The Six Spellmakers of Dorabji Street

Sometimes the forces of evil are so dark that no single spell can defeat them.

Cosy Castle is far from ‘cosy’. In fact, it is a boxy, grey building where children walk on tippy toes from fear of the dreadful ‘dragon’ and the crotchety ‘crone’. With Nivi Mallik’s arrival at Cosy Castle, the rules start to change. The bimbli trees become the hang-out spot for two giggly girls and the driveway is a permanent cricket pitch for the boys. But the happy times are soon ended by the ‘dragon’ and the ‘crone’, who gang up against the children and declare war on the bimbli trees. It will take a miracle to challenge the two wily women, leave alone defeat them. But miracles happen only in fairy tales…Or do they? Is it possible for fantasyfan Nivi, geeky boy-next-door Venu, bubbly Sarita and their three pint-sized comrades, Nikhil, Vijay and Rehaan, to conquer an evil much beyond their power? Join the six imaginative spellmakers as they use a very practical kind of magic to conjure potent potions, summon unlikely fairies and engineer a haunting… Does Cosy Castle finally become what it’s called? Make your way to Dorabji Street and find out… (Source)

Shabnam Minwalla has spent most of her life with words editing her school magazine, working as a journalist with the Times of India and writing nonfiction. Her first book, The Six Spellmakers of Dorabji Street, was critically acclaimed and a hit with children. It also won the Rivokids Parents and Kids Choice Awards. Her second book, The Strange Haunting of Model High School, is an adventure story set in a Mumbai school and has been published by Scholastic. The Shy Supergirl and Lucky Girl, both published by Duckbill, are popular with young readers. Shabnam got her MA in Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She was also a Chevening Scholar at Wolfson College in Cambridge. (Source)

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