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Rags-to-Riches: The Café Route

Where: London, UK December 10, 2008 :Question: Name an impoverished British woman writer who wrote her first novel in sitting in cafes with her child, and went on to become a billionaire bestselling writer? J.K. Rowling, the writer of the Harry Potter series, comes to mind at once. Well, now there’s more. Marina Fiorato, new bestselling writer, says she was...

It’s Hi Harry, Bye Hardy Boys

August 1: On July 31, as an army of children and adults got ready to "celebrate" Harry Potter's birthday, there was a young fictional heroine waiting to share the limelight with him. Her name? Lyra Belacqua, a girl with extraordinary powers, unusual friends, and living an orphaned life as well. Lyra Belacqua is the name of the latest craze...

Bid your Name into a Bestseller

November 4: The publishing world has come full circle. At one point of time, authors would run from publisher to publisher trying to get his/her book published. Then it was the turn of the publishers to run after popular authors and pay them astronomical sums just to persuade them to write a bestseller. Now a new twist has been added...

The Magical Land of Narnia

  'The Chronicles of Narnia' series by C.S. Lewis Review by Sujit Thomas; Illustration by Shinod AP Most newspapers which carried articles about Harry Potter several months ago usually had only one thing to say, though in different words: "Harry Potter! The One and Only", or "No Other Book in the World with Such Imagination". But they are wrong. There HAS been...

Far from Potty about Harry Potter

Harry Potter Series Written by J.K. Rowling Published by Scholastic Books (US) and Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) Two weeks ago, we had carried a book review by 11-year-old Sujit Thomas on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. In his view, the Harry Potter series is far superior to Enid Blyton, or even Roald Dahl. But there are opinions and opinions on Harry Potter. We present...

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...

Crazy About Harry

He is an ordinary boy. But he has made the world go crazy. Meet Harry Potter, the boy with the magical powers. Where: Worldwide July 15, 2000: Harry has a thin face, knobbly knees, black hair and bright green eyes. He wears round glasses held together with a lot of cellotape because of all the times Dudley punched him on...

AHA! Books: Manjula Padmanabhan

Award-winning writer, playwright, artist, cartoonist and illustrator, Manjula Padmanabhan has published 21 books for children. She lists out her 10 all-time favourite children's books and series, for Pitara's A-Ha list. List of Ten: It's not possible to make a list of "Ten Favourite" children's books, without including whole series! So that's what I've done. I've confined myself to those books that...

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