3 Novels - A Summer Adventure, The Hidden Treasure, The Only Witness

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In a small town in northern India, three siblings await their father’s youngest brother. They have heard many stories about Younguncle, so when he arrives, nine-year-old Sarita, seven-year-old Ravi, and the baby know their lives will be changed. From feeding a tiger spinach-paneer to charming an angry tree ghost,Younguncle’s adventures are as humorous and unusual as he is. Peppered with black-and-white illustrations, this entertaining chapter book was originally published to great acclaim in the author’s native India.

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About the Author:

Vandana Singh was born and raised in New Delhi, India. She lives with her family in Massachusetts.

B. M. Kamath is a graphic designer, sculptor, painter, illustrator, and animator who lives and works in New Delhi.

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Grade 3-5 Three children, Ravi, Sarita, and the baby, have a mysterious uncle who has spent the last two years traveling about and having adventures. Now, however, their father has decided that he needs to settle down, and has invited him to live with their family. Set in contemporary India, the well-paced story is organized into episodic chapters that relate the clever and funny adventures of this unconventional character: rescuing his sister from marrying a man she does not love (Younguncle acts like a maniac and scares off the man's family), tricking pickpockets as a deputy-stationmaster-in-training (their pockets were picked), calming a ghost that lives in a tree. Singh's prose is humorous and delightfully understated: The rest of Younguncle's visit passed quite peacefully, if you don't count the affair of the treacherous moneylender or the great jackal chase, or how Ancient Uncle and Hira came to win a race with a motor-cycle, or.... The book is infused with background details, beginning with the opening paragraph: Now the rain had slowed to a murmur and the lane was empty except for a buffalo, its black hide agleam, standing meditatively under the shi-sham tree on the other side. No doubt readers will clamor for more stories about this zany character. Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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