The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Recommended by Miss Umpleby

Suitable for readers age 10+ 

Made for those who love adventure and packed to the brim with detail (including the beautiful map drawings on each page), The Girl of Ink and Stars makes the reader feel as if it is them who is crossing uncharted territory on a heroic voyage.  I would recommend to anyone who likes fast paced fantasy, mythology and stories within stories!

The book centres around a young girl named Isabella, who lives in a small village on the isolated island of Joya. When her best friend, the Governor’s daughter, goes missing, she joins the treacherous search party to help find her – disguised as a boy! As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.

But the world beyond the safety of her homes is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Destiny calls Isabella to save the island!