FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS AUGUST 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS AUGUST 2019

YOUNGER READERS (0-7 years)

 My Grandfather’s Eyebrows

Author: Mamta Nainy and Arthy Muthanna Singh
Illustrator: Shreya Sen
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 195

 About the Book: Grandfathers are special! They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are fat, some are thin. Some are tall, some are short. Some are funny, and some are not. Zayaan’s grandfather is special, too… and the most unique thing about him are his thick, scruffy eyebrows that are a sure giveaway to his many moods! Read this story and find out about Zayaan’s happy-sad-silly-grumpy-cheery-angry Grandpa and his funny looking grandfather!


The Frogs Who Loved to Sing

Author: Anita Raina Thapan
Illustrator: Nirzara Verulkar
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Tota Books
Price: Rs 250

 About the Book: Imagine the cool breeze, the silvery light of the moon, and the sweet-smelling grass … Mama Frog Manduki and Papa Frog Bheka lived with Dadu Frog and their four children – Vyanga, Ajambha, Manduka and shy Little Hari in a pond. Young Rohan loved to play with them on his visit to his grandmother’s house. Why did the frogs stop singing one fine day? Find out in this story for all nature lovers!


My Blue Elephant

Author: Vidya Varadarajan
Illustrator: Zainab Tambawalla
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 250

About the Book: A little girl has a BIG secret. It’s her pet elephant, but sshhh … nobody knows!
Will she be able to hide him for long?


MIDDLE READERS (8-12 years)

Flyaway Boy

Author: Jane de Suza
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs 250

About the Book: Kabir doesn’t fit in. Not in the wintry hill town he lives in, and not in his school, where the lines are always straight. Backed into a corner with no way out, Kabir vanishes.

With every adult’s nightmare now coming true, finding this flyaway boy will mean understanding who he really is. Or is it too late?

Spirited and powerfully imaginative, Flyaway Boy is a story about embracing everything that makes you uniquely you.


10 Indian Women Who Were the First to Do What They Did

Author: Shruthi Rao
Language: English
Category: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Duckbill
Price: Rs 200

About the Book: This book tells the stories of ten Indian women who were pioneers in diverse fields. While their stories and challenges are different, what is common is that they all opened up the way for all women to achieve their dreams. The women featured in the book include Savitribai Phule, Kadambini Ganguly, Cornelia Sorabji, Anusuya Sarabhai, Jaddan Bai Hussain, Lakshmi Sahgal, Indira Gandhi, A Lalitha, CB Muthamma and PT Usha. Award-winning writer Shruthi Rao writes absorbing tales of the lives, times and societies that these women lived and worked in.


Neha and the Nose

Author: Ruchika Chanana
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Duckbill
Price: Rs 199

About the Book: The Nose flared slightly. It sniffed, snorted elegantly, and then scrunched into itself.

No case is too difficult for Neha and Johan.

So what if they’re just 13.75 years old? They have a secret weapon – the Nose – which belongs to Johan, and which can smell anything from day-old underwear to a whiff of vetiver in a bus full of sweating kids.

When the warden of the girls’ hostel is knocked out cold, setting off a series of mysterious incidents, Neha and the Nose swing sniff into action. But with meddlesome police hawaldars, preening teen divas and obnoxious college boys throwing them off the scent, how will Neha and the Nose ever solve this complicated case?


Things Lost and Found in History

Author: Mamta Nainy and Arthy Muthanna Singh
Language: English
Category: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Red Turtle
Price: Rs 295

About the Book: What really happened to the Indus Valley civilization? Where is the lost river of Saraswati? Did the ancient city of Dwarka actually disappear under water? How did the city of Muziris fall off the map only to miraculously reappear? Who stole the Kohi-Noor? What is the secret behind the last door of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple? Piece together puzzles from the past with the first book in this exciting new series that looks at some of the most intriguing, head-scratching, spine-tingling mysteries about things lost and found in Indian history. From strange disappearances to cryptic comebacks, from mystifying monuments to long-lost treasure, this book will serve you history with a whole lot of mystery and mayhem!


Fables from the Animal Kingdom

Author: Sherylene Rafeeque, Vrinda Varma and Sujatha Reghunathan
Illustrator: K.R Raji and Aravind Vattamkulam
Language: English
Category: Ficton
Publisher: Mango
Price: Rs 399

About the Book: Journey with the clever goat, the cunning fox, the lion king and many others from the animal kingdom as they learn the importance of kindness, friendship, intelligence and courage. Learn why Akki the crocodile betrayed his friend Mishu, how the nanny goat escapes the vixen and the fox, what happened when the foolish crow sang in this treasury of riveting tales from the animal kingdom.


The Strange Case of Nayantara

Author: Vaishali Shroff
Illustrator: Soumya Majumdar
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Mango
Price: Rs 145

About the Book: Nayantara loves her family and friends. But when people hug or kiss her without her consent, she does not like it one bit! She speaks up and shows her displeasure, but those who don’t listen to her, experience mysterious spells! The villagers blame Nayantara each time someone is cursed. Tired of the accusations, Roopmal takes her to the adorable mystic, Silly Baba. Will Silly Baba solve the problem? Will people finally understand ‘consent’?

Written without bending the truth and illustrated with rustic ethnicity, the bold tones and strong lines bring the colourful festival of Navratri to life while the evocative and expressive eyes tell a much deeper story.


Tales from the Lives of Indian Legends

Author: Sheila Dhir, Vinitha Ramchandani, Nandini Nayar, R.N. Pillai and Piali Banerjee
Illustrator: Ritoparna Hazra, Tanaya Vyas, Hemavathy Guha, Aniruddha Mukherjee and Sonal Goyal
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Mango
Price: Rs 399

About the Book: From the archives of Indian history, we bring to you tales of great bravery and fortitude. Meet the enlightened Buddha, transformed conqueror Ashoka, ardent devotee Meerabai, famous kingmaker Chanakya, fearless king Shivaji and young fighter Lakshmibai.

Read about these six legendary rulers, warriors and philosophers whose stories reverberate in every corner of the world even today.


The Girl Who Ironed Her Hair and Other Stories

Author: Lalita Iyer
Illustrator: Sheena Deviah
Language: English
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 195

About the Book: Adventurous Lalli and her quirky brother Shivi get into all kinds of madcap escapades—taming crazy curly hair to fart competitions and stealing roses. With a dash of mischief, a pinch of daring and a whole lot of fun, these delightful short stories will have you laughing till you drop!


Monuments of India (Reprint)

Author: Mrinalini Venkateswaran
Language: English
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 295

About the Book: Come explore India’s rich history … Featuring fifty of India’s best-known historical structures, this book explains their architectural heritage and social history. Detailed timelines and related trivia make this book a handy reference tool for both students and adults.


Friendship Stories

Author: Deepa Agarwal
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 199

About the Book: Best friends have been through it all—from bonding over strange pets and mysterious illnesses to learning to forgive and be loyal and loving. Deepa Agarwal’s heart-warming collection of short stories is filled with adventure, secrets, pranks, and best of all, true friendship.


Aru Shah and the End of Time

Author: Roshani Chokshi
Languge: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 395

About the Book: Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?

One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.

The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?


Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Author: Roshani Chokshi
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 395

About the Book: Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone. Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.


501 Facts Factory: Amazing Countries of the World

Author: Ananya Subramani
Language: English
Category: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 299

About the Book: France covers the most number of time zones in the world, with 12 of them. Libya is the driest country in the world, with 99 per cent of its land covered in desert. China accounts for about 30 per cent of global carbon-dioxide emissions. In Denmark, parents have to choose baby names from a list of 7,000 government-approved names.

Every nation on earth is brimming with amazing people, places, events, lifestyles, customs, laws and quirks, and this book takes you on a fun, fact-packed trip through the craziest and the most colourful of these. From what happened in the past to current phenomena, from language to landscapes, from festivals to flags, from food to famous people, and from transport to technology in the most well-known and the remotest locations, this book covers a range of topics and themes that will make you go ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’!

With bite-sized text and photographs, this well-researched volume gives you an informative and entertaining peek into the most interesting facts about countries worldwide. What are you waiting for? Step into the 501 Facts Factory for a whirlwind world tour!


India Through People: 25 Gamechangers

Author: Devika Cariappa
Language: English
Category: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Tulika
Price: Rs 650

About the Book: What does it take for a person to alter the course of a nation?

The radical churn in society and politics, art and culture, science and technology, which makes up the recent history of modern India, was propelled by individuals – women and men who had the vision, courage and determination to leave behind a footprint of change. This book spotlights 25 such game changers. It looks at the times in which they lived, the challenges they dealt with, and the paths they forged. What emerges is the powerful journey of a country at the threshold of change, committed to charting its own course, helmed by its richest resource – its people.


ADVANCED READERS (12+ years)

Kali’s Retribution

Author: Abhinav
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs 299

About the Book: Successful in deciphering Krishna’s puzzles and retrieving the Kaustubha locket, Anirudh finally accepts his destiny as Kalki – the tenth avatar of Vishnu. However, with the ever-perilous world moving too fast for him to keep up with, he is taken under the wing of an esoteric society created for his protection.

As ancient allies watch over him from the Himalayas, Anirudh moves to find the greatest weapon in the universe hidden in the fabled submerged palace of Dwarka. However, the Demon of Time, Kalarakshasa, yearns to possess it as well. In an ultimate showdown, the cloaked sorcerer faces the last avatar of Vishnu on the battlefield.

Will it be long before Kali, the Lord of Evil, takes up the reins of the mortal world? And will the darkness brought upon by the Kaliyuga soon eclipse the earth?

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