At the Sign of the Star
Katherine Sturtevant
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Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM By Katherine Sturtevant

The tale of a bookseller s daughterMeg Moore is the motherless and only child of a bookseller with a thriving business in Restoration London and that makes her an heiress She knows that someday she will have her pick of suitors, and that with the right husband she can continue in the book trade and be friends with wits and authors, as her father is But Mr Moore s unexpeThe tale of a bookseller s daughterMeg Moore is the motherless and only child of a bookseller with a thriving business in Restoration London and that makes her an heiress She knows that someday she will have her pick of suitors, and that with the right husband she can continue in the book trade and be friends with wits and authors, as her father is But Mr Moore s unexpected marriage throws all Meg s dreams into confusion Meg resists the overtures and edicts of her stepmother with a cleverness equaled only by her fierceness, but in spite of it all her rival s belly soon swells with what Meg fears will be her father s new heir Meg seeks wisdom from almanacs and astrologers, plays and books of jests, guides for ladies and guides for midwives Yet it is through her own experience that she finds a new matrimony with which to face her unknown future This vibrant novel recreates a lively and fascinating historical period when women claimed a new and active role in London s literary scene.
  • Title: At the Sign of the Star
  • Author: Katherine Sturtevant
  • ISBN: 9780374404581
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback

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Rebecca Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
You had me at "only child of a bookseller with a thriving business in Restoration London." Points for an unusual time period in youth lit. I kept expecting it to turn into a Jane Eyre style epic, given Meg's preoccupation with her future, and heyyy look it has a sequel! Now I can get closure on her marriage prospects and literary career :) Unfortunately I found this book through weeding in my library it had never been checked out. Oh well, I kept it and perhaps I will find the right bookish girl [...]
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Julie Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
This is a quick, charming read that captures the sense of a bygone era very well. I never felt the story was too modern, or that the heroine was anachronistic, and that seems to be one of the toughest challenges for a writer of historical fiction. Nicely done. Highly recommended for YA readers.
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Yara Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
Meg Moore is an unconventional young woman of the 1600s. She helps her father in his bookstore and is planning on inheriting it from him, until he remarries and has a son. I enjoyed reading about Aphra Behn, a successful playwright of that time period who inspired other women to write, because I studied her plays in college.
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Joey Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
I like this book because the The girl (named Meg) wants to become a book seller, but There are things in her life that blocks her way. She had lost her mother and her siblings and now is the only child in her family. She had a step mother who try to teach her how to do women work, but she didn't want too. Meg enjoys reading and wants to find a way to take control of her own life.
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Kathleen Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
This YA novel is set in London about a decade or so after the Great Fire. The point of view character is a young girl (supposedly 12 years old) whose father is a bookseller and whose mother is no longer living. Because she is her father's only living child, she is indulged and encouraged to be involved with his business, and she expects to inherit it eventually. This changes when her father remarries and his new wife gives birth to a son.The story is about how the girl deals with this disappoint [...]
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Rebecca Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
As the only child of a widowed bookseller in 17th century London, twelve-year-old Meg Moore stands to inheirit her father's entire estate. Because she is an heiress, Meg will be able to take part in the bookselling trade - her greatest wish - and will be able to chose her own husband. But Meg's entire future is changed when her father decides to remarry. Meg dislikes her new stepmother, Susannah, even though Susannah tries to be kind to her. She fears that Susannah will provide her father with a [...]
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Christiana Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
If you can imagine Wives and Daughters written for a younger audience, with no plot except the main one about the daughter adjusting to the arrival of a stepmother, and transposed into the 17th century, you've have an approximation of At the Sign of the Star.Not much really happens in this middle-grade novel, but the setting of a London bookseller's shop in the age of Dryden, Wycherley, and Behn is convincingly evoked and engaging, and the heroine has appeal--she's intelligent and independent, o [...]
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Zoe Phan Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
Title: At the Sign of the StarAuthor: Katherine SturtevantLexile:Moderate to difficultStar Rating: I would rate this book a three star ratingI didn't like this type of genre due to the following reasons:1)It was hard to follow .2) I don't understand the century it was taken place in the 1600's.My favorite part is when Meg went to an event and danced freely without worrying what society would think of her. My least favorite part is when she trusted Anthony Barker rather than her father. Meg's ori [...]
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Lara Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
I read A True and Faithful Narrative ages ago, not realizing at the time that it was a sequel. I loved it, even though it totally freaks me out not to read books in the right order. Anyway, years after the fact, I've finally gotten around to reading the first book--yay, me! I liked it, it's a good book. But not as good as A True and Faithful Narrative, and Meg kinda acts like a big jerk for a large part of this story. I'm glad I eventually got around to giving it a try, though!
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Yu Ting Zhu Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
This book is about a girl named Meg Moore who lived in 16th century London. As a motherless child, she helped in her father's bookstore and expected to inherit it from him. But this changes when her father remarries and his new wife Susannah gives birth to a son.First Meg hated her stepmother and being mean to her, but later on she realized that accepting Susannah can only bring good. I feel Meg was turing mature after her father's marriage. Sometimes. a conflict can causes a person to be more s [...]
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Dotty Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
Motherlesss until father remarriesSusannah, her father’s new wfe, wants to prepare Meg to be wife & motherMeg unhappy sees Susannah as threat her inheritance; and then Susannah becomes pregnant and now Meg knows that she will have no inheritance if the baby is a boyMeg also begins to write but knows that the chances of a woman being published is very slimIn seventeenth-century London, Meg, who has little interest in cooking, needlework, or other homemaking skills, dreams of becoming a book [...]
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Ariana Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
This book seemed quite unique to me. It was the story of a brat, and very gently she came to terms with her mildly unfair situation. I liked it because it didn't have hyperbole within the plot itself (not to say that the main character didn't use hyperbole in her speech). I found this story to be refreshingly believable in the falling action, moreso because I didn't love it during the rising action.
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Wonda Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
Thoughtfully written story about the coming of age of a young girl who really desired more out of life than social edicts would likely permit. The protagonist was intelligen and witty, but on the spoiled side which ruined her likeability. I really wanted to like her more, but the selfishness, which is age appropriate, kind of spoiled her better characteristics.
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Bethany Huang Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
At the sign of the star is a wonderful story placed in the turn of the century about a girl who's father is about to remarry and take away her inheritance, her Father's bookstore. It's a good novel about family, love, and trust. If you enjoy compassionate and Historical fiction stories, I would reccomend this to you.
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Emma Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
This book is not what the front flap and the front cover seemingly depicts, because it is much more than that, it tells of growing more mature, and at the right age for it. This book will make you cry and smile as Meg Moore grows up.
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Maureen E Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
Story of a girl in Restoration England whose widowed father is re-marrying. Again, I liked that while Meg is a spunky character, she and her family and the whole situation did feel very much of the time. (March 2008)
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Tracie Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
A young girl is being raised in London by her father who is a bookseller. Somewhat unconventionally he allows her to speak her mind and to work in the shop. When her father remarries, she must find a way to reconcile her expectations from her old life with those of the new.
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Lisa(Bookworm Lisa) Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
This is a well written book about a young girl growing up in 16th century England. Her dream is to be a writer and own her father's publishing business. Her dreams are shattered when her father decides to re-marry. She has to learn to come to terms with chang in her situation.
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Shawn Thrasher Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
A short, delightful look at a 12 year old girl's life in Restoration England, really sweet and fun.
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Sophie Noel Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
1.5There wasn't anything to like about this, except maybe the feminism that played a part in the story. Other than that it was just "ugh".
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Julee Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
Charming while informative. This book had me searching for a sequel.
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
A girl in 17th-century London wants to be a bookseller like her father. Combine with the picture book Anna the Bookbinder by Andrea Cheng and A True and Faithful Narrative by Sturtevant.
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Laila Kula Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
it is about a girl back in the day
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Miss Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
Aspiring female writer in London. OK. Not entertainment, more culture study. Probably won't re-read. (B)
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Tara Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
I'd give this a 3.5 - a fun, quick read. I do like the second book better.
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Beverly Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
The characterizations and plot were good, and the sense of place and time (London, 1600s) was presented well.
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Laila Kula-Keys Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
I think it took place in the olden day. it wasn't that good .
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Nancy Dec 07, 2019 - 13:35 PM
Good read for girls in a blended familycially with a new step-mother. Interesting to glimpse the way of life in 1677
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At the Sign of the Star By Katherine Sturtevant The tale of a bookseller s daughterMeg Moore is the motherless and only child of a bookseller with a thriving business in Restoration London and that makes her an heiress She knows that someday she will have her pick of suitors, and that with the right husband she can continue in the book trade and be friends with wits and authors, as her father is But Mr Moore s unexpeThe tale of a bookseller s daughterMeg Moore is the motherless and only child of a bookseller with a thriving business in Restoration London and that makes her an heiress She knows that someday she will have her pick of suitors, and that with the right husband she can continue in the book trade and be friends with wits and authors, as her father is But Mr Moore s unexpected marriage throws all Meg s dreams into confusion Meg resists the overtures and edicts of her stepmother with a cleverness equaled only by her fierceness, but in spite of it all her rival s belly soon swells with what Meg fears will be her father s new heir Meg seeks wisdom from almanacs and astrologers, plays and books of jests, guides for ladies and guides for midwives Yet it is through her own experience that she finds a new matrimony with which to face her unknown future This vibrant novel recreates a lively and fascinating historical period when women claimed a new and active role in London s literary scene.

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