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Return To Cardamom (Adventures Of Caramel Cardamom Book 2)

Return To Cardamom (Adventures Of Caramel Cardamom Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Julie Anne Grasso , David Blackwell
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‘A wonderfully exciting follow-up to Escape from the Forbidden Planet. Highly recommended,’ The Wishing Shelf Awards

Life is sweet for Caramel and things are finally getting back to normal. Well, as normal as it can be for a telepathic elf who can train trees and control computers, but she soon finds life on Cardamom is not all cupcakes and apple cider.

A saboteur is hiding in the rainforest canopy, and the elves’ precious cardamom export has been wiped out. Caramel is certain it’s another trick of Alexander222 and her Aunt Isabel, but no one will believe her, and the clock is ticking. She must expose the saboteur in time to save the crop or the Elves of Cardamom will lose their livelihood.

Caramel won’t rest until her theory is proven. While she is on the hunt, she makes a shocking discovery, one that will change everything.

Follow Caramel’s gripping adventures in the exciting sequel to “Escape From The Forbidden Planet.” Suitable for children ages 8-12

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About the Author

Julie Anne Grasso is an Australian with a background in paediatric nursing. She spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories about a little girl elf just like them. Add in some very funky technology, her love of science fiction and desire to impart great values through her little girl elf named Caramel and there you have it, Escape From The Forbidden Planet and Return To Cardamom were the result.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3158 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0987372521
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Julie Anne Grasso (28 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTD9YQ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #394,097 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories about a little girl elf just like them.
She lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Danny and their little elf Giselle.

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This book, along with the first book, Escape from the Forbidden Planet, was recently entered and was a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our young readers thought:


Author: Julie Anne Grasso

Title: Escape from the Forbidden Planet / Return to Cardamom

COVER: 9/10
The children loved both of the covers, particularly on Return To Cardamom. They thought they were colourful, fun and made you want to instantly open the book. They also liked the catchy blurbs although a few of the readers thought, compared to the fronts, the backs were a little bland.

All of the children loved the two books, particularly the first. They loved the ‘sweet’ theme and the fun characters, particularly the hero, Caramel. They very much enjoyed following her on her adventure. They loved the imagination of the author when she described the elf planet and they very much enjoyed all the twists and turns. One reader put in her feedback, ‘This is a very fast-paced story which is perfect for me. The characters were good too. I liked Alexander222.’ Another reader put, ‘After reading the first book for the awards in school time I then took the second book home and read it over a weekend. It was very exciting and was almost as good as the first. Will there be a third book?’ Another reader put, ‘I liked it when an elf was healing. That was best.’

The readers thought the books were well edited and discovered no glaring problems with grammar, punctuation or spelling. They also thought the pacing in the two books was well balanced with the setting and character descriptions. One reader put, ‘This was a non-stop adventure but the author still put a lot of work into the elf and planet descriptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 2nd book in the series 11 Aug 2013
This second book in the trilogy has well exceeded the first. It helps that now I know the characters, and I've enjoyed watching their friendships, faith and trust in Caramel grow after they disbelieve her. I was delighted when she had a mega special power develop - the nicest thing is that she isn't big headed about it, she's more annoyed that because of it she misses out on a few events/drama. Not that she's missing much as she has more than enough drama to contend with - she couldn't and doesn't do it alone - her friends and family provide her with the extra skills that she needs but doesn't have. I loved the medical focus of the story, it's obvious that Julie's medical background has played a huge role in this series. Roll on book 3! Note, I did receive a copy of this for an honest book review on my blog Nayu's Reading Corner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Totally Elvo Adventure! 23 July 2013
And the adventure continues! Instead of life returning to sleepy normal on Cardamom, the planet is now experiencing loads of activity. Cardamom Crystal is in huge demand as a power source for intergalactic technology. Caramel develops her skills in tree tending and healer classes and is keen to get better at computer control. The dangers of Alexander222 are over ... or are they? Disaster strikes when the entire cardamom crop drops before due time, the plants are traumatized, and Caramel has to accompany her mother to the tree canopy to find out what is going on. If Cardamom does not meet its quota, Alexander222 and his sidekick Lex will put forward the new biosynthetic hybrid, Cardocryst, to the Intergalactic Council. This is something the inhabitants of Cardamom cannot afford to see happen because they will lose their livelihood.

Once at the tree canopy, Caramel discovers she has the ability to understand the plants and also to soothe them. She manages to encourage them to start producing a new crop. The planet might just make the quota after all, if the elves can keep the plants safe. Amazingly, the plants give her a clue: they were unable to smell the identity of the saboteur, meaning he or she is an elf! Caramel's ideas on what happened to the plants--Alexander 222 and her Aunt Isabel are at the bottom of this--are dismissed as conspiracy theories, but once her mom, Arianna, is kidnapped, it's up to Caramel and her friends to save the day ... again!

Author Julie Anne Grasso knows how to keep the action and the energy going as Caramel and her mates plot and then execute a rescue plan. In between all the Cardamom-based science and techno talk, are the real themes of life that readers are beginning to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking story with twists! 9 July 2013
Caramel, her family, friends and all elves everywhere in the Galaxy are called to action as a disaster hits the planet - all the cardamom trees have dropped their pods, causing them to die - and that means economic ruin. How could this have happened? Caramel is sure it's not a natural phenomenon. It smacks of vengeance, and the person most likely to want that is Alexander222, the villain of the first book in the series. But how can she prove it?

Return to Cardamom picks up from the first in the series, Escape From The Forbidden Planet (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom #1), showing that all was not happily ever after, after all. There are a lot of names, places and modes of transport to get to grips with if it is your first encounter with this series, but if not, you soon meet up with old friends. As with the first book, just as you think it's all over... a whole load of things get much worse. Julie Grasso twists and turns her plot so that your mind is performing mental agility tests along with Caramel's own mind-games.

Although I sometimes have difficulty visualising the Planet Cardamom, Ms Grasso's descriptions of the places, and the biology, medicine and computer science involved in the story, are first rate. There are enough different sciences in this series to keep the biggest geek entertained - and I'm quite a geek!

Caramel and her friends are great characters and both boys and girls have someone to identify with. It's a rollicking story with some lovely twists at the end and some heartwarming messages hidden deep enough not to produce any `yuk!' noises from those requiring sterner stuff. Something for everyone, wrapped in a whole that is as sweet as honeycake but with nerves of steel! A great read!

I received an Advance Review Copy free of charge in return for my honest review.
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