The Girl of Ink and Stars

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Kiran Millwood Hargrave,

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Chicken House, 2016

ISBN 9781910002742

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Who Wrote It?

Kiran Millwood Hargrave was born in London in 1990. She is an award winning poet and ast year graduated from Oxford University’s Creative Writing MA. The Girl of Ink and Stars is her debut novel. Kiran currently lives in Oxford with her fiancé.

What's It About?

When Isabella’s friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search party. As a mapmaker’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart. But beneath the mountains a legendary fire demon awakens, and her journey is fraught with danger.

Fact File

In the USA the novel is known as The Cartographer’s Daughter.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda is one of Kiran’s earliest heroines.

Her favourite word is incandescent.

Kiran thinks her book is at its best when read aloud.

To find out more about Kiran visit her website http://www.kiranmillwoodhargrave.co.uk/ or Facebook page or follow her on twitter @Kiran_MH

Your Reviews

amelia from the ruth gorse acadmey :

I did not enjoy this book because when I said I took a deep breath I thought he was going to die I would not read this book again because it was very boring I would recommend this book to 11 year old girls mostly but if 11 year old boys want to read it they could

amelia gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Othniel from The ruthgorse academy:

I enjoyed I liked because it was fun good to read it was lovely especially the text that says.Bang I sat up heart beating hard.pablos room was full of flames but I could feel no heat.

Othniel gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

maz from Ruthgorse:

I think this book was a good book because the plot became clearer but it was incredibly confusing

maz gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Millie from King james's:

This book I found was a bit hard to read as it is really not my kind of book however I thought the characters were well described and I think it looked into something deeper that you had to find instead of just reading it. I think that it needs something more but overall it was a good book for people who like mythical adventures.

Millie gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Hannah from King James's School:

This book is interesting.The idea of exploring forgotten lands in this way was something that I had not seen before and that I enjoyed quite a bit charge tears are however very important to me and I found myself not being able to relate to Isabelle at all

Hannah gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Pranit from roundhay secondary school:

I struggled to get into this book and did not enjoy it, so I would not recommend it.

Pranit gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 2 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Leah from Ruth Gorse :

I absolutely loved this fantastic book! I would definitely recommend this to my friends and family. I gave this a 5 because it explained everything so clearly and I thought it was the best book out of them all

Leah gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Alanis from The Ruth Gorse Accademy:

I liked The Girl of Ink and Stars because it was full of detail and was really funny. However when the battles started it was a bit rushed and I couldn't really get involoved in what the writer was trying to say. Other than that I enjoyed it and hope for the writer to write more stories.

Alanis gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Zahra from Allerton Grange School:

This book was really interesting. I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure

Zahra gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Icarus Show by Sally Christie.

Malaika from Allerton Grange School:

This is an amazing book because it is filled with adventure and mystery. Towards the start of the book it wasn't really interesting but then ii was an awesome and very interesting book

Malaika gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Fawziyah,Safia and Haleema from The Co-operative academy of leeds :

our review is that the book is a little boring at the start and end but gets more exiting in the middle.We find this exciting,Scary,unpredictable and amazing

Fawziyah,Safia and Haleema gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Thomas from Royds High School:

One of the best books I have ever read, a roller coaster of emotions and a binding story. I could paint a picture in my mind of every second of the books description, it drew me in to the book and i could imagine every deail of what was going on, what the characters looked like, what Joya looked like and what Yole and Arinta looked like. I loved how the story unfolded and how Isabella was almost becoming Arinta. The book had me edging on my seat at points and not believing what was happening in the next. Altogether, an exciting story!

Thomas gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Anna from Cardinal Hernan :

Wow! This book, once I got into it, was thrilling, exciting and amazing. Some of the parts were really heartbreaking and that made the book come alive. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good book.

Anna gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Samhita from Roundhay High School:

I loved this book. It had a very adventurous story and a lot of mystery. I enjoyed and never wanted to put the book down. I personally love mystery books. This one was a very good read.

Samhita gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Millie from Royds:

I give this book a 3/5 because it didn't grip my right from the start and a took a while to get into it.As you got into it ,though,it became action filled and gripping. I thought it was interesting when all the different characters and plot twists were introduced. Millwood presented the characters very well. Overall, it was quite a good book. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book that filled with fantasy and that lets your imagination run wild.

Millie gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 3 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Lucy from Royds :

I loved this book! Out of the four that i have read for this 'challenge' so far, this one is my current favorite, with the variety of characters and multiple plot twists, I found this book very gripping and an ultimate page turner. I liked the overall concept and especially with the added amount of fantasy that was added with the different creatures that terrorizes the island, was highly enjoyable. At first I thought that in was not going to finish it as it took a while to get into it, in my opinion, but after that struggle, I managed to power through it and get into it. I specifically thought that the style of writing was very good and easy to follow along even though the most difficult part was remembering which character was which. The entire book was action-packed and really intriguing especially at the ending. This is the type of book that I could re-read due to the fact that there is a lot going on and after finishing this, I found that it would have been just as interesting the first time as the second because of the amount of things that happen in a short amount of time. Definitely one of my 'go-to' reads!

Lucy gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Maddie from Roundhay School:

I loved this book!this book is great for people who love reading mystery and or adventure. The characters were really well made and i loved the maps because they were really detailled. This is my first book that i have read for the leeds book awards and it really set the standard.

Maddie gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Gabrielle from Royds:

This book is amazing as you feel every emotion in every word that is written in the many chapters. Hargrave,has used many techniques that help make this book come to life and also paint a picture in your mind.I would recommend this book to children aged ten or above as it's an amazing book that I've enjoyed reading as it comes throughout the chapters.It would also challenge younger readers to read out of their comfort zone and read books that are more challenging.I have really loved reading this book as it creates wonderful and fascinating themes and images in your mind.

Gabrielle gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Elpida from Corpus Christi Catholic College:

Brilliant book and very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and all its twists and new characters during the book.On the other hand there could have been some slight differences however this is only one opinion out of the hundreds and i am sure many people will agree and disagree with me. My favourite character was Lupe because she accepted all the misdeeds that lead to her life and i believe she made the right choice.

Elpida gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Sam from King James's School:

Although some parts of this book did interest me, particularly when they were in the labyrinth, I found that some parts were difficult to understand for example when they found themselves in the deadalo just after being in yote's lair.I also thought that Lupe and Isabella had extreme luck in getting themselves out of tricky situations on a few occasions. But, having said this I did prefer the second half of the book as it was faster paced and more gripping because of the greater aspect of danger.

Sam gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Marnie from Cardinal Heenan CHS:

This book has definitely made it to my favorite list. The charecters were weird but wonderful and the twist at the end made it both charming and sad. I got this book at Christmas and am very glad it is mine to keep! :)

Marnie gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Helly from Royds:

This book, The girl of ink and stars, was a creative book, quite unique and different. It was about a beautiful friendship between a girl named Isabella and her friend Lupe. They were both from opposite ends of the society, yet they were the best of friends. When Lupe went missing, Isabella was determined to join the search party in order to find her, blaming herself for Lupe leaving in the first place. I found this book quite sad and intense, the story line was also quite original. It was an amazing book.

Helly gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Dan from Prince Henrys Grammar School:

This book is a adventure-filled rollercoaster with twists and turns n every page. After her friend goes missing, Isabella decides to go look fir her with the rotten governor (or her friend's dad) into the forgotten lands. But when she finds out the truth about the island she and her friend will do anything to save it.

This book was sad and happy at different parts. It has hope and fear, mystery and tragedy, life and death.

Dan gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Aliesha from Royds:

I found this book,the girl of ink and stars, creative and interesting.This is about a young girl (named Isabella)who, when her best friend goes missing, is determined to find her using an ancient map and her knowledge of the stars.This stood out compared to any other book i have read with its unique story line.

Aliesha gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

piotr from bruntcliffe academy:

One of the things i like about this book is the sense of mystery through out the entire book. Also i enjoy the way that the main character lies to the most important person on the island just to save her friend. Just amazing.

piotr gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Ella from Bruntcliffe Academy:

This fantastic book is filled with twists and turns. I love how thorough and specific it is, and how original it is. It is indeed unlike any other that I have previously read, as I personally tend to read the horror genre. However, although the plot is exceptional, the way it is presented is not. Although I like the language, it is hard to keep up with the rest of the book and is somewhat geographical in it's own right. On the other hand, I recommend it to the fantasy lovers, and those who love adventure.

Ella gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

alana india jane from bruntcliffe academy :

i realy liked the style off this book and i also liked the story line and i think it is full of wonderfull twists and terns

alana india jane gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

millie from Bruntcliffe Academy:

The book was adventurous but was sad. However, some names we couldn't pronounce when read aloud.

millie gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

lizzy from bruntcliff :

this is a very powerful story but it isn't my type of book. Also some of this book was very confusing in, but in some parts it was not confusing and very interesting. it was full of adventures,

lizzy gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

josh from bruntcliffe academy:

did not like this book it was boring and could not even keep up with what tense we were even in

josh gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Max from Bruntcliffe Academy:

I Gave This Book A 4/5 Because I Liked The Story Line But At Some Points It Was Confusing So I Had To Re-Read Some Parts Of It, But Other Than That I Really Liked It!

Max gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

charlotte from bruntcliffe academy:

This book was good but confusing at time but I still enjoyed the book because it was full of adventures.

charlotte gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

louis from bruntcliffe:

did not like the book I thought it was boring. I think that so far ive started death or ice cream and its a lot better

louis gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 1 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Bronte - leigh from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

Oh my gosh!!!!!I have never read a book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave but this one has showed me to read more of them.It is such a powerful story.I could feel the tears forming in my eyes at points...i just did not see them coming. After reading the book i went out to waterstones since i am a big reader and i bought it to add to my library at home. I LOVED the book and would tell anyone to read it, but go into it with an open mind and ready for anything. It is a great story line and the characters are all different. Kiran has thought about the characters and formed them so well. 100% this book gets 5 stars from me with no doubt. Just remember to go into it with an open mind...'Each of us carries the map of our lives on our skin, in the way we walk, even in the way we grow!'

Bronte - leigh gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Maryam from Allerton High School:

I thought that this book was boring. It wasn't my type but I think some people might like it. I thought there was too much information about Isa and it didn't get to the point of the story very quickly.

Maryam gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 1 out of 5 and now plans to read A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater.

Alex from King James's school:

I enjoyed the adventurous element, however I found that throughout the book the various characters came by ridiculously good luck which annoyed me. In my view it was brought back into reality by the death of a character at the end. I also believe that the encounter at the end could have been dragged out longer, as I thought it was quite abrupt but overall. I think most of the concepts and ideas that Kiran brought together in this book were wonderful.

Alex gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Tom from King James's:

I thought that this book was very intriguing and adventurous. I felt I could not relate to any of the characters especially Isa as I thought she was too harsh with Lupe, although I understand why because it did seem that it was all Lupe and her family's fault. My favourite part of the book was the conclusion.

Tom gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Icarus Show by Sally Christie.

Arthur from King James's:

A nice adventure story for young readers giving them a first taste of books, although I did find that could be more character development and perhaps a deeper story line. I would recommend this book for young readers.

Arthur gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Jessica from Benton Park School:

I really enjoyed this book about magic and adventure. I like how the characters in the book show courage,bravery and are willing to sacrifice for there friends and family.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and fantasy.

Jessica gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Oliwia from Cardinal Heenan High School:

This book is was very interesting.This book is kind of about friendship.I like this book very much.It's kind of a fairy tale,in a way.

Oliwia gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Dora from Leeds CITY Academy:

This book was a true page turner , it made you read like none stop.

At first I thought it was a bit boring but after a few chapters it was awesome. If you like adventure books you should definitely read this book.

Like it says on the book it is" a tale of wonder and courage".

Dora gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Esme from King James's School:

This was an amazing and stunning book! I absolutely loved every minute of it. It was a beautiful story and it really transported me back to my childhood. This was because I used to love reading adventure style books and this was in this genre but it had an extra taste of magic and sophistication. It got me back into mystery books. I really felt there was an extra layer as it dealt with topics such as death, trying to solve arguments, friendship, mystery and betrayal. I related to Isabelle as she wanted to be a map maker.

Esme gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Amelie from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

I really liked this book it was full of adventure and mystery and friendship, I loved the character Isabella and I could imagine my self being there on the journey. I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone.

Amelie gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Tabitha from King James's School:

I really enjoyed this book. I found that I could really relate to Isabella and the way she was feeling about Stories and what they meant to her. I also cried about Lupe and wanted to reach through the book and grab on to her. My only issues with the book were that I found it quite hard to get into the story at first. Also, I found that the diagrams around the edges of the pages distracted me from the story.

Tabitha gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Phoebe from King James's School:

I really liked this book and I especially liked how through the book I thought that Isa would become Arinta but, she didn't. My favourite character was Lupe because she is so kind.

Phoebe gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Marnie from Cardinal Heenan CHS:

This book was a real page turner. It had you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It had a heartbreaking twist in the end which reminded you of what true friendship is. It was a beautiful book.

Marnie gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Caitlin from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

i think this book was surprisingly good. to be honest i was not really looking forward to this book but it seemed to be really good. The girl of ink and stars is beautifully written and the pages are stunning. I love this book and i would highly recommend it if you like adventure/ mystery books

Caitlin gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Lilia from St Margarets:

I thought this book was very well written and was a very adventurous story. It easily made pictures in my head of what the atmosphere was like and I enjoyed it a lot. In my opinion it made me feel slightly scared at night but otherwise it was fantastic.

Lilia gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Liliana from Cardinal Heenan:

The start of the book began quite slow and often caught the reader waiting for something to happen however, the book soon (page 100 plus) began building tension and mystery which allowed the reader to ache for more. This is a fairly easy book to read, though that does not prevent it from becoming interesting later on, when all of the action commences.

Liliana gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.

Adaugo from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

I like how the author uses similar countries and continents but she changes it a little bit.The fact that it is adventurous and that its about myths it really enjoyable.Isabella is very brave and creative she wonders why the songbirds just suddenly disappeared. Near the end is really where the is lots of things going on, but at the being it not that interesting

Adaugo gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray.

Marinelle from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

An amazing book, very emotional and an inspiring read. Shows the life of a young girl who is forced to go into the 'Forbidden Forest' to save her friend. One of my favourite books.

Marinelle gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Icarus Show by Sally Christie.

Vanessa from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

Very interesting and tense book. I loved the ending.

Vanessa gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Icarus Show by Sally Christie.

Elisha from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School:

Its a very good book, but its very tense for me.

Elisha gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Remade by Alex Scarrow.

Jessica from King James's School:

This book was incredible. It has everything heartbreak, adventure and fantasy. If I had seen this book on a shelf, I would not have read it. However I am extremely happy I did. I felt like I could somehow relate to Isabella's character. She is brave, but doesn't really think it. I hoped the ending would have been a bit different, I think it stopped the pace of the book a little bit. However I did enjoy it and would like to read more books like it.

Jessica gave The Girl of Ink and Stars 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Death or Ice Cream? by Gareth P Jones.