October 2013, Tamarind, 80 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Themes: magical shed, being dishonest, doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, making a new friend, being at a loss what to do to help someone, determination,
Content: some laughs, lots of peril and edge of the seat moments, a tissue needed for the end
Summary from Random House Children's Publishing
Nina’s schoolfriend Lee is in trouble, so she must borrow her aunt’s travelling spice shed and head to Beijing. Now they are both on a great adventure involving a kung fu master, a yellow snake and a mysterious riddle . . .
I'm the sentimental reader who cried at the end. I felt Nina's guilt follow her around for the entire story until she was able to confess all at the end. I enjoyed how she got to explore China with Lee, and how her rudimentary knowledge of China helps solve some of the riddle the duo have to crack. Nina definitely learnt a good lesson in this adventure - as well as getting some incredible travel experience - it's a shame there are so few people she'll be able to share the adventure with!
Be sure to find out how Nina got to travel the world so quickly and in style in Ninaand the Travelling Spice Shed (Children's, 7 years +, 10/10)