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The Star-spun Web Reader Reviews

The Star-spun Web

Charlotte Walker

A Star of a book! I've never given much thought to having a pet tarantula, but I think I would like a Violet.

This is a magical adventure story perfect for inquisitive readers. Tess was left on the doorstep of an orphanage in another world by her father with a strange device. Years later a mysterious man claims to be her guardian and arrives to take her away. This is an adventure which sees Tess, with the help of Violet her tarantula and her constant companion, working out who she is and experimenting (she loves to experiment) with the strange object in her possession to find out more about her family. 

With glimpses into another world, new friends made and old family there in Tess' time of need, this is a brilliant all-rounder for readers who love animals, adventures and stories of friendship. 

This is a brilliant book for 7+. I loved the storyline  - it reminded me of Phillip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' series (travelling to alternate realities and the close bond between Tess and Violet).

Lily O’Dwyer

This book was really awesome! It was different to most of the books I have read but I really, really enjoyed it! I hope it will be part of a series and I can’t wait for the next one.

I really liked the look of this book, the front cover is interesting and the title makes you wonder what it is about. I haven’t read any books by this author before but I really enjoyed her writing. The book is quite long and there are no illustrations, which at the start made me think it would be boring, but it really wasn’t!
I LOVED the story! I really liked the main character Tess and her pet was unexpected and for me a bit creepy, but they loved one another, so it was nice. I really liked that Tess had some great friends, who were really important in the story and it shows that we always need good friends in our lives.
The story was different to most of the stories out there. It wasn’t magical or princessy, it was adventurous and kind of science but also with some history. I liked how the author wrote the story and kept you trapped within the book. It was very hard to put down. I liked the author so much I can’t wait for her next book!

Josh Parcell

I found this book enjoyable because it was interesting and the story kept me intrigued.

The Star-Spun web is about a young girl from a different reality who gets delivered to an orphanage where she feels very much home, but this all changed with the arrival of Mr Cleat...
I found this book enjoyable because it was interesting and the story kept me intrigued. The story is exciting because you wanted the characters to do the things they were not supposed to in the story to enable a different ending.
I would definitely recommend this book.

William Pasturel

I want a sequel to this book, I need to read more about the characters and what will happen.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the idea of multiple worlds, it's a very interesting theory. My favourite character is Tess because she is very adventurous and is always doing experiments. I liked the ending because it leaves room for a sequel. If the author does write a second book I would definitely read it as I really enjoyed this one. I would definitely recommend this to people as it is a great book. I just love the idea that you can travel between worlds it is a great idea.

Lucas Blake

In this exciting story, Tess can use a star-spinner to travel to a parallel world where she meets herself as a boy! But can she keep the star-spinner safe????

This book is very exciting. The story is told by three characters: Tess, Wilf and Thomas but mostly focuses on Tess who can travel to other worlds using a star-spinner! In this story she goes to a parallel world where everything looks the same but there are different versions of the people Tess knows. Including Thomas, a different version of herself! Tess has to keep the star-spinner safe from two characters who want to either destroy it or use it for evil purposes. I really like how Tess fights to save Violet, her pet tarantula who helps her get home. I think this book will suit confident readers as there are a lot of chapters but the ending is very tense so it keeps you interested. I hope there is a book 2 to find out what happens next.

Logan Taylor

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction and believes in the possibility of there being other realities. I give this book a 5 star rating!

This book about an orphan called Tess, who has an object that can take her through different realities and worlds. By using the object (a star spinner) she opens a portal to a different reality where she meets a boy, Thomas. He helps her to figure out why she was able to disappear into a different reality before she got a pet spider (named Violet). Tess gets adopted by a man (Mr Cleat) who wants to use her so that he can send machines to different realities and start a war between the realities. With the help of her friends from the orphanage and Millie, who works for Mr Cleat, they manage to stop him making a rip in reality.

I thought this book was excellent, my favourite character was Mr Cleat because he was obsessed with proving that you can travel to different realities and that there are worlds other than the one we live in. I liked the science and imagination of the star spinner and the fact that it explores the possibilities that different realities exist.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788950220
Publication date: 7th February 2019
Author: Sinead O'Hart
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Other Categories: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Reviewed by Children