Stardust Book Summary and Study Guide

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In the village of Wall, on the border between the 'real' world and Faerie, there lives Tristran Thorn, a bored and discontented farmer's son who dreams of adventure. When he makes a rash promise to retrieve a fallen star for the woman he loves, it sends him into Faerie on a journey more difficult and more dangerous than he bargained for. For he is not the only one who seeks the star. Others search for it as well... and they do not take kindly to competition.
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The review of this Book prepared by Emma

Tristan Thorn is the son of a human and a magical creature from the land of Faerie, though neither he nor anyone else knows it. Every nine years, guards at the hole in the Wall allow people and magical creatures to pass through, for the Faerie Market. To win the love of beautiful Victoria Forester, Tristran goes through the wall and deep into the land of Faerie to retrieve a fallen star. Though simply related, in the style of a fairy tale, this marvelous story has several plotlines that parallel and interweave, involving witches, a unicorn, the fallen star (which turns out to be female), and the many sons of the dying 81st Lord of Stormhold (who are all killing one another off for the privilege of becoming the 82nd; some are already ghosts before the story begins). Gaiman avoids many of the cliches of the fantasy genre and fashions a charming, delightful, yet wise tale.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

This book is written so that it reads like a long fairy tale. It begins with the story of Dunstan Thorn, but this is all really the story of his son, Tristan. Tristan is only half human, but he doesn't know that. His mother comes from beyond the Wall, and Dunstan could've loved her and chose instead to live a more normal life in the town of Wall. Tristan knows only that Victoria Forester is the most beautiful girl in the world. Although it's fairly obvious Victoria isn't interested in him, he believes that he will win her hand in marriage if he brings her the star they saw fall. In order to find it, he has to go beyond the Wall (something no one in his town has ever done). During his journey he meets many strange and often frightening beings and discovers that the star isn't quite what he thought it was.
The review of this Book prepared by Melissa Cookson

When Tristan Thorn makes a ridiculous promise to bring back a fallen star for the object of his affection, he has no idea what his journey outside of the normal human world will really cause. Jumping suddenly into the world of the faerie, he encounters many friends and enemies who help to learn about love, himself, and the secrets of his past that will lead him on to rule in a land that he can trully call home.
The review of this Book prepared by Jennifer

Tristan is sent to a magical world to capture a fallen star, but it turns out to be harder than he thought.
The review of this Book prepared by Emily M

I really enjoyed this book. The teen in this book goes looking for a fallen star for his lady love and finds much more than he thought.
The review of this Book prepared by Sue Wipperling

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 23.3%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 36.7% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   an adult (general) Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Romance    -   Yes Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   magical artifact Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   a teen


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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