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Younguncle in the Himalayas

Vandana Singh’s first book, Younguncle Comes to Town, was an instant classic of children’s literature. Now, in this highly anticipated follow-up, Younguncle finds himself on an adventure in the mountains of India.
In Younguncle in the Himalayas, our protagonist arrives with his family at the gloomy, mysterious Hotel Pine-Away and soon discovers that their mountain holiday is going to be anything but peaceful. As Younguncle chats with monkeys and debates the true nature of reality with an offbeat sect of the Quantum Banana spiritualists, the fate of the picturesque little valley hangs in the balance. Who is the strange Rat-girl who charms rodents out of the hotel? Can the children and their eccentric uncle thwart the schemes of the dangerous city-slicker Pradeep Daalmakhini? Can Younguncle help Daalmakhini’s intended bride escape a fate worse than death? Has our favorite adventurer finally met his match?
“Enchanting . . . Singh is a most promising and original young writer.”—Ursula K. LeGuin, author of The Earthsea Trilogy
“One of the best children’s books this year. . . . It has none of the self-consciousness you often find in adults who write for children, very plausible dilemmas and a delightful style.” —Business Standard

148 pages | 12 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2014

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Table of Contents

Heat, Monkeys and Rolling in Grain
Quantum Bananas and Hotel Arrangements
Oil and Troubled Waiters
The Himalayan Times Bravery Contest
Things that went Squeak in the Night
The Multi-Storied Two-Hundred-year-Old Postman
The Cleverest Baby in India
Plots and Equations
Bride-to-be, or Not to be?
Lunching with Quantum Bananas
Sapna Devi Speaks Out
The Flight of the Banana
A Forest, a Feast, and a Farewell

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