When Life Gives You Mangoes

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Pushkin Press, Oct 1, 2020 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages

'A brilliant and beautifully crafted tale... I loved it!' Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs

A summer she can’t remember
A friendship she won’t forget

Nothing much happens in Sycamore, the small village where Clara lives – at least, that’s how it seems. 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 about the previous 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.

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This novel is a 2022 Lone Star novel. Clara and her best friend Gaynah argue a lot. They used to get along better. Gaynah gives away some of Clara's secrets and seems to hate her now. It's created ... Read full review

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About the author (2020)

Kereen Getten grew up in Jamaica where she would climb fruit trees in the family garden and eat as much mango, guinep and pear as she could without being caught. She now lives in Birmingham with her family and writes stories about her childhood experiences. When Life Gives You Mangoes is her debut novel.

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