Awaken the spirit of adventure in young people

Awaken the spirit of adventure in young people

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS): It’s never too late to catch them young! Indeed, the younger the children are when they are taught the habit of reading, the more they will blossom and the more their imagination will grow. This summer, take your kids on an adventurous journey full of monsters and old family secrets by reading them some of these rich and fascinating stories from the Penguin Collection for intermediate readers.

‘Loki: An Evil God’s Guide to Being Good’ by Louie Stowell

It’s a tongue-in-cheek, witty, and very funny diary-style story filled with doodles and comics about Loki’s frustration at having to live trapped in the body of an 11-year-old boy.

After one too many rounds, Loki is banished to live on Earth as a “normal” schoolboy. Banned from using his awesome godlike powers, Loki must show moral improvement. As he records his lies in his magical (judgment) journal, it becomes clear that Loki has no idea how to tell right from wrong, trust from tricks, or friend from foe.

Louie Stowell started his career writing carefully researched books on space, ancient Egypt, politics and science, but ended up making stuff up. She has written fiction for 8-12 year olds, but “Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good” is her first project as an author and illustrator, inspired by her research on Norse myths.

“The Secret of Haven Point” by Lisette Auton

“I was Haven Point’s first Wreckling, but I certainly wasn’t the last. We’re 42 now, not counting mermaids. When you’re a Wreckling, you mostly spend your days bickering, eating, and drinking. planning adventures. Oh, and Wrecklings also perform destruction, hence our name…”

Washed like a baby beside a lone lighthouse and raised by a mermaid, Alpha Lux was the first child found in Haven Point. Now the lighthouse is a ramshackle home for anyone with a disability who needs a place to belong. Raiding passing ships for a living, they call themselves the Wrecklings, and for the children of Haven Point, life is spent venturing out onto the wild shore (and getting into trouble with the adults).

But when Alpha spots a strange light on the promontory, she realizes her beloved family is in danger of being discovered by Outsiders.

With their home under threat, the Wrecklings must decide what kind of future they want. . . and what they are willing to do to get it.

Lisette Auton is a disabled writer, activist, poet, novelist, spoken word artist, actress, film and theater director and creative practitioner. She is an award-winning poet who has performed on stage, in pubs, in the crypt, at festivals, indoors, outdoors, on a bridge and in a laundromat. ‘The Secret of Haven Point’ is her first novel.

“The Cartographers” by Tamzin Merchant

Return to the bewitching world of Cordelia Hatmaker in this magical and spellbinding sequel to “The Hatmakers.” It is perfect for fans of the Nevermoor and Harry Potter series.

Ever since Cordelia discovered a hidden map in her father’s treasured telescope, she’s been wandering the streets of London by starlight trying to uncover its secrets. She is sure that her missing father is somewhere, and if she follows his map, she will finally find out the truth behind his disappearance.

She never expects to stumble upon a secret society of cartographers – or to learn that magic isn’t limited to the few Maker families, but is rather ubiquitous, if you just know where to look.

But danger lurks around every corner, and Cordelia must convince the rival Maker families to work together for once – not just to bring her father home, but to save the very essence of magic itself.

A magnificent adventure from an exceptional new storytelling talent, Tamzin Merchant, it features beautiful illustrations by Paola Escobar.

Tamzin Merchant grew up in Australia, South Africa and Dubai before moving to England in her early teens, where she finally discovered the winter season.

A fledgling writer, she has been acting since she was 17, when she starred as Georgiana Darcy in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Since then, her work as an actress has taken her around the world and on a journey through time. She was a Tudor, a Victorian and a Jacobian. She survived the Blitz in 1940 and succumbed to pneumonia in Edwardian times. She has been an alien, a witch, a doomed queen and a rebellious Scottish warrior. She has also written and directed several award-winning short films. Her latest role is that of Imogen Spurnrose in the Amazon original series, “Carnival Row”.

‘The Unadoptables: Five fantastic kids on the adventure of a lifetime’ by Hana Tooke

They are remarkable, extraordinary and courageous.

In the fall of 1880, five babies were discovered at the Little Tulip orphanage in Amsterdam under the most unusual circumstances. They are Lotta, Egbert, Fenna, Sem and Snowy.

The vile matron calls the children “the unadoptable”, but this talented group of best friends know their individuality is what makes them so special – and so are determined to stick together.

When a sinister individual tries to catch them, the children daringly flee through the frozen canals of Amsterdam, embarking on an adventure full of pirate ships and puppets. But are their real home – and their real family – already closer than they think?

Hana Tooke grew up on a polder (a low-lying expanse of land surrounded by dikes) near Amsterdam, in a house filled with peculiar clocks and a head filled with a peculiar imagination. She’s been a singer, a teacher, and even a mad scientist, but these days she spends her days writing stories, sculpting puppets, and collecting curios.

“The Unadoptables”, his first novel, was shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award and shortlisted for the Branford Boase.