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The Family Album

The Family Album

Cheerful Spirits Written by Gita Iyengar Illustrations by Pulak Biswas Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi Summer vacations seemed never-ending when Priya first moved into her new home. Till she met Hari, the boy living next door. Suddenly excitement fills the air as they go about exploring the nooks and crannies of Hari’s cluttered home. But the real adventure comes along only when they find an old family album… An excerpt from the book:...

Granny's Girl

Granny's Girl

Granny’s Girl [] Neena’s Granny Written by Vinita Krishna Illustrations by Sujasha Dasgupta Published by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. Some grannies are funny, some grannies are loving, but Neena’s granny is her best friend. While the little girl thrives on Granny’s lunchtime surprises and stories and snuggles up to her in the night, Granny looks forward to her darling’s return from school and waits to hear her amusing tales. Then one day a deathly illness threatens to steal Granny away....

Born to Love Animals

Born to Love Animals [] The House Where Cockroaches Live to a Ripe Old Age Written by Yoram Kaniuk; Translated by Yoram and Miranda Kaniuk Illustrations by Tapas Guha Published by Scholastic India Pvt. Ltd. This book is about a little girl, Naomi, whose love for animals makes her convert her house into a mini zoo. All she wants is more and more animals around her and sure enough, she does manage to get them!...

Harry Potter Series: Uniquely Real

Harry Potter Series: Uniquely Real

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Written by J.K. Rowling Published by Scholastic Books (US) and Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) Eleven-year-old Sujit Thomas, a Sixth Standard student at New Delhi’s Don Bosco School, is a voracious reader of books on adventure, mystery and magic. Here he gives his reasons for placing the Harry Potter series far ahead of “the Enid Blytons and the Roald Dahls”!...

The Nest

The Nest

Common Birds Written by Salim Ali and Laeeq Futehally Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi Think of birds and you think of Dr. Salim Ali, India’s most famous ornithologist. He is the scientist who succeeded in communicating his passion for studying bird life in India to the ordinary Indian. Generations of Indians have grown up on his wonderfully warm and crisp writings on birds and have squealed in delight on being able to distinguish a red turtle dove from a spotted dove....

Real Winners in Life

Real Winners in Life

Real Winners in Life [] Will to Win Written by Ramendra Kumar Published by Dahlia Publishers, Thiruvalla, Kerala A collection of short stories for children aged 10 and above, Ramendra Kumar’s Will to Win is a good mix of themes, but with one thing in common – they have children playing important roles in all the stories. The Spirit of Christmas tells the story of young Tony who has decided to buy a shawl and a cake for his mother on Christmas eve, but readily gives away the limited money he has, to people who are more in need....

Boyhood by the Sea

Boyhood by the Sea

Boyhood by the Sea [] Suresh and the Sea Written by Raghavendra Rao and Sandhya Rao Photos by Raghavendra Rao Published by Tulika, Chennai This book traces the real-life story of a boy through his growing years in his native fishing village, Injambakkam. The author, Raghavendra Rao, tells of how Suresh taught him to look at the sea with new eyes and surrender to the sea’s charms. His black and white photographs make the experience come alive for his readers....

Christmas Favourites

Christmas Favourites

A Christmas Carol Written by Charles Dickens The Forgotten Helper Written by Lorrie Moore An evergreen classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a must read for all children. Ghost stories are abundant in all cultures and in all literature, but perhaps Dicken’s book is the best known. ‘A Christmas Carol’ is the story of Scrooge, a miser, who reforms after the spirit of his friend, Marley, opens his eyes to the scourge he has become. In the course of the story, Scrooge encounters other ghostly spectres during Christmas....

Judy All the Way

Judy All the Way

Are you there God? It’s me Margaret Freckle Juice Tiger Eyes Written by Judy Blume Extremely popular among the pre-teens and teenagers, Judy Blume is one of the most popular writers for children. The reason for her popularity is easily because the themes of her novels usually deal with the experiences children face in teenage years – new relationships, growing up, sibling rivalry, coping with peer pressure, divorce, and many other issues. All her books have one thing in common – they tackle issues that are very important to teenagers....

The Play

The Play

The Play [] The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes Written by Anne Mazer Published by Scholastic Inc. The class is preparing to enact Peter Pan for the school, and Abby Hayes has one big ambition – she wants the best part. And she is willing to work hard to be the leading star. Singing lessons, dancing lessons, diction, just name it! Abby’s mother has told her that she “is tall enough to touch the stars” if she wants to, and that’s what Abby is aiming for....

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