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Summary

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her best friend disappears, she's determined to be part of the search party.

Guided by an ancient map and her knowledge of the stars, Isabella navigates the island's dangerous Forgotten Territories. But beneath the dry rivers and dead forests, a fiery myth is stirring from its sleep.

©2016 Kiran Millwood Hargrave (P)2016 Oakhill Publishing

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"A mesmerising debut of maps, myths and girls of enormous courage." ( The Bookseller)

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Lovely story

Not my usual genre but I did enjoy it. Vivid descriptions and beautiful writing I could imagine myself there on the island.

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Prefer to read it...

The narrator is strong and I liked the book, but something about the combination didn't quite work for me. I read this instead and preferred it.

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Excellent, imaginative and gripping

I’m so glad I tried this book. I wondered if a story less than five hours long was worth a credit, but it was really excellent. The story takes twists and turns and keeps upending the expectations of “the hero’s journey” narrative. Without flinching from issues of death, poverty, tyranny/ oppression and enslavement, it is ultimately a hopeful story of courage, determination and redemption.

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  • 22-05-19

A story for children written in an adult style

This book got a great review on audible so I downloaded for the family (11 and 8 year olds) to listen to on a long car journey. Whilst the story captured the children’s interest, the language and style was more suited to adults in my view, and the struggled with some of it. Perhaps the target audience was older, but the spiritual fantasy themes of the story might not interest an older child so much.

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Original but didn't like the ending

It has a nice fairytale lyrical style. A book that is also suitable for adults looking for magical stories (which is what we are). The narration was ok but grated a bit by the end and might have made it hard to warm to Lupe, even though we wanted to. Also the ending didn't feel congruent - a bit of a weird anticlimax.

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Beautiful story, rushed narration

A beautiful and imaginative story. Unfortunately the narrator rushed it, but she did wonderful voices for the characters.

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  • 29-03-19

Amazingly tense!

This story had me hanging on end every second every scene and every word for days

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Loved it

I absolutely loved this book - and so did my class. Gorgeous language, characters and action.

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I hoped for more

Someone sayed that it was "too hard" for a child, and that this book was maybe for 12-13 y.o.

I tried it because I always search for easy book to follow when I need to sleep.

I was too bored by the story when I tried it in bed, when I was cooking etc.

Dommage.

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Good book overall, a bit scary, would not recommend reading under the age of 10