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Asha & the Spirit Bird: winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2019

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Author: Bilan, JasbinderEdition: 1Binding: PaperbackNumber Of Pages: 288Release Date: 07-02-2019Details: Product Description   Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2019 Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2017Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2019Chosen as one of the Guardian's Best Books of...

Author: Bilan, Jasbinder

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 288

Release Date: 07-02-2019

Details: Product Description   Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2019 Winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2017Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2020Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2019Chosen as one of the Guardian's Best Books of 2019 'This book is such a light-filled, huge-hearted delight of an adventure.' KATHERINE RUNDELL 'An evocative debut novel ... satisfyingly classic in feel' GUARDIAN 'A heartfelt and mystical children's adventure story.' TELEGRAPH Asha lives in the foothills of the Himalayas. Money is tight and she misses her papa who works in the city. When he suddenly stops sending his wages, a ruthless moneylender ransacks their home and her mother talks of leaving. From her den in the mango tree, Asha makes a pact with her best friend, Jeevan, to find her father and make things right. But the journey is dangerous: they must cross the world's highest mountains and face hunger, tiredness – even snow leopards. And yet, Asha has the unshakeable sense that the spirit bird of her grandmother – her nanijee – is watching over her ... A gorgeously original and magical adventure set in India, for children aged 9 and up. From the author of Tamarind & the Star of Ishta – longlisted for the Blue Peter Book Prize. Explores themes of faith, family and friendship while capturing the wild, rich heart of contemporary India. Review 'An evocative debut novel ... satisfyingly classic in feel' ( The Guardian) '[A] warm, comforting story ... the final ending is as perfect as any fairy tale.' ( Booktrust) 'The words do justice to the pictures. If one of the gifts of fiction is to proffer unfamiliar footwear in which to walk a while, Bilan's story is an eye-opening adventure, with one sandalled foot in atmospheric realism and a toe-hold in the mythical.' ( The Observer) 'This story will transport you to snowy forests, mountain temples and bustling cities' ( The Week Junior) '... weaves themes of faith, friendship and greed into a vibrant adventure with a rich seam of magical realism.' ( The Bookseller) ' Immerse yourself in a lush world of spirit birds, mango trees, snow leopards and majestic mountains in a sumptuous and sizzling debut novel ... guaranteed to win the hearts and minds of middle grade readers.' ( Lancashire Evening Post) 'This is just a really, really gorgeous book filled with so much heart. I'm so happy I got the chance to read it.' ( The Whispering of the Pages) - - - - - ---

Package Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.0 x 0.8 inches

Languages: English

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