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Posted 20 March at 5:21 pm in news

2012 is set to be a fantastic year for Tamarind Books.  We’re extremely excited about our upcoming titles from both debut and established authors.  Here’s a sneak preview of what’s coming up…

Camp Gold: Running Stars and Camp Gold: Going for Gold by Christine Ohuruogu (June)

 Just in time for the London Olympics is the exciting new Camp Gold series.  Written by British running champion Christine Ohuruogu, Running Stars and Going for Gold follow the story of Maxine – a young girl with an extraordinary running talent. 


Maxine is crazy about sports and is thrilled to be going to Camp Gold, an elite sports summer camp. At the camp she meets good friends, cute boys and, best of all, she discovers her hidden talent – running. Soon she’s training for the Nationals, which will be watched by Olympic champions. It’s tough but it’ll be worth it if she wins. Then the pranks start and her things go missing.  Someone is out to sabotage her chance of winning…

 This series is set to kick start the summer with a bang.  We can’t wait.

 Tamarind Stars: Sporting Heroes  (June)


Also in June comes Sporting Heroes.  This title is from our Tamarind Stars series and will provide a fun guide to today’s sporting heroes. What does an Olympic champion eat for breakfast? How can you become the fastest runner in the world?  This book is full of interesting facts and never seen photos of some of the best-known sporting heroes including boxer Amir Khan and runners Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu.

 This exciting book will inspire young people to follow their sporting dreams. 

 Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams (June)

A striking, page-turning novel about the plight of young Zimbabwean refugees and the power of brotherly love.


Meet Deo: a great footballer, a fierce protector of his older brother, Innocent
Meet Innocent: easily nervous, easily happy and good at keeping score on the dusty fields of Zimbabwe where they boys play.

When the soldiers come, they destroy the only home they’ve ever known. Now Deo has nothing but his brother, and a football stuffed with billions of worthless dollars. And so starts their journey to find their father. But with soldiers everywhere, they have only one chance to cross the border, one chance to escape.

 This is an incredibly emotional and important book. We defy anyone not to hold back the tears as they read about the incredible journey of Deo and Innocent as they flee the violence and corruption that has taken over their home. This harrowing story is based on the true accounts of Zimbabwean refugees.

Nina and the Travelling Spice Shed by Madhvi Ramani (October)

 Follow Nina on a magical adventure as she enters her Aunt’s spice shed and ends up finding her self in the bustling and colourful streets of India. But how will she get home? A charming series featuring a feisty heroine who finds herself on a set of thrilling and unexpected missions.


This is a fun and uplifting tale for children of 5+.

 Spike in Space by Malaika Rose Stanley (September)

A feel-good story which explores the theme of ‘being different’ with refreshing warmth and humour. This is a brilliantly funny sequel to the 2010 Spike and Ali Enson filled with quirky illustrations and plenty of slapstick moments.

Depicting an adoptive, multicultural family, this story deals with issues of bullying and challenging stereotypes. 


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