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The Balloon Thief

Written by Aneesa Marufu

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Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 13+ readers Gritty Reads

The Balloon Thief Synopsis

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. 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

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ISBN: 9781913696078
Publication date: 03/03/2022
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913696078
Publication date: 3rd March 2022
Author: Aneesa Marufu
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Gritty Reads
Collections: 2022 Book Preview: Must Read Books To Look Forward To,

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