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Return To Cardamom

(Adventures of Caramel Cardamom #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  26 reviews

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
Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Published July 7th 2013 by Julie Anne Grasso
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Jemima Pett
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 s
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The summary of the book 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
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My daughter (10) and I reviewed this book for Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here are our thoughts:


Caramel is a elf princess who lives on the planet Cardamom. She is a healer. Even though she has a limp, she is very brave and smart. I really liked her. I think the cover is really good and I really liked the creepy elf in the green cloak. I really liked how the book had two stories in one book. So when you think the one story is over, there is another part of the story. I liked how
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite.

“Return to Cardamom” by Julie Anne Grasso is an appealing story for pre-teens through young (or not so young) adults. This is book 2 in “The Adventures of Caramel Cardamom” series; it is the sequel to “Escape from the Forbidden Planet”.

Cardamom is a planet populated by elves. The elves have a multiplicity of powers and abilities, but not all elves have the same abilities. Caramel Cardamom is the granddaughter of the King of Cardamom, a
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
Julie Grasso has delivered a sound follow-up to her first book.

Caramel and her friends return to our bookshelves in another great adventure that’s dotted with mouth-watering treats. The Intergalactic Council is being courted by a dastardly scoundrel, who claims to have the key to their power needs. If he were to succeed with his plan, it would remove everyone’s reliance on Cardamom for energy. Given that our mind-reading heroine’s home planet grows the Cardamom crop, it would spell disaster to l
Lexie Conyngham
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting sequel to Escape, with a fast-moving plot once again set on the magical elf planet. The eight-year-old I read it with was gripped from the start, feeling involved with the plot and loving the setting. Lots of twists and turns, and more of the pre-teenage angst and rebellion we saw in the first book, dealt with sympathetically. We particularly enjoyed a fight with a computer virus - very imaginative!
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-nook-ebook
Great sequel to the first book. The adventures of Carmel and her elfin friends continue when the Cardamon trees become endangered and they help to save them.

I highly recommend "Return to Cardamon" for everyone from age 10 and up. Once you begin reading, you can't put the book down!
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars: I read both books and I enjoyed book 1 but thought this book was better! For me, the series started out slow but started to pick up at the end of book 1. Book 2 started right where book 1 left off and didn't stop! The plot moved along well and some of the characters we met in book 1 came back. I was glad to see that her friends from The Forbidden Planet still have a role to play.

This is such a fun read for middle graders. I enjoyed the foreshadowing that was given and the teasers at t
Carolyn Wilhelm
The female protagonist in this story is not perfect but manages to achieve great things through determination and clever thinking. It is a feel good story for teens who may wish for wonderful things to happen, if only vicariously through reading. The parents are in on everything in the story, but the daughter saves the day several times. With only a tiny amount of romance, parents can allow tweens to read this book confidant of it being appropriate for the age. Grades 3 or 4 and up would enjoy t ...more
Barbara Ann
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The second book of the Cardamom Trilogy is even more intricate than the first one Escape From the Forbidden Planet. A mixture of fantasy, science fiction, intergalactic travel, technology, politics and environmental issues woven together in a complex plot with many twists and turns combined with well-developed characters make this an appealing book for children and adults ages ten and up.

Gabriella “Caramel” Cardamom, is the elfin granddaughter of the King and Queen of Cardamom and the main prota
Fiona Ingram
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 acc ...more
Nikki Bennett
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to say, these books are growing on me. The interesting about the Caramel Cardamom series to me, is the juxtaposition of technology and and old-fashioned agrarian society. On one hand, you have a planet whose elfish society is based mostly on farming their cardamom crop, but this society can flip around in an instant and grapple with Intergalactic Councils, high tech computer programming and interstellar espionage.

I personally like the agrarian scenes best. I love how the elves care for th
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mammy Oaklee
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-family
Return to Cardamom by Julie Anne Grasso is an excellent sequel to her first book Escape From The Forbidden Planet.

A TOTALLY ELVO story for 10 and up to ROCK your kid’s imagination!

The story is based on a kingdom of peaceful elves with loving, caring, elf family morals, who are dedicated to raising ‘tree-tenders’, ‘healers’, or computer techys.

Return to Cardamom begins with our favourite, main character, Caramel. Caramel is continuing her education to achieve her dream of becoming a ‘healer’.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Return to Cardamom is an exciting story that takes readers on an intergalactic quest to find the evildoers behind the destruction of the precious cardamom crop. The story is fast-paced and action packed right from the start. I found it difficult to put the book down and was eager to find out what would happen next.

The story is brilliantly written and teaches children to be courageous in difficult situations. Readers also learn that being kind and caring towards nature's gifts benefits us all.

Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think Star Wars Gone Cute! Unfailingly chipper :)
Read the full review on my blog, Guiltless Reading:
H. Legg
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cutting-edge writing helped to give the story a touch of realism which could otherwise had been missing.
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Morgan Ratings
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the characters in Return To Cardamom have dimension.
Billy Buttons
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book, along with the first book, Escape from the Forbidden Planet, was recently entered 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
Sue Morris
Return to Cardamom is more exciting than Escape from the Forbidden Planet, which was a very good debit novel. The adults in Caramel’s life ignore her when she suggests the culprit to the lost pods of cardamom. Adults can become myopic about “adult events” and ignore a younger voice. Caramel does not let that stifle her, and with the help of friends, she decides to check her hutch: Alexander222 and Isabel are the culprits. The loss of an entire cardamom crop, and the resultant loss of the contrac ...more
Tonja Drecker
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reminds me of standing in the middle of a yummy spice or candy store. By setting this action packed story in the world of Cardamom with Caramel and Basil, pleasant thoughts are unavoidable, and these thoughts don't stop there.

The entire story is fun. It's no problem to notice that Julie enjoyed writing it. There's tons of gizmos every kid would love to have themselves, funny moments, adventure (lots of that), mystery - basically, everything needed to gain and hold a reader's attention.
Ashley Howland
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Telepathic elves, adventure, a digital virus and plenty of humour. Join Caramel on her quest to save her world. Return to Cardamom is full of adventure and children will enjoy reading about these engaging characters. Julie Grasso has created a world that children will want to visit over and over again.
Lyn Battersby
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: awards
Lyn is a judge for the Aurealis Awards. Any reviews or ratings offered by Lyn do not reflect the opinions of Aurealis Awards Panel or Committee.

I shall be rating this work once the awards are announced.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's a asome adventure

I usually don't like to read.
but this book made me want to read for ever. It's a asome book
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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 has a degree in Nursing from Queensland University of Technology and has been published in her nerdy nursing spe

Other books in the series

Adventures of Caramel Cardamom (3 books)
  • Escape From The Forbidden Planet
  • Stellarcadia

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