Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan
Asha and the Spirit Bird is one girl's quest to find her father and an incredible journey over the Himalayas. Asha lives with her mother in a village in India at the base of the Himalayas. Her father, who has gone to the city to work, has gone silent and the money has stopped. Asha and her best friend embark on a journey to find him with the help of her grandmother who is reincarnated as a bird as well as many friends they meet along the way. This book is such a great glimpse into the lives of kids in modern India as well as an introduction to Hindu mythology and philosophy all while being a page-turning adventure!