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
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.
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‘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
|Publication date:||7th July 2016|
|Publisher:||Faber & Faber|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical, General Fiction|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Reviewed by Children|
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.More About Emma Carroll