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Secrets of Tamarind
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Three siblings must come together to save a magical island.It's been four years since Maya, Simon, and Penny Nelson left the lost island of Tamarind. For Maya, the island is a nearly forgotten part of her childhood; for Penny, it's a secret place she can't remember, but longs to see; and for Simon, it's an adventure waiting to happen. An evil group called the Red Coral Project is lurking around the Nelson's home in Bermuda, and the children discover that the project has moved into Tamarind, and are desiccating it to ruin. Only the Nelson's can save the island.In Tamarind, there is the mystery of the magical mineral ophalla that Red Coral is greedily mining, their old pirate ship, the Pamela Jane, and the secret of their friend Helix's parentage. This time, it is up to Simon to put the clues together, and save his sisters from the island and the nefarious Red Coral Project--and defeat Red Coral before the magnificent island is put to ruin. Secrets of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar is a vivid story reminiscent of such classics as Peter Pan, full of adventure, magic, and haunting beauty. This is the stunning sequel to The Lost Island of Tamarind, and as Publishers Weekly stated in a starred review of Aguiar's first book, Secrets of Tamarind is a sequel "that readers won't want to miss." The adventure concludes in The Great Wave of Tamarind.Praise for The Book of Tamarind series: "This is a great adventure that sets the stage for a third book in the series." --School Library Journal"Rich descriptions and quirky characters will captivate fantasy genre fans." --Children's Literature"Aguiar's exciting debut novel is a cross between Peter Pan and Lost." --Publishers Weekly, starred review, for The Lost Island of Tamarind"Spunky kids, perilous pursuits and marine mystery make for a smashing good read." --Kirkus Reviews for The Lost Island of Tamarind
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About the Author

Nadia Aguiar worked in publishing in New York City for a number of years, and has also lived in Canada and London, but currently she lives on her own sub-tropical island of Bermuda, where she was born and raised. She is the author of The Lost Island of Tamarind, Secrets of Tamarind, and The Great Wave of Tamarind.

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"This is a great adventure that sets the stage for a third book in the series." --"School Library Journal" Praise for Nadia Aguiar and "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 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, "starred 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" "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" Praise for "Secrets of Tamarind" Praise for Nadia Aguiar and "The Lost Island of Tamarind" -This is a great adventure that sets the stage for a third book in the series.- --School Library Journal-Rich descriptions and quirky characters will captivate fantasy genre fans.- --Children's LiteraturePraise 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.- --Publishers Weekly, starred review -Readers will be drawn into this dangerous, magical world where anything is possible and nothing can be fully explained.- --School Library Journal "This is a great adventure that sets the stage for a third book in the series." --School Library Journal"Rich descriptions and quirky characters will captivate fantasy genre fans." --Children's LiteraturePraise 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." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "Readers will be drawn into this dangerous, magical world where anything is possible and nothing can be fully explained." --School Library Journal "This is a great adventure that sets the stage for a third book in the series. School Library Journal"Rich descriptions and quirky characters will captivate fantasy genre fans." Children's LiteraturePraise 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." Publishers Weekly, starred review "Readers will be drawn into this dangerous, magical world where anything is possible and nothing can be fully explained." School Library Journal" "This is a great adventure that sets the stage for a third book in the series. "School Library Journal""Rich descriptions and quirky characters will captivate fantasy genre fans." "Children's Literature"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." "Publishers Weekly," starred review "Readers will be drawn into this dangerous, magical world where anything is possible and nothing can be fully explained." " School Library Journal"" This is a great adventure that sets the stage for a third book in the series. "School Library Journal" Simon Nelson and his sisters, Maya and Penny, have been living in Bermuda for four years, but they miss their life at sea and the adventures they shared with their parents in a land called Tamarind. Simon, especially, is restless. When a family friend from Tamarind, Helix, shows up with an urgent request to save Tamarind, Simon joins him--and brings his sisters along by mistake! While this is clearly the second in a series, Agular connects the back story deftly, so that new readers are quickly gathered into the magical land. In his quest to save everyone, Simon discovers that he is growing up and that although adventure is sweet, family means more. Rich descriptions and quirky characters will captivate fantasy genre fans. "Dawna Lisa Buchanan, Children's Literature" After rescuing their marine-biologist parents from a mysterious island in "The Lost Island of Tamarind" (2008), feisty siblings Maya, Simon and Penny encounter more amazing adventures as they return to prevent Tamarind's destruction in this hair-raising sequel. Replete with ecological warnings applicable to real as well as fantasy worlds and glossed with lush descriptions of imaginary flora and fauna, the rapid-fire plot bristles with danger. Like Simon, Maya and Penny, readers will find it hard to leave the magical world of Tamarind. "Kirkus Reviews" 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 on The Lost Island of Tamarind" 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. "Publishers Weekly, starred review on The Lost Island of Tamarind" 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 on The Lost Island of Tamarind" 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 on The Lost Island of Tamarind"" Praise for "Secrets of Tamarind" "This is a great adventure that sets the stage for a third book in the series." --"School Library Journal" "Simon Nelson and his sisters, Maya and Penny, have been living in Bermuda for four years, but they miss their life at sea and the adventures they shared with their parents in a land called Tamarind. Simon, especially, is restless. When a family friend from Tamarind, Helix, shows up with an urgent request to save Tamarind, Simon joins him--and brings his sisters along by mistake! While this is clearly the second in a series, Agular connects the back story deftly, so that new readers are quickly gathered into the magical land. ... In his quest to save everyone, Simon discovers that he is growing up and that although adventure is sweet, family means more. ... Rich descriptions and quirky characters will captivate fantasy genre fans." --Dawna Lisa Buchanan, "Children's Literature""After rescuing their marine-biologist parents from a mysterious island in "The Lost Island of Tamarind" (2008), feisty siblings Maya, Simon and Penny encounter more amazing adventures as they return to prevent Tamarind's destruction in this hair-raising sequel. ... Replete with ecological warnings applicable to real as well as fantasy worlds and glossed with lush descriptions of imaginary flora and fauna, the rapid-fire plot bristles with danger. Like Simon, Maya and Penny, readers will find it hard to leave the magical world of Tamarind." --"Kirkus Reviews"Praise for Nadia Aguiar and "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." --"Publishers Weekly," starred 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" "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" Praise for" Secrets of Tamarind" "This is a great adventure that sets the stage for a third book in the series." --"School Library Journal" "Simon Nelson and his sisters, Maya and Penny, have been living in Bermuda for four years, but they miss their life at sea and the adventures they shared with their parents in a land called Tamarind. Simon, especially, is restless. When a family friend from Tamarind, Helix, shows up with an urgent request to save Tamarind, Simon joins him--and brings his sisters along by mistake! While this is clearly the second in a series, Agular connects the back story deftly, so that new readers are quickly gathered into the magical land. ... In his quest to save everyone, Simon discovers that he is growing up and that although adventure is sweet, family means more. ... Rich descriptions and quirky characters will captivate fantasy genre fans." --Dawna Lisa Buchanan, "Children's Literature""After rescuing their marine-biologist parents from a mysterious island in "The Lost Island of Tamarind" (2008), feisty siblings Maya, Simon and Penny encounter more amazing adventures as they return to prevent Tamarind's destruction in this hair-raising sequel. ... Replete with ecological warnings applicable to real as well as fantasy worlds and glossed with lush descriptions of imaginary flora and fauna, the rapid-fire plot bristles with danger. Like Simon, Maya and Penny, readers will find it hard to leave the magical world of Tamarind." --"Kirkus"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." --"Publishers Weekly," starred 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""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"""Treasure Island" meets "The Lost World" in this fantasy that pits three siblings--thirteen-year-old Maya, nine-year-old Simon, and eight-month-old Penny--against storms at sea, shipwreck, carnivorous plants, pirates, slavery, jungles, giants, and war. They engage in their struggles while searching for their lost parents on an island that does not exist in the known world. Maya, dissatisfied with life at sea while roaming the world with her marine biologists parents, longs for life on solid ground, but not the solid ground she encounters when a storm washes her parents overboard. Their boat, the Pamela Dean, crosses the Blue Line, taking the children out of this world and into that of the Lost Island of Tamarind. Joining them in their adventures is Helix, a teenage boy with a mysterious past who saves them from carnivorous vines and puts them on the trail to Port Town, where Maya is convinced that they will find their parents. One adventure leads to another, in true Perils of Pauline fashion, from their capture by the Child Stealer; escape in a plane piloted by another captive, an anthropologist who managed to cross the Blue Line in her plane; and their subsequent pursuit through the streets of Port Town to an encounter with pirates that places them in the middle of a war that has devastated the island. The children are finally reunited with their parents, but enough plot threads are left dangling for further adventures of Maya and company. Fans of adventure fantasy will enjoy the nonstop action and breakneck pace." --Bonnie Kunzel, "VOYA"

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