Tamarind, her father, and new stepmother are on their way to India, for Tamarind to meet and stay with her late mother’s Indian family while her father takes his new wife away on honeymoon. Needless to say, Tamarind isn’t keen on the idea of being dumped with people she’s never met for a whole week. The journey to the family house in the foothills of the Himalayas takes forever and Tamarind is amazed to see such a large house, compared to their small one in Bristol. She knows this is the house where her mother Chinty, grew up, her grandmother, Aunt Simran, Uncle Ruben, and cousins Kamaal, Arjun & Sufia still live there. Tamarind is hoping to find out about the mother she never knew, but every time she brings the subject up, no one wants to talk about it. Storming off in a huff one day she discovers a hut in the very large garden. She’s been told not to enter but when she finds a hidden key the temptation is too much. So unravels the story of Chinty, Tamarind’s mother who died very young, and the clues that she left behind. Finding the Star of Ishta and a willing little helper called Hanu, the truth is gradually uncovered. Once again Jasbinder has transported us to another part of the world, with wonderful descriptions of the house and a very large garden with all its secrets along with all the smells & colour of the local food. I also loved the map and the family tree as added extras. Who doesn’t love a map? If you loved Asha and the Spirit Bird, buy, borrow and read this now, you won’t be disappointed.
Well, this has been a busy month with the arrival of the Autumn / Winter Bookseller’s children’s Buyer’s Guide. I’ve been through the lists and added updates and new series to https://childrensbooksequels.co.uk, but because of Covid -19 a lot of the publication dates have changed, so please click through to check with the Waterstones, Hive, or Amazon links.
This Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 is a huge publication day with nearly 600 titles being available. Follow me on Twitter @ChiBkSequels to get the latest news.
In other news: Reissues of Fizzlebert Stump – by A F Harrold – no 3 & 4 are out this week. New issues of the Witch Child series by Celia Rees to mark the 20th Anniversary of publication. I can’t believe this series is this old! Reissues of The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix It’s so good to see great series being reissued for another generation.
Various – Awesomely Austen – This is not technically a series but a great idea retelling the stories with authors you will know doing the adaptations.
It is the holidays and Hal’s Uncle Nat has asked him to come with him on the California Comet. A classic American train journey from Chicago to San Francisco.
As soon as Hal arrives at the great central station in Chicago, complete with a sketchbook, the adventures start to happen. He can’t sketch quick enough trying to get all the little details onto the page. He makes friends with Hadley, who wants to be a magician and her brother Mason, who loves to impersonate Hal’s English accent. But there is a special carriage attached to the train, with a very important person aboard and his daughter. Soon Hal and his new friends find themselves involved in a mysterious kidnap on board the train and Hal keeps sketching every little detail in the hope that his drawings will help solve the case.
The description of the journey, through all the sights and sounds of the different states and countryside, is brilliantly written and once again all the characters are very believable. I loved this adventure story that rattled along the train tracks at speed, and anything to do with train travel is always that bit special.
I was given this book by NetGalley for a frank and honest review, and I read it on a kindle. I will reread it in book form once it’s published to see Elisa Paganelli’s illustrations on the page.
For fans of Terry Pratchett, his daughter Rhianna has written an adventure for the Fighting Fantasy series.
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The sequel to The Umbrella Mouse, this continues the adventures of Pip Hanway, a little mouse on a big mission, to get to Italy during the Second World War. She is still with the Resistance group, Noah’s Arc but who can Pip trust? Not everyone is who they claim to be. A journey that takes the animals behind enemy lines, a tale of friendship and loss. A different view of the world at that time. A great story with wonderful characters.