The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave | 1 Minute Reviews

Note: In America this book is known as The Cartographer’s Daughter.

The Girl of Ink and Stars is a great adventure and a future classic.

Isabella is a budding cartographer whose skills are required when one girl is murdered and another runs away, lost in the island’s Forgotten Territories. But who killed the girl, why are the animals fleeing to the sea, and what is that churning feeling in her stomach?

Were the stories her Da told her just stories, or could the myths of Arintara be real?


Dressing as a boy, Isa escapes her home and goes to rescue her missing friend, while determined to solve the mysteries of the island of Joya.

Isa is a great heroine, brave and a little reckless, and in Joya, Hargrave has created a fascinating world. This is a lyrical, wonderful story of friendship. A book to read and to pass on to all the women you know.

In the British edition, the pages are decorated with cartography symbols. It really is one of the most beautiful children’s books.

This is a powerful debut children’s novel from poet Kiran Millwood Hargrave, and has been shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by an Author of Colour and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. I personally believe it should win both.

Suitable for children aged 9 and up. This is a great novel for adventurous girls that shows they can be the main character not just the sidekick.

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