Asha and the Spirit Bird

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

Asha lives on the family farm with her mother in rural India. Her father is away working in the city, and when the money he sends stops suddenly, a wicked aunt arrives.

She’s determined to seize the property – and the treasure rumoured to be hidden on the land. Guided by a majestic bird which Asha believes to be the spirit of her grandmother, she and her best friend Jeevan embark on a journey to the city, across the Himalayas, to find her father and save her home …

A gorgeously original magical-realist Indian adventure and the winner of the 2017 Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition.

My Thoughts

This book transported me to a world I've never before visited and one I urge you to explore.

With one foot in a deeply spiritual reality and the other in an enchanted, magical world, every page is a feast for the senses bringing smells and colours and rituals and beliefs that nourish the imagination and propel the story forward beautifully

And I have to mention the cover - look at the front, look at the back - they are a feast for the eyes and a perfect reflection of the treat that is in store for the reader within.



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