Strange Star by Emma Carroll

Into the Wild

Read Strange Star Online Free - 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. This breathtaking new book from Emma Carroll, the critically-acclaimed author of Frost Hollow Hall, The Girl Who Walked On Air, In Darkling Wood and The Snow Sister, is a deliciously creepy story inspired by the creation of Frankenstein, and is brought to life by a leading talent in children's literature.

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ISBN : 0571317650
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 pages


4cats rated it ★★★★☆

June 07, 2016

I decided to drop back into kids fiction because of the subject matter of this book. It deals with the night in Switzerland when Mary Shelley told what would become one of the most iconic horror stories ever written. Told through the eyes of a freed slave(Felix), who is working for Lord Byron, we...

Stephanie rated it ★★★★★

July 08, 2016

Magical, creepy, and so beautifully written and immersive. I devoured it within less than 24 hours! As someone who's always been fascinated by Mary Shelley, I personally loved the masterful way Carroll built real history into her drama (and played with echoes of Frankenstein, too!), but this book...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

August 08, 2016

A gothic, creepy, shivery tale of pushing the boundaries between life and death. Superb imagery - loved it.

Sally rated it ★★★★★

September 10, 2017

I really enjoyed this older children's book. A chilling Gothic tale, set around Mary Shelly's Frankenstein (but about how the idea was created not a rewrite of the story). It doesn't get too scary, has great diverse characters (Felix is an African ex slave, and Lizzie, an English girl who becomes...

Luna rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2016

I love getting my hands on a new Emma Carroll book. I always know that I’m in for a treat, so of course when Strange Star landed on my doorstep it made it straight to the top of my review pile. Strange Star told in part by Lizzie, the strange girl that appears at Villa Diodati, where Felix is serv...

Nikki rated it ★★★★★

July 10, 2016

Strange Star by master storyteller Emma Carroll is a triumph of Gothic fun. She treads the line skilfully between thrilling and not scaring the pants off her young audience, and her writing is beautiful without interrupting the excitement. She has also seamlessly woven feminism, racism and ethics...

Rhiannon rated it ★★★★★

March 31, 2017

I have never read a book so fast... it was that good! This is an incredible story about a girl who faces a tragic event and it changes her life forever. I have never read a book like this before and i hope you will know what i mean if you read it. It really makes you appreciate how well an author...

Karen rated it ★★★★★

August 06, 2017

For fans of Frankenstein this is a real treat. We see the story behind the story, so it was great to see the links and what was imagined. When Felix opens the door of his master's home one night to a young girl, he is not prepared to hear one of the strangest stories ever told. He listens spellboun...

Anthony rated it ★★★★★

March 03, 2017

There have been so many fresh takes on the Frankenstein story that I had reservations that this might fall into the "done before" trap. It absolutely does not. Emma has delivered a sharp, fun, intelligent new look at how Mary Shelley may have first got her idea for her famous novel and - at the s...

Pippa rated it ★★★★★

July 11, 2016

So what did I think? A gripping and chilling gothic horror story for middle grade readers. Emma Carroll’s latest book is framed by a gathering of free thinkers, including Mary Shelley. The first page is an invitation to a house party at the request of Lord Byron; and the challenge for the evening i...

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