Kid’s Book Review: StarMinster

Kid’s Book Review: StarMinster

About the Book and Author

Any young reader with a big imagination, who wonders what it would be like to be able to fly, will absolutely LOVE this adventure set in a fantasy Londonscape.

Astrid has lived in the rhubarb shed her whole life. The outside world is dangerous, Mama explains; she will understand when she’s older, but she cannot step foot beyond the door. Astrid longs to see the world; to meet other children; to live in the farmhouse with Mama. But what she longs for most of all is to see the stars.

Then one night, a stranger unlocks the shed: a stranger with wings. She has come to take Astrid to a secret city in the sky called London Overhead, far above the highest peak of the Shard. For Astrid, like her, is an Aries – and will soon grow wings of her own . . .

Megan Hopkins is a Northern Irish writer who lives in Kent with her husband and two small and delightful rascals. She is a secondary school English teacher, reluctant cross-country supporter, and collector of succulent plants. Megan writes new worlds that overlap with our own, with its troubles and inherent, undeniable magic.

Megan has an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University and is a member of the Sevenoaks Bookshop Writing Group. She was long-listed for WriteMentor’s Novel in Development Award 2022.

Book Review

I loved this book because Astrid gets to fly and I wish I could fly too!

The book starts with Astrid living in a rhubarb shed and she didn’t have any friends as she couldn’t go out and it made me feel sad for her. But magic things quickly start happening.

Most of the story is set in London overhead and London under foot. It was really fascinating to imagine the buildings and streets from the air.

The book was sad and scary at times, other times it was happy and unusual. I was happy that Astrid made a friend called Pent, they were very brave and helped each other. The ending made me feel surprised and made me want to follow more of Astrid’s adventures.

I really enjoyed Starminster because it has so much creativeness and imagination with lots of twists and turns. I wanted to fly too and see what they could see. It was hard to put the book down every day when I read it.

I would recommend this book to children aged 8 and above and for anyone who loves adventures and flying.

I loved this book because Astrid gets to fly and I wish I could fly too!


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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Martha
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: Books, drawing and animals
  • Dislikes: Long car journeys and plasters
  • Favourite Book: Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Favourite Song: You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift
  • Favourite Movie: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory