Encyclopaedia of Dinosaurs

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AUTHOR: Not mentioned
ILLUSTRATOR: Not mentioned
CATEGORY: Non-fiction
LANGUAGE: English
AGE GROUP: Middle/older readers (8+ years)
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PRICE: Rs 399

ABOUT THE BOOK:
A wonderful introduction to the intriguing world of dinosaurs. Meet the stars, both old favourites and the newly discovered, in India and across the world. Get to know where these extinct creatures lived, what they looked like and why they still capture our imagination.


Nimmi’s Spectabulous Schooldays

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AUTHOR: Shabnam Minwalla
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
AGE GROUP: Middle readers (8-12 years)
PUBLISHER: Talking Cub
Price: Rs 250

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Nimmi Daruwala is starting Grade 6, and she is sure it is going to be absolutely SPECTABULOUS! But will it be?
Eleven-year-old Nimmi Daruwala does not like her last name at all, nor Sumit, her chief tormentor and general pie-faced classmate. But she loves drama, Miss Tanvi, her drama teacher—and, most of all, inventing utterly unusual words. On the first day of Grade 6, Nimmi wakes up thinking it is going to be a spectacular+fabulous=spectabulous year. But starting with trying to get into an ill-fitted skort, nothing goes right for her. Sumit is suddenly on the same school bus as her. Her best friend Sophia is talking in a strange singsong accent and is friendly with mean girl Alisha Dubash. And Nimmi’s favourite drama teacher has taken the year off. In her place there is the dull, pale-eyed Miss Aatmaja, who brands Nimmi the Troublemaker of Grade 6.

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