FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: AUGUST 2018

FORTHCOMING/NEW TITLES: AUGUST 2018

Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire: Adventures in Champakbagh

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AUTHOR: Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar
ILLUSTRATOR: Krishna Bala Shenoi
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
PAGES: 128
AGE GROUP: Middle readers (9-12 years)
PUBLISHER: Talking Cub
PRICE: Rs 299

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 tiny and remote village of Champakbagh. One day, he rescues a strange creature from the storm that is raging outside. When he brings the creature home, the family is astonished. What sort of animal is this? Is he friendly? What does he eat? Where will he sleep? They name him Jwala Kumar, and as the days go by, they discover that Jwala Kumar is no ordinary animal. He has special powers that he uses to help his human family in their times of need. When the days are dark and hope seems to dim, Jwala Kumar lights up their lives in many ways. But who is Jwala Kumar and will he stay forever?


Right Arm Over

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AUTHOR: Moti Nandy
TRANSLATOR: Arunava Sinha
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
PAGES: 184
AGE GROUP: Middle readers (9-12 years)
PUBLISHER: Talking Cub
PRICE: Rs 250

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Jibon and Ananto are best friends and promising cricketers—Jibon a stylish batsman, and Ananto a gifted fast bowler. But one day they have an accident and Jibon loses half his right arm. Considered the more talented of the two, his cricket career is over. Not one to give up, he makes it his mission to see that his friend plays for India. Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team is in turmoil as it heads into a Test match series against Australia. Jibon is determined that Ananto will find his opportunity and shine at the international level. But even if he gets his chance, will Ananto be able to deliver? Filled with fascinating descriptions of playing cricket for the country, the workings of a cricket team, the politics of selection committees and the life of sportspeople, Right Arm Over is not just a novel about sports. It is also about the grit and determination needed to succeed, about friendship, and about sacrifices that are made out of love and commitment.


Can’t Stop Cody

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AUTHOR: Abhay Prasad
ILLUSTRATOR: Nanditta Chibber
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
PAGES: 96
AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years)
PUBLISHER: Tulika Publishers
PRICE: Rs 95

ABOUT THE BOOK:
It all begins when Vismay falls in love with a twice abandoned puppy in a San Francisco animal shelter. He brings him home, except he has no clue about how to raise this adorable, crazy pit bull-pointer he calls Cody. As his life is taken over by a hyperactive ball of energy, there is also lurking danger when Cody’s curiosity leads him to buried treasure!


The Night Diary

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AUTHOR: Veera Hiranandani
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
PAGES: 272
AGE GROUP: Middle readers (8-12 years)
PUBLISHER: Penguin
PRICE: Rs 299

ABOUT THE BOOK:
It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders.
Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn’t know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it’s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can’t imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together.
Told through Nisha’s letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl’s search for home, for her own identity…and for a hopeful future.


The Little Rainmaker

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AUTHOR: Roopal Kewalya
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
PAGES: 176
AGE GROUP: Middle readers (8-12 years)
PUBLISHER: Puffin
PRICE: Rs 250

ABOUT THE BOOK:
It’s the year 2027 and it’s been ten years since it last rained… anywhere in the world. Ten-year-old Anoushqa has never seen rain and doesn’t believe in the stories that her grampa tells of rainbows, thunder and lightning. Until, one day, her life is turned upside down when her beloved grampa is on his deathbed and his last wish is to see rain. Thus, Anoushqa sets out on a journey to make it rain. Will Anoushqa be able to fulfill Grampa’s dream after all? The Little Rainmaker is a story of hope, power and the fierce determination of a little girl in the face of an acute environmental crisis.


Petu Pumpkin: Cheater Peter

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AUTHOR: Arundhati Venkatesh
ILLUSTRATOR: Shilpa Ranade
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
PAGES: 72
AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years)
PUBLISHER: Duckbill
PRICE: Rs 175

ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Petu starts cheating, his friends are sure he is headed for a life of crime. They try everything to stop him–hypnosis, a home-baked truth serum, a D-I-Y polygraph… Will they succeed?


When Jiya Met Urmila

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AUTHOR: Shabnam Minwalla
ILLUSTRATOR: Tanvi Bhat
CATEGORY: Fiction
LANGUAGE: English
PAGES: 72
AGE GROUP: Young readers (0-7 years)
PUBLISHER: Duckbill
PRICE: Rs 175

ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Jiya meets Urmila, she sees a loud girl with a fierce expression and too-bright clothes. Urmila sees a snooty girl with a dull dress and no spunk. Can they ever be friends?


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