The Girl of Ink and Stars Ljud-CD – Oavkortad, 23 Augusti 2022
A beautifully written story of friendship, discovery, myths, and magic that the London Times called reminiscent of fantasy greats such as Philip Pullman and Neil Gaiman.
Legends say that the island of Joya was once a place where songbirds sang in every tree and the islanders were free to come and go as they pleased. That was before the harsh-ruling Governor arrived, and ravens drove out the native birds. Now there are no songbirds, and the people are forbidden to travel beyond the forest that separates them from the rest of the island.But for Isabella, the legends of her island home have always seemed like more than just stories. And when a series of mysterious events shakes the community, it's Isabella--daughter to the island's only mapmaker--who will lead a party of explorers into the forest in search of answers. As the group ventures deeper and deeper into the island, dark secrets begin to surface, and the legends Isabella has listened to all these years show signs of coming to life.
Debut novelist Kiran Millwood Hargrave draws on the cultural folklore of the Canary Islands in this richly told story of a girl's quest to map her own place in a world that legends alone have shaped.
Beautifully written.-- "Malorie Blackman, Children's Laureate 2013-2015"
Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an acclaimed children's author. Her debut book for children, The Girl of Ink & Stars, sold over 120,000 copies in the United Kingdom alone, winning the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and British Children's Book of the Year. Her second book, The Island at the End of Everything, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and VOYA. She holds degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Shiromi Arserio is a stage actor, voice talent, and audiobook narrator from London. She holds a BA in theater from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. In addition to narrating dozens of audiobooks, her voice can be heard in documentaries, e-learning projects, and video games.
- ASIN : B0B13Q1VWW
- Utgivare : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged utgåvan (23 Augusti 2022)
- Språk : Engelska
- ISBN-13 : 979-8212194600
- Läsarålder : 8 till 12 år
Populäraste recensionerna från andra länder
Arune Age 10 - I think Kiran is a brilliant author. There is a great use of words (butterflies in my stomach is one of my favourite) It is full of adventure and lots of creativity.
Emily Age 11 - This is an amazing book full of mystery and adventure. It is a great read after a serious book, or at any time - I loved it! With the main character being s strong female character it makes a brilliant book. Sometimes it can be a little rushed and confusing, but don't let that put you off!
Nadiyah Age 10 - An amazing enjoyable for children and adults. It was incredible, I was very sad when it ended. The characters and the storyline should make it an award winning book. The scenery was described so well.
Bracken Age 10 - Great magical book, I would definitely pick up this book in a shop and buy buy. I recommend this book because it makes you wonder and the language is amazing, however it can sometimes be a little complicated, but altogether it is a great book!
Mrs Fullwood (age withheld) - I have so enjoyed our journey through this book with these wonderful Y6 girls. We have all explored this magic and mystery together, unpicking the language and feeling all the emotion - I've loved it!
Isabella lives on the island of Joya with her father, a cartographer and her faithful hen, Miss La. Discovering the history of her home, Isa is determined to one day venture beyond Gromera and discover the mysteries of the forbidden lands beyond. When her best friend Lupe goes missing, Isa takes it upon herself to find her and soon she is leaving Gromera behind, and her adventures truly begin.
Isabella is one determined character! Despite having to disguise herself as a boy and encountering mythical beasts, she will not give up on her search for Lupe. She knows that these adventures are simply adding to the map of her life, encouraging her to grow and learn with every difficult encounter. The mythical element is subtle at first, but develops wonderfully as the story unfolds.
Lupe’s character arc is also a pleasure to read. As the governor’s daughter, she is determined to throw off the ‘rotten’ label given to her by Isa. Her character shows just how selfless she is and how important friendship is to her. The relationship between the two girls warms your heart.
It’s not hard to see why The Girl of Ink and Stars is award-winning. Share books like this with children to introduce them to new places, new language and, most importantly, exciting new authors.
But let's get more specific. 'The Girl Of Ink & Stars' blew me away mostly because of Hargrave's amazing writing. The story flowed so beautifully and it sucked me into such a gorgeously built world that I couldn't ignore: fire demons, myths about brave heroines, monstrous wolves and beautiful cartography (seriously the design of the book and inclusion of maps were BEAUTIFUL). I loved the characters, the stories that they told and the general plot premise, though simple, was very good. It carefully sits on that line between MG & YA too which I liked because usually Middle Grade books are a little too simplistic and immature for me.
In terms of things that could have been better, I'd say that the development of some characters went a little unexplored. Namely, the Governor. He started off as the big bad villain, and revealed a softer side as the book continued but I feel like his past could have been explored more thoroughly (namely the reasons why he did what he did), as well as his relationship with his daughter and the Banished because that was never fully explained either. He was such an intriguing and mysterious character, I would have loved to read more of him. Honestly, this is down to the small number of pages in this book and while I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be a stand-alone, I would love there to be a sequel because the Island of Joya is such a great setting!