Strange Star


The year is 1816.  Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley and friends gather at the spooky Villa Diodati for an evening of story telling – stories that will “freeze the blood”.  But the evening is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of a young girl, who has an even more shocking tale to tell….

Emma Carroll has carved out a deserved reputation as one of the very best writers of historical fiction for children. Her novels are beautifully written tales of adventure and intrigue, with brilliantly written characters and highly entertaining plots. ‘Strange Star‘,  takes the reader to the early 19th century at a time of great scientific advance. It includes some of the great heroes of English literature within the plot, while never removing the focus from Lizzie, a girl trying to find her sister who has mysteriously disappeared.

Although there are undoubtedly scary moments in ‘Strange Star‘, it is never less than wholly believable, moving and always remains on the right side of frightening.


Strange Star

Emma Carroll

(Faber and Faber)

On a moonlit night, at the Villa Diodati, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley gather to tell stories that  will ‘freeze the blood’. When their storytelling is interrupted, they do not suspect to be shocked beyond their own imaginings.
Strange Star‘ is a top quality ‘Gothic’ thriller by Emma Carroll, the Queen of historical fiction for children. We recommend it highly to all confident readers.



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