A sprinkle of magic with a timeless lesson.
Wall is a very special place. The town is separated from the outside world by a large wall. It appears to be a world very much like our own, though perhaps set in an older time. Dunstan Thorn has always been a little odd, a little different from the others in the village. He is in love with the beautiful Victoria Forester, who promises Dunstan that if he retrieves a fallen star, he will have his heart's desire.
Dunstan leaves Wall and travels into the land of Faerie to find his true love a fallen star. Faerie is a land of magic and castles, and in his journey to find a fallen star, he discovers who he really is and what he really wants.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
A romantic and fantastical tale,Stardust looks at how expectations typically don’t match reality, and how reality is often more rewarding. By facing many trials and tribulations to find the star and bring it back to Wall, he grows as a person and discovers who he’s truly meant to be.
This is a great book for children 10 and older. There are ghosts and death in the story, so it is not suitable for younger children. It’s especially wonderful for readers trying to figure out who they are, and what their place is in the world.
Perfect for bedtime or anytime, this is a tale that is part adventure, part fairy tale, and purely magical.
Ghosts and death.
This is a fantasy quest that is part coming-of-age story.
Does this story remind you and your readers of other quests? Which ones? How are they similar, different?
What did your reader think about Dunstan at the beginning of the book? At the end? Would they have been his friend early on, or only later?
12 and Up
10 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age:
Buy. This is a book to read aloud with younger kids and have on hand with soon-to-be graduates.
|Publisher||Harpercollins Childrens Books, a Division of HarperCollins Publishing © 2008 (Reprint Edition)|
|Genres||Adventure, Fable | Folklore, Fantasy, Fairy Tale|