FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS JULY 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS JULY 2019

YOUNG READERS (0-7 YEARS)

Ammama’s Sari

Author: Niveditha Subramaniam
Illustrator: Niveditha Subramaniam
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Tulika
Price: Rs 125

About the Book

Ammama’s Sari was inspired by memories of my grandmother, for whom upcycling was a natural part of the fabric of life,” says Niveditha. Through the arresting collage-visuals of this wordless picture book, we see how a sari goes on to become different things — from a curtain to a baby carrier to a cat’s plaything — but always remains a quiet part of shared everyday experiences.


Merry the Elephant’s Paper Plane

Author: Karishma Mahbubani
Illustrator: Pia Alize Hazarika
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Ms. Moochie
Price: Rs 150

About the Book

Merry is excited! She has made her first ever paper plane. Her friend, Rino the Rhino, tries to fly it. But a strong wind lifts the paper plane high in the sky and blows it away. Will Merry get her special plane back?

This charming story, written by Karishma and illustrated by Pia, will engage readers and help them become more aware about their community. The book also provides opportunities for children to explore themes such as places in one’s neighbourhood and road safety.


I Won’t Eat That

Author: Lavanya Karthik
Illustrator: Pia Alize Hazarika
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Ms. Moochie
Price: Rs 175

About the Book

On Monday, Appa gave Chinna her lunch. Chinna said, “Aaaaa! I can’t eat that!”

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Appa tried his best to get Chinna to try his delicious-looking dishes. However, Chinna responded with a new reason to avoid trying them. What did Appa decide to do on Thursday?


Snip

Author: Canato Jimo
Illustrator: Canato Jimo
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Pratham Books
Price: Rs 45

About the Book

A pair of scissors turns the day upside down for Avi and Toto. Will the playful siblings get into trouble? A wordless story full of mischief and mayhem.


Today, I Am

Author: Varsha Seshan
Illustrator: Sandhya Prabhat
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Pratham Books
Price: Rs 35

About the Book

What will Megha be today? An explorer, an astronaut, an artist?


MIDDLE READERS (8-12 YEARS)

Mouse Attack: The Amazing Adventures of Arvee the Mouse

Author: Magnolia
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 399

About the Book

Things begin to happen when there’s a smart mouse in the house!

Arvee, a clever and scholarly mouse, is horrified to find that he must leave his laboratory to live as a house pet. His new home, Paradise Villa, is charming and comfortable but boring. And lonely.

All that changes when Arvee meets bright, feisty Ellie and the rest of her family of house mice. They tell him about Pasha, a huge, fearsome rat who, along with his thugs, has taken over Paradise Villa, harassing and enslaving the mice. A small, brave band of rebels is ready to fight back. But how?

Arvee brings his thinking skills to the struggle, pulling in the help of other house creatures. But Pasha has very different plans for him. And Alphonso the cat is not too far behind either.

Will Arvee succeed in helping Ellie, her family and all the other mice under attack?


Mouse Invaders: The Exciting Escapades of Arvee the Mouse

Author: Magnolia
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 399

About the Book

Arvee, the smartest mouse in the house, is up against a twisty challenge!

He is back at Paradise Villa after his round-the-world travels! But his friend Ellie and her family are in deep trouble in their garden home. The Shrew Police are in control, with their hateful rules and bullying ways. And what’s worse – baby mice have been regularly vanishing from their homes. Worst of all is the slithering terror that haunts Lantana Mouse Enclave. Something huge, black and . . . smelly. Desperate to help his friends, Arvee plunges into the fray. But the unexpected arrival of Cutie Pie, a glamorous mouse from his home laboratory, overturns his plans. In the fight between the tiny and the mighty, even a small slip can be very risky.

Will Arvee be able to save his buddies, or has he nibbled off more than he can possibly chew?


Kings and Queens of India

Author: Anu Kumar
Language: English
Category: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 399

About the Book

The incredible stories of the most powerful and ambitious rulers in Indian history. They ruled vast and influential kingdoms across our country. They laid down laws and systems of administration. They fought wars that had far-reaching impact, and negotiated peaceful times that nurtured the arts and the sciences. They made decisions that, whether right or wrong, shaped events and moulded our culture. They were the kings and queens who played lead roles in the spectacular drama of India’s past.

From Kanishka, Harshavardhan, Ranjit Singh, Akbar and Razia Sultan in the north to Narasimhavarman Pallava, Rajaraja Chola, Tipu Sultan, Marthanda Varma, Krishnadevaraya and Rani Mangammal in the south, and from Pulakesin II, Amoghavarsha, Tarabai and Shivaji in the west to Bimbisara, Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka, Devapala, Sukanphaa and the Bhaumakara queens in the east, this book tells the riveting stories of close to 50 important rulers whose actions left a mark on the history of India.

Read about their lives and the times they lived in, what they achieved and what they failed at – and why they are still remembered. Packed with intriguing facts, this comprehensive volume is the perfect introduction to India’s rich and utterly fascinating royal heritage. Plus: Dynasties Download – Lists of important dynasties and their significance; Impact Sum-up – Why these monarchs matter in history; Top Trivia – Things you didn’t know about Indian royals.


The Tenth Son

Author: Ayan Malpani and Ashish Malpani
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Tulika
Price: Rs 265

About the Book

Ten-year-old Advik comes from the US to India, and what is meant to be a quiet visit is about to jolt him! Did he ever imagine that Narada, the celestial messenger, would pay him a visit in the dead of night to ask for help on behalf of the gods? That the truth he is to discover about himself would bring him face to face with the dreaded Harkasura and his hordes, who threaten devastation? What will he choose to do, especially when his grandfather’s life is on the line? Find out in this spellbinding mythological adventure that takes Advik and his friends, Riya and Samar, to ancient Hastinapur. Well out of their depth, they are thrown into a world of asuras, astras and mantras, complex riddles and death-defying fights, to stand up to the biggest bully in the three worlds!


The Lizard of Oz

Author: Khyrunissa A.
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 250

About the Book

Read about the exciting misadventures of various creatures as they wriggle and nibble their way out of tight spots in this collection of funny and sensitive short stories.


Krishna in Rhyme

Author: Kairavi Bharat Ram and Ananya Mittal
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 295

About the Book

We’ve all heard about Lord Krishna, with his peacock feather and flute. But have you read about the days he was naughty and cute? Written in lyrical verse with beautiful artwork, this exciting book about Krishna’s childhood adventures will appeal to children of all ages!


Shrilok Homeless: The Ultimate Adventures Volume 2

Author: Pika Nani
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs 150

About the Book

After taking Mumbai by storm, Shrilok and his best friend, Rohan, are now chasing criminals far and wide, even landing up in London. The stakes are high for the chaiwala-turned-super-sleuth, with murder mysteries, secret codes, museum robberies, an exam-paper racket and a terrorist from the past. Will our desi Sherlock rise to the challenge?


Off We Go! To Delhi, To Delhi

Author: Arthy Muthanna Singh and Mamta Nainy
Illustrator: Aniruddha Mukherjee
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Talking Cub
Price: Rs 350

About the Book

Follow Tiya as she flies off to her grandparents’ place in Delhi for the first time and explores the places and things that make India’s capital city what it is. From magical monuments to green gardens to bustling bazaars to crowded streets to famous restaurants, this book serves up in exciting ways a variety of sights, smells and sounds that will leave you asking for more. So, what are you waiting for? Jump right into these pages and prepare to be amazed!


Off We Go! To Mumbai, To Mumbai

Author: Arthy Muthanna Singh and Mamta Nainy
Illustrator: Zainab Tambawalla
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Talking Cub
Price: Rs 350

About the Book

Join Raju as he takes you around the magnificent city of Mumbai and introduces you to its incredible sights, sounds and smells. In this exclusive guided tour, you will see Mumbai’s major landmarks, travel in boats, taxis and double-deckers, have a brush with Bollywood, get to know the city’s best-kept secrets and learn lots of cool stuff. So, strap yourself in and get ready for a colourful adventure!


Off We Go! To Kolkata, To Kolkata

Author: Arthy Muthanna Singh and Mamta Nainy
Illustrator: Priyankar Gupta
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Talking Cub
Price: Rs 350

About the Book

Get on board with Mithu on a colourful tour of Kolkata and dive headlong into a swirl of sights, smells and sounds. From monuments to parks to bridges to markets to streets to foods, this book unfolds the magic and mystery of the City of Joy – one page at a time!


How the Sea Became Salty

Author: Sudha Murty
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs 175

About the Book

A long, long time ago, seawater was sweet and drinkable. How it became salty is a remarkable story. India’s favourite storyteller brings alive this timeless tale with her inimitable wit and simplicity. Dotted with charming illustrations, this gorgeous chapter book is the ideal introduction for beginners to the world of Sudha Murty.


Chaos at Keoladeo: The National Park Explorers Book 1

Author: Priya Fonesca
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Funokplease and Penguin
Price: Rs 299

About the Book

Sameera, Alex and Tarun are headed to Bharatpur with their Uncle Avi. They’ve heard that the Siberian cranes have started coming back to Keoladeo National Park after more than twenty years. But something smells fishy in the park – and it ain’t got fins! Things are about to get wilder for our three young explorers as they spot birds and animals, bump into wildlife biologist Rauf Ali and sleuth around to solve mysteries along the way.

Is the legend of the hidden gastrolith gems more than just folklore? Who is the weird guy lurking around the park? And where are these fabled Siberian cranes everyone is talking about? Chaos at Keoladeo is an entertaining adventure, travelogue, encyclopedia and birding guide all rolled into one.


10 Monarchs Whose Amazing Stories You May Not Know

Author: Devika Rangachari
Language: English
Category: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Duckbill
Price: Rs 200

About the Book

This book tells the stories of ten Indian monarchs who find, at best, passing mention in the history textbooks we read, though their lives were exciting and their achievements considerable. They include: Ajatashatru, Bindusara, Rudradaman, Pulakeshin II, Jayapidada, Didda, Ramapala, Abbakka, Chand Bibi and Ahilyabai Holkar. Historian and award-winning novelist, Devika Rangachari writes absorbing tales of the men and women who shaped lives and kingdoms in their times.


10 Indian Animals You May Never See Again in the Wild

Author: Ranjit Lal
Language: English
Category: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Duckbill
Price: Rs 200

About the Book

This book tells the survival stories of ten of India’s rarest animals. A few have made truly heroic comebacks from the very brink of extinction, others have not been so lucky and are spiralling to their almost inevitable doom. They include: The Asiatic Lion, The Great Indian Bustard, The Blackbuck, The Vulture, The Rhino, The Hoolock Gibbon, The Forest Owlet, The Gharial, The Lion-tailed Macaque and the River Dolphin. Conservation writer and award-winning novelist Ranjit Lal writes an engrossing account of how human callousness has driven so many beautiful animals and birds out of their natural habitats.


 ADVANCED READERS (12+)

Stories for South Asian Supergirls

Author: Raj Kaur Khaira
Language: English
Category: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Kashi House
Price: Rs 599

About the Book

Through the fascinating stories of 50 women from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, South Asian girls will have a chance to dream about lives for themselves that radically differ from the limited narratives written for them by their culture, wider society and the media.

From a prominent suffragette (Sophia Duleep Singh) to the Indian princess who spied for Britain in World War II (Noor Inayat Khan) to a YouTube star (Lilly Singh aka IISuperwomanII) and a Booker Prize-winning author (Arundhati Roy), Stories for South Asian Supergirls seeks to redress the imbalance for young girls of colour by empowering them to break new ground for themselves and to inspire others in the process.


501 Facts Factory: Amazing Buildings of the World

Author: Sreelata Menon
Language: English
Category: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 299

About the Book

The famous Red Fort in Delhi was originally white.

The 800-year-old Minaret of Jam is made entirely of baked bricks.

The roofs of the Sydney Opera House are covered in 1,056,006 tiles.

The Istana Nurul Iman Palace in Brunei has 1,788 rooms and 257 bathrooms.

Humans have not stopped building since they learned how to, and this book takes you on a fun and fact-packed tour of the architectural masterpieces and curiosities people have built across continents and centuries. From ancient monuments to lofty sky-kissing modern marvels, from technical feats to the fabulously fanciful, from rich royal residences to sacred spiritual places, it covers forts and castles, palaces and pavilions, museums and libraries, lighthouses and clocktowers, offices and work spaces, and many more unusual buildings that will make you go ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’!

With bite-sized text, quirky illustrations and photographs, this well-researched book gives you an informative and entertaining peek into of the most talked-about man-made structures worldwide. What are you waiting for? Step into the 501 Facts Factory to see the most fascinating line-up of the most brilliant buildings ever.


Where the River Runs Gold

Author: Sita Brahmachari
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Orion
Price: Rs 399

About the Book

Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The few live in luxury, whilst the millions like them crowd together in compounds, surviving on meagre rations and governed by Freedom Fields – the organisation that looks after you, as long as you opt in.

The bees have long disappeared; instead children must labour on farms, pollinating crops so that the nation can eat. But Nabil remembers a time before and he knows that the soul needs to be nourished as much as the body so, despite the risk, he teaches his children how to grow flowers on a secret piece of land hidden beneath the train tracks.

The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to is hard and cruel. Themba won’t survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. But they have no idea where they are – their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger. The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts – to let hope guide them home. The freedom of a nation depends on it . . .

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