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Asha & the spirit bird

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781911490197

Publication Date: 7 Feb 2019

Subject: Children's novels

Suitable for: Primary (Year 6)

AR: 5.3 MY

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A girl travels across the Himalaya Mountains guided by a bird she believes to be the spirit of her grandmother as she ventures from her rural home to the city to find her missing father.

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A girl travels across the Himalaya Mountains guided by a bird she believes to be the spirit of her grandmother as she ventures from her rural home to the city to find her missing father.

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 - will be watching over her.

Librarian's note, this title covers themes such as resilience, courage, determination and perseverance.

NOTE : Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2019

NOTE: Branford Boase Award Longlist 2020

Awards
  • Winner - Costa Childen's Book Award 2020
  • Shortlisted - Waterstones Children's Book Prize (Younger fiction) 2020
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JF
Subject
Children's novels
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Pub. date
7 Feb 2019
Edition
Original
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9781911490197
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Paperback
Pages
276
Width
128mm
Height
198mm
Weight
214g
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