Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 Category for Younger Fiction
Isabella Riosse is the daughter of a cartographer who lives on the island of Joya; an isle both steeped in mythology and shrouded in mystery. For the last thirty years, a strict Governor has forbidden the island inhabitants from venturing beyond their small township.
Isabella is fascinated with the ancient myths of Joya, which is said to have once floated freely over the seas. Preoccupied with ideas of exploration and inspired by the far-flung places her father once documented, she yearns for adventure.
When her best friend Lupe runs away, disappearing into the forbidden forest, Isabella volunteers to bring her back. With only her knowledge of ancient myths and one of her father’s maps to guide her, Isabella ventures into the perilous world beyond, where monsters lurk and magical rivers run.
Expertly crafted with a loveable lead, this modern tale weaves myth, magic and even a thread of political intrigue into its expansive fantasy world. Beautifully presented, the book not only contains a wonderfully detailed map of the island, each page is also decorated with charming drawings in the margins.
“Exquisitely poised between sweetness and darkness, this is a novel that revels in the power of myth and storytelling.” -The Financial Times
“The Girl of Ink & Stars [is] a mesmerising, enchanting debut, full of adventure and fire and heart… [An] absolute jewel of a book, as vivid and real and the maps inside it. It’s a classic in the making.” – Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater s Daughter.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet and novelist who lives in Oxford. A Cambridge University graduate, she performed plays with the Footlights and has performed her poetry in venues across the world. She was only twenty six years old at the time her debut, The Girl of Ink & Stars, was published.
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd