Xanthe & the Ruby Crown by Jasbinder Bilan (author)

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A stunning new children’s novel from the Costa Award-winning author of Asha & the Spirit Bird.

‘Sensitively written and set against a true historical backdrop, this mystical story is a delight.’ DAILY MAIL

Xanthe loves visiting her gran in her flat with its rooftop garden.

But Nani is becoming forgetful – and Xanthe wishes she could help her, if only she knew how.

A mysterious cat shows her a way. It leads Xanthe to clues about Nani’s childhood, and how, long ago, she had to escape her old life in Africa for a new one in Britain …

The fourth novel by bestselling, Costa Award-winning author Jasbinder Bilan; author of Asha & the Spirit Bird, Tamarind & the Star of Ishta and Aarti & the Blue Gods

Follows archaeology-obsessed Xanthe as she uncovers her family’s secrets

A tale of secrets, family, refugees, belonging and love

Set in a tower block in Nottingham, bringing Jasbinder’s trademark magical realism to an urban, everyday setting

Our March 2023 Ages 11+ Book of the Month

Our March 2023 Book of the Month pick for children aged 11 and over is Xanthe & the Ruby Crown. Xanthe loves visiting her gran in her flat with its rooftop garden. But Nani is becoming forgetful – and Xanthe wishes she could help her, if only she knew how. Then a mysterious cat leads Xanthe to clues about Nani’s childhood, and how, long ago, she had to escape her old life in Africa for a new one in Britain…

This is the fourth novel by bestselling, Costa Award-winning author Jasbinder Bilan; author of Asha & the Spirit Bird. A tale of secrets, family, belonging and love, it uses archaeological facts and touches on the refugee crisis. Set in a tower block in Nottingham, it brings Jasbinder’s trademark magical realism to an urban, everyday setting.

Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+
Su – Book Club Editor, Ages 7–11+

Product Details

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781913322601

Publisher

Chicken House Ltd

Date published

March 2nd, 2023

Lexile measure

800L

Other details

  • 240 pages

Condition

New

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