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    Nine, ten by: Nora Raleigh Baskin

    Ask anyone: September 11, 2001, was serene and lovely, a perfect day — until a plane struck the World Trade Center. But right now it is a few days earlier, and four kids in different parts of the country are going about their lives. Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn, is struggling to come to terms with the absentee father he hates and the grandmother he loves. Will’s father is gone, too, killed in a car accident that has left the family reeling. Nadira has never before felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new school she’s getting funny looks because of the head scarf she wears. Amy is starting a new school in a new city and missing her mom, who has to fly to New York on business. These four don’t know one another, but their lives are about to intersect in ways they never could have imagined. Award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin weaves together their stories into an unforgettable novel about that seemingly perfect September day — the day our world changed forever

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    The Silver Sword by: Ian Serraillier

    The silver sword became the symbol of hope and courage which kept four deserted and starving children alive through the years of occupation, and afterwards on the search to find their parents, and is based on a true story.

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    Who Let the Gods Out? by: Maz Evans

    Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to.

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    Machher Jhol by: Richa Jha

    When Baba, Gopu’s father, falls sick, Gopu—who is visually impaired—knows he will have to step out alone. He negotiates the crowds, the markets, and the traffic of the city of Calcutta, all by himself, to reach his grandma’s house to get her to cook Baba’s favourite fish curry. Does he succeed in bringing it home?

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    The Tale of Babban Hajjam by: Ira Saxena

    Babban Hajjam is curious to know why barbers who go to the palace to give the king a haircut never return. When it is his turn to be summoned, Babban gets his answer.

    Will Babban stay out of trouble by keeping his incredible discovery under wraps, or does the secret unravel and seal his fate?

    Ira Saxena infuses mystery and laughter into this classic Indian folktale, and Mayukh Ghosh’s larger-than-life illustrations make this book a visual treat.

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    Sera Learns to Fly by: Vinitha

    Sera is an ant. Like the rest of the ants, she too picks and stacks crumbs, scurries through routes, and helps mend doors. Sera climbs walls and looks after baby ants, too.

    However, when all is quiet, Sera climbs to the top of her ant hill and looks at the sky.

    For Sera has a dream: she wants to fly.

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    The Dwarf, the Girl and the Holy Goat by: Cordis Paldano

    A poor girl, a kind dwarf and a beloved goat – not to forget a gangster politician – meet in an action-packed tale of friendship and courage
    Charlie the dwarf stops to console a girl crying by the roadside – and from there begins a friendship and an adventure like no other.
    Together, Charlie and the girl, Inaya, set out to save both her mother, who is in the hospital, and her beloved goat, Munni, who is in the clutches of the evil politician, Pencil. The goat is holy, but Pencil’s intentions are definitely not.
    Will Inaya and Charlie be able to rescue Munni before her death is blamed on the innocent residents of Moon Colony where Inaya lives? Will she be able to find the money to pay the hospital bills? Will they be able to stay friends despite the odds they have to beat?
    Join Charlie and Inaya on a mazy, dizzy story-sprint as they chase a difficult (and a little dangerous) goal!

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    Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire: Adventures in Champakbagh by: Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

    About: Is Jwala Kumar a bird? A bat? A chameleon? Or is he something no one has ever seen before? And did he really just fall out of the sky into Champakbagh? Mohan Chandar lives with his wife and three children in the tiny and remote village of Champakbagh. One day, he rescues a strange creature from the storm that is raging outside. When he brings the creature home, the family is astonished. What sort of animal is this? Is he friendly? What does he eat? Where will he sleep? They name him Jwala Kumar, and as the days go by, they discover that Jwala Kumar is no ordinary animal. He has special powers that he uses to help his human family in their times of need. When the days are dark and hope seems to dim, Jwala Kumar lights up their lives in many ways. But who is Jwala Kumar and will he stay forever? Jwala Kumar and the Gift of Fire is a captivating story of innocence and friendship, of magic and love, and of gifts that last a lifetime.

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    Year of the Weeds by: Siddhartha Sarma

    About: Sometimes, Korok, it is best if the sorkar forgets you.’ Korok lives in a small Gond village in western Odisha. His life is in the garden which he tends every day. Anchita lives in the house which has the garden and is an artist. One day, the government tells the Gonds they have to leave the village because a company is going to mine the sacred hill next to it for aluminium ore. The Gonds oppose it, but the mighty government, led by police officer Sorkari Patnaik is determined to win. So is the Company. But how long will the Gond resistance last, when everybody, from politicians to activists and even Maoists turn up at the little village? What can a lone gardener and a girl with a computer do against the most powerful people in the land?

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    This is Me, Mayil by: Niveditha Subramaniam, Sowmya Rajendran,

    About: Fiercely fun, madly morose and prone to spontaneous combustion — this is Mayil Ganeshan at Not Yet Sixteen. Much like before. But edgier. Older and bolder, the unstoppable ‘Mayilwriter’ rants in rhyme, ponders in verse, and doodles in between. For every moment of clarity, there are others filled with anger, confusion and self-doubt. But Mayil keeps her chin up and decides that she will never put her pen down. With the laugh-out-loud humour, seriousness and honesty of the popular and award winning Mayil Will Not Be Quiet! and Mostly Madly Mayil, this third in the series is another exceptional, unputdownable, must-read book for teens and anyone else.