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Jan 08, 2020
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India-born author bags UK children's book award

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India-born author Jasbinder Bilan has bagged a coveted UK children's book award for her debut novel 'Asha and the Spirit Bird',. The story set in the Himalayan territory of her Indian roots and inspired by the special childhood bond with her grandmother. Bilan will receive 5,000 pounds as the winner of the award.

Her winning debut work follows eleven-year-old Asha, who is empowered with spiritual connections to her grandmother as she journeys through the wild and dangerous Himalayas with her best friend Jeevan.


Bilan's book was shortlisted from 144 entries alongside ‘Crossfire' by Malorie Blackman, ‘In the Shadow of Heroes' by Nicholas Bowling and ‘Furious Thing' by Jenny Downham.

 

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