FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS MARCH 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS MARCH 2019

YOUNG READERS (0-7 YEARS)

THE GRAND STORY OF IKLI CHOKLI

Author: B Vinayan
Illustrator: Rajiv Eipe
Category:  Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Tulika
Price: Rs. 165

About the Book: A little chokli, a stray puppy, wanders into a muddy rain puddle one day… From then on, he can’t stop himself from enjoying the icky, sticky, scratchy feeling!  What he enjoys even more is telling tall tales about himself! With happy, whimsical illustrations, this small book about a big-talking dog celebrates smart and spunky choklis everywhere.


GOOD MORNING INDIA

Author: Satadru Mukherjee
Illustrator: Saswata Mukherjee and Susruta Mukherjee
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 195

About the Book: Kasheef, Christina and Aman are going to school! Join them and celebrate India’s diversity and unity with this delightful picture book.


PLEASE DON’T PUT THAT IN YOUR MOUTH

Author: Shehan Karunatilaka
Illustrator: Lalith Karunatilaka
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Talking Cub
Price: Rs 299

 About the Book: Baby Baba wants to put everything he sees into his mouth. The doll, the keys, a fork, a shoe—even a pink balloon! What is Akki to do? She is tired of telling him, ‘Please don’t put that in your mouth.’ Then Mama has the perfect solution and both Baby Baba and Akki are happy. Please Don’t Put That in Your Mouth is a funny, rhyming book about babies and all the mischief they can do!


DAISY DOLLS

Author: Cao Wenxuan
Illustrator: Zhao Lei
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Karadi Tales
Price: Rs 399 

About the Book: For years, Hua has delighted the children in her town by selling them beautiful handmade dolls. One day, Hua decides that she is too old and too tired to make any more daisy dolls. What happens then to a young girl who desperately needs a doll? This remarkable original story is written by Cao Wenxuan, and features unforgettable illustrations in mixed media by Zhao Lei.


MIDDLE READERS (8-12 YEARS)

THE CASE OF THE COUNTERFEIT CURRENCY

Author: Shraddha Sahi
Illustrator: Ivatury Naga Srividya
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Mango
Price: Rs 199

About the Book: A thirteen-year-old who loves detective stories. A ‘wanted’ criminal who prints counterfeit currency. What will happen when their paths collide? Chinmayee Ishwar Deshpande is a spunky thirteen-year-old who’s desperate to be famous. But how? She’s so … ordinary! A thousand rupee note gifted on her birthday turns out to be fake. Who did this to her? Her best friend Ishani points out Chinoo’s perfect for the search – after all her initials are C.I.D.! Will C.I.D. succeed on her impossible quest? What will happen when the ‘Boss’ finds her poking her nose in his business? Are fame & the school trophy worth risking her friendship & her life?


DANGEROUS FROTH

Author: Kay S
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Tulika
Price: Rs. 235

About the Book: Ananya Patel has a penchant for make-up, right from her kindergarten days! Now, a sprightly thirteen-year-old, her precious cosmetics accompany her all the way across the world — from Wembley in the UK to Uttarakhand in India, as she changes schools. As though grappling with homesickness, the school bully and an anti-social friend are not enough, Ananya discovers she might be kidnapped! Does she have what it takes to take them on? Instinct, ingenuity and audacity, for sure, and her trusty make-up kit!


TWICE UPON A TIME

Author: Payal Kapadia
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs. 199

About the Book: This is a story about two girls. Keya just happens to be a princess. Nyla just happens to be a tomboy. Both, as it turns out, just want to be themselves. When Princess Keya quits and Nyla shows up to replace her, two worlds collide. Together the girls ruffle dresses and feathers; break vases and traditions; fight dragons and boredom; grow roses and revolutions. So what if there are a few puny princes and snivelling snobs in the mix? Leave it to the girls to rescue everyone-and each other.


A TIGRESS CALLED MACHHLI AND OTHER TRUE ANIMAL STORIES FROM INDIA

Author: Supriya Sehgal
Category: Non-Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 299

About the Book: A crocodile who loves eating rice. A mule who won an award for bravery. A camera-friendly tigress who ruled Ranthambore. Swashbuckling monitor lizards. Rats believed to be the children of a goddess. Cuddly dogs who help nervous travellers. Five thousand punctual parrots … Soar, crawl, hop and scamper about with these and other intriguing creatures, along with their equally interesting human friends, as they take you on a most unusual journey across the country. Cheerfully told and charmingly illustrated, these animal stories, collected from cities, jungles, rescue missions and maybe even your neighbourhood, are funny, fascinating and downright adorable. And the best part? They’re all completely true!


WONDER KIDS: 100 CHILDREN WHO GREW UP TO BE CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

Author: Anu Kumar
Category: Non-Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs. 299

About the Book: From Anne Frank to Malala, Marco Polo to Muhammad Yunus, Jesse Owens to Thandiwe Chama, Jagadish Chandra Bose to Albert Einstein, and Charles Darwin to Coco Chanel, Wonder Kids gives you a peek into the childhoods of icons from different walks of life. Tracing how their thoughts and actions as children had an impact on their communities or the whole world later, the compact life stories in this book have a common, shining message – that you are never too young to start to break the mould!


NIMMI’S DREADTASTIC DETECTIVE DAYS

Author: Shabnam Minwalla
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Talking Cub
Price: Rs 250

About the Book: Nimmi Daruwala is back to school after a week of absence, thanks to some awful green-coloured jelly she ate, and it’s time for a dreadful+fantastic = dreadtastic adventure! While Nimmi was away, Principal Bakshi had two new ideas: beanbags for each class, and Cookaroo, a cooking competition in the school. But the beanbags in Nimmi’s class have burst and no one knows who did it; and Nimmi can only just about boil an egg. To top it all, Ms Atmaja is as ghastly as ever; and Sophia is now part of mean girl Alisha Dubash’s Evil Threevils. But Nimmi finds unlikely friends by her side in the class nerds Diya and Kavya;and a cooking partner in the mysterious new student from America, Kabir. Will Nimmi and Kabir be able to present a decent dish at Cookaroo? And more importantly, will Nimmi be able to fulfil her ambition of becoming a detective and crack the case of the burst beanbag? Full of twists and turns Nimmi’s Dreadtastic Detective Days is so funny that it will have you guffawing+chortling = gaffortling.


ADVANCED READERS (13+ YEARS)

THE TEENAGE DIARY OF NUR-JAHAN (MEHR-UN-NISSA)

Author: Deepa Agarwal
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Talking Cub
Price: Rs 299

About the Book: Long before she became Nur Jahan—Emperor Jahangir’s last wife and the most influential Mughal queen—she was Mehr-un-nissa. Born to Persian refugees who attained eminence at the Mughal court, Mehr-un-nissa grew up on the fringes of Emperor Akbar’s court in Agra, Kabul and Lahore. In this fictional diary, Deepa Agarwal gives us a glimpse into the queen’s teenage years: how she grows into a strong and passionate young woman; her love for poetry and writing; and her interest in the larger world around her. Her diary also describes the Mughal world through the eyes of a young girl: the vibrant Meena Bazaars; the elaborate festival celebrations; and the intricacies of life in the zenana. But above all, her diary records her ambition to meet the love of her life and also to carve a place for herself in history.


THE TEENAGE DIARY OF JAHANARA

Author: Subhadra Sen Gupta
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Talking Cub
Price: Rs 250

About the Book: I, Jahanara, a Mughal princess, want to keep a record of everything that happens in my life…

It is 1626, and Jahanara is in Mandu, central India. Her father, Prince Khurram—who will later become Emperor Shah Jahan—has fallen out of favour with Emperor Jahangir, and now lives in the Deccan with his wife Arjamand Bano and their five children. As events unfold around her, Jahanara records them in her diary—her father’s reaction to his exile; Empress Nur Jahan’s demand that Jahanara’s brothers be sent to her court as hostages; the conspiracies in faraway Agra and Lahore as Jahangir slides into ill-health; her own growth as a sensitive writer and poet. Then one day, her father rides away to capture the Mughal throne, paving the way for Jahanara to return to her beloved Agra.
This fictional diary recreates the drama of ambition, intrigue and loyalty that marked the Mughal empire at the height of its glory. As young Jahanara witnesses her father’s rise to the throne, she also contemplates the incredible cruelty that men inflict on each other, and the love and tenderness that will finally redeem all. Gripping and lyrical, The Teenage Diary of Jahanara brings to life a time we only read about in history books.


THE TEENAGE DIARY OF JODH BAI

Author: Subhadra Sen Gupta
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Talking Cub
Price: Rs 250

About the Book: I started to write. In the beginning, it was little poems. Then I wrote about our family. Suddenly I found myself writing about my inner life; what I did during the day, the happenings around the zenana, things I heard, my thoughts.

In the Rajput kingdom of Amber, Jodh Bai, daughter of King Bihari Mal, is now a teenager. Her clan, the Kachhwahas, are a proud warrior race, but Jodh Bai is a dreamer and poet at heart. When she picks up an empty accounting book and starts writing her thoughts in it, she ends up recording the happenings in the world around her—the joys and sorrows and ambitions of the women, the brothers and uncles who are trained to be warriors, the beauty of the arid landscape, and the politics of the times that is bringing the Mughals from distant Agra closer and closer to Rajasthan. Then one day, she is told something unbelievable—she is going to wed the Mughal emperor Akbar. How will Jodh Bai, a Hindu princess, live in the Mughal zenana? Will she find a true companion in Akbar? And what will life be like away from her beloved Rajasthan? History does not record the existence of Jodh Bai. Instead, Akbar’s Rajput wife is only referred to by the royal title of Mariam-us-Zamani. But in this heartfelt fictional diary, Subhadra Sen Gupta skilfully brings alive the story of a young Rajput princess who went on to become a powerful queen of the Mughal empire.


THE LIES WE TELL

Author: Himanjali Sankar
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Duckbill
Price: Rs 295

About the Book: Seventeen-year-old Irfan Ahmed is handsome, easy-going and deeply in love with his girlfriend, Uma. However, when Uma dumps him for his best friend, Rishi, Irfan’s life begins to unravel. Things haven’t been good at home ever since his sister left. And soon, they get worse. He stops playing cricket, gives up music, cuts himself off from all his friends and withdraws into a world where his only solace comes from writing emails to his sister. But when a photograph of Uma begins to circulate among their classmates, everyone suspects it’s Irfan taking his revenge on his two erstwhile best friends. But is it? Is Irfan really going out of his mind or is there someone else out there playing games with him?


BLESSED

Author: Deepa Agarwal
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 399

About the Book: Selentra, youngest of three siblings born to a weaver’s family living in the dark-forested hills of Kote, suddenly discovers that she has the extraordinary gift the Ancients spoke of.  In her community, girls are not allowed to read or write, and little does Selentra’s family know that her astonishing ability, when mastered, could free their gagged country from the wicked Ag-yanees. All her secret might have earned Selentra was the sullen jealousy of her brother, Dumor – the oh-so unworthy favourite. But her power could prove so huge, so vital and so potent that her ruthless enemies are already poised to strike her down. Who will protect Selentra from her foes – including her own brother – as she crosses the chasm between her destiny and her will?  Is Selentra doomed? Or blessed?

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