Monday 24 June 2013

First Term at L’Etoile–School for Stars by Holly and Kelly Willoughby

Molly and Maria Fitzfoster could barely breath for nervous excitement as they clutched each other on the back seat of their dad’s old Bentley. As the car bounced along the enormous, sweeping drive, they craned their necks out of the window trying to catch a glimpse of their new school. The September sun streaming through the rows of poplar trees completely blinded them.
Pages – 173
Published by Orion Children’s Books in June 2013
Book Summary
On the first day of term at L'Etoile, School for Stars, twins Maria and Molly Fitzfoster meet Pippa Burrows who's won a song-writing scholarship to the school. The talented trio share the same dreams of super-stardom and become best friends. But will their friendship stand up against Lucifette Marciano's plans to wreck their chances and claim fame for herself?
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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