Tamarind and the Star of Ishta
From the author of the Costa Award-winning Asha & the Spirit Bird comes a breathtaking, magical adventure ... 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, 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 ...
The second novel by Jasbinder Bilan, author of the Costa Award-winning Asha & the Spirit Bird and a rising star in middle-grade fiction. A beautiful and emotional family drama lightly woven with magic, in a breathtaking Indian setting.
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