Aarti & the Blue Gods by Jasbinder Bilan



This is an exciting and mysterious tale of friendship, hope, and belonging. It’s about a girl called Aarti who lives on a remote and lonely island with her aunt Amelie. Aarti’s only friend is a fox named Chand and she knows nothing about her past, but with the help of a cuddly toy rabbit and a strange new friend, Aarti begins to unlock the veiled secrets of her childhood…

I would recommend this beautiful book to both boys and girls aged 9-11.

By: Lupita (age 10). Rating: 4.5/5.

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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.

Jasbinder is the author of the Costa Book Award-winning Asha & the Spirit Bird and Indie Book Award-winning Tamarind & the Star of Ishta.

Themes of identity, faith and belonging with a stunning twist in an evocative and remote Scottish island setting