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Left all alone after her mother passes away, twelve-year-old Louisa LaRoche watches the sky for her father. Long ago, a powerful gust of wind swept through town, stealing him away on the wings of his untamed magic—the same magic that stirs within Louisa. As if she is made of hollow bones and too much air, her feet never quite touch the ground. But for all her sky gazing, L Left all alone after her mother passes away, twelve-year-old Louisa LaRoche watches the sky for her father. Long ago, a powerful gust of wind swept through town, stealing him away on the wings of his untamed magic—the same magic that stirs within Louisa. As if she is made of hollow bones and too much air, her feet never quite touch the ground. But for all her sky gazing, Louisa finds her fortune on the leaf-strewn street when she spots a gleaming black-and-gold invitation—a ticket to the Carnival Beneath the Stars. If her father fits in nowhere else, maybe she’ll find him there, dazzling crowds alongside the other strange and wonderful feats. Only, soon after she arrives, a tightrope act ends disastrously—and suspiciously. As fate tugs Louisa closer to the stars, she must decide if she’s willing to slip into the injured performer’s role, despite the darkness plucking at the carnival’s magical threads.


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Left all alone after her mother passes away, twelve-year-old Louisa LaRoche watches the sky for her father. Long ago, a powerful gust of wind swept through town, stealing him away on the wings of his untamed magic—the same magic that stirs within Louisa. As if she is made of hollow bones and too much air, her feet never quite touch the ground. But for all her sky gazing, L Left all alone after her mother passes away, twelve-year-old Louisa LaRoche watches the sky for her father. Long ago, a powerful gust of wind swept through town, stealing him away on the wings of his untamed magic—the same magic that stirs within Louisa. As if she is made of hollow bones and too much air, her feet never quite touch the ground. But for all her sky gazing, Louisa finds her fortune on the leaf-strewn street when she spots a gleaming black-and-gold invitation—a ticket to the Carnival Beneath the Stars. If her father fits in nowhere else, maybe she’ll find him there, dazzling crowds alongside the other strange and wonderful feats. Only, soon after she arrives, a tightrope act ends disastrously—and suspiciously. As fate tugs Louisa closer to the stars, she must decide if she’s willing to slip into the injured performer’s role, despite the darkness plucking at the carnival’s magical threads.

30 review for The Forest of Stars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    So lovely and magical. One of the best middle-grade novels I have read in a while. ♡ There’s a dark, fairytale-like quality to this novel that I remember experiencing in my own childhood readings when books were less contemporary and more folksy. The Forest of Stars is alluring and wondrously irresistible with its moody aura, dark elements, and mysterious magic. Louisa, the main character, is first introduced to the reader while mending fabrics by her mother’s bedside. Her mother is terribly ill So lovely and magical. One of the best middle-grade novels I have read in a while. ♡ There’s a dark, fairytale-like quality to this novel that I remember experiencing in my own childhood readings when books were less contemporary and more folksy. The Forest of Stars is alluring and wondrously irresistible with its moody aura, dark elements, and mysterious magic. Louisa, the main character, is first introduced to the reader while mending fabrics by her mother’s bedside. Her mother is terribly ill and about to leave this world. Louisa is a diligent, hardworking girl through all hours of the day and when her mother passes on, she is left with a few coins and her mother’s memories of her father, who Louisa never met. Louisa wants to find out if she can find her father and sets out on a journey. Drifted out through the window and up and away, is all that she was told her father went, into the dark skies on a stormy gust. Her feet never quite touching the ground, she is aware that she is different somehow and tries to hide behind objects and people. During a market, she finds a golden ticket to the Carnival Beneath the Stars where she is told her misfortunes and makes friends with some of the carnival crew. When she is invited to partake, things don’t go as planned and darkness surrounds the performance. Not all her new friends stay unscathed and it quickly becomes clear that there are trying forces at work and the crew is tethered within its limitations. But who is orchestrating this dark magic? Will Louisa make it through and find her father after all? * This is such a whimsical and imaginative book with goth undertones. I liked the whole broody darkness surrounding the carnival and all over mood. I was pretty much captivated immediately by Kassner’s writing, it is simply brilliant. Seriously, one of the best middle-grade books I have read in a long time along with The Bone Garden, Kassner’s previous novel. I have read several children’s novels over the years in part because of volunteer work and my love for reading to children and this is truly one of those special books, I think, that stands out at the moment. Not because there haven’t been books similar to this, but I do register a trend in novels as different genres gain momentum till the next wave of the same come along. The Forest of Stars has a rooted fairytale-like quality to it that has reemerged among books of adventure, mythology, or children’s mysteries, and is wonderfully peculiar for the senses. Perfect to instill a curiosity for the fantastical and open the world back to imagination. The artwork in this novel is beautiful, though black and white. I can only imagine what it would look like in color! If you have a chance, check out the artist Kaja Kajfež, because her art is amazing. As you can tell, I can definitely recommend this one. I will be sure to read all and any of Kassner’s books as they publish. Enjoy! More of my reviews here: Through Novel Time & Distance

  2. 5 out of 5

    ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.

    After the death of her mother, Louisa who has a magical ability to float just like her father, sets on a magical journey trying to find her lost father. She ends up floating to the sky where she lands on a Circus in the Stars. There she makes new friends, but then something dark begins to unravel. With danger lurking at the corner, will Louisa be able to find out the culprit with the help of her friends? and will she be able to find her long lost father? This book was wonderful and lovely. I truly After the death of her mother, Louisa who has a magical ability to float just like her father, sets on a magical journey trying to find her lost father. She ends up floating to the sky where she lands on a Circus in the Stars. There she makes new friends, but then something dark begins to unravel. With danger lurking at the corner, will Louisa be able to find out the culprit with the help of her friends? and will she be able to find her long lost father? This book was wonderful and lovely. I truly wish I had read this in my childhood. The creativity in the worldbuilding is whimsical and beautiful. Kassner’s writing is flawless and the art was very cute. A truly magical mystery. You should read it if you are a fan of circus or if you enjoy magical middle-grade. ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    I won this beautiful arc in a goodreads giveaway, & I’m so thankful & happy! I finished this last night, & I loved it so much! This author weaves another unique, spooky, mysterious, magical story! I loved the carnival so much, & could see all the different tents for all the different performers clearly in my mind. I also loved all the carnival characters & all of their differences in magic & in their personalities! I loved Louisa so much. I just wanted to give her a big hug, & tell her to believ I won this beautiful arc in a goodreads giveaway, & I’m so thankful & happy! I finished this last night, & I loved it so much! This author weaves another unique, spooky, mysterious, magical story! I loved the carnival so much, & could see all the different tents for all the different performers clearly in my mind. I also loved all the carnival characters & all of their differences in magic & in their personalities! I loved Louisa so much. I just wanted to give her a big hug, & tell her to believe in herself & her magic. That being different is amazing! Who wants to be like everyone else? Boring! Lol The side character that had my heart in this book is Quiet Si...I adored him! The parts throughout the books where grief is touched on were done very well, & were relatable. Definitely pulled at my heart strings. The love bugs were such a clever idea! Loved that. I loved the friendships also! They became their own little family. They believed in one another, helped one another, & loved one another. They ACCEPTED one another-so important. I really loved that. The mystery in the book was awesome! I had no idea what what was what, or who was doing what, etc. lol Beautifully written, captivating, & just lovely all the way around. Don’t want to say much more, but I highly recommend this book! Love this cover too, & even the ARC has beautiful illustrations throughout! I can’t wait to purchase a finished copy to put beside the arc!😍😍 This comes out soon! August 4th!💜💜 Synopsis: Left all alone after her mother passes away, twelve-year-old Louisa LaRoche watches the sky for her father. Long ago, a powerful gust of wind swept through town, stealing him away on the wings of his untamed magic--the same magic that stirs within Louisa. As if she is made of hollow bones and too much air, her feet never quite touch the ground. But for all her sky gazing, Louisa finds her fortune on the leaf-strewn street when she spots a gleaming black-and-gold invitation--a ticket to the Carnival Beneath the Stars. If her father fits in nowhere else, maybe she'll find him there, dazzling crowds alongside the other strange and wonderful feats. Only, soon after she arrives, a tightrope act ends disastrously--and suspiciously. As fate tugs Louisa closer to the stars, she must decide if she's willing to slip into the injured performer's role, despite the darkness plucking at the carnival's magical threads.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joan He

    enchanting and heartwarming, as you would expect from Heather

  5. 4 out of 5

    Elliott

    What I love about books is when you are reading one and, as you are drawing ever nearer and nearer to the end of the story, you don't want to. You want to linger longer in the magical world that it creates and stay among the characters the author has imagined. The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner was one of those books. The Forest of Stars is a dark, dazzling tale that mesmerizes with magic and mystery. It's filled with all the elements I have loved in a book ever since I was a boy and, like I What I love about books is when you are reading one and, as you are drawing ever nearer and nearer to the end of the story, you don't want to. You want to linger longer in the magical world that it creates and stay among the characters the author has imagined. The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner was one of those books. The Forest of Stars is a dark, dazzling tale that mesmerizes with magic and mystery. It's filled with all the elements I have loved in a book ever since I was a boy and, like I did when I was a child, there were nights when I stayed up later just to read one more chapter. And like the enchanted books of my childhood, this one lingered in my dreams even after I had closed the pages. Heather Kassner weaves a tale that is equal parts creepy, emotional, wondrous, and balances character with plot in a way that leaves one breathless. The Forest of Stars is about twelve-year-old Louisa LaRoche, who, after the death of her mother, longs to find her father, who mysteriously was taken away on a powerful gust of wind on "the wings of his untamed magic," the very same magic Louisa has. After finding a gleaming black and gold invitation, she finds herself involved in the Carnival Beneath the Stars. Now I have been entranced with magical carnivals and circuses for as long as I can remember. Books like Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes to Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus have left me breathless and amazed at the unique worlds they created and Heather Kassner has done the same with hers. She astonishes not only with the imagination by which she builds this world of the Carnival Beneath the stars but the way she populates it with characters the reader loves and becomes invested so deeply in. She balances the magic with the creepiness to such a degree that haunts you in all the ways a good piece of fantasy should. I was constantly surprised and delighted by each new unexpected turn in the story. If you're looking for a richly rewarding and deeply spellbinding book to read, then I highly recommend The Forest of Stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner is a middle grade fantasy about a girl trying to find her father after her mother's death. It reads like a blend of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011) and Spell & Spindle by Michelle Schusterman (2018), set in a world that resembles the changeability of the film, Mirror Mask. Louisa LaRoche needs somewhere safe to live after her mother dies, her broken heart eaten away by love-bugs. Like her father, who she only knows by name, she can float in the a The Forest of Stars by Heather Kassner is a middle grade fantasy about a girl trying to find her father after her mother's death. It reads like a blend of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (2011) and Spell & Spindle by Michelle Schusterman (2018), set in a world that resembles the changeability of the film, Mirror Mask. Louisa LaRoche needs somewhere safe to live after her mother dies, her broken heart eaten away by love-bugs. Like her father, who she only knows by name, she can float in the air. The wind can carry her away if she's not careful. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2020/comm... 336666 - family home offroad

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    This book! THIS B O O K! A carnival with black and gold striped tents A girl who walks on air Another who wields shadows A misfortune teller who grows flowers in her hair Secrets and friendship and scissors and guarded hearts. This book is SO magical and strange and whimsical. Heather is a delicate and haunting writer and I cannot wait to read everything she writes because WHOA.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    * I won an arc in a giveaway on Instagram* An enchanting and magical tale that is sure to delight readers of all ages! I immediately fell in love with Louisa and the rest of the cast of characters in this middle grade fantasy. Louisa sets out on a quest to find her father after her mother passes away. A long time ago, her father was taken from her when a gust of wind snatched him and his magic away. Louisa herself has this same sort of magic, as her feet don’t quite touch the ground. The quest be * I won an arc in a giveaway on Instagram* An enchanting and magical tale that is sure to delight readers of all ages! I immediately fell in love with Louisa and the rest of the cast of characters in this middle grade fantasy. Louisa sets out on a quest to find her father after her mother passes away. A long time ago, her father was taken from her when a gust of wind snatched him and his magic away. Louisa herself has this same sort of magic, as her feet don’t quite touch the ground. The quest begins when Louisa finds an invitation to a Carnival Beneath the Stars. She heads to the Carnival hoping to find her father, or any kind of lead as to where he could be. She winds up finding friends there, and people who accept her for the way she is. Along with her newfound friends, Louisa discovers that things aren’t all as they seem at the Carnival and with their help starts uncovering a dastardly plot. Along the way, she discovers that when you feel lost, sometimes you find where you belong in the most unexpected ways. This was my first book I read by Kassner and I was delighted! A charming, fast paced adventure you won’t want to miss.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group through NetGalley. Darker magical fantasy spun in a carnival setting. Think The Night Circus for a younger audience. Louisa flees her town after her mother dies. She's homeless and penniless and her secret is discovered when she goes into town. Louisa walks on the air and can float as high as she chooses. A ticket to the carnival mysteriously appears and she flees to it when they chase her out of town. Her hope is to find her I received an electronic ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group through NetGalley. Darker magical fantasy spun in a carnival setting. Think The Night Circus for a younger audience. Louisa flees her town after her mother dies. She's homeless and penniless and her secret is discovered when she goes into town. Louisa walks on the air and can float as high as she chooses. A ticket to the carnival mysteriously appears and she flees to it when they chase her out of town. Her hope is to find her father who blew away with the wind. At the carnival she finds friends, acceptance and a home. However, there is a darker magic stealing from others. Accidents happen and false accusations are made. The four friends - Louisa, Ox, Jess, Mercy - work together to figure out who is stealing the magic. As you'd expect, a final battle between good and evil completes the novel with a sweet reunion between daughter and father to wrap up the book. A shorter book with plenty of action and mystery to pull middle grade readers in to the magic of this book. Kassner creates a fully developed setting and continues to reveal more about her characters throughout the story. The messages to believe in yourself and trust your friends come through clearly as does the triumph of cooperation over greed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly deVos

    With its traveling circus, unforgettable cast of characters and prose that tugs at the heartstrings, this is a gorgeous book that is sure to delight readers of all ages. Kids will love the magic, mystery and friendships while adult readers will appreciate the strong family relationships and themes of resilience. A perfect bridge between classic and contemporary middle grade fiction!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kim Tomsic

    If Coraline has an older sister, her name is THE FOREST OF STARS! I can't help but wonder if author Heather Kassner has been drinking a potion mixed by Neil Gaiman!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sierra Dertinger

    Twelve-year-old sweet Louisa LaRoche endures the death of her mother in the first pages of this story. It is done so tenderly and I hurt for her. She is one her own as she looks into the sky in hopes to find her father. Louisa is made of hollow bones and though she believes she is not full of magic, she quite is. She floats about the ground, just like what he father could do. However, he is no longer around as he was swept away by powerful winds never to be seen again. Since her mother has passe Twelve-year-old sweet Louisa LaRoche endures the death of her mother in the first pages of this story. It is done so tenderly and I hurt for her. She is one her own as she looks into the sky in hopes to find her father. Louisa is made of hollow bones and though she believes she is not full of magic, she quite is. She floats about the ground, just like what he father could do. However, he is no longer around as he was swept away by powerful winds never to be seen again. Since her mother has passed, all she wants is to find her father. He must be near, and since he can float she deems it may be possible to find him sooner than later. As she treks into the forest, she comes across a black-and-gold ticket. This ticket will lead her to the Carnival Beneath the Stars. If her father is anywhere, it would be there. When she arrives to the beautiful carnival with black-and-gold tops sprinkled throughout, she learns that this place isn't what she thought it would be. There are numerous acts with magical performers and as she watches the Raven's tightrope act something eerie and catastrophic happens. Soon she comes to grips that something terrible is happening and she must protect herself and her new friends Ox, Mercy, and Jess. There is so much more to this story that I would love to share, but I do not want to ruin it! However, this is a story with themes of hope, friendship, heart, belief in yourself, and a touch of magic. Kassner's writing is beyond words. It reminded me of Jess Redman's writing from Quintessence. I am eager to read her first book The Bone Garden next, and hopefully read her forthcoming novel The Plentiful Darkness soon.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jess Redman

    Utterly enchanting in every way, THE FOREST OF STARS is the story of a girl who must learn to fly and the circus that holds her past and her future. I loved this wonderful tale about finding the magic inside yourself—and then being brave enough to wield it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Energy

    When she was a baby, Louisa lost her father. He simply floated away, never to return. Now she’s lost her mother and has nowhere to go. As her coins continue to dwindle, her fears of being swept away in the wind grow. It’s auspicious that she finds an invitation to the “Carnival Beneath the Stars”, even if at first, she doesn’t see it that way. While Louisa is a child, she is well ahead of her years in some aspects. That she can take care of herself after her mother dies is impressive. I thought t When she was a baby, Louisa lost her father. He simply floated away, never to return. Now she’s lost her mother and has nowhere to go. As her coins continue to dwindle, her fears of being swept away in the wind grow. It’s auspicious that she finds an invitation to the “Carnival Beneath the Stars”, even if at first, she doesn’t see it that way. While Louisa is a child, she is well ahead of her years in some aspects. That she can take care of herself after her mother dies is impressive. I thought the magic that the other performers had was creative. It made them multi-dimensional to the reader. Although I figured out who the villain was when it came to the mystery, and perhaps that is because of my age, it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the book. This was a fun and creative read from the very start. From the love bugs and the fact that Louisa floats, and each person at the carnival, you’re immersed in a magical world. Every few chapters you get an illustration to go with the storyline. I think it unfair that adult readers aren’t reading through the eyes of the middle grade this is marketed to. It carries heavy themes of love and loss, of friendship, and healing. With the magic and mystery, it holds great appeal to readers of all ages. A fun and imaginative read. Thank you, Macmillan Children's, for sending this along!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Mansfield

    I absolutely loved this book! 5/5 Stars (pun intended). They say it's a young adult novel but it doesn't feel like it. These magical friends remind of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Louisa is easy to relate to and she floats through life with the sole purpose of finding her father. Little did she realise she would end up finding herself. #theforestofstars #heatherkassner

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lorelei Savaryn

    I enjoyed this story so much! With vivid imagery, lyrical language, and the feel of a fairy tale, I loved following Louisa's unique and heartwarming journey. It was the absolute perfect blend of magic and sweetness.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    A sweet and magical story about a girl on a quest to find her father and possibly a place to call home. I absolutely loved this story. The artwork was beautiful and charming. The friendships were sweet. Louisa was a great protagonist and her journey was a thrill. She was strong and had to deal with a lot for someone her age, but her determination and strength was remarkable. This was an overall fun book to read! It’s for friendship, magic, and a mystery!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Mazzola

    This was an interesting story, with magic, and friendship, and adventure, and the world building is wondrous and enchanting. However, it felt like it was trying to reproduce the writing style and feel of The Night Circus and is too much like adult literary fiction, but with middle grade characters, and that just does not circulate well in my library. Will do best where stories like Circus Mirandus are in high demand.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bridgette

    It starts off SUPER creepy and disturbing, but then it kinda evens out and changes tone quite a bit, and I wanted more of the creepiness in it. A fun mystery with strong themes of friendship and belonging with a hopeful ending. Great for those who love carnival settings more than I do.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    A beautiful tale filled with circus magic and endless charm!

  21. 4 out of 5

    jenn

    Sweet and well written. One of those middle grade books that even adults will enjoy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paula Lyle

    Kids that are into magic will like this. It moves along a little fast, but I love the theme that you have to work for your dreams to come true. The friendships among the circus are explored well and lay out what you should do for your friends. The circus is spectacular and fun. A nice ending ties up all the threads. Recommended for grades 3 to 6. I received an eARC through NetGalley.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ed Fleming

    Beautiful, whimsical, gothic story. Besides the rich and inviting magic world, what really drew me in was the misfit family of characters and how they stayed loyal to each other till the end. It's just a really nice, feel-good book. Totally recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    This was such a refreshingly original middle grade fantasy that I just couldn't help but love it! It was written in such a mystical way that it really added to the feeling of magic throughout the story. I will admit that I found it a bit predictable, realizing what was going to happen halfway through, but I didn't mind. It was still such a lovely book that I overlooked the predictability.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    A magical tale full of mystery and whimsy about a girl who searches for her long-lost father at a magical carnival after her mother passes away. If you like your MG fantasy a bit on the darker side, you'll love this one. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Val

    Link to my book talk: https://youtu.be/HIPyqzgo_EI This is an amazing book about Louisa finding her dad and meeting new friends along the way. I like this book because it is an adventure, but it has a mystery AND a magic twist to it! I cannot share much more without spoiling the story, you will find THE FOREST OF STARS an enjoyable read. Link to my book talk: https://youtu.be/HIPyqzgo_EI This is an amazing book about Louisa finding her dad and meeting new friends along the way. I like this book because it is an adventure, but it has a mystery AND a magic twist to it! I cannot share much more without spoiling the story, you will find THE FOREST OF STARS an enjoyable read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    ‪“Not so very long ago, a girl smiled knowingly.”‬ ‪Magical, beautiful, & eerie, with whimsical illustrations by Iz Ptica throughout, The Forest of Stars is a middle grade novel not to miss. And the author would be delighted to know that as I finished the book, it began to thunderstorm. “I am fine. Truly.” But she was not. ‪“Not so very long ago, a girl smiled knowingly.”‬ ‪Magical, beautiful, & eerie, with whimsical illustrations by Iz Ptica throughout, The Forest of Stars is a middle grade novel not to miss. And the author would be delighted to know that as I finished the book, it began to thunderstorm. “I am fine. Truly.” But she was not.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Colette Sewall

    I just finished reading The Forest of Stars, and this enchanting tale left me floating with delight. I loved the atmospheric story about a sweet young girl searching for her father in a dark, magical world—a world where love bugs chomp on the hearts of poor grieving souls. Luminous and literary, the prose glimmers on every page, and the mysterious characters will keep the reader guessing until the very end. In addition, the gorgeous art throughout is a captivating treat for the eyes. Five stars I just finished reading The Forest of Stars, and this enchanting tale left me floating with delight. I loved the atmospheric story about a sweet young girl searching for her father in a dark, magical world—a world where love bugs chomp on the hearts of poor grieving souls. Luminous and literary, the prose glimmers on every page, and the mysterious characters will keep the reader guessing until the very end. In addition, the gorgeous art throughout is a captivating treat for the eyes. Five stars for The Forest of Stars! Highly recommended!

  29. 5 out of 5

    CR

    This was a cute little story that was full of magic and of course the carnival. The magic of friendship comes together full heartedly in this book with a touch of magic. I loved the story and the characters and I can not wait for more!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    This was a marvelous delight. A wondrous delight. There was magic, menace, good friends, and a great setting. Winner.

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