FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS – SEPTEMBER 2019

FORTHCOMING/NEW BOOKS – SEPTEMBER 2019

YOUNGER READERS (0-7 years)

The Enchanted Prince

Author: Ishan
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 295

About the Book:  In a magical land, far, far away …

When the cursed prince Chandrasen is gifted three magical beans that can turn him into a normal human boy, little did he know that they would take him on a thrilling journey to the moon! Read about his encounters with fantastical creatures and talking animals in this exciting tale filled with enchantment and adventure.


Can You?

Author: Sheila Preuitt and Prabha Ram
Illustrator: Ashok Rajagopalan
Language: English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi,
Gujarati, Bengali
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Tulika
Price: Rs 135 (in English)/Rs 120 (in the languages)

About the Book: Can you taste with your toes? Or see with your ears? Or, at least, smell with your hair? No? Well, there are creatures around you that can! Take a peek into an intriguing world to discover the different ways in which animals do things that are ‘normal’. And look out for the funny bits in the pictures!


MIDDLE READERS (8-12 years)

Ha…Ha… Hasya

Author: Ashok Rajagopalan
Illustrator: Ashok Rajagopalan
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Tulika
Price: Rs 195

About the Book: The devas are at the gates of the asura kingdom, raring to wage war. But the asuras turn up unarmed and jolly! Is their king, Hasyasura, up to something? Does he have a secret weapon? Indra, king of the gods, is suspicious. Enter Narada, and a plan is afoot. It involves Hasyasura, the teen deva, who is sent down as spy from the sky to uncover the plans of his almost-namesake down under. Plunging into the hurly-burly of Patala politics, he meets more than his match in Princess Shantaswaroopa who has ideas of her own to resolve the eternal enmity between suras and asuras! A laugh out loud story that surgically strikes stereotypes to make a pitch for sporting wars.


Mini’s Money

Author: Nandini Nayar
Illustrator: Isha Nagar
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Price: Rs 150

About the Book: Nandini Nayar’s Mini’s Money, the first in the new Mini series of chapter books, is about a five-year-old girl who is gifted some money on Dussehra. The money goes where Mini goes and Mini goes where the money goes as everyone wonders what Mini will spend it on. After some exciting adventures following her money, Mini knows how she is going to spend it. Her family is surprised when they see where Mini’s money is going and how Mini will soon have to follow it there! A delightful story, charmingly illustrated and perfect for the Diwali season.


My Mother is in the Indian Air Force

Author: Mamta Nainy and Arthy Muthanna Singh
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs 199

About the Book: Rohan thinks his mom is a bit like a superhero – she flies in to save the day, she loops and swoops between the clouds, she even jumps off planes wearing parachutes! But her job demands that she keep moving from place to place, and Rohan doesn’t want to move again. Not this time. Can he find a way to stay? Read on to find out about the people and their families whose big and small acts of heroism make the Indian air force formidable!


My Father is in the Indian Army

Author: Mamta Nainy and Arthy Muthanna Singh
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs 199

About the Book: Beena’s dad is in the Indian army, which means that when duty calls, he’s got to get going at once. Beena knows her dad’s job is important, but her birthday is coming up. She really, really wants her dad to be at home to celebrate with her. Will he be able to make it back in time? Read on to find out about the people and their families whose big and small acts of heroism make the Indian army inspiring!


My Sister is in the Indian Navy

Author: Mamta Nainy and Arthy Muthanna Singh
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs 199

About the Book: Nikky’s sister is in the navy. When her ship is in port, she and Nikky get to do lots of fun things together. Nikky would like to spend more time with his sister, and he doesn’t want her to leave, but he knows that, eventually, her sailing orders will arrive… Read on to find out about the people and their families whose big and small acts of heroism make the Indian navy exemplary!


Mahabharata Stories

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

About the Book: Selected stories for children from the Mahabharata ranging from how the Mahabharata was written to the Mritasanjivani story, the birth of Devavrata, the palace of Lac, Draupadi’s Swayamvara, the passing of Bhishma and many other equally enthralling stories from one of the greatest epics of all time.  This is the second book in the recently launched From the House of Harper series, which will include collections of classic Indian tales. The first book in the series was a collection of the Panchatantra stories, A Basketful of Animal Tales.


Rattu and Poorie’s Adventures in History: 1857

Author: Parvati Sharma
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs 299

About the Book: Rattu is in a bad, mad mood. Her bossy older sister, Poorie, has taken her toys and gone off to play without her. Rattu has made ghastly faces at everyone: Roundy the cat, Shanti the cook and Mama as well. But none of this makes her feel any better. She wishes she had a soldier to protect her and take her side. No sooner does she make the wish than the ground begins to shake-and suddenly, there’s not one, but two soldiers in the room!

So begin Rattu and Poorie’s grand adventures in the Uprising of 1857, and their encounters with its heroes: from Rani Lakshmi bai of Jhansi and Nana Sahib of Kanpur to the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar.


Skill Builder: Science

Author: Sonia Mehta
Language: English
Category: Activity Book
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs 250 per book

About the Books: The Skill Builder series aims to foster in children the numerical, logical, thinking and language skills that are essential for success in the twenty-first century. The books are broadly aligned to school curricula and are available at four different levels of complexity, so you can choose the one that best suits your child’s learning stage.

The Skill Builder: Science books are aimed at helping learners to become proficient in science. Through fun activities and challenging scenarios, learners will acquire investigative, research, observation, experimentation and analytical skills and learn to apply them to wide range of everyday contexts.


Budgie, Bridge and Big Djinn

Author: Ranjit Lal
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Price: Rs 299

About the Book: They form a formidable team: 14-year-old Budgie, outspoken to a fault; Bridge, a steady teenager with a rocky past; and Big Djinn, the ferocious Tibetan Mastiff-German Shepherd mixed breed. Together they set about getting their own back on a gang of mean-spirited bird-watching bullies. That’s the easy part. When faced with a terrifying, life-threatening situation, that endangers the very existence of their idyllic mountain home, they have to dig deep to find the courage and tenacity to deal with it … and face an enemy who will stop at nothing to get his own way. A thrilling adventure story that also brings forth the perils of environmental degradation.


Being Gandhi

Author: Paro Anand
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Price: Rs 250

About the Book: How many times are kids supposed to study Gandhi? Come September and out comes the bald head wig, round glasses, white dhoti, tall stick … that’s about the extent of how today’s kids engage with the Mahatma.

Chandrashekhar is one such teen. Bored by the annual Gandhi projects, he wonders if his teacher is being too unreasonable in asking them to “BE” Gandhi. And then, his world is shaken by events that rock him to the core, forcing him to dig deep and not just find his ‘inner Gandhi’, but become Gandhi. Not for a day or two. But, maybe even, for life.

This is a novel that explores, not Gandhi the man or his life as a leader, but really the Gandhian way that must remain relevant to us. Especially today when the world is becoming increasingly steeped in violence and hate.


The Gita and You

Author: Sheila Dhir
Illustrator: Gauri Gupta
Language: English
Category: Non-Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Price: Rs 199

About the Book: The Bhagavad Gita is a small book – 700 two-line verses divided into eighteen chapters – but, what it imparts as a life lesson is huge.

This book examines eight Kathas that capture the essence of the conversation that took place between Lord Krishna and Arjuna during the Kurukshetra War. The message of each of these Kathas is simplified and conveyed through stories that children can relate to and understand. Each story will help children comprehend the attitudes of the characters they meet in their everyday life, their own responses to them and to life in general. The stories are interspersed with activities to reinforce the message of the Gita.


The Good Indian Child’s Guide to Cricket

Author: Natasha Sharma
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Price: Rs 299

About the Book: Here’s the perfect guidebook for children to one of India’s most popular games – cricket! The Good Indian Child’s Guide series takes things that are intrinsic to India and presents a tongue-in-cheek exploration of the subjects.

What makes you a ‘good’ Indian child (or adult) while playing cricket? Dive into this book for Natasha Sharma’s crazy humour! Playing cricket will change forever!


A Treasury of Tales from the Kathasaritasagara

Author: Jayashree Bhat
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 229

About the Book: Fantastic Fables and Where to Read Them.

Pssst… come here. A little closer. Yes, yes, right here. Now, what sort of story are you looking for? One with action and adventure, wily villains and valiant warriors? Or something that will make you laugh till your stomach hurts? Or perhaps you’d prefer a tale with some good old-fashioned magic?

Well, whatever it is, you’ll find it all here — in this delightful trove of stories picked from one of India’s oldest classics, Somadeva’s Kathasaritasagara (The Ocean of the Streams of Story), dusted and polished for a new generation of readers.

Go on, step in, but be careful — the shape-shifters aren’t quite what they seem (obviously), the tricksters are always looking for someone to fool, and don’t be shocked if you meet a talking animal. Oh, and one last thing — make sure you ace the vetala’s quiz. Or else…


Paint Like Franz Marc

Author: Geeta Dharmarajan
Language: English and Hindi
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Katha
Price: Rs 175

About the Book:  Like to paint? Have paper? Paints? See Franz’s paintings in this book. Now, just imagine and paint away!


Hachette Children’s Yearbook and Infopedia 2020

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

About the Book: 11th UPDATED EDITION! KNOW MORE THAN EVER BEFORE!

  • If you want a fact-finder…
  • If you’re looking to expand your GK…
  • If you wish you had a ready reckoner of must-know information…
  • If you need to know what in the world is going on…

This book is indispensable for you! The Hachette Children’s Yearbook & Infopedia brings you news, general knowledge, current affairs, fascinating facts and loads more about your favourite focus points in every annual bestselling edition. With well-researched and updated content and data, this book is the essential companion for every smart student who wants to stay ahead.

Pick it up and start to explore – for reference, homework and so much more! Plus facts and stats on India and every country in the world!

What You’ll Find Inside: 1. News Highlights from India and around the World 2. People Who Made Headlines 3. Inside the Earth 4. Out There in Space 5. History Timelines 6. Science Basics 7. Literature Info 8. Sports Spotlights 9. Geographical Records 10. The Year Ahead and More!


The Rise of the Midnight King: Book 1 in the Kumaon Secret Society Series

Author: Olivier Lafont
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
Price: Rs 350

About the Book: Every summer, twins Shari and Tal Kandhari, sisters Iti and Trikaya Pillai, and Safir Idris holiday in Devagarh, a village high in the hills of Kumaon. Here, they’ve set up the Kumaon Secret Society, or the KSS. This summer they have a new member: the mysterious Isaac Shroff. Also back in Devagarh is Mesmerizing Mister Mer, the strange and cruel magician whose appearance has timed perfectly with the disappearance of all cats from the village.

As the KSS sets out in search of the cats, it reaches the forbidden village of Yakshagarh, where a whole new world slowly reveals itself to them. In this world there are cat-hungry rakshasas, warrior statues, yakshas and devas, and a shadowy Midnight King—all guardians of the two villages. But Mister Mer is determined to invoke spells best left unsaid and gain untold powers that will forever destroy the peace not only of the villages and the hills, but the entire world. Can the members of the KSS discover their hidden superpowers in time and foil Mister Mer’s diabolical plans?

The Rise of the Midnight King is an edgy, action-packed fantasy—full of wit and high adventure—that will enthral and captivate readers of all ages.


A Cloud Called Bhura: Climate Champions to the Rescue

Author: Bijal Vaccharajani
Illustrator: Aindri C
Category: Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Speaking Tiger
Price: Rs 399

About the Book: Amni wakes up one morning to find the sky taken over by a huge brown cloud. Where did this cloud appear from suddenly? Even as she and her friends Mithil, Tammy and Andrew start finding out more, their city of Mumbai starts reeling from the changes the cloud brings to the weather. Bhura Cloudus, as the media calls it, contains noxious gases, causes scalding rain to fall, makes birds flee the city, and suffocates every living thing. What will Mota Bhai, the powerful politician, do now? Can Vidisha and Bidisha, the scientist twins, find a solution? And what about superstar Pavan Kumar and the amazing cloud-sucking machine? Can Bhura ever be driven away, or is it already too late?

Thought-provoking, funny and inspiring, A Cloud Called Bhura is about the changing global climate and the havoc it can cause, as well as the forces of friendship, trust and community that give hope and will help counter this deadly threat to humanity.


Krishna in Rhyme

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

About the Book: This is Krishna’s story, in rhyme it is told.

Oh, what a delight this book is to hold!

The many adventures of Krishna are chronicled in this wonderfully written and stunningly illustrated book, a heart-warming tale that will charm both the young and the old alike.


ADVANCED READERS (12+ years)

Nadya: A Graphic Novel

Author: Debasmita Das
Language: English
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Scholastic
Price: Rs 495
About the Book

Nadya takes us deep into the heart and mind of an adolescent girl as she negotiates her way through love, heartbreak and pain before finding renewal. The beauty and power of graphic storytelling at its best!

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