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Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan

Asha & the Spirit Bird

Jasbinder Bilan

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Chicken House Ltd
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Publication date: 7 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781911490197

In an unforgettable adventure set in contemporary India, Asha is guided by a majestic bird which she believes to be the spirit of her grandmother. Together with her best friend, Jeevan, she embarks on a journey across the Himalayas to find her missing father and save her home ...

1 Prize for Asha and the Spirit Bird

Costa Book Awards
2019 Shortlist

Costa Children’s Book Award

Judges: “Imaginative, magical, heartrending and hopeful.”


4 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
2 Mar 2019

"Bilan creates a vivid world"

There is fire and fury, and then a happy ending — a little too neat, perhaps, with new tractors and a mango-chutney export business for Mum. Yet this is a fantastic debut and Bilan creates a vivid world in which Asha and Javeen are our firm friends.

4 stars out of 5
Kitty Empire
14 Jan 2019

"The words do justice to the pictures."

the debut from Jasbinder Bilan, winner of her publisher’s children’s fiction competition in 2017 – hits you with lush tropical artwork: namaste, illustrator Aitch and designer Helen Crawford-White.

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.