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    Budgie, Bridge and Big Djinn by: Ranjit Lal

    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

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    Letters to Ammi by:

    A young girl traces her mother’s journey through the city of New Delhi, writing letters to her along the way. Every monument holds a memory; every letter tells a story, and Fatima wants nothing more than to show her beloved Ammijaan that she is truly her mother’s daughter.

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    In the Realm of Demons by: Imran Kureshi

    A roller-coaster fantasy horror story with Jinns, demons and nagins Mehran is a handsome young Rajput aristocrat – without a grand title, estate or any wealth. He lives with his widowed mother in a decaying mansion in Pakistan, Remembering his beautiful cousin boyer and his childhood in the glittering estate of his Nawab uncle in India. But hidden behind the grandeur of the old palace is a dreadful curse that strikes every heir to the nawabs line. Tragedy hits when, on a red moon night, a demon arrives and koyel falls victim to the terrifying curse.

    Little does Mehran know that the curse will soon visit him and he will find himself in a world of demons, monsters and nagins

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    Being Gandhi by:

    How many times are kids supposed to study Gandhi? Come September and outcomes 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.

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    Nadya by: Debasmita Dasgupta

    Thirteen-year-old Nadya lives a happy, carefree life nurtured by the love of her parents and the home they have built together. But, one day, things start to fall apart, which eventually leads to her parents’ separation. Heartbroken and distraught, Nadya can’t believe that her father would leave her.

    Follow Nadya’s journey as she grapples with the pain of loss and separation, before finally coming to terms and finding hope in this stunningly illustrated, deeply sensitive graphic novel.

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    The Prince by: Samhita Arni

    The famous dancer Madhavi is at the court of the Chera King for a grand performance. The King’s first son Shenguttuvan, the crown prince of the Cheras, is getting ready for his engagement to a Velir princess. There is celebration in the air.

    But when an astrologer predicts that the second son Uthiyan is destined to be greater than his elder brother, the Chera court erupts in chaos. The courtiers begin to play the brothers against each other. Life becomes dangerous for Uthiyan and the prince is forced to flee his home in the garb of a monk.

    In a perilous journey beset by assassins and conspirators, he is joined by others who seek refuge at the just court of the Pandya King. But darkness is descending on the ancient city of Madurai. Warriors from the west, the single-minded and ruthless Kalabhras, have set out to conquer the prosperous Pandya capital and change the face of Tamilaham. Tormented rage and lust, beset by betrayal and terror, Uthiyan is forced to choose a side in a conflict that is certain to end in bloody violence.

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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.