For Penny, the beautiful island of Tamarind is no more than a half-remembered story from years ago. But one mysterious night, with only a loyal green parrot for company, Penny is flung headfirst into adventure on its magical shores...Penny finds herself in unfamiliar Kana, in the midst of preparations for a magnificent competition - the Bloom Festival. But behind the excitement, something menacing lurks. The idyllic landscape of Tamarind is pocked with strange whorls, and an unnerving presence strikes fear into the hearts of Kana's bravest. From deepest water to darkest jungle, the trials of the Bloom Festival will test strength, courage, and friendships, and sacrifices will have to be made...Can Penny and her new friends beat all the odds and save Kana from ruin?
Nadia Aguiar received a BA from McMaster University in Canada and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. She worked in publishing in New York City for a number of years, and has also lived in London, but currently she lives on her own sub-tropical island of Bermuda, where she was born and raised.