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  • ‘. . . being a player from India defines who I am. When I play, it’s for my parents, my coach, and my country.’ Meet Saina Nehwal—India’s star badminton player and World Number 4, Padma Shri and Khel Ratna awardee, the girl who brought laurels to India by winning an Olympic medal at the age of twenty-two. In this fascinating memoir, she talks about her childhood and growing–up years; her relationship with the most important people in her life; the ups and downs of her celebrated career, from district level wins to the Olympics; and the sacrifices needed to succeed in any sport. She also reveals little-known facts and offers a peek into her many avatars—daughter, sister, student, and the regular girl behind the badminton prodigy. Find out what a typical day in Saina’s life is like—rigorous training, a strict diet, and no parties or sleepovers. But it’s not all work and no play; Saina loves to shop, eat ice cream (post wins only), and play games on her iPad! With candid photographs and badminton tips from the pro herself, this book showcases the making of a badminton champ—in her own words.

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  • In August 2012, at the Tony Ireland stadium in Townsville, Australia, a star was born. Unmukt Chand led the India U-19 team to its first World Cup win outside Asia, leading them there with a stellar performance of his own. Now on the cusp of finding a place in the national team, Unmukt stands as a beacon for the future of Indian cricket.

    In this book Unmukt describes, in his own words, his journey up until this point, and how he came to represent his country—as captain no less—and brought home this prestigious trophy. Inspirational, revelatory and intensely engaging, The Sky is the Limit is the story of how one young man’s determination to work hard and take every chance he got made his dream come true.

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    • Binding : Paperback
    • Pages: 120 pages
    • Author :  Bijal Vaccharajani
    • Publisher : Duckbill Books
    • Date : (7 September 2020)
    • Language:  English
    • Age : 10 – 14 years
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  • Author : Sreelata Menon

    Imprint: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Format: Demy/PB

    Extent: 260pp

    Genre: Non-Fiction

    Age Group: Middle Readers

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  • With carefully adapted text, new illustrations, language practise activities and additional online resources, the Penguin Readers series introduces language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction.

    The Extraordinary Life of Malala Yousafzai, a Level 2 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework. Sentences contain a maximum of two clauses, introducing the future tenses will and going to, present continuous for future meaning, and comparatives and superlatives. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear on most pages.

    Malala Yousafzai lived in Pakistan where she was one of the best students in her class. But then a group of Islamist extremists called the Taliban came and a war began. Then, one day, two men from the Taliban shot Malala on the bus home from school.

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  • With carefully adapted text, new illustrations, language practise activities and additional online resources, the Penguin Readers series introduces language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction.

    The Extraordinary Life of Stephen Hawking, a Level 3 Reader, is A2 in the CEFR framework. The text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, introducing first conditional, past continuous and present perfect simple for general experience. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear on most pages.

    Stephen Hawking was a very famous scientist whose ideas changed the world. He studied space and time and taught people about the universe. Stephen was often very ill and his life was not easy, but it was extraordinary.

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  • With carefully adapted text, new illustrations, language practise activities and additional online resources, the Penguin Readers series introduces language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction.

    The Extraordinary Life of Michelle Obama, a Level 2 Reader, is A1+ in the CEFR framework. Sentences contain a maximum of two clauses, introducing the future tenses will and going to, present continuous for future meaning, and comparatives and superlatives. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear on most pages.

    Michelle Obama was First Lady of the United States. She is also a wife, a mother and a lawyer. But that is not all. She has started many campaigns to help young people and make the world a better place. Michelle Obama has had an extraordinary life.

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  • With carefully adapted text, new illustrations, language practise activities and additional online resources, the Penguin Readers series introduces language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction.

    Freddie Mercury, a Level 5 Reader, is B1 in the CEFR framework. The text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, introducing present perfect continuous, past perfect, reported speech and second conditional. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear regularly.

    This book tells the story of Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest rock stars of all time. Learn about his early years as a shy young boy from Zanzibar. Discover how he became the lead singer of one of the most famous rock bands in history, Queen.

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  • With carefully adapted text, new illustrations, language practise activities and additional online resources, the Penguin Readers series introduces language learners to bestselling authors and compelling content. Titles include popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction.

    Going Solo, a Level 4 Reader, is A2+ in the CEFR framework. The text is made up of sentences with up to three clauses, introducing more complex uses of present perfect simple, passives, phrasal verbs and simple relative clauses. It is well supported by illustrations, which appear regularly.

    Roald Dahl flew planes in the Second World War (1939- 1945) when Germany, Italy and Japan fought against Britain and other countries. Going Solo is Dahl’s time with the RAF (Royal Air Force). He writes, “I did not need to leave out anything here because every moment was, to me, totally interesting”.

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  • In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes not only the daily frustrations of living in such close quarters, but also her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up. Her diary ends abruptly and tragically when, in August 1944, Anne and her family were all finally betrayed.

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  • The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the 20th century. Anne Frank kept a diary from 1942 to 1944. Initially she wrote it strictly for herself. Then, one day in 1944, a member of the Dutch government in exile announced in a radio broadcast from London that after the war he hoped to collect eyewitness accounts of the suffering of the Dutch people under the German occupation, which could be made available to the public. As an example, he specially mentioned letters and diaries. Anne Frank decided that when the war was over, she would publish a book based on her diary. Anne’s diary ends abruptly when she and her family were betrayed.

    Since its publication in 1947, The Diary of a Young Girl has been read by tens of millions of people, now reissued with a fresh new cover to mark what would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday in June 2019.

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  • In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the horrors of Nazi occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes not only the daily frustrations of living in such close quarters, but also her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up. Her diary ends abruptly and tragically when, in August 1944, Anne and her family were all finally betrayed.
    The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank remains the single most poignant story to emerge from the Second World War, and her diary has come to symbolize not only the horrors of the Holocaust but the strength of the human spirit in adversity.

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  • The life story of Anne Frank, from her early happy childhood in Frankfurt, growing up in Amsterdam, her two years in hiding and the last few months of her life in the concentration camps. Narrated in six clearly written chapters, this biography for children answers the many detailed questions about Anne that readers of the Diary often have, and includes interesting anecdotes from friends who survived her. There is an Historical Note at the beginning of the book and a map of Europe, so that children will be able to understand the situation at the time, and an Introduction by Anne Frank’s cousin, Buddy Elias.

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  • The true story of a poor Chinese peasant boy who, plucked unsuspectingly at the age of ten from millions of others across the land to be trained as a ballet dancer, turned the situation to his advantage to become one of the world’s greatest ballet stars.
    Simply told, with charm, humour and compassion and at times, great drama. His childhood, despite the terrible hardships, is drawn with love and affection and contrasts starkly with the seven lonely years of gruelling training at the Peking Dance Academy. At the age of l8, Li performs at the Houston Ballet school in the US, which leads to his dramatic defection.
    This is a condensed edition, specially for younger readers, and has an Afterword especially for children.

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  • This is the remarkable true story of a young Jewish girl and her brother growing up during the Second World War, caught in a world turned upside down by the Nazis. Written specially for children, Eva describes her happy early childhood in Vienna with her kind and loving parents and her older brother Heinz, whom she adored. But when the Nazis marched into Austria everything changed. Eva’s family fled to Belgium, then to Amsterdam where, with the help of the Dutch Resistance, they spent the next two years in hiding – Eva and her mother in one house, and her father and brother in another. Finally, though, they were all betrayed and deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Despite the horrors of the camp, Eva’s positive attitude and stubborn personality (which had often got her into trouble) saw her through one of the most tragic events in history and she and her mother eventually returned to Amsterdam. Sadly her father and brother perished just weeks before the liberation. Eva and her mother went back to the house where Heinz and his father had hidden, for Eva had remembered that Heinz had told her he had hidden his paintings beneath the floorboards there. Sure enough, there were over thirty beautiful paintings. Heinz hadn’t wasted any of his talents during his captivity. For Eva, here was a tangible, everlasting memory of her brother and a reminder of her father’s promise that all the good things you accomplish will make a difference to someone, and your achievements will be carried on. Heinz’s paintings have been on display in exhibitions in the USA and are now a part of a permanent exhibition in Amsterdam’s war museum.
    Told simply and clearly for younger readers, THE PROMISE is an unforgettable story, written by Eva Schloss, the step-daughter of Otto Frank and Barbara Powers, Eva’s very close friend.

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