The Girl of Ink and Stars Wins at British Book Awards

9th May 2017|Literary Awards

Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s debut novel The Girl of Ink & Stars has won the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year. Judges praised the poetic beauty of the novel and were impressed by the time and effort put into editorial and production for a debut author.

The book beat strong competition including Tom Fletcher’s The Christmasaurus, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and David Walliams’ The World’s Worst Children.

The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, is organised by The Bookseller and brings together books of the year with trade accolades in order to celebrate the whole journey from the author’s mind to the reader’s hand, and showcase the range and depth of modern publishing.

Set at the start of the Golden Age of mapmaking, The Girl of Ink & Stars is a skilfully crafted middle-grade adventure novel inspired by the Canarian myth of Guayota and his demon-dogs.

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring. Following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

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The Girl of Ink and Stars

The Girl of Ink and Stars

Chicken House (UK), Knopf (US), 2016