The Kingdom of Kofu is ruled by the brave king Rissho. Its people are courageous and skilled in war. With one exception. Prince Kadis, the sixteen-year-old heir to the kingdom. He is not brave. He is not courageous. He is not skilled in war. Kadis knows in his heart that he does not fit in. That he is different. That he is a coward.

Until one day, a seemingly chance encounter changes his life completely. Armed with the mystical sword of Kofu, the timid prince and his two young friends, embark on an epic trip to bring peace to the warring kingdoms of Kofu and Molonga.

Will the young prince overcome his fears and will peace win against war? Will Prince Kadis discover that a sword doesn’t make you brave, your heart does…

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Though they are the fastest-growing form of media, podcasts can actually be tricky to create — and even harder to sustain. Few know the secrets of successfully creating a knockout podcast better than Kristen Meinzer. An award-winning commentator, producer, and former director of nonfiction programming for Slate’s sister company, Panoply, Meinzer has also hosted three successful podcasts, reaching more than ten million listeners. Now, she shares her expertise, providing aspiring podcasters with crucial information and guidance to work smarter, not harder as they start their own audio forum. Read an excerpt:

Hello, you magnificent creature. Yes, you, who just opened this book. I want to tell you something, something that you deserve to hear but perhaps don’t hear enough: I believe in you. I believe you have great stories in you that people want to hear. I believe you are something…

Set in parallel threads across these two cities, Lahore is a behind-the-scenes look into the negotiations and the political skulduggery that gave India its freedom, the price for which was batwara.

Backed by astute research, Manreet Sodhi Someshwar’s The Partition Trilogy captures the frenzy of Indian independence, the Partition and the accession of the states, and takes readers back to a time of great upheaval and churn. Here we are in conversation with the author:

Q. An IIM-alumnus, you studied to be an engineer — how did writing come about?

A. Writing snuck upon me in the guise of a tai tai, a Chinese colloquial term for a woman of leisure. Perched atop a Singapore high-rise, at the turn of the millennium, I was to…

In Stargazing: The Players in My Life, the legendary all-rounder Ravi Shastri looks back at the extraordinary talent he has encountered over the years.

Who is the former Indian captain who didn’t do full justice to his talent? Or that bruising bowler who went on to become a best friend? What was the most important lesson the legendary Clive Lloyd taught him? How does Shastri set aside his personal bond with Virat Kohli in his role as coach?

As a young boy, the name Garfield Sobers resonated with me deeply. My mother introduced me to him by gifting me a book, Cricket Advance, which he had written. My father followed up with stories of his all-round prowess. Sobers’s amazing record, his style, his commitment to hard work —…

Meet the exciting characters of I Can Read! These 100 tips cover the essentials of learning to read; from understanding the connection between letters and the sounds they make, to being able to answer questions about key parts of a story. The tips and activities reinforce the fundamentals set out in the Common Core Standards for Reading, now adopted by most states in America. One of the most important things you can do for your child is shared, interactive reading. As you explore these tips and activities together, you’ll make reading a positive, joyful experience. Congratulations on your work to make your child’s reading journey a successful one.

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