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Published: November 29, 2015 12:07:07 AM

The latest children’s titles, which entertain with the story of Babur, the magic of science, some Sherlock Holmes mysteries and other surprising adventures.

The latest children’s titles, which entertain with the story of Babur, the magic of science, some Sherlock Holmes mysteries and other surprising adventures.

The Magic of the Lost Temple
(ages 10-plus)
Sudha Murty
Pp 164

City girl Nooni is surprised at the pace of life in her grandparents’ village in Karnataka. Things get exciting when she stumbles upon an ancient fabled stepwell right in the middle of a forest.

The Story of Babur
(ages 8-plus)
Parvati Sharma & Urmimala Nag
Good Earth Publications & Puffin
Pp 96, R699

This is the story of Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India. The book is based on Baburnama in which Babur wrote about the events in his life and the people and things he loved or hated. Lavishly illustrated in Mughal miniature-style paintings, this
action-packed tale of the king’s life will fascinate children and parents alike.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School
(ages 8-plus)
Jeff Kinney
Pp 240

Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking, as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive?

The Milk Moustache (ages 6-plus)
Vikas Khanna
Pp 40

When the children of the village refuse to drink milk one day, it makes Kalli the cow very sad. Now, it is up to Jassi, the local milkman’s daughter and Kalli’s best friend, to find a way to end the milk strike and lift Kalli’s spirits again. Sumptuously illustrated and simply told, this  is a heart-warming  tale of goodwill  and friendship.

The Shy Supergirl
(6-9 years)
Shabnam Minwalla
Duckbill Books
Pp 72

Nina is very shy, but she has a secret superpower. When a silver owl disappears from a neighbour’s house, it’s the shy supergirl who has to find the culprit!

Become a Junior Inventor
(ages 10-plus)
Nikhil Gumbhir
Pp 208

This fun book is specifically designed for today’s children and has tons of activities to keep them occupied. Featuring almost every conceivable topic of interest—from machines, circuits, kitchen innovations to design basics—this book will help children unleash their creativity. They can learn how to make an automobile, create their own traffic light at home or explore the science behind their remote-controlled toy.

The Sherlock Holmes Connection
(10-13 years)
Martin Widmark, Anushka Ravishankar, Katarina Genar & Bikram Ghosh
Duckbill Books
Pp 192, R295

What is the connection between a murder in 1919 Stockholm and a drug ring in present-day India? Sherlock Holmes is dead, but his legacy lives on in unexpected ways. In stories spanning almost a century, in cities half a world away from each other, the magnifying glass of Sherlock Holmes appears just when there is a mystery to solve. But its appearance throws up other questions.


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