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A spellbinding dark fantasy from the author of The Bone Garden, for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus.
Left all alone after her mother passes away, twelve-year-old Louisa watches the sky for her father. Long ago, a powerful gust of wind stole 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 ground when she spots a ticket to the Carnival Beneath the Stars. If her father fits in nowhere else, maybe she’ll find him dazzling crowds alongside the other strange feats. Yet 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.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Kassner’s writing dazzles . . . a tale of hope, courage, and friendship."
Newbery Honor winner Ingrid Law
"Like the carnival at its heart, this story is richly magical and delightfully eerie."
Cassie Beasley, New York Times bestselling author of Circus Mirandus
"Fans of Kelly Barnhill and Neil Gaiman will love Kassner’s sometimes sinister, always magical carnival in this evocative fantasy about finding your place in the world."
School Library Journal
"A dark and dazzling tale, glistening with marvels, mysteries and the magic of friendship."
Sophie Anderson, author of The House with Chicken Legs
"Woven together with atmospheric, lyrical language, this is a sparkling tale about grief, hope, and found families. The magic of this book will touch your heart and send it soaring."
Amanda Foody, author of Ace of Shades
"A spellbinding tapestry of dreams and nightmares, shadows and hope."
J.A. White, author of The Thickety
"A dark, glimmering story that combines the coziness of a classic fairy tale with the joyful inventiveness of poetry, THE FOREST OF STARS is a heartfelt, hopeful novel about owning your magic and finding your place in the world that fans of Catherynne Valente will love."
Hayley Chewins, author of The Turnaway Girls
"Told in prose both dark and glittering, Kassner's mesmerizing, magical story of friendship, belonging and loss will have readers eager to join the Carnival Beneath the Stars and the extraordinary characters found inside its tents."
R. M. Romero, author of The Dollmaker of Kraków