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The lost island of Tamarind, Nadia Aguiar

Label
The lost island of Tamarind
Title
The lost island of Tamarind
Statement of responsibility
Nadia Aguiar
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Thirteen-year-old Maya, who has spent her life at sea with her marine biologist parents, yearns for a normal life, but when a storm washes her parents overboard, life becomes anything but normal for Maya, her younger brother and baby sister, as they land at a mysterious, uncharted island filled with danger
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Review
  • Gr. 7-10 Maya has spent her whole life in the close quarters of the Pamela Jane with her marine biologist parents, her younger brother Simon, and her baby sister, and she's ready for a normal life on land. After a storm washes their parents overboard and blows the ship off course, the children manage to steer the boat to an unknown island. Turns out, the island, populated by exotic creatures and surrounded by pirates, is the one from their father's bedtime stories. As they search for their parents, the children face many dangers and see many strange sights—man-eating vines, a child-stealing sorceress, giants, mermaids—and find themselves caught in a war over a mysterious substance called ophalla. The more they learn about the island, they more obvious the connections become with their parents' unusual research and the shadowy origins of the Pamela Jane. Maya is resourceful and intelligent as well as sympathetic, and the large cast of characters she interacts with are all distinct. Part mystery, part fantasy, part survival story, this rousing adventure has something for everyone. -- Hutley, Krista (Reviewed 11-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number , p)
  • Gr 5–8— Maya, 13; her younger brother, Simon; and baby Penny are left adrift and alone on the ship on which they live after their marine-scientist parents go overboard during a mighty storm. When the storm pushes the Pamela Jane into the land of Tamarind, the children fall into the middle of a long war over a magical mineral. This war has decimated the civilization and left the people to fear for their lives. Moving man-eating vines entrap the children and their ship, tribes of terrified people live in trees in the clouds, a Stealer of children enslaves the young to dig in her mine for the precious mineral, and pirates lurk around every cove. It is up to Maya and Simon to find their parents, and in the process, they just might help end the war. 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. The adventure moves along at a fast clip, and, as each chapter passes, the children develop more as characters. The language and style of writing evoke wonderful images of fantastical creatures such as giants and mermaids. 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.—Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada --Jennifer-Lynn Draper (Reviewed October 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 10, p138)
  • /* Starred Review */ Aguiar’s exciting debut novel is a cross between Peter Pan and Lost . Thirteen-year-old Maya Nelson is sick of living at sea on the Pamela Jane with her brother, Simon, and baby sister, Penny, while her parents conduct research. After a sudden storm, Maya’s parents fall overboard and Maya desperately sails the boat, landing on Tamarind, an island that has been the setting for ongoing stories told by her father and that has been cut off from the outside world. Ruled by pirates and devastated by civil war, the island poses one peril after another. As Maya and Simon hike through dense jungle, tending to Penny, they meet dynamic characters including the orphan Helix, a jaguar-riding child stealer and a girl who looks uncannily like Maya. When pirates kidnap Simon and Penny, Maya must race to find her parents and rescue her siblings. 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. Ages 10–14. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed October 27, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 43, p55)
  • Stranded on a lost island, a teen faces nail-biting adventures searching for her missing parents in this fantasy cliffhanger. Maya has lived her 13 years aboard the Pamela Jane sailing through the Caribbean with her marine biologist parents, her brother Simon and baby sister. Until recently Maya loved life at sea, but now all she wants is to live with her grandmother in Bermuda, go to school and have friends. During a freak storm, Maya's parents are washed overboard while winds propel the Pamela Jane to Tamarind, an unknown island populated by fantastical plants and creatures. In breathtaking succession, Maya and Simon encounter carnivorous vines, flying fish, treacherous pirates, a mad zoologist, giant turtles, warring soldiers, a tribe living in treetops, a mysterious lady riding a jaguar, singing mermaids, giants and a glowing substance called ophalla. 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. (Fantasy. 10-14) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
289999
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Aguiar, Nadia
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 010-014
  • 880L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.A26876
LC item number
Los 2008
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Book of Tamarind
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Iceland
  • Magic
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Pirates
  • Giants
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Islands
  • Magic
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Pirates
  • Giants
  • War
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The lost island of Tamarind, Nadia Aguiar
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
715227
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
437 pages
Isbn
9780312380298
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2008005623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780312380298
  • (OCoLC)213451416
Label
The lost island of Tamarind, Nadia Aguiar
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
715227
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
437 pages
Isbn
9780312380298
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2008005623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780312380298
  • (OCoLC)213451416

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