The Lost Island of Tamarind
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The Lost Island of Tamarind

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Three children. Alone on the ocean waves, after a fierce storm throws their parents from the Pamela Jane into the icy waters below. Maya, Simon and Penny now face a wild rescue adventure that will lead them to a truly magical place ...Imagine an island with green mountains looming over pink sandy beaches and tide pools lit by the moon. An island with the darkest of secrets, where pirates lurk and jaguars roam - and a precious stone holds a power that is both wondrous and terrifying. This is where the children must go. No one from the Outside has escaped the island before. Danger is everywhere. But they can't turn back now. Could you? The first in a magical trilogy about the mysterious island of Tamarind. Narnia meets Neverland for a new generation! This magical adventure story is perfect for girls and boys aged 9-12. - A magical debut from a wonderful new writer. - Sleeping jaguars, menacing pirates, singing mermaids and a tropical island setting...show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 309g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PUFFIN
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141323868
  • 9780141323862
  • 179,204

Review quote

"The book's magic . . . lies in Aguiar's precise, often lyrical descriptions. A native and resident of Bermuda, she writes with authority about daily life in the tropics. . . . Aguiar uses her knack for realistic details equally well in the magical parts. . . . "The Lost Island of Tamarind" has a gentle spirit, tempering its dangers with warmth."--"The New York Times Book Review""" "Aguiar's exciting debut novel is a cross between "Peter P"an and "Lost" . . . Developed with seeming ease, each new character advances the plot logically and fluidly. The storytelling, intricate as it is, builds to a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. All signs point to a sequel--one that readers won't want to miss."--"Publishers Weekly""" "Each detail of this fantasy is crafted with care; readers will be drawn into this dangerous, magical world where anything is possible and nothing can be fully explained . . . Young people will be transported to a world so different from the one they currentshow more

About Nadia Aguiar

Nadia Aguiar received a BA from McMaster University in Canada and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. She worked in publishing in New York City for a number of years, and has also lived in London, but currently she lives on her own sub-tropical island of Bermuda, where she was born and raised.show more

Review Text

Stranded on a lost island, a teen faces nail-biting adventures searching for her missing parents in this fantasy cliffhanger. Maya has lived her 13 years aboard the Pamela Jane sailing through the Caribbean with her marine biologist parents, her brother Simon and baby sister. Until recently Maya loved life at sea, but now all she wants is to live with her grandmother in Bermuda, go to school and have friends. During a freak storm, Maya's parents are washed overboard while winds propel the Pamela Jane to Tamarind, an unknown island populated by fantastical plants and creatures. In breathtaking succession, Maya and Simon encounter carnivorous vines, flying fish, treacherous pirates, a mad zoologist, giant turtles, warring soldiers, a tribe living in treetops, a mysterious lady riding a jaguar, singing mermaids, giants and a glowing substance called ophalla. As she bounces from one adventure to the next, Maya forgets all about having a normal life and longs just to have her family reunited. Spunky kids, perilous pursuits and marine mystery make for a smashing good read. (Fantasy. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews)show more
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