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The Girl of Ink & Stars

Narrated by: Victoria Fox
Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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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

Critic reviews

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

I really enjoyed listening to this. It was narrated really well. And a great storyline!

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Not much story

Beautifully written, but I don’t see what the fuss is about. The storyline was very bland. The sense of danger really wasn’t there, and just not a lot happened really. To be honest I stopped listening towards the end because I knew what would happen and the last 10 or 15 minutes was completely unnecessary

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There is a very good execution BUT

The book is very good and you can picture it in your mind very well but if you don't like a slow going book I wouldn't recommend but even if you don't try it out🌊🌊🌊

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Title more exciting than the story

I heard this on Audible. What initially drew me to this book was the front cover and title. The girl of Ink and Stars sounds so dreamy and magical and even though there was a kind of magic involved in the story it just wasn't good enough in my view. The story wasn't strong enough or likeable enough. I listened just to complete the book, not because I was hooked or caught up in the story. Sadly this one just didn't do anything for me.

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A beautiful journey

I loved reading this book and literally read it in one sitting. This audio addition really brought it to life even when you can't see the maps in the book.

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Amazing story

Loved it. It is a sad and haooy story. The voice over made it so much more enjoyable and helped me have picture in my head of what was happing.

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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