From the author of the Costa Award-winning Asha & the Spirit Bird comes a breathtaking, magical adventure …
WINNER OF THE INDIE CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD
LONGLISTED FOR THE BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD
‘I absolutely adored it … an achingly beautiful story’ Sita Brahmachari
‘A lush, gorgeous setting in a novel as vivid and original as her Costa-winning debut.’ The Guardian
‘Beautifully written, richly atmospheric and touchingly spiritual, this brief novel sparkles like a polished gem’ Daily Mail
Tamarind never knew her Indian mum, who died soon after she was born.
So when she arrives at her ancestral home, a huge mansion in the Himalayas surrounded by luxuriant gardens, she’s full of questions for her extended family.
But instead of answers, she finds an ominous silence – and a trickle of intriguing clues: an abandoned hut, a friendly monkey, a glowing star ring, and a strange girl in the garden who calls herself Ishta.
Slowly, Tamarind unravels a mystery at the heart of who she is …
- The second novel by Jasbinder Bilan, author of the Costa Award-winning Asha & the Spirit Bird and a rising star in middle-grade fiction.
- Perfect for readers aged 9 and up – for fans of Kiran Millwood Hargrave.Â
- A beautiful and emotional family drama lightly woven with magic, in a breathtaking Indian setting.