When Secrets Set Sail (Paperback)Sita Brahmachari (author)
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Tackling themes of immigration, colonialism and unfulfilled promises, this striking novel from former Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Sita Brahmachari features bickering ghosts, a vitally important quest and a race against time through the streets of London. Written with both intelligence and assurance, When Secrets Set Sail is a scintillating adventure and a superb introduction to complex historical themes.
'Truly unforgettable ... deserves to be read and studied by all' - Onjali Q. Rauf, bestselling author of The Boy at the Back of the Class
Secrets from the past are the keys to the future...if two children can find them. Bold adventure, timely themes and breath-taking writing from award-winning author, Sita Brahmachari.
Usha is devastated when her grandmother Kali Ma passes away. Then straight-talking Imtiaz arrives - her new adoptive sister - and the two girls clash instantly. They both feel lost. That is until Kali Ma's ghost appears...with a task for them.
Immy's and Usha's home is full of history and secrets. Many years ago it was The House of the Ayahs - for those nannies who couldn't return to their Indian homeland - and Kali Ma made a promise she couldn't keep. She can't pass on to the other side until the girls fulfil it.
Today, Usha and Immy's over-worked parents run the house as a home for refugees, but eviction threatens. The precious documents that could save them are lost. As the house slowly fills up with ghosts, that only Usha and Imtiaz can see, the girls realise they have more to save than just one grandmother's ghost.
With help from their new friend Cosmo, Usha and Immy must set off on a quest through London, accompanied by two bickering ghosts, working together to find a series of objects that shine a magical light on their family's past and hold the clues to securing their future.
If they can set the secrets of generations free, will they be in time to save their home?
Endorsed by Amnesty International. *Sita Brahmachari is a World Book Day author for 2021 with gorgeous short story, The River Whale!*
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 24 mm
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“an uplifting story which will leave readers smiling”
When Secrets Set Sail is a wonderful story of friendship, sisterhood, and finding where you belong. Brahmachari blends magic and reality to bring the past into the present.
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“A brilliant historical mystery with family at its heart”
I really loved Sita’s last book, Where the River Runs Gold so I jumped at the chance to read this one too.
It didn’t quite take my breath away the way Where the River Runs Gold did, but I still very much enjoyed it... More
“A compassionate and emotive homage to the legacy of the lost history of Ayahs in the UK”
I had the absolute pleasure of reading When Secrets Set Sail via NetGalley.
This is a new story for young adults by Sita Brahmachari which focuses on the hidden history of the Ayahs’ Home, which still stands today in... More
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