Joan Haig (author of Tiger Skin Rug) picks out five recommended children’s books featuring India.
This story is full of intrigue and family secrets. Tamarind travels from England to India to stay with relatives while her father and his new wife jaunt off on their honeymoon. Tamarind’s impressions of India, as a newcomer, are fresh and detailed. At its heart, this upper middle-grade story is one about grief, but it’s also about familiarity; Bilan explores this beautifully through place in the atmospheric house and spirited forest.