The Girl of Ink & Stars

The Girl of Ink & Stars

Children's, New & Recommended, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 05/05/2016
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The Girl of Ink & Stars
Just simply beautiful
Words cannot describe how beautiful this book is - from the words themselves, to the cover, and the absolutely gorgeous pages. This book is one of frie... READ MORE
Emma - Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
The Girl of Ink & Stars
A future classic that is simply magical!
Beautifully illustrated inside, this debut is perfect for younger fans of fantasy. An exciting and original story full of adventure, mythical elements too... READ MORE
Hannah Kate at Liverpool One
The Girl of Ink & Stars
a perfect blend of magic, myth and human experience... a sheer delight to read
Isabella has never left her village on the floating island of Joya. Then her best friend goes missing and she must leave her home and join the search party... READ MORE
Teresa at Bath
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Gorgeously written and designed
Now here is a book to have and hold. Little details on each page pull you into the world when the writing holds you tight and doesn't let go. It doesn't ma... READ MORE
Jane Simpson at Lymington
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Each of us carries the map of our lives on or skin ...
The Girl Of Ink And Stars is beautiful, inside and out. From the gorgeous cover and the illustrations on every page, to the simple - yet poetic - prose and... READ MORE
Lorna at Bridport
The Girl of Ink & Stars
A worthy winner.
This book was everything a children's fantasy books should be. It had myths, friendship, magic, fairy tales and family. But it's not just for kids... th... READ MORE
Kelly at Aviemore
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Stunning
This is one of those little literary pearls that make an impression on you through sheer beauty and simplicity. The writing is sophisticated, yet very enga... READ MORE
Diana O. at Aylesbury
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Beautiful in every way
This is a truly beautiful book! Not only in terms of its use of language and description but also physically. It's a book that makes you happy just to have... READ MORE
Joe at Doncaster
The Girl of Ink & Stars
A convincing mythology...
In ‘The Girl of Ink & Stars’, Kiran creates a believable world inhabited by believable characters.   The story starts as though it is going to be historica... READ MORE
Big Bearded Bookseller
The Girl of Ink & Stars
A superb first entry! I look forward to reading more like this!
A great fantasy world that you want to hear more about. The story is right there, pacey and exciting and just kissed with enough detail to flesh it out but... READ MORE
Neil Ashcroft
The Girl of Ink & Stars
A richly told story perfect for bridging the gap for readers between 9-12 and teen.
Set on the imagined island of Joya, this tale of a cartographer’s daughter and her friendship with the Governors daughter threads together adventure brimmi... READ MORE
Jaynie
The Girl of Ink & Stars
A richly told story perfect for readers bridging the gap between 9-12 and teen.
Set on the imagined island of Joya, this tale of a cartographer’s daughter and her friendship with the Governors daughter threads together adventure brimmi... READ MORE
Jaynie

Synopsis

Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for April (2017) Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017 Isabella Riosse is the daughter of a cartographer who lives on the island of Joya; an isle both steeped in mythology and shrouded in mystery. For the last thirty years, a strict Governor has forbidden the island inhabitants from venturing beyond their small township. Isabella is fascinated with the ancient myths of Joya, which is said to have once floated freely over the seas. Preoccupied with ideas of exploration and inspired by the far-flung places her father once documented, she yearns for adventure. When her best friend Lupe runs away, disappearing into the forbidden forest, Isabella volunteers to bring her back. With only her knowledge of ancient myths and one of her father’s maps to guide her, Isabella ventures into the perilous world beyond, where monsters lurk and magical rivers run. Expertly crafted with a loveable lead, this modern tale weaves myth, magic and even a thread of political intrigue into its expansive fantasy world. Beautifully presented, the book not only contains a wonderfully detailed map of the island, each page is also decorated with charming drawings in the margins. Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet and novelist who lives in Oxford. A Cambridge University graduate, she performed plays with the Footlights and has performed her poetry in venues across the world. She was only twenty six years old at the time her debut, The Girl of Ink & Stars, was published. 

  • Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781910002742
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 201 x 139 x 19 mm

Customer Reviews

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The Girl of Ink & Stars
A stunning tale of courage to delight readers of all ages
A beautifully crafted book, in every sense - the illustrations are a perfect match for the poetry of the story. You will lose yourself in the world of Joya... READ MORE
Jess, Bookseller Brighton
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Heroines, myths and legends; a must read for all aged 10+
A Girl of Ink and Stars is a great adventure and first novel from Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Isabella is a budding cartographer whose skills are required wh... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Amazing!
I read it and I couldn't put it down! It was such a good book and definantely deserves to be the winner of Waterstones Childrens book 2017 :)
Jacey Roate
The Girl of Ink & Stars
A magical and imaginative future classic
The young protagonist in this fantastical tale is Isabella, the daughter of a cartographer living on the Isle of Joya. Ruled by the Governor the island is ... READ MORE
Page to Stage Reviews (Zarina)
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Brilliant!
A brilliant book, beautifully written....this will hook you in so easily! An excellent read, certainly recommended. Hard to believe this is a debut!!!
Fiona Sharp
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Such a lyrical and magical read
The Girl of Ink and Stars is an adventure story about a young girl named Isabella who goes on a rescue mission in an attempt to rescue her best friend, Lup... READ MORE
Enchanted Bookcase
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Awsome
I'm 36 and my son is 13 and we both loved this book we nearly fought over who read it first so we ended up both reading it at the same time. Gripping and d... READ MORE
karen dudley
The Girl of Ink & Stars
A delightful read
An excellent read, well written and with a great plot by an emerging author. This book kept me hooked in, and continued to surprise me as I read on. A real... READ MORE
Nicholas Jensen
The Girl of Ink & Stars
L.J. Emmett's review of Kiran Millwood Hargrave's The Girl of Ink & Stars
Kiran Millwood Hargrave is one of England's and the World's most exciting young writers and will be one to watch with every book she writes. The class of ... READ MORE
Luke Emmett
The Girl of Ink & Stars
The Girl of Ink and Stars
A wonderful book. Definitely recommend.
Gilb
The Girl of Ink & Stars
A book I wouldn't expect to read
Normally, I am not a huge fan on fantasy though there was something about this book which had just hooked me. It tells the lives of two girls. One of them ... READ MORE
Lily Boniface
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Nothing has ever made me cry....
My daughter said “ A book has never made me cry before....it was quite sad at the end ( no spoilers). I started slow with it but persevered and in the end ... READ MORE
Cecilmgo
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Not Very Engaging
I honestly didn’t know what to expect, going into this book. I’d seen it in bookstores, online and all over the internet and the cover and title intrigued ... READ MORE
Aditi Nichani
The Girl of Ink & Stars
A magical respite on a rainy day.
Perhaps a novel written for young adults, but enjoyable for any reader. One can almost believe that the fire demon of Jaya is so much more than a volcano a... READ MORE
Karishma Patel
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Beautifully written
For a book less than 250 pages it is packed full of magic, wonder and adventure that had me griped from the very start. It is such a fast read so I recomme... READ MORE
SamH
The Girl of Ink & Stars
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Beautiful fictional tale about a young cartographer's daughter, by the name of Isabella. The cartographer being, her Dad, Da, and then her mother Ma, who d... READ MORE
'Bookworm' Review
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Exciting Read!
Exciting read and an enticing storyline. there's not much to say really- it's just great!
Jessica Martin
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Girl thinks five stars
Gift for granddaughter 13 who loved it
Jacqueline Chappell
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Amazing book!
Such a wonderful book about a girl who goes on a wild adventure. Her friend is lost in a forbidden forest, will she find her friend and save her?
Autumn Wood
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Amazing book
This is an amazing story with fantastic daring characters, I enjoyed this book a lot.
Fayha Chumroo
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Amazing
I love to read fictional books and this is by far the best of them all! I love it so much and have read it a thousand times, i especially love the part whe... READ MORE
Rhiannon Davies
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Heart warming and breaking
This was the first full book I ever read, i read it in year 6 (I was 10/11) and I remember enjoying it. However I thought it would be a good idea to read i... READ MORE
Rachel Raven
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Meaningful and emotional
When i first read the synopsis of this book, i didn’t think anything of it. When i first read the actual book, it took me on a journey of emotion, i felt s... READ MORE
Melissa
The Girl of Ink & Stars
Amazing
By far my favourite book!!
Rhiannon Davies