Author(s): Mal Peet
This is a moving and beautifully researched story about camels, lost princesses and the strength of wisdom and knowledge, stunningly illustrated by P.J. Lynch. This is the second tale in a trilogy from acclaimed storytellers Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham. This one begins with a disgruntled camel, desperately trying to protect a little baby from a violent desert storm whipping up all around him. He is rescued by Issa - the desert guide - who takes the child in, naming her Mariama. She becomes Issa's family and, as he begins to lose his sight, his eyes. Many years later, a mysterious stranger arrives at their doorstep, a stranger who will change both their lives for ever...This is an another mesmerizing tale from the creators of the award-winning Cloud Tea Monkeys. It is a beautiful and touching tale, illustrating the bond between a child and the man who brought her up like a daughter. It is both deliciously exotic and yet portraying warmly familiar and universal truths.
Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham live in Exmouth, Devon, in a house not too far from the sea. Elspeth writes in a room on the ground floor while Mal writes in the attic. Sometimes they meet in the middle to write books like this one. Elspeth and Mal also wrote the award-winning Cloud Tea Monkeys, while Mal is the author of teenage novels Keeper and The Penalty and, for older readers, Exposure, Carnegie Medal-winning Tamar and Life: An Exploded Diagram. P.J. Lynch grew up in Belfast and has won many awards, including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal, and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions. P.J. Lynch lives in Dublin with his wife and three children.