Waterstones Aarti & the Blue Gods

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Price: £7.99

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Description: From the author of the Costa Award-winning Asha & the Spirit Bird and Tamarind & the Star of Ishta comes a atmospheric, magical adventure with a stunning twist. Aarti has lived on the island with Aunt for as long as she can remember. Like the weather, Aunt rules her world with rare warmth. Aarti's only comforts are a book of Indian myths full of blue gods, a fox's friendship, and a toy rabbit she finds in a locked room. Then, she learns Aunt has been feeding her lies. Fate intervenes when a half-drowned boy washes up on the beach. With his help, Aarti hopes to remember who she really is. and perhaps find a way home. The mesmerising third novel from one of the most exciting writers of middle-grade fiction. Themes of identity, faith and belonging with a stunning twist in an evocative and remote Scottish island setting. Waterstones Aarti & the Blue Gods - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Product ID: 9781913322595

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ISBN: 9781913322595

 
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Author: Fray bentos

Rating: 5

Review: I read this with my 9 year old daughter and we both loved it. Also loved the book about Tamarind by the same author. Really beautifully written and quite gripping.

 

Author: Asha Krishna

Rating: 4

Review: This is the third book that I have picked up by this author and I have grown to love her style now. Bilan's books are a beautiful mix of magic realism interspersed with cultural references. This one is no different. Gist: Aarti has always lived with her temperamental aunt on this island for as long as she can remember. They live off the land alone and Aarti has never known anything different. However, she keeps getting these flashback images about a living a different life lived elsewhere. One day when she gets into a locked room, and stumbles on certain things that make her question her present and delve into her past. My review: Bilan's forte is magic realism and this story brims with it. The amalgamation of cultures into her story - in this case Indian and the Druid cultures - makes for an interesting reading experience. Her stories now are beginning to have a set pattern and it is easier to predict how the story is going to flow. Although the familiarity feels great, perhaps a bit more exploration in terms of style and themes will sustain that "wow" factor that drew the reader to the first two books. Bilan is good at handling senstive subjects like grief, acceptance in her stories for the young reader. It is for this reason alone, that I am confident about gifting a Bilan book to a young reader, knowing well that she will be in good hands. If you have read her other books this one may not be up to the mark, but if you haven't read her before, this standalone book is a good introduction to her writing.

 

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