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Tamarind and the Star of Ishta

by Jasbinder Bilan (author)

Suitable for 9 - 10 years

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From the author of the Costa Award-winning Asha & the Spirit Bird comes a breathtaking, magical adventure …


Tamarind never knew her Indian mum, Chinty, 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 …

PRAISE FOR ASHA & THE SPIRIT BIRD

‘An evocative debut novel’ Guardian
‘A vivid adventure’ Observer
’... the final ending is as perfect as any fairy tale.’ BookTrust

Our September 2020 Ages 11-12 Book of the Month

Our 11+ Book of the Month pick for September is Tamarind & the Star of Ishta from Jasbinder Bilan. Bilan’s debut novel, the stunning Asha & the Spirit Bird won the 2019 Costa Award.

I have selected it because quite simply it is a beautifully written emotional family drama lightly woven with magic, in a breath-taking Indian setting. I loved it and I think it is perfect for those confident readers who want to be transported away on a magical adventure!

Tamarind never knew her Indian mum, Chinty, 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 …

Su – Book Club Editor
Su – Book Club Editor

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Catalogue number

306 in EU Primary Summer 2021, 5058 in Books and Resources for Schools Catalogue 2021/22 and 8004 in Books and Resources for Secondary Schools Catalogue 2021

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781913322175

Publisher

Chicken House Ltd

Date published

September 3rd, 2020

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.1; Middle years; 6.0 points

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  • 224 pages

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