The Girl of Ink & Stars

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl of Ink & Stars
Chicken House Ltd
United Kingdom
1 July 2016

The Girl of Ink & Stars

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The magical bestseller: a classic story to read again

and again.

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017

Winner of the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year


Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award

Shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize

Beautiful, thrilling and magical, Sunday Times bestselling-author

Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s critically-acclaimed first

novel is a modern classic.

‘Absolutely loved it from start to finish’ TOM


‘I read it, I loved it’ MALORIE BLACKMAN

‘Kiran Millwood Hargrave creates a spellbinding world of magic,

myth and adventure’ EMMA CARROLL

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway

lands her cartographer father once mapped.

When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search.

The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland -

and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon

is stirring from its sleep.

Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella

discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

A beautifully written, multi award-winning story of friendship,

discovery, myths and magic for any age - perfect

for fans of Philip Pullman, Frances Hardinge or Katherine Rundell

From the author of Julia and the Shark and The

Mercies, chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club

Set in an extensive and stunningly-imagined parallel

world imbued with magical realism

A gorgeous gift with intricate star-chart illustrations

throughout - a present for young and old, which will stay with

you long after reading

‘One of those timeless stories that feels like a real myth’ SAMANTHA



‘Absolutely stunning’ CATHERINE DOYLE

‘So beautiful and magical’ PIERS TORDAY


A beautiful adventure story about Isabella, who lives on the island of Joya, in a township under rule by a strict Governor. The townsfolk aren’t allowed into the forest that surrounds the town and haven’t seen the rest of the island in decades. Isabella is desperate to explore, as she has a fascination with the island’s mythical past (it once floated freely around the world) and finally gets the chance when her best friend runs off into the forest. It’s a big plot for a small book, Isabella is a likable protagonist and the descriptions of the island, itself a character, are lovely.

Isobel Moore

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