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A Clock Of Stars

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  293 ratings  ·  86 reviews
With all the magic of Narnia and the humour of Mary Poppins, this is a future middle grade fantasy classic – and the beginning of an unforgettable journey…

Imogen should be nice to her little sister Marie. She should be nice to her mum’s boyfriend too. And she certainly shouldn’t follow a strange silver moth through a door in a tree. But then… who does what they’re told?

Hardcover, 541 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by HarperCollins Children's Books
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Dannii Elle
Sisters, Imogen and Marie, bicker just like any other ordinary siblings. They also construct elaborate make-believe worlds and enact the roles of knights and monsters within them, just like any other ordinary siblings. What isn't so ordinary is the door they discover inside a tree stump and the very-real world that lies beyond it. Once they enter, the door closes behind them and all the comforts of home and family are lost, unless they can discover their way back again. This new world seems to h ...more
Sayantoni Das
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was one cute, little MG fantasy. Right from the title to the very plot, this beautiful story is quite enough to satiate one's appetite for more magical adventures and lost realms and kingdoms.

Just as in it's description, this book is indeed best for fans of Narnia for this too has a secret magical door that takes this adorable duo of sisters Imogen and Marie to a land that garners more surprises (and dangers) than they could fathom.

This story showcases and preaches not only a beautiful sibl
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When I started reading A Clock of Stars by Francesca Gibbons, I knew it would be a fantasy. But I didn’t know this story would leave me breathless and take me on such a magical adventure! This book is illustrated by Chris Riddell, and those illustrations are absolutely stunning!


Imogen loves adventures. But her little sister finds Marie always disturbs her and is such a burden. One day, Imogen sees a shadow moth in the garden an
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
A highly entertaining portal-fantasy middle grade adventure story.

It is an enjoyable and light-hearted read, with fab characterisation. The pacing and voice is great and at 500+ widely spaced pages it never felt like the story dragged.

Sisters, Imogen and Marie, follow a silver moth to a secret doorway in a tree which leads them into a medieval Fantasy world where three races of city folk, woodland people and mountain-dwelling monsters called the Skret are at war. Imogen and Marie stumble into th
Jinghay (these.blank.pages)
"𝑭𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒔. 𝑰𝒇 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒅𝒐 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈, 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑 𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒖𝒓𝒔"

This book is absolutely perfect for fall! It's cozy and warm, but also spooky and a little terrifying at times (wow some of these characters.. 👀), and I thoroughly enjoyed buddy reading it with @the.b00kreader on Instagram!

The illustrations by Chris Riddell were what drew me to the book at first, and they really helped to add to the reading experience! I loved that they were sprinkled throug
Dani Gobbo (Current Chapter)
3.5 stars, I think.
This was a fun, whimsical, magical story! I loved the journey they went through and the characters they met.
The ending also surprised me lot!
But I felt that the story was predictable with not a lot of things to expect, I was never thinking "omg what will happen when they get there?" (for reference, I did think that a lot while reading the Nevermoor series).
So it was a really fun story that probably won't be too memorable, but I still recommend because it's a lot of fun!
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Clock of Stars was an incredibly nostalgic read for me! This book took me back to my evenings as a child of reading The Chronicles of Narnia, where the villain was obvious and the children were heroes but the adventure was a mystery waiting to be told.
I adore classic children's adventure stories such as A Clock of Stars, there are no boundaries apart from a child's imagination and the characters are always highly entertaining. Chris Riddell's illustrations added another layer of enjoyment to t
Jennifer Sneed
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming, fast-paced, fantasy adventure with colorful characters and a lot of heart. I couldn't put it down and the short chapters lulled me into saying 'just one more.' 8-12 year-old girls and boys will find much to love here. ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hello lovely new middle grade series I shall be following.
Sheri Hatalla
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This book is a gem! As a mother with an 11 year old and a 7 year old, I can totally relate to the bickering that Imogen and Marie demonstrated throughout the book. It was great to see them grow together and still be squabbling children at the same time. The fantasy world that this book created was simply awesome! Almost like a fairy tale with the castle, tree houses and living in a mountain. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves Middle Grade books. I cannot wait for the next one!
Hayley Quarmby
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful middle grade fantasy story all about adventure, friendship and sibling relationships. We follow two sisters, Imogen & Marie, who follow a moth through a secret doorway in a tree and stumble upon another world.

What follows is a magical tale with royalty, monsters and an epic quest to find their way home.

I really loved the story and the nostalgic reading experience. It gave me Chronicles of Narnia vibes throughout and Chris’ beautiful illustrations only added to the nostalgia
Les McFarlane
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reminded me a bit, of Alice in Wonderland. Except it was a moth that was leading the way, not a rabbit! The moth had been sent as a message to send help. Two sisters go through a door in a tree into a very different world. The story then has shades of Narnia, never a bad thing! There are villains and heroes, an archetypal beauty with an evil heart and a huntress who’s not as tough on the inside as her outside looks. A greedy king. Violent, but miss understood Skret. A beautiful landscape dying f ...more
Sam JH
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Gibbons does what only a good children’s author can do. She retells a timeless narrative that has been varied to capture modern sensibilities in such a way that is engaging for both children and older readers.

The plot here is familiar and employs numerous tried-and-tested archetypes: brave children who are ‘chosen’ for a noble quest, a portal into a hidden magical realm, a sense of need for the protagonists to return home, a troubled kingdom replete with internal political intrigue, and a race
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are many things Imogen should be doing. She should be nice to her sister and her mother’s new boyfriend. There are also things she definitely should not be doing- like following a strange moth into a deserted, overgrown garden. But Imogen rarely does as she is told and now she has landed herself and her little sister Marie in a whole load of trouble. The strange moth leads them through a door in a tree to magical world where monsters are not just the stuff of nightmares. There is a real pr ...more
Beth Jones
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Kaleidoscopic Tours and Harper Collins for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so much fun! I don’t read much middle grade, but I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read this. It follows the story of two sisters who find a hidden door to a world. It had such Narnia vibes which I loved and felt perfect for Autumn.

The characters were great and I thought they were very well written. We had so many people to be introduced to: the sisters, Miro and the rest
The Reader Ignites
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the most delightful children’s novel. A debut from author Francesca Gibbons that has started the captivating tales of Imogen, Marie and Miro in the magical land of Yaroslav.

Aimed at middles grade, I think children from the ages of 8 upwards will love this. Set in a magical land, it contains evil baddies, strange animals and brave children who save the day. I’m a lot older than 8 and I really loved it.

The plot surrounds Imogen, a feisty girl, who with her little sister Marie, follows a
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
What a beautiful book. This is going to be a classic, it's going to sit with Narnia and Harry Potter for years to come. Apart from anything else, look at that cover! It's amazing.

But this book could be wrapped in brown paper, like the textbooks people of a certain age will remember, and it wouldn't matter, because the story is the important thing. And this story is fantastic. Literally (yes, that's really what 'fantastic' means.) Like all good quests there's a monster, some allies, some enemies,
So, I admit that I came to this children's book because of it being illustrated by Chris Riddell, my favourite illustrator. But it really is a very good book; I really enjoyed it.

The synopsis follows sisters Imogen and Marie; when Imogen follows a moth through a strange door in a tree, and is followed by her younger sister, they then find themselves in a strange new land.

What I loved about this book was the characters. All of them felt very 'real' with their own particular complexities. I thin
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Tandem Collective and Harper Collins Children's Publishers for sending me a copy of this book; all views and opinions discussed here are my own.

This was a really enjoyable story of magic, friendship, and adventure. I love the cover of this book and the bright colours. It was a really fun and light-hearted read (for most of the story i'll say) and I enjoyed watching the characters as they developed and realised what was important. Imogen definitely started off as a difficult charact
Nicola Parkinson
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a book!!

Illustrated by the AMAZING Chris Riddle, the illustrations in this book are beyond amazing right down to the tiniest detail!!

And if that isn’t enough, slip the book jacket off and there is a beautiful red cover with golden foil 

The story follows Imogen and her younger sister, Marie….. or should that be, it follows a Moth who the sisters follow. Into a world of the unknown, full of mystery, magic and new friends.
This book is HUGE but the chapters are manageable if, like me, you’re a
Raeesa Saint
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Clock of Stars is a magical middle grade story that deals with universal topics. We follow two sisters, Imogen and Marie, as they discover a secret door in a tree and get stuck in a world filled with monsters. They team up with a spoilt prince in an attempt to find their way back home.

The plot was fun and fast-paced, making sure that the reader is entertained. The world was well fleshed out, and the story is filled with a mix of humour, whimsy, and slightly grim aspects (though all on a level
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This thoroughly enjoyable and fast-paced middle-grade novel is just the sort of thing I'd have loved when I was that age (and it's the sort of thing I love still). It has young girls and a boy taking control of their lives and ownership of their actions, while still struggling to prioritize the values they want in themselves and their friends – and in people in general. These characters have flaws and vulnerabilities that make them human, and the author doesn't shy away from confronting real-wor ...more
Vanessa Nunn
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imogen and Marie, two young girls, raised by a single mum, have a wild imagination! Imogen, being the older of the two, should practice at being nicer to her sister and mum's boyfriend. Like most young girls, Imogen rarely does what she should be doing and instead leads them down a troublesome path! With her sister in tow, they're led by a moth, down the garden to a mysterious door in the tree, where they are met with a fantasy world beyond their wildest dreams - full of woodland folk, villains, ...more
Claire (c.isfor.claire_reads)
A Middle Grade fantasy, and it is truely magical. Packed to the 'stars' and beyond with adventure.

Lots of short chapters to keep your attention and and the excitement building as you are taken on a journey through a magical new kingdom.

The illustrations at the start of the book by @chris_riddell of the characters you meet throughout the story are wonderful. I loved that I was able to flick back to the start to see what each character looked like as I came across them. There are also more beautif
Victoria Alyesa
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A magical journey with a mix of The Secret Garden, Alice in Wonderland and Narnia. After reading the first few chapters I must admit I thought this was not going to be the book for me. I have a bit of an 'ehh' feeling when it comes to whiney children in books (middle grade, YA or adult). The story sounded intriguing though and anything that Goldsboro have made a special edition of in my opinion is always worth a try. So onwards I read....and read...and read. Although the children were still a bi ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars - really wish Goodreads would do half stars.
Anything billed as like Alice in Wonderland or portal fantasy I'll totally pick up, when it's both I know I have to read it.
This book did not disappoint, the characters were whimsical and charming, the plot line adventurous and the lessons learnt along the way were truly poignant. My only upset is how ‘real’ everything was which sounds ridiculous because I’m usually complaining that character responses aren’t realistic enough. Bear with me
Rebecca Tait
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an exciting adventure story. I loved Imogen & Marie, their relationship, the bickering which is so true to sibling life, but the fierce loyalty too. I haven't read this with Ed yet, but I think it will be perfect for him as he's very much reaching a male minded stage of childhood & seeing the strong female characters in this book will be great.

Within the book is also the message not to judge people by where they're from & what they look like, alongside lessons on friendship & character. As
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Tandem Collective and Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book and for allowing me to be involved in this wonderful read along.

A Clock of Stars is compared to Mary Poppins and Narnia, with that comparison and the beautiful cover I instantly knew I had to read this book. I really liked the premise of this book and loved the adventure element. I found myself not wanting to put the book down as I was so immersed in what was going to happen next. I absolutely loved the magic a
Cathie (ClassyLibrarian)
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book had me Zuby, one of the characters in the story, tells the moth as it climbs to the top of his head, "That's it, he said. "You've reached the end of Zuby. There's no more of me"
There are so many endearing phrases like this in the book. Imogen and Marie are sisters, quarreling sisters, who go on a portal fantasy. They find adventure, wonderful creatures, scary creatures and gruesome actions. There is violence, children in peril and a brief kidnapping theme.

I loved every moment that I sp
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