The Lost Island of Tamarind
By Nadia Aguiar
(Feiwel & Friends, Hardcover, 9780312380298, 448pp.)
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
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Maya Nelson isn’t your typical thirteen-year-old. She’s spent her whole life living on the sea with her marine biologist parents, her younger brother, Simon, and baby sister, Penny. Maya used to love living on a sailboat, but lately, everything feels terribly claustrophobic. Maya longs to go to school on land. To make friends. To lead a normal life. But when a violent storm hits and Maya’s parents are washed overboard, life becomes anything but normal. The children manage to steer the boat toward a mysterious island, to a place that doesn’t exist on a map.
Welcome to Tamarind, where fish can fly, pirates patrol the waters, jaguars lurk, the islanders are at war, and an evil, child-stealing enchantress rules the jungle.
Maya never imagined she’d have to face so many dangers. But then, who could have imagined a place like Tamarind. . . .?
In her stunning first novel, Nadia Aguiar presents a heart-pounding adventure tale about a haunting, fantastical island cut off from the outside world.
NADIA AGUIAR received a BA from McMaster University in Canada and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia. She currently lives in Bermuda, where she was born and raised.
Praise for The Lost Island of Tamarind: “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 Pan 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."--STARRED REVIEW, 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 currently inhabit, following along as Maya and Simon escape their adversaries and struggle to survive in this hostile land.”--School Library Journal “Stranded on a lost island, a teen faces nail-biting adventures searching for her missing parents in this fantasy cliffhanger…. 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.”--Kirkus Reviews