When Life Gives You Mangoes

Primary Teacher Bookshelf

Kereen Getten

Puskin Press – 1st October

When Life Gives You Mangoes’ is story about a long, hot summer on a tropical island, going on adventures, falling out, and making friends. However…all is not as it seems.

Twelve-year-old Clara lives on a Caribbean island in a village called ‘Sycamore’.’ She spends her time playing ‘Pick Leaf’ and sharing stories with her best friend Gaynah in their secret hideout in the Mango trees but Gaynah hasn’t been very nice to her recently.

Something has happened to Clara.something traumatic…and she can’t remember anything of last summer. She struggles to put together the missing pieces, suffering terrible flashbacks.

“Sometimes things come back in drips like a tap that hasn’t been turned off properly. Other times her Mama fills in the blanks…only she knows those aren’t her memories and it is hard feeling like she is not like everybody else.”


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