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Secrets of Tamarind

Secrets of Tamarind

The Book of Tamarind (Volume 2)

Nadia Aguiar

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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.

Nadia Aguiar's sequel to The Lost Island of Tamarind, crafts a vivid story reminiscent of such classics as Peter Pan, full of adventure, magic, and haunting beauty.

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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

“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

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Read the Kirkus Review of SECRETS OF TAMARIND . After rescuing their marine-biologist parents from a mysterious island in <em>The Lost Island of Tamarind <em>(2008), feisty siblings Maya, Simon and Penny encounter more amazing adventures as they return to prevent Tamarind's destruction in this hair-raising sequel. - Kirkus Reviews

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Nadia Aguiar

Nadia Aguiar's first novel, The Lost Island of Tamarind, was called "a smashing good read" by Kirkus Reviews. Nadia holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She lives with her husband in Bermuda, where she was born and raised.

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