The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar

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The book deals very well with the theme of growing up and becoming independent from your parents.


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.


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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.
Published September 30, 2008 by Feiwel & Friends. 449 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Esther37 on Aug 05 2012

The book deals very well with the theme of growing up and becoming independent from your parents.

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