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Oop and Lila: Lost in the Scarabean Sea

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Writings/ Picture Books for Children

Oop and Lila: Lost in the Scarabean Sea

Author: Olivier Lafont
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: Writings/ Picture Books for Children
About the Book: 

The Scarabean Sea. Ruled by titanic sea scarabs that hunt whales and ships. Claimed by the all-conquering Brutish Empire. Home to a hundred proud kingdoms yearning for freedom. And haunt of dreaded pirates. A world not too different from our own... For Oop nothing is worse than babysitting his little sister, Lila, at the Mega Mela. And where does she take him? To some weird fake fakir. Things take a frightening turn, however, when they discover the fakir's bag of 99 candies, and each one grants one wish. Transported by wish candy to the Scarabean Sea in the middle of a midnight raid on the Brutish Empire's treasures, Oop and Lila end up hunted by the fakir Tattoo, who covets the wish candies and will stop at nothing to get them back. But Oop and Lila have allies: the fearsome Captain Angry and his mismatched crew of cut-throat pirates!

About the Author: 

Olivier Lafont is a French author, screenplay writer and actor living in Paris. His fantasy novel Warrior was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. His other works include Sweet Revenge, a contemporary romance novel, Snowbound, a fantasy young adult novel, and Purgatory: The Gun of God, a fantasy novelette. The first film he wrote, an Indo-French comedy, opened at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to win seven awards at film festivals worldwide. As an actor Lafont has worked in Hollywood and Indian films, in TV serials, and in over 80 television commercials. He has acted in the films 3 Idiots and Guzaarish, amongst others. Lafont graduated with degrees in English Literature and in theatre from Colgate University, USA, with academic distinction.

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