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Tamarind and the Star of Ishta

Tamarind & the Star of Ishta

Published: 3 Sep 2020

Paperback / softback, 224 pages

Recommended for age 9+ and 11+

By Jasbinder Bilan

Published by Chicken House Ltd

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Tamarind never knew her Indian mum, 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 ...

Tagged families , home and belonging , mountains and top pick

Nikki Gamble caught up with Jasbinder Bilan to talk about her new novel, Tamarind and the Star of Ishta. This novel is Jasbinder's take on The Secret Garden, free from the trappings of colonialism. The story is, however, wholly original. Listen in to find out more.

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