Starminster (with orange sprayed edges)

Megan Hopkins (author)



Starminster sweeps young readers into a soaring adventure where Astrid, a girl raised in a shed, discovers a city in the sky and her destiny among the stars. Amidst new friendships and dangers, she navigates the magical and perilous realms above and below, learning bravery and the truth about her world.

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Number of pages: 288

Published: 25 April 2024

SKU: 9780008626891 Categories: , ,


Dive into the pages of Starminster, the latest fantasy sensation of 2024, and embark on a journey that promises to captivate the hearts of young readers everywhere. Crafted with an enchanting narrative style, this novel is a must-read for enthusiasts of celebrated authors like Abi Elphinstone, Aisling Fowler, A. F. Steadman, and Pari Thompson.

In a humble rhubarb shed, young Astrid has spent her entire life under the cautious guidance of her Mama, who warns of the perils that lie beyond their modest abode. Despite the love and safety within their four walls, Astrid’s heart yearns for the mysteries that the outside world holds—friendships with peers, a life in the farmhouse, and, above all, the mesmerizing beauty of the night sky.

The turn of fate arrives one mystical night when an extraordinary visitor, a winged stranger, unlocks the shed, revealing Astrid’s destiny. This herald of change introduces her to London Overhead, a secret celestial city soaring above the Shard’s highest summit. Here, Astrid discovers her true identity as a Librae, a being destined to sprout wings and soar.

At Starminster, an ancient and majestic school nestled in the clouds, Astrid is plunged into a world brimming with wonders, new allies, and thrilling escapades. This magical realm, however, is not devoid of shadows. As Astrid delves deeper into the sparkling city’s secrets, she stumbles upon unsettling tales of vanished children in the dismal London Underfoot, forcing her to question the very dangers her mother had always feared.

Starminster is not merely a tale of adventure but a profound exploration of courage, belonging, and the relentless pursuit of one’s dreams. It is a beautifully penned odyssey that will lead readers through the exhilaration of discovery and the bravery required to face the unknown.

Prepare to be lifted into a realm where the sky is just the beginning, and follow Astrid as she navigates the complexities of friendship, identity, and the fight against looming threats. Starminster is more than a book—it’s a gateway to a world where the wonders of the universe unfold in the most unexpected places, and where heroes are born from the unlikeliest of origins.

Additional information

Weight 270 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm