Jasmine Skies

Jasmine Skies was published on March 29th 2012.

Long listed for the Carnegie Prize 2013
Voted as a 'Recommended Read' by The School Library Association.
Jasmine Skies' is also to be published by Albert Whitman in the USA.
Shortlisted  for the Coventry Book Awards (Voted for by readers)  in the ' Read It or Else Category!' 
Selected by The Book Trust  on a School Librarian's list for Reading Groups as a 'Future Classic.'

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My second novel follows Mira on the greatest adventure of her life.
When Mira steps onto an aeroplane to Kolkata, India she has no idea how much her life is about to change...or what she is about to discover through her stolen letters.

Jasmine Skies is a story about tracing your history. If you read letters that are not for your eyes... beware of what you might find... or who and what you might end up falling in love with.

These are the reviews so far...

'I really wish Sita had been writing when I was growing up as this beautiful heartfelt book explores so eloquently the need to find your history in order to find yourself. '
Meera Syal

'I've just finished reading Jasmine Skies and absolutely loved it. Sita Brahmachari has such a loving touch with the way she delicately and compassionately picks her way through experiences, families and relationships. She has an absolutely sure voice when writing about adolescence and teenagers.'
Jamila Gavin

‘Sometimes second books can be disappointing. This one most certainly isn't. In fact, I think it's even better than the first. Its skill lies in making her reader really feel that intimate tug and pull of family relationships as well as the confusing ups and downs of teenage love, and in this book she also shows us facets of India not often seen in children's books... Mira is as tenacious and endearing as ever, and the tantalising ending promises what would be (for me) a welcome third volume in the series.'
Lucy Coats - Scribble City Fridays

'Everything about Brahmachari’s novel is mesmerising, from the vivid descriptions of the sunsets, the rivers, the gardens, the food, the flowers, the markets, and most importantly, the people. Brahmachari has a delicate yet poignant way of writing about both the splendor and the grim side of Kolkata. All in all, the beautiful prose and grasping story was a delight to read and brought the world of Kolkata to me during my daily commute on the London Underground.'
Dina Patel - South Asian Literature Festival

From Jenny at Good Reads
'It was such good escapism, and was so much better (for me) than Artichoke Hearts because Mira was older and I could connect with her better. Also she was experiencing something I've experienced (admittedly not in the same country but I would love to visit India one day) and I felt like I understood her and just wanted to hug her the whole time. Brilliant read, great characters and a flowing plot written in a wonderful style. Just what I needed to freshen my brain from all that revision! '

Here are some links to other reviews and interviews on Blog Posts:

Blabbabout Books on depictions in old and new India in YA Literature: http://babbleabout.co.uk/2012/06/15/from-india-to-london-and-back-again-the-wheel-of-surya-by-jamila-gavin-and-jasmine-skies-by-sita-brahmachari-plus-stunning-images-from-the-arts-of-the-sikh-kingdoms-edited-by-susan-stronge/

Red House Blog: Exploring history and identity in Jasmine Skies

Maya's Musings:


And this one from Australia! The reviewer picked up a copy in Delhi airport!


Jasmine Skies is published by Macmillan Children's Books
Edited by Sam Swinnerton