The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017, and the British Book Awards' Children's Book of Year 2017 Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate ...

Details The Girl of Ink and Stars

TitleThe Girl of Ink and Stars
Release DateMay 5th, 2016
PublisherChicken House
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Adventure, Fiction

Reviews The Girl of Ink and Stars

  • Hannah Greendale
    Thirteen-year-old Isabella Riosse, daughter of a cartographer, lives on the island of Joya. The songbirds of Joya were supplanted by ravens when the Governor arrived. Under his strict rule, residents of the coastal town of Gromera are forbidden to travel beyond the forest flanking the village. When a string of unsettling events make it necessary to journey beyond the forest in search of answers, Isabella joins a team of explorers on an adventure ...
  • enqi ☁️✨ [joon's]
    They say the day the Governor arrived, the ravens did too. All the smaller birds flew backwards into the sea, and that is why there are no songbirds on Joya. Only huge, ragged ravens. the girl of ink and stars was mulan, hercules and moana all rolled into one. it was a haunting, captivating tale - one that left tingles up my spine long after i'd finished reading. forbidden to leave her island, isabella riosse has always dreamed of the faraway...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    This middle grade fantasy felt more like YA at times and was a really fast read! It has kind of a fairy tale feeling to it almost. Isabella lives on the island of Joya in a world that seems to be inspired by real colonial settings, but... is fictional? (I'm not totally sure). Her father is a cartographer, so the pages of the books are edged with some really cool illustrations. Isabella is friends with the governor's daughter, Lupe, who sends a gi...
  • Geo Marcovici
    Translation widget on The blog!!!O carte frumoasa, despre prietenie si curaj, despre lupta continua dintre bine si rau.Recenzia mea completă o găsiți aici:https://justreadingmybooks.wordpress....
  • Leonie
    'Any man can draw where he's been - Only a cartographer knows how to draw it to fit with where he's about to be'If you like the following things, you will probably enjoy The Girl Of Ink And Stars:- Alice in wonderland - Ghibli movies - Parallel Worlds/alternate versions of our world - Mystical islands - Explorations - Stories within stories - Stars- Maps- Monsters- Fairytale-esque writingI love ALL the things on that list
  • Maddie
    Mulan, Hercules, and Moana all rolled into one! It was so fantastic and beautifully written with lots of folklore that I need as a separate book. Adventurous middle grade is the best.
  • Spencer Orey
    This is a quick read! I'm a bit surprised that it won so many accolades. I mostly thought it was alright? There were some fun elements, but I was way more curious about the magic, which was mostly left as background. There's a glowing stick! There's a magical sword! There's some kind of imprisoned fire demon!The focus on friendship was a good staple to hold the story together, though in the end there's an unnecessary sacrifice. I'm sick of those....
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    There aren't many things better than reading a book that is just as gorgeous as its cover and thankfully The Girl of Ink and Stars was just that. It reminded me of Nim's Island meets Journey to the Centre of the Earth meets Disney (and yes, this would make a fantastic movie. Someone make this happen please and thank you.) It was action packed from start to finish, with twists and turns throughout. I throughly enjoyed the relationships, both famil...
  • beth
    Rating - 2.5 stars.First of all, I would just like to take a moment to talk about the cover. It is absolutely beautiful and the main reason I wanted to pick this book up.I'm going to do lists for what i liked and didn't like. Things I liked: - the cover yes yes YES once again- the writing- family relationships/friendships- very easy to read Things I didn't like: - there was zero world building like i was so confused???- the characters are all so...
  • Lucy Banks
    A strange, ungraspable kind of book. It definitely held my interest throughout, though a few times, I was a little confused. Who was Yote? What was all that fire demon stuff all about? And where did the giant wolves come from?. However, in spite of the bafflement, I enjoyed it. I particularly liked the cartographer vibe - would have liked to see the author make more of that! I'll keep an eye out for other books by her, she's an interesting author...
  • Giovanna
    2.5 So cute. (Also, gr keeps doing strange stuff to my photos UGH)I'll keep it short for now, I'll probably add some more thoughts later.> This story had much more potential. When I read the blurb I actually envisioned this as an upper-ya magical realism book. It was probably wrong of me to imagine it the way I wanted to, because when I started reading and got that this was middle grade fantasy I was let down. Truth is this isn't even an extremel...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    I am part of a YA book group, this was October's pick of the month but have only just got around to finishing it yesterday. Going into The Girl Of Ink and Stars, I wasn't really sure what to expect other than adventure and um... Stars. Me being me, I thought this was a book set in space, it isn't. I would definitely say however that the plotline sounded more MG to me then YA but I like reading MG and as a nineteen year old, I have loved reading s...
  • Natali (BOOK DRAGON)
    Each of us carries the map of our lives on our skin, in the way we walk, even in the way we grow. There are not a lot of better things to get in a book when the cover is as beautiful as the story but this was just that. I really loved this because it was just purely about magic, friendship, adventure and bravery. I was really happy when Isabella wasn't one of those special snowflake characters who find out she has magical powers. She was a normal...
  • Abbie | ab_reads
    3.5 stars - sometimes it’s nice to see what is being put out there as children’s literature these days, and I wasn’t let down here! This is a beautifully written little story of myths and bravery, that I would have loved as a kid! And still did enjoy as a 23 year old ☺ 3.5 stars - sometimes it’s nice to see what is being put out there as children’s literature these days, and I wasn’t let down here! This is a beautifully written li...
  • Kelly
    The Girl of Ink and Stars is one of those rare treasures that is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside. After initially eyeing this up as a cover buy and then hearing nothing but incredible things about this book I finally jumped straight in and I loved every second.This book is absolutely gorgeous from beginning to end. Set in a beautifully imagined parallel world, The Girl of Ink and Stars is Isa’s tale. She is such a strong and f...
  • Elli (The Bibliophile)
    I really loved this book and wish I had read it as a child! It was so fun and imaginative and emotional but not emotionally manipulative. Highly recommended for readers of all ages who love a good adventure story.
  • Mayim de Vries
    A very decent middle-grade fantasy about friendship, courage and the importance of finding your way.
  • T.D. Whittle
    I have three young nieces who love reading and being read to, so they get quite a lot of books from my husband and me. But I like to read them first and, if they are suitable, buy fresh copies for the children. The nieces enjoy stories about spunky and capable girls with bright minds and big dreams, and this one seemed to tick all the boxes. So I began this book a few weeks ago but then got distracted with other things I was reading. I picked it ...
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  • Fleur (FranklyBooks)
    Blog post titled 'You Are Too Young for The Girl of Ink and Stars' to come! Look out for it in the next month or so. The art of buying books has become a hesitant action of mine while I wait for the $50 all-you-can-into-a-box book buffet that’s about to arrive. It’s a once in a year thing for my entire country, and so I don’t want to be wasting my money on just any old book. So I cajoled my mum into buying this for me, secondhand mind you, ...
  • sassafrass
    Okay to start this book is BEAUTIFUL. The cover is gorgeous and the pages on the inside are all decorated with illustrations of maps and ships. I loved all the characters and the setting, which is quite reminiscent of Philip Pullman's alternate earth, and the plot whilst fairly standard out of context flows naturally and actually comes to a bittersweet and moving ending that I genuinely didn't see coming from a children's book. None of the charac...
  • Nouf Baw
    Beautifully written
  • Jen W
    This was just a book that was sitting on my bookshelf that I decided to use as a filler while I wait for my new one. After finishing it, it's going to be a permanent addition to my shelf. It's such a beautiful story of friendship, adventure, sacrifice and bravery, and I loved it a lot more than I thought I would. I will admit that it seems to be targeted at a younger audience, and it takes a little while for the action to really kick in, but neit...
  • Mathew
    It's important to state that this is a wonderful book for both boys and girls. Some may think that a book with the silhouette of a girl of the front cover could be calling to a certain audience but there are plenty of boys on front covers and girls pick 'em up: and the same should and could be said here. Something strange has happened the world which Isabella inhabits. It is a place full of dark secrets and a past shrouded with myths flavoured wi...
  • Ömer
    4.2/5Yorumu için:
  • Lucy King
    Dočteno, knihu jsem zhltala za dva večery a nemohla jsem se od ní odtrhnout. Já prostě miluju Middle-grade dobrodružství, tady navíc byl místní folklór, mytologie, trochu nedpřirozeno, ty španělská jména, ostrov, z velké části neprobádaný. Prostě kouzelná knížečka s kouzelným, napínavým, nenáročným samozřejmě, příběhem. Přemýšlím, co způsobilo, že se to tolik z vás nelíbilo. Trochu hádám, že fakt, ...
  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    I picked up The Girl of Ink and Stars after it won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. I don't normally read middle grade fantasy, but The Girl of Ink and Stars is an enchanting, magical adventure and is stunningly written (plus the book itself is pretty, too!).The Girl of Ink & Stars follows Isabelle Riosse – a cartographer's daughter – as she goes on a treacherous journey to rescue her best friend, Lupe. Lupe has disappeared into the isl...
  • Emma
    Review by Cerys - Year 8The Girl of Ink and Stars is a beautiful story of Isabella, the cartographer’s daughter, and her journey when her best friend, Lupe goes missing outside the city’s walls, which residents of the city are never allowed to leave, but on her journey through the depths of Joya, (the island) will she discover that her destiny is at hand. Mysteries and legends intertwine in this breath-taking, beautiful read, of friendship, m...
  • Joan
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Chicken House UK for the copy.Everything about this book is beautiful: the cover, the title, the prose, the world it speaks of, and the brave characters featured in it. It tells a thoughtful tale of friendship and loyalty, of love and family, and of courageous dreams. The Girl of Ink and Stars is one of the few middle-grade fantasies that I think adults will enjoy. It has ...
  • Alkisti
    Isabella is the cartographer's daughter, living in Gromera, a small village, in the island of Joya. When, some time ago, Governor Adori came to Joya, he cut off Gromera from the rest of the world and the island, restricting Isabella and the villagers to the limited piece of land they called home.While her father had always dreamt of exploring and mapping the world outside their homeland, Isabella wanted to cross the forest borders towards Joya's ...