This novel for readers aged 10+ features another of Ken Spillman’s funny, feisty Indian girl characters. The five most venomous snake species can all be found in Australia’s Outback and that’s where Jiyaa is headed on her first school camp since moving to Perth from Mumbai. What on earth could go wrong?
With this book, Ken gives us another wonderful story, told in his unique, warm and funny way, about friendship, courage and growing up. — Kahani Tree
Co-authored by Ken Spillman and Jon Doust, with illustrations by popular children’s book illustrator James Foley, the Amity Kids adventures introduce a bunch of smart and feisty friends from different backgrounds, going all out to meet any challenge that comes their way. The titles in this series are:
Magpie Mischief ISBN 9781618130679
Disturbing the Peace ISBN 9781618130778
Kidnapped! ISBN 9781618131096
It is amazing what can be accomplished in a little over 70 pages. We are introduced to
multicuturalism, indigenous legend and small town politics and exposed to the good, the bad, the doers, the followers and the bullies. 4/5 stars — goodreads.com
Bookworm Advaita hates boarding school in Dehradun — until she realises that her favourite author, Ruskin Bond, lives just half an hour away!
There is something irresistible about the book, Advaita the Writer… It's not just the story, the characters, the setting, the language or the structure. It's something else, something less conspicuous, like the roots of a tree buried deep inside. Sometimes it's the turn of a phrase, sometimes it's the shape and contours of Advaita's mind, sometimes it is the clash of the adult world and the adolescent world, but always it is there. That something which makes you want to reread and relive the story, breathing in Spillman's sheer genius… Throughout the book, Spillman gently pushes the boundaries of language, never once compromising on the intelligence of the reader or taking it for granted. It’s a delicate balance that is rarely achieved in books for young readers. — Young India Books
Forever daydreaming that’s Dev. Sitting in class or watching the clouds from the roof of Kwality Carpets, he floats off to places all over the world and has wonderful, bizarre adventures. Titles include:
Daydreamer Dev Climbs Mount Everest ISBN 9780143331872
Daydreamer Dev Traces the Amazon ISBN 9780143331889
Daydreamer Dev Crosses the Sahara ISBN 9780143331872
Read the fantasies of Daydreamer Dev as he steps into worlds where the totally incredible
becomes totally credible– and more than a little hilarious. 4.8/5 stars — goodreads.com
It wasn’t Radhika’s idea to move from India to some crazy place where kids are 49% fish. Even so, she’s wanted to go swimming since Day 1 in Australia, and is almost drowning in frustration over her mother’s queen-sized water phobia. When Radhika finally gets her chance, will she sink or swim?
A wild, magical story about a girl coping with new experiences, unfamiliar environments and the challenge of putting together that most difficult of all jigsaw puzzles — the mind of a parent. — Google Books
Edited by Ken Spillman. Take fourteen popular children’s authors from Australia and Singapore. Add one universal theme — Family. Let the show begin. Near & Dear carries the reader into a world of fun and adventure. A cross-cultural feast for the young reader.
Lighthouse in the Storm is an outcome of the unique AWIC (Association of Writers and Illustrators for Children) Book Therapy Project. Ken Spillman contributes a sensitive story dealing with child abuse in this collection of 24 gripping, heartwarming stories that put words to emotions that sometimes cannot be spoken about.
Ken Spillman is one of eight popular authors featured in this Scholastic India anthology celebrating the true spirit of this joyous festival in ways that are sometimes touching and beautiful, and sometimes simply hilarious.