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The Wheel of Surya

The Wheel of Surya

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

A beautiful new edition of the first volume in the Surya Trilogy by Whitbread award-winning author Jamila Gavin. India, August 1947: Fleeing from their burnt-out village as civil war rages in the Punjab, Marvinder and Jaspal are separated from their mother, Jhoti. Marvinder has already saved her brother's life once, but now they both face a daily fight for survival. Together they escape across India and nearly halfway around the world to England, to find a father they hardly know in a new, hostile culture... A powerful story of culture, class, family and faith set against the backdrop of Indian independence and the Partition of India and Pakistan. Perfect for fans of The Bone Sparrow, Morris Gleitzman's Once, and Katherine Rundell's The Wolf Wilder. ---- Jamila was born in Mussoorie, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas. Her Indian father and English mother met as teachers in Iran and by the age of eleven she had lived in an Indian palace in the Punjab, a flat in a bombed out street in Shepherd's Bush, a bungalow in Poona, near Mumbai and a terraced house in Ealing. She settled into a little town cottage in Stroud, Gloucestershire twenty five years ago but she still loves to travel. She won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year award with her book Coram Boy in 2000.

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 17: The Enchanted Horse

Oxford Reading Tree TreeTops Greatest Stories: Oxford Level 17: The Enchanted Horse

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2016

Scheherazade must use her wits to save her from death. Every night for one thousand and one nights, she weaves captivating tales of genies, lamps, flying horses and sorcery, transporting the reader into magical and lavishly illustrated worlds. Will her honeyed words be enough to sweeten the mood of the angry king? TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales

Blackberry Blue And Other Fairy Tales

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Prepare to enter a world of magicians, enchanted forests, talking animals and wicked witches . . . Here are six magical stories to thrill and enchant you. Watch Blackberry Blue rise from the bramble patch; follow Emeka the pathfinder on his mission to save a lost king; join Princess Desire as she gallops across the Milky Way on her jet-black horse. These beautifully written and original stories will delight readers of all ages, and the stunning illustrations by Richard Collingridge will take your breath away.

The Blood Stone

The Blood Stone

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2014

One diamond - a world of spies, death and deception. In Venice, the diamond promises wealth and prestige to greedy Bernardo Pagliarin. At the court of the Great Moghul in Agra, it holds the key to the throne itself. For Filippo and his family, the stone is worth far more. It could bring their father back from the dead. From the bustling markets of seventeenth-century Venice to the majestic palaces of Hindustan, acclaimed author Jamila Gavin takes the reader on an unforgettable quest across desert, sea and mountains.

Alexander the Great Man, Myth or Monster?

Alexander the Great Man, Myth or Monster?

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2012

A beautifully illustrated biography of Alexander the Great by a Whitbread Award-winner. Who was Alexander? Myth or man? God or devil? He claimed to be Zeus' son and even in his own lifetime wild legends sprang up about him. Above all, Alexander was a hero - brave, wily, handsome and inspiring. This richly illustrated biography skilfully interweaves accounts of Alexander's battle campaigns with legends from each newly conquered country. From Greece and Egypt to Persia and India, the stories of the great mythical heroes Achilles, Gilgamesh, and many others echo Alexander's own charmed life.

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

A compelling biography of Alexander the Great by a Whitbread Award-winner.Who was Alexander? Myth or man? God or devil? He claimed to be Zeus' son and even in his own lifetime wild legends sprang up about him. Above all, Alexander was a hero - brave, wily, handsome and inspiring. This part-illustrated biography skilfully interweaves accounts of Alexander's battle campaigns with legends from each newly conquered country. From Greece and Egypt to Persia and India, the stories of the great mythical heroes Achilles, Gilgamesh, and many others echo Alexander's own charmed life.

Three Indian Goddesses

Three Indian Goddesses

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2011

Enter the magical and exotic world of the Indian goddesses... Three contemporary stories inspired by Hindu tales Shanta and the Goddess Kali: Shanta is chosen to dance for the gods at the temple by the sea. It's a great honour, but Shanta is terrified - the goddess Kali has put a terrible curse on the temple... Amrita and the Goddess Lakshmi: Hanuman the Monkey God takes Amrita into the story of Diwali to see Prince Rama tricked and Princess Sita kidnapped by the terrifying Lord of the Demons. Amrita will then witness the most terrifying battle on earth... Anil and Kiki and the Goddess Durga: When their cousin Durga comes to stay, Anil and Kiki find her a bit unusual. Strangely, she seems to know what's going on in their minds. But when trouble threatens, Durga turns out to be a very useful person to know...

Tales From India

Tales From India

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2011

A collection of cherished Hindu stories, including tales of creation, the birth of the gods and the arrival of humans. Come on a journey with master storyteller Jamila Gavin as she writes of great floods, romance and epic battles between good and evil. Illuminated by Amanda Hall's delicate, colourful artwork, which reflects influences of both classical and contemporary Indian art styles, Tales from India is a sumptuous addition to the Collector's Classics series.

School for Princes Stories from the Panchatantra

School for Princes Stories from the Panchatantra

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2011

How can a king knock some sense into his silly sons so that they grow up sensible young men? A wise man tells the king that he can do the job in six weeks. Every time one of the boys says or does something rash, the sage will put him back on the straight and narrow by telling him a cautionary tale - the story of a proud hare, or perhaps an owl, or a crow... This collection of fables, known as the Panchatantra and familiar all over Asia, were first told, then written down in Sanskrit over 2,000 years ago. Jamila Gavin brings them alove for modern readers by telling the story of the wise man and the young princes as original stories framing the classic animal fables. The result is a powerful and unique vision of this classic Indian work.

Danger by Moonlight

Danger by Moonlight

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

Journey into the East with Whitbread Award-winning Jamila Gavin in this historical adventure for junior readers. Twelve-year-old Filippo has never known his father - the jeweller who created the priceless Ocean of the Moon diamond. But when a mysterious visitor claims the jeweller has been kidnapped, Filippo sets off on a dangerous journey into the East, encountering bandits, warlords and greedy shahs all with one aim in common: to find and claim the precious diamond. But Filippo has a secret of his own; and on this journey, he can trust no one.

The Whistling Monster: Stories from Around the World

The Whistling Monster: Stories from Around the World

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2009

All children love stories. Here, master storyteller Jamila Gavin draws them from the four corners of the globe: The Whistling Monster , a cautionary tale from Brazil; The Coming of Raven , a creation myth from Canada; The Birth of Krishna , an ancient legend from India... Full of mystery, wit and wisdom, with enduring themes of good versus evil, these ten tales have survived hundreds of years of retelling to become favourites among children all around the world.

See No Evil

See No Evil

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: eBook Release Date: 26/05/2009

This spellbinding haunted-house story takes place within the confines of a grand London mansion, a place where shadowy characters are always coming and going, almost like ghosts. But when twelve-year-old Nettie's beloved tutor disappears, the cloistered yet savvy girl must pull her head out of the sand and find out why. In her search, she makes a friend and turns detective, coming apart yet coming alive as she discovers deeply disturbing things about her father and how he funds her family's extravagant lifestyle - through human trafficking. The award-winning author's new novel is a rich and riveting story about the dangers of turning a blind eye to unsightly events and unsavory possibilities.

Coram Boy

Coram Boy

Author: Jamila Gavin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2005

The National Theatre's 2005 Christmas show: an expert dramatisation of this Whitbread Children's Book Award-winner. A fitting follow-up to His Dark Materials , Jamila Gavin's Whitbread Award-winning Coram Boy , set in the 18th century, is a tale of two cities - Gloucester and London - and of two boys: Toby, saved from an African slave ship, and Aaron, illegitimate heir to a great estate. Also a tale of fathers and sons: slave-trader Otis and his son Meshak; and landowner Sir William Ashbrook and the son he disinherits. This is the story where the National Theatre has chosen its Christmas show on its biggest stage: last occupied at this time of year by His Dark Materials. Cleverly, they have also chosen Helen Edmundson to adapt it, who has already fashioned magnificent plays out of The Mill on the Floss , Anna Karenina and War and Peace . The result - with a cast of twenty and sumptuous sets and costumes - is set fair to be another box-office smash.

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