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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.
Aguiar's exciting debut novel is a cross between Peter Pan and Lost. Thirteen-year-old Maya Nelson is sick of living at sea on the Pamela Jane with her brother, Simon, and baby sister, Penny, while her parents conduct research. After a sudden storm, Maya's parents fall overboard and Maya desperately sails the boat, landing on Tamarind, an island that has been the setting for ongoing stories told by her father and that has been cut off from the outside world. Ruled by pirates and devastated by civil war, the island poses one peril after another. As Maya and Simon hike through dense jungle, tending to Penny, they meet dynamic characters including the orphan Helix, a jaguar-riding child stealer and a girl who looks uncannily like Maya. When pirates kidnap Simon and Penny, Maya must race to find her parents and rescue her siblings. 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. Ages 10-14. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Gr 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 Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"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 current