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A Cloud Called Bhura: Climate Champions to the Rescue

Shortlisted | Book Awards 2020 | Writings for Young Adults

A Cloud Called Bhura: Climate Champions to the Rescue

Author: Bijal Vachharajani
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing

Award Category: Writings for Young Adults
About the Book: 

A story about four friends, a city in need of help, a bunch of clueless groan-ups and a very angry, very brown and very dangerous cloud.

Amni wakes up one morning to find the sky taken over by a huge brown cloud. Where did this cloud appear from suddenly? Even as she and her friends Mithil, Tammy and Andrew start finding out more, their city of Mumbai starts reeling from the changes the cloud brings to the weather. Bhura Cloudus, as the media calls it, contains noxious gases, causes scalding rain to fall, makes birds flee the city, and suffocates every living thing.

What will Mota Bhai, the powerful politician, do now? Can Vidisha and Bidisha, the scientist twins, find a solution? And what about superstar Pavan Kumar and the amazing cloud-sucking machine? Can Bhura ever be driven away, or is it already too late?

Thought-provoking, funny and inspiring, A Cloud Called Bhura is about the changing global climate and the havoc it can cause, as well as the forces of friendship, trust and community that give hope and will help counter this deadly threat to humanity.


About the Author: 

When Bijal Vachharajani is not reading Harry Potter, she is Editor Scissorhands at Pratham Books. A journalist, Bijal is the author of three children’s books, So You Want to Know About the Environment, What’s Neema Eating Today? and The Seed Savers. She has co-authored The Great Indian Nature Trail with Uncle Bikky and 10 Indian Ecostars Who Are Fighting to Save the Planet. She has also edited a magazine, rescued animals, and written tons of articles about nature, food and books. Bijal has a Masters in Environment Security and Peace from the University of Peace in Costa Rica, and is now a certified climate worrier. Aindri is a narrative illustrator-animator creating educational and environmental communications for young people. Their work is featured in picture books, editorial comics, and animated shorts. Collaborators include community organizers, teachers, researchers, creatives, technologists and fellow strangers on the interviews.


Review: 

The book is educational without being at all preachy and encourages children to think. It's a must-read for the new generation.
—Times of India


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