When Life Gives You Mangoes (Paperback)Kereen Getten (author)
Both a wonderful evocation of a Caribbean island childhood and a gripping mystery with a jaw-dropping twist, Getten’s debut leads us into the strange story of Clara who is desperate to regain the lost memory of what happened to her during a storm the previous summer.
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Younger Readers Prize 2021
Shortlisted for the Jhalak Children’s & Young Adult Prize 2021
Nothing much happens in Sycamore, the small village where Clara lives - at least, that's how it looks. She loves eating ripe mangoes fallen from trees, running outside in the rainy season and escaping to her secret hideout with her best friend Gaynah. There's only one problem - she can't remember anything that happened last summer.
When a quirky girl called Rudy arrives from England, everything starts to change. Gaynah stops acting like a best friend, while Rudy and Clara roam across the island and uncover an old family secret. As the summer reaches its peak and the island storms begin, Clara's memory starts to return and she must finally face the truth of what happened last year.
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
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