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The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. (Simon & Schuster, 2003)
A conch shell with special powers, a street-wise girl, and an old man with surprising skills lead Anand to take a journey far from home.

Jamil's Clever Cat by Fiona French with Dick Newby. (Frances Lincoln Ltd., 1998)
Jamil's cat, Sardul, tricks the Rajah into allowing his daughter to marry a lowly weaver in this Bengali folk tale.

Nine Animals and the Well by James Rumford. (Houghton Mifflin, 2003)
This is the cumulative tale of nine animals' attempts to find just the right birthday presents for a young raja-king. Also traces the origins of numerals from Arabia to North Africa and India.

Rama and the Demon King by Jessica Souhami. (DK, 1997)
In this ancient tale, Rama is exiled by his father at the request of his jealous stepmother. He returns from exile to become the king.

Robi Dobi, The Marvelous Adventures of an Indian Elephant by Madhur Jaffrey. (Dial Books, 1997)
When the elephant Robi Dobi saves a small orange animal named Kabbi Wahabbi, he finds a lifelong friend who shares adventures with him.

Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India by Aaron Shepard. (Whitman, 1996)
A retelling of a story from The Mahabharata, in which the king's only daughter searches for a perfect husband. Then she has to convince her father to let her marry her choice.

Shiva's Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples. (HarperCollins, 2000)
Parvati's skill as a dancer leads to a wonderful opportunity to study with a master of classical Indian dance but she is not sure if she can leave behind all that she loves. For older readers.

Tusk and Stone by Malcolm Bosse. (Front Street, 1995)
Arjun is a member of the Brahman class of priests and scholars but when he is captured by bandits, he must train to become a mahout, an elephant driver, in 17th century India.

Nonfiction

Ancient India by Virginia Schomp. (Watts, 2005)
Cultures of the Ancient Societies series. The culture and history of ancient India is explored through literature, documents, and artifacts.

Ancient Medicine: From Sorcery to Surgery by Michael Woods. (Runestone, 1999)
A look at the medical practices and innovations in ancient Egyptian, Indian, Chinese, Greek, and Roman cultures and how they have influenced medicine today.

The Asian Empires by Rebecca Steffof. (Benchmark Books, 2005)
World Historical Atlases series. An overview of Imperial China, the rulers of India, and Ottomon Turkey, with maps and pictures.

Checkmate at Chess City by Piers Harper. (Candlewick, 2000)
The basic strategies of chess are introduced in the context of a story of a city caught between warring armies. For young readers and beginning game players.

Chess Basics by Nigel Short. (Sterling, 1994)
A professional chess player shares the strategies and complexities of the game, starting with setting up the chessboard and including tactics and tips on chess etiquette.

India by Marilynn G. Barr. (Teaching & Learning Company, 2003)
Exploring Ancient Civilizations series. Presents basic information about India, along with 13 related craft projects.

India by Manini Chatterjee and Anita Roy. (Dorling Kindersley, 2002)
Eyewitness Books. A broad introduction to the country, its history, customs, arts, foods, religions, technology, and present-day life in both cities and rural areas.

India by David Cummings. (Cherrytree Books, 2005)
Letters from Around the World series. Lakshmi writes to her pen pal Sam about a typical day's activities — school, work, cooking, walking the dog. For younger readers.

The Life and Times of Buddha by Monda K. Gedney. (Mitchell Lane Publishers, 2005)
Biography from Ancient Civilizations series. This biography puts Buddha's life into historical context.

Science in Ancient India by Melissa Stewart. (Watts, 1999)
Science in History series. Presents the scientific contributions of ancient India, including Arabic numerals, medicine, astronomy, yoga, and more.

Snake Charmer by Ann Whitehead Nagda. (Henry Holt, 2002)
Like his father and grandfather, Vishnu wants to become a snake charmer, but his father insists that he stay in school in his small village.

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