Return to Cardamom

Return to Cardamom


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Return to Cardamom by Julie Anne Grasso, David Blackwell

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 aged 9-12.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780987372529
Publisher: Julie Anne Grasso
Publication date: 07/07/2013
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.32(d)

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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Return to Cardamom 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
When Carmel Cardamom, a young elf living on the planet Cardamom, learns about how all of the precious cardamom crop has fallen and became bad, she is devastated (Caramel lives in the city and the crop is in the forests). Now the elves won’t be able to make their harvesting quota (and cardamom crystals wouldn’t be the galactic energy source anymore) All this was done because Alexander222, (an evil clone), Lex, (another evil clone), and Caramel’s evil Aunt Isabel (Phew that’s a lot of evil!) want to replace it. Caramel knows it’s the work of Alexander222 and Aunt Isabel again (they were in book 1). Sadly, no one believes her because “Who could hide on a planet of mind-reading elves?” And it all gets worse when Alexander222 infects the people of Earth, including Caramel’s friends, with some kind of computer virus, putting everyone in a coma. This is a pretty hard problem for just one elf girl. I really enjoyed this book – in fact, I read it in only one day! The book was very exciting and entertaining! I liked all the plot twists. They kept me on the edge of my seat. I really like Jorde, Caramel’s friend. He’s nice and pretty cool and good with computers. I think I would be very good friends with him. The story idea is great! I really hope that there will be a Book 3 in this series. Like Book 1, Book 2 was super clean and a great read for young readers! **NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 The summary above is perfect for the story and Caramel is one awesome elfin-girl.  I read Escape from the Forbidden Planet, the first book in the Caramel Cardamom trilogy, and I enjoyed this one, Return to Cardamom, even more than the first book. It is exciting to visit again with characters that I have now become familiar with from book one ~ like saying, "Hi," to old friends.  The beginning of the story hooked me right away, just like the first one. Julie Anne Grasso has a wonderful way to describe her characters, their thoughts, actions and their surroundings.  For example:  "Caramel lumbered to the bathroom to splash some water on her face as the last mists of her dream faded."  Near the end of the book, Caramel mentally battles a worm code hidden in technology. As Caramel travels through the wires in an effort to save everyone, the descriptions of virtual ham pieces flying toward her made my inner computer geek chuckle.  Caramel is a fantastic female protagonist who is easy to route for throughout the entire book. There is an innocent romance budding  between Caramel and her friend, Jorde, that is purely sweet. I adore how much Caramel is able to accomplish despite her physical disability; and how she is able to use the gifts that she has been given. Trust me, this girl has been given more than her fair share of gifts: talking to trees, healer extraordinaire and oh, yeah, she can control technology.  Two of my favorite lines from the book:  "News travels faster than a brain synapse around here."   "Blazing elf cheeks."  In late chapters of the book, Caramel's intuition is finally trusted by her elders. I actually said out loud, "Finally! It is about time."  I happily give Return to Cardamom, a wonderfully clean read, five stars out of five and recommend it to ages 9 and up. Those who love science fiction and are looking for a female protagonist will be very happy with this book.  Disclosure: I received an ARC copy of Return to Cardamom. I received no monetary or in-kind compensation for my honest review.I