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The Starburster At first, Tam isn t at all keen on his baby sister, Blue All she seems to do is cry But with a little inventive persuasion from Great grandpa Tam changes his mind and even goes as far as to admit he might quite like her But then one terrible night, Blue is stolen and an ugly fairy changeling is left in her place With his Mum and Dad wrapped up in grief, and his Great grandpa far too old for adventures, it falls to Tam to venture to the land of Faery, return the changeling and win back Blue But it is a hazardous journey, and Tam must keep his wits about him as he crosses the Sapphire lake, does battle with the castle nightmares and finally confronts the King and Queen of the fairies

  • Paperback
  • 122 pages
  • The Starburster
  • Berlie Doherty
  • English
  • 10 March 2018
  • 0552548715

About the Author: Berlie Doherty

Berlie Doherty n e Hollingsworth is an English novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter She is best known for children s books, for which she has twice won the Carnegie Medal.She has also written novels for adults, plays for theatre and radio, television series and libretti for children s opera.



10 thoughts on “The Starburster

  1. Laura87 Laura87 says:

    The Starburster written by the Carnegie Medal winning author Berlie Doherty is about a young boy called Tam who one day, discovers that he is no longer an only child.Tam doesn t want a little sister He wishes she would go away Trying to cheer Tam up, Great Grandpa gives him a gift a kaleidoscope also known to Tam as a Starburster He is ecstatic Tam can see all these beautiful shapes split into different forms Tam is very happy until one morning he wakes to find that his new sister Bl The Starburster written by the Carnegie Medal winning author Berlie Doherty is about a young boy called Tam who one day, discovers that he is no longer an only child.Tam doesn t want a little sister He wishes she would go away Trying to cheer Tam up, Great Grandpa gives him a gift a kaleidoscope also known to Tam as a Starburster He is ecstatic Tam can see all these beautiful shapes split into different forms Tam is very happy until one morning he wakes to find that his new sister Blue has been abducted and replaced by an ugly changeling a fairy child Determined to get his sister back, Tam goes on an adventure to the land of the fairies to get baby Blue, meanwhile having to resist temptation otherwise he will be forced to stay in the fairy land forever Tam is given a choice lose Blue forever or hand over the one thing he values the most in the world, his Starburster Will Tam resist temptation Will Tam save his sister Doherty creates a magical story through the use of description and imagery The part I particularly enjoyed was Tam s determination to get his sister back, even if it meant he would get hurt along the way Further, Doherty s illustrations helped to capture the imaginative world that we were reading about The Starburster I suggest would be perfect for children aged 9 11 who are keen to read alone and develop their independent reading skills Secondly, I feel that this story would be good to use when talking about sibling relationships, especially if there is a new baby in the family We see Tam s opinion of his baby sister change throughout the story and children would most probably notice these emotions within themselves at some point in their lives Finally, The Starburster would be good to use during a Literacy lesson whereby children could create their own magical world or base their writing about a hero through the use of adjectives and description

  2. Bettie Bettie says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here mp3 workaday Younger.A changeling baby means a trip into fairy for 9 year old Tam

  3. Kaitlyn Ngoc Kaitlyn Ngoc says:

    I am absolutely in love with this book The writing style is great and the plot is super interesting I would prefer this to The little prince anytime.

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