The Balloon Thief by Aneesa Marufu (author)

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The year’s must-read YA fantasy – ancient djinn, an epic adventure, and one girl’s courage to seek her own destiny ... Burn the flame. Seek the night.

‘Highly relevant yet utterly original, I was utterly entranced by this world of jinn, peris and hot air balloons that ache for the skies.’ LAUREN JAMES, author of THE QUIETAT THE END OF THE WORLD

For Khadija, the only escape from her father’s arranged betrothal is the sky.

When she spots a rogue hot air balloon fighting against its ropes, she leaps at the chance for adventure. Khadija soon finds an unlikely ally in a poor glassmaker’s apprentice, Jacob.

But Jacob is a hari, and Khadija a Ghadaean. The hari are oppressed and restless – their infamous terrorist group, the Hareef, have a new fearsome leader. And the ruling Ghadaeans are brutal in their repression.

Soon, a deadly revolution threatens their friendship and their world. The Hareef use forbidden magic, summoning jinn - wicked spirits made of fire – to enact their revenge, forcing Jacob and Khadija to choose what kind of a world they want to save …

A commercial, thrilling and uplifting fantasy adventure following sixteen-year-old Khadija, who flees her home in a stolen hot air balloon to escape an arranged marriage

The debut novel from enthralling new talent, twenty-four-year-old Aneesa Marufu, which draws on the author’s South Asian heritage

Explores racism, misogyny and discrimination in a highly original fantasy universe

Perfect for fans of Noughts + Crosses, We Hunt the Flame and Rebel of the Sands

Product Details

Catalogue number

1177 in SCB Offer December 2023

ISBN

9781913696078

Publisher

Chicken House Ltd

Date published

March 3rd, 2022

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.3; Upper years; 16.0 points

Other details

  • 400 pages

Condition

New

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