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The Story of a Mars Rover

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars
Written by Yaba Badoe
Zephyr¬†¬† £10.99
ISBN: 978-1786695482

Sante is haunted by strange dreams and longs to know where she came from. Mama Rose found her as a baby wrecked on the sea shore, nestled in a chest amongst strange treasures. Fourteen years later, Sante loves her adopted family of circus entertainers and her best friends, twins Cat and Cobra, but she is tired of constantly being on the alert, never settling in one place, whilst, from their watery grave, the voices of her dead companions echo in her mind.

When two strange men recognise Sante, and Cat befriends Scarlett, the haunted red-haired girl, danger comes to meet them, and they are all drawn into a murky underworld of people smuggling and worse. The youngsters use their special skills to solve the mystery of Sante's past whilst rescuing Scarlett and other girls like her. The writing is lyrical and haunting, the issues stark and all too real, whilst there is a touch of magic to this story which is infused with enduring themes of love and friendship. A powerful and haunting debut novel from Yaba Badoe, an award-winning film maker.
Louise Stothard

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