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Asha & the Spirit Bird

Asha & the Spirit Bird

Published: 7 Feb 2019

Paperback / softback, 288 pages

Recommended for age 9+

By Jasbinder Bilan

Published by Chicken House Ltd

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This book features in the Upper KS2 Magical Mansion collection which is part of The Reading Journey

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, 

Tagged India , magic and top pick

Nikki Gamble caught up with Jasbinder Bilan to talk about her new novel, Tamarind and the Star of Ishta. This novel is Jasbinder's take on The Secret Garden, free from the trappings of colonialism. The story is, however, wholly original. Listen in to find out more.

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A collection of 20 classic books for year 5. These books have stood the test of time because they are well-loved by children, teachers, librarians and parents.

  • Bridge to Terabothia
  • Grimms Fairy Tales
  • The Railway Children
  • Moondial
  • Five Children and It
  • Cosmic
  • How To Live Forever
  • The Dam
  • Coming to England
  • Letters from the Lighthouse
  • Who Let the Gods Out?
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  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • Coraline
  • Cogheart
  • Varmints
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  • Boy In The Tower
  • The Silver Sword

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