Another World Book Day arrives and the list of choices for your £1 book token is great this year. Here is a list of all the authors and if you click on the name it will take you to their page on the Children’s Book Sequels website, where you can discover all of their books and links to the authors website.
Also look out for BBC World Book Day live lessons 2pm bbc.com/ livelessons
Asha and her family live in the foothills of the Himalayas. Her father has gone to work in the big city, to earn more money for his family. But nothing has been heard from him for months. No money has arrived and debt collectors are bullying Asha’s mother. Asha and her best friend Jeevan decide they have to do something and that involves finding her father. Armed with an address in the big city, they run away, to travel to the temple at the head of the Ganges, to pray for help and then on to the big city. It isn’t an easy journey, but they have help in the form of a lamagaia, a bearded vulture, which Asha believes is the spirit of her grandmother, who has passed away.
Full of adventures including a close encounter with a snow tiger, this is a wonderful debut novel. The descriptions of the Himalayas, from the foothills to the temple at Karase, the noisy chaos of the big city, Zanapur, all come together beautifully.
Jasbinder Bilan is a
graduate of the wonderful creative writing MA at Bath spa university.
I can remember her
coming into the children’s library in Bath a few years ago and telling me she
was starting a new adventure at Bath Spa University and going to take an MA in
creative writing. Well that adventure has created Asha and Javeen and brought us
the smells and colours of Asha’s mother’s cooking.
We have added some new icons to the Children’s Book Sequels website. previously the links were in the main paragraph or in the links page but now they are much easier to find. There is now a link and icon to the blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed in the menu at the top of every page. Follow us on social media and read about all the wonderful and amazing things that go on in the world of children’s books.
For many years illustrators have been the poor relation in books for older children, but with more books being illustrated, they need to have a bigger presence. So finally we are adding an “Illustrated by” field on the Children’s Book Sequels website. Yes, I know, about time. I now need help from you to share this news everywhere and get any illustrators you know to check the Children’s Book Sequels website and if there is a series on there that they have illustrated, please let me know. There is a contact me form on the website.