Young readers’ book club

Saturday, 18 June 2016 - 4:00pm Bangalore

British Council, Bengaluru invites you to join Young Readers’ Book Club

In the world of children's books, summer is always a special time, because it is awards time. The best books of the year rise above all others and for those who have thus far missed them, it is a reason to take another look. 

Here, at the British Council Bangalore, we are celebrating the shortlists for the Kate Greenway and the CILIP Carnegie Medal, given in the UK for best book and best illustration, respectively. Join us as we go on a journey to explore all shortlisted books for these awards in 2016

We begin with Kate Saunders' Five Children on the Western Front, a sequel to the classic Five Children and It by E. Nesbit. We will have writer and lifelong fan of YA books, Ms. Aravinda Anantharaman, leading the session with readings from both the books, followed by a chat. This event is appropriate for children in the age group of 9 – 13 years.

About Five Children on the Western Front

An incredible, heart-wrenching sequel to E. Nesbit's Five Children and It, set on the eve of the First World War. The five children have grown up and war will change their lives forever. Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is at Art College, Robert is a Cambridge scholar and Jane is at high school. The Lamb is the grown up age of 11, and he has a little sister, Edith, in tow. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories... until he suddenly reappears. The siblings are pleased to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a reason, and his magic might have a more serious purpose. Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed and the war's impact will be felt right at the heart of their family.

This wonderfully powerful and evocative novel addresses universal themes, without losing the magical realism of the original. Written with the knowledge of tragic hindsight, much loved characters are re-imagined later in their lives and we see them affected by the brutality and senselessness of war. Highlighting a time when society was massively changed for all; the role of women and the development of equality in a changing world are grippingly examined. This is a skilful crafting of a sequel to a classic - beautifully observed and imaginative, with a great sense of period yet without falling into pastiche

About Ms. Aravinda Anantharaman:

She has grown up loving books and wanting to write was a natural transition from being a reader. Somehow children's books have been something that have hooked her the most. And so she worked at a children's library for 8 years while pursuing her writing. She found that she loved listening to people tell her stories and that led her to write a few biographies and even help people write their stories. Some of the books for children that she has worked on are Dorje's Holiday at the Gyenso Khang (2009), Dolma Visits the City (2009), Puffin Lives: The 14th Dalai Lama (2011). She also worked with badminton champ Saina Nehwal on her memoirs titled Playing to Win (2012). A book in progress is a biography of NASA astronaut Sunita Williams for children. 

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