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A Glasshouse of Stars


Meixing Lim and her family have arrived in the New Land to begin a New Life. Everything is scary and different. Their ever-changing house is confusing and she finds it hard to understand the other children at school.

Yet in her magical glasshouse, with a strange black-and-white cat, Meixing finds a place to dream. But then Meixing’s life comes crashing down in unimaginable ways. Only her two new and unexpected friends can help.

By being brave together, they will learn how to make the stars shine brighter. A Glasshouse of Stars is based on the author’s childhood and beautifully illustrates the importance of friendship, kindness and love. “Heart-twisting and hopeful, bursting with big feelings and gentle magic.” Jessica Townsend, New York Times bestselling author of the Nevermoor series”A rare and beautiful masterpiece; deeply heartfelt, dreamily magical, and glitteringly hopeful.

I adored it!” Sophie Anderson, bestselling author of The House with Chicken Legs


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  1. Nika

    Our pick of the month for June was A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr, because we absolutely love it!
    Moving to a whole new country where she doesn’t know anyone is already difficult enough for Meixing, but when she notices that the house in which she lives is changing – adding or vanishing rooms without rhyme or reason, that is SCARY! And there is a mysterious glasshouse in the garden, which has a very unique gatekeeper.
    A powerful story of kindness, resilience and imagination based on the author’s childhood experience of migration.
    A perfect read for 9+ and every Neil Gaiman fan.

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