Reader Reviewed Strange Star by Emma Carroll

Strange Star

Written by Emma Carroll

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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month July 2016 Rich in thrilling details, Strange Star is a cleverly told story-within-a story that draws together true stories with an original adventure. Italy, 1816, Felix works as a servant to the Lord Byron and soon finds himself intrigued by the exciting and dangerous ideas of Lord Byron’s friends and visitors, the Shelleys. During an evening devoted to the telling of ghost stories, Mary Shelley brings a young girl to life despite her seeming dead on her unexpected arrival. Lizzie Appleby has an incredible and terrifying story to tell which touches, among other things, on the wonders of science which were just being explored at that time. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for July 2016

Melric and the Crown by David McKee

The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Chris Riddell

Up, Up and Away by Tom McLaughlin

Strange Star by Emma Carroll

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell

Such Stuff: A Story-Maker's Inspiration by Michael Morpurgo

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Jack Smith, age 11 - 'This book is full of tension and I couldn't put it down!This book can be scary so watch out when reading at night!'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 11 - 'This story is gripping, thrilling and slightly scary!! Superb!'
  • Amina Hassan, age 10 - 'I was spellbound. Your blood is sure to freeze. You are sure to be excited sad and shocked. Follow Lizzie on her journey of freedom love and bravery, if you have the guts!'
  • Mia Pearse, age 10 - 'When I finished reading it I really wanted to read it again because it is such an amazing book.'
  • Aminah, age 11 - 'Strange Star by Emma Carroll is one of the greatest books I have ever read!
  • Ava Sorrell, age 9 - 'Strange Star is an amazing book for anyone who likes mystery, murder and mayhem!!!!'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'This creepy tale full of strange goings on will chill you to the bone and I loved the way it keeps you guessing right until the end. If you like a good scary story you’ll love this.'
  • Olivia Lawrence, age 10 - 'Mysterious, fantastic, gripping.'
  • Rose Hopkins, age 10 - 'Emma Carroll weaves a wonderfully gothic tale.  A Frankenstein-like story but with many sudden terrors, shocks and twists.'
  • Bethany Urquhart, age 10 - 'I have really enjoyed reading Strange Star by Emma Carroll. It is very good and pulled me into the story as it grasped me from the first page.'
  • Toby Crawford, age 8 - 'A mesmerizing book based on the true tale of four writers in Switzerland back in the time of the Georgian era, 1816. I thoroughly enjoyed the mysterious unravelling plot.'
  • Joshua Zinkin, age 11 - 'A really gripping and haunting read that suits all children aged 10 and over, who want a rich story and amazing characters.'
  • Edward Bailey, age 11 - 'Cracking read! Strange Star is one of the best books I have ever read. Almost horror but nice to read at night. I WANT ANOTHER INSTALMENT!'
  • Rosie Watch, Teacher - 'Maybe it’s me growing up with Frankenstein movies that made the writing that much more graphic, but it wasn’t a book to take to bed!'


Strange Star by Emma Carroll

They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. 'A tale to freeze the blood,' was the only rule.

Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can't wait to hear their creepy tales. Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn - more chilling than any tale. Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars. She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley. Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified.


‘A deliciously gothic thriller....Carroll's story is skillfully weaved, atmospheric, cinematic and best read late at night in one sitting. I think it's her best yet.’ Bookseller

Praise for Emma Carroll’s other novels:

‘An emotionally-charged historical tale and a very believable ghost story rolled into one.’ Telegraph on Frost Hollow Hall

‘An adventure of old-fashioned charm.’ The Sunday Times on The Girl Who Walked on Air

‘Absorbing, sensitive and genuinely magical in feel.’ Independent on In Darkling Wood

‘Emma Carroll writes original, timeless stories.’ The Times on The Snow Sister

About the Author

Emma Carroll

Emma Carroll is a secondary school English teacher. She has also worked as a news reporter, an avocado picker and the person who punches holes into filofax paper. She recently graduated with distinction from Bath Spa University's MA in Writing For Young People.

Emma lives in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers.

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320 pages


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Faber & Faber

Publication date

7th July 2016




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