It has all your favourite things! Adventure, maps… and a sad ending.

The-Girl-of-Ink-and-Stars-by-Kiran-Millwood-HargraveTitle: The Girl of Ink and Stars
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Interest Level: Year 7 +

They say the day the Governor arrived, so did the ravens. And the songbirds, in their despair, flew backwards into the sea. That’s why there are no songbirds on Joya.

Isabella loves stories and her father, an explorer and renowned cartographer, is a master storyteller. But since the Governor arrived on their island, there has been no need for map making – exploration is forbidden and no one is allowed to leave the island.

When her best friend Lupe, the Governor’s daughter, goes missing – Isabella is determined to help find her. Armed with only ink, parchment, her knowledge of the stars and the stories of her father, Isabella joins the search party to navigate the island’s forgotten territories. But the monsters in her father’s stories are more real than she could have imagined, Isabella must face her fears to find her friend. The vivid descriptions and stunning rendering of the book itself will draw you into this beautiful tale of courage and wonder. The debut novel of Kiran Millwood Hargrave showcases her flair for poetry and love of short stories, embedded within this fantasy tale.

Highly recommended: **** (ofr)



The last stage of Tristan’s grail journey

orphan of destinyTITLE =THE ORPHAN OF DESTINY (Book 3: The Youngest Templar series)




This is a fitting finale to a most enjoyable series. Tristan, Robard and Maryam are again thrust into high adventure as they attempt to take the grail to Rosslyn and avoid capture by Sir High and his troops. The Robin Hood legend comes to the fore as the three weary travellers are joined on their journey by Brother Tuck and Little John. And when they attempt a few days rest at Robard’s home, they are met by Allan Adaile and Will Scarlet, and discover that the Shire reeve is making life difficult for all those who live in Sherwood forest. Despite these entertaining forays into the Robin Hood legend, the focus of the story still remains Tristan’s journey: to discover the secret of his birth and to deliver the grail. SAn entertaining and action packed romp, which is sure to be enjoyed by all those who started the journey with “The Youngest Templar”. Read more about the author and the series here.

Highly Recommended (dma) *****