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Books to Read
Books are a great way to get to know more stories.
Here are some books you could look for in your school or local library:
The Broken Tusk
Written by Uma Krishnswami
(Age 6+)

Stories about Ganesh, the popular and most beloved of all the Hindu gods. A wonderful introduction to the living myth and culture of India.

Linnet Books, 1996
May be out of print

Beastly Tales From Here and There: Poems
Written by Vikram Seth
Illustrated by Ravi Shankar

(Age 7+)

Ten animal fables brilliantly told in verse. Two of these tales are from India, two from China, two from Greece, two from the Ukraine, and two, as Vikram Seth says, straight from 'the Land of Gup'.

ISBN: 0-67-084657-0
Viking, Penguin Books India Ltd, 1992
Finn Family Moomintroll
Written and Illustrated by Tove Jansson
Translated by Elizabeth Portch

(Age 7+)

Set in the forests of Finland, Tove Jansson's books tell of the lives and adventures of the Moomintroll family, and their funny, colourful and usually peculiar friends.

ISBN: 0-14-030150-X
Puffin Books, first published 1961
Black Ships Before Troy
The Wanderings of Odysseus

Written by Rosemary Sutcliffe
Illustrated by Alan Lee

(Age 10+)

The stories of the Iliad and the Odyssey vividly retold, recreating Home's epics in prose.

ISBN: 0-7112-0778-X and 0-7112-0862-X
Frances Lincoln Ltd.

A Twist in the Tale
Written by Aditi De
Illustrated by Uma Krishnswamy

(Age 8+)

Forty folktales from India, retold simply and with humour, accompanied by Uma Krishnaswamy's brilliant illustrations.

ISBN: 0143334972
Puffin, Penguin Books India, 2005

The Three Princes of Persia
Written by Rohini Chowdhury
Illustrated by Vishwajyoti Ghosh

(Age 10+)

Twenty myths from around the world, each story centred round a child hero. Includes old favourites, and some new ones.

ISBN: 0-14-3333493-X
Puffin, Penguin Books India, 2005
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Salim Ali for Schools
Written by Zai Whitaker
Illustrated by Anuradha Roy

(Age 8+)

The story of the life of Salim Ali, the famous Indian ornithologist known as the Bird Man of India, told with insight and humour.

ISBN: 81-7824-058-0
Permanent Black, 2003

That Summer at Kalagarh
Written by Ranjit Lal
Cover design by Ashok Rajgopalan

(Age 10+)

Set in Corbett country, amid the lush green forests of the Kumaon hills in northern India, this book tells the story of Gitanjali, a twelve year old girl, and her strange and wonderful experience with the elephants of Kalagarh.

ISBN: 81-86895-42-6
Tulika Publishers, 2001
Skeleton Key
Written by Anthony Horowitz
(Age 10+)

Another novel starring Alex Rider, Horowitz's teenage James Bond. Full of sharks, spies, adventure, and zany humour.

ISBN: 1-84428-094-2
Walker Books, 2002

The Opal Deception
Written by Eoin Colfer
(Age 10+)

Artemis Fowl again, the youngest - and finest - criminal mind in the world. A fascinating combination of technology, magic, and inventiveness.

ISBN: 0-141-38164-7
Puffin Books,2005
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