by Jasbinder Bilan. Suitable for age 9+


‘A powerful story of loss and identity, home and family is woven into a thrilling adventure. A hugely talented rising star of children’s books.’

The Bookseller, Children’s Book of the Month.


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...

Tamarind & the Star of Ishta