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The Lost Island of Tamarind (The Book of Tamarind) Paperback – March 28, 2017
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Grade 5–8—Maya, 13; her younger brother, Simon; and baby Penny are left adrift and alone on the ship on which they live after their marine-scientist parents go overboard during a mighty storm. When the storm pushes the Pamela Jane into the land of Tamarind, the children fall into the middle of a long war over a magical mineral. This war has decimated the civilization and left the people to fear for their lives. Moving man-eating vines entrap the children and their ship, tribes of terrified people live in trees in the clouds, a Stealer of children enslaves the young to dig in her mine for the precious mineral, and pirates lurk around every cove. It is up to Maya and Simon to find their parents, and in the process, they just might help end the war. 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. The adventure moves along at a fast clip, and, as each chapter passes, the children develop more as characters. The language and style of writing evoke wonderful images of fantastical creatures such as giants and mermaids. Young people will be transported to a world so different from the one they currently inhabit, following along as Maya and Simon escape their adversaries and struggle to survive in this hostile land.—Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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"Aguiar's exciting debut novel is a cross between Peter Pan and Lost. . . . Developed with seeming ease, each new character advances the plot logically and fluidly.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"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. . . . The Lost Island of Tamarind has a gentle spirit, tempering its dangers with warmth.” ―The New York Times Book Review
"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 currently inhabit, following along as Maya and Simon escape their adversaries and struggle to survive in this hostile land.” ―School Library Journal
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I could not put it down.
The descriptions were so vivid, you felt like you were actually there in this adventure.
Great book, totally enjoyed it, even as an adult.