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The sun radiated down on to the platform at Mumbai railway station. The tracks glowed hot silver, looking as if they were about to buckle and melt, and heat-exhausted early morning commuters stumbled towards their trains pressing bottles of ice-water against their foreheads.

Ajay wiped his brow with his handkerchief and leant against the concrete station pillar – only to jump forwards again as he felt it burn like a clothes iron against his skin. How was it early morning and already so hot? He looked down at the faluda-pink copies of The Mumbai Sun – the newspaper he and his friends had created! – and bit his lip. At the age of twelve, or thereabouts, he

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Ajay and his friends are back in a third adventure! 

When eight-year-old Kai – custodian of a legendary treasure map – asks the Mumbai Sun team for help, Ajay knows he has landed on his next story.

The team is propelled into a journey through the Blue City of Jodhpur, to the temples of Ranakpur, and the desert city of Jaisalmer.

But a dastardly billionaire treasure hunter has heard of the map too . . .

  • The third story in the critically acclaimed series which began with Ajay and the Mumbai Sun – shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2023 and winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition
  • A series of truth, friendship and determination set in modern-day India
  • Wonderfully illustrated by Sònia Albert and starring a lovable ensemble cast of characters 

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