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First Term at L'Etoile: Book 1 (School for Stars) Paperback – 20 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444008110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444008111
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With likable heroines, beastly baddies and a jolly good plot, this is a delightfully appealing debut book. (HELLO)

a cracking good read that girls over eight (and quite possibly their mums) are going to devour. (Natasha Harding, THE SUN)

With strong themes of friendship in the face of adversity and standing up for what's right, no matter what, School for Stars has constructive lessons presented in relatable fashion for all manner of young girls. (THE JOURNAL (NEWCASTLE))

It's the dream school of every girl who's ever sung into a hairbrush, and the plot culminates satisfyingly in a star-studded Christmas gala. (Diana Gomez, YOU MAGAZINE)

The writing style and narrative are perfect for youngsters, addressing the readers as 'story seekers' and adding little notes about the characters to keep children up to date with the story throughout. (Emily Pawson, STOUR BRIDGE NEWS)

It embraces the retroness of Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers while combining it with the magicality of Vivian French's Tiara Club series and the sassiness of the St Trinians's Girls...The writing captures your imagination and whisks you off in style. (VIVIENNE SERENDIPITY REVIEWS)

I found this book fantastic, with so many tales of friendship, betrayal, loyalty and talent all woven into this beautifully written book. From the first word, I could see it happening like a 3D film, and the characters are so life-like.
This is a book that should be read from age 9 up.

(THE GUARDIAN reader review)

Book Description

The first title in the glamorous SCHOOL FOR STARS series, all about dance, drama and friendship by popular TV presenter and personality Holly Willoughby and her sister Kelly.

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Before I say anything else I love reading and when I saw this book I just had to get it. They also have a program called school for stars on bbc. It is very interesting and (I'm 10) it is based for people aged 8-12.

Molly and Maria are twins and they are going to a new school called L'Etoile. L'Etoile is a school where talented singers,dancers and musicians go to. They are put in a room with 3 beds and wonder who will be their roommate. They soon find out it is pippa. Pippa's family couldn't afford to pay for her to go but pippa got a scholarship which meant she could go for free. She has a website where she posts her songs she wrote in a shed. Someone from L'Etoile saw her stuff and thought she had musical talent and that's how she got the scholarship. molly,maria and pippa soon became very good friends.

The first years find out they are going to be doing a gala for Christmas on 13th December. Lucifette (a girl from a rich family who wants all fame for herself) makes up a contract pretending its from her dad for pippa. Pippa has no idea why she is all of a sudden getting so nice and gets confused. Will she go get a contract (if there is one) or go to perform in the gala? She eventually decides to got to the contract. Lucifette then steals one of pippas own songs to sing at the gala but pippa really dosent want her to sing it because it was her personal song. But lucifette had already made up her mind. Pippa wished she hadn't lent her the cd with her songs on it. What will she do? She isn't allowed to tell the twins and is in a sticky situation. Read to find out!

I don't know if I explained it properly so I will type the blurb.
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I'm always a bit dubious about books written by celebrities, but I have to be honest and say I really enjoyed this one. The book is a mixture of all my favourite things that I love in fiction aimed at the younger market.It embraces the retroness of Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers while combining it with the magicality of Vivian French's Tiara Club series and the sassiness of the St Trinian's Girls.

The writing captures your imagination and whisks you off in style to mix with the elite of the show business world. Imagine a school where all the Hollywood celebrity offspring go to and you would have a clear indication of what life at E'toile might be like.The twins Maria and Molly are adorable, yet both stand out individually, with their differing looks and completely different personalities.

Unlike other boarding school stories, they haven't been afraid to embrace modern technology. Maria runs an anonymous blog, where she lets out secrets and gives out advice to all her fellow students. While her sister, Maria, searches the internet for the latest fashions and texts Albie to deliver them once a week.

The book has a strong theme of friendship which runs right through the story. If everyone had friends like Maria and Molly, there would be a lot of happy people in the world.

This book is an easy read and one that could be devoured in an afternoon. I think it is aimed at the older tween but would easily suit an advanced reader in the 7 to 9 age bracket. If your child dreams of stardom and watches The X Factor on repeat, then this series will definitely be ideal for them.
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I loved this book so much!! It is increasingly difficult to put down as such a lot is happening and the characters are delightfully fascinating. When I bought this, I had no idea what it would be like, and I was certainly not disappointed. I would particularly recommend for ages 5-10, although I am eleven and it is appropriately engaging so that it is perfect for every girl!!
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What a wonderful read, reminiscent of St Clare's by Blyton, and just adored the story - seeker snippets! We just can't wait for the next one!
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This book is amazing!! I couldn't put it down!!
Little girls will love the singing and dancing elements of the book. It pleasingly reminds me of the greatly-respected malory towers but, like i said before, with more appealing elements and aspirations. I recommend this book for most girls from the age of 8 and up as I'm sure younger readers would not understand some of the main events and dilemmas throughout the story.
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This was an amazing book. It gripped me to the pages and description was imaginative.

Molly, Maria, and Pippa(Molly, Maria are sisters) are in a dorm together. They become best friends but then there are important secrets between them, and they all put on they don't know about the secrets. Yet, with Maria's mysterious website, a horrible email is sent, who might it be... and who is it about... surely not a bunny rabbit...

I would recommend this for people who like school books, because that's what it's all about, friendship, secrets and enemies...
This isn't a challenging read for 10 year olds, but a nice book to read for them, I would recommend it 7or8+, if you read alot and like reading. You have to get yourself into this book a bit before you REALLY want to read on, because that is when the type of mystery comes alon g, and you want to know what will happen, and when the girls will spill out the secrets.
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