Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star

Cover of Cosima Unfortunate Steals A Star by Laura Noakes

Cosima Unfortunate Steals a Star

Laura Noakes (author), Flavia Sorrentino (illustrator)
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A funny and moving historical fantasy for 8+

This exciting debut stars a joyously authentic cast of diverse characters

We absolutely loved this warm and funny adventure story, packed with mystery and humour and with a distinctly historical feel. The representation of disability is inspiring - Cosima and her friends really sparkle.


Cosima Unfortunate has spent all her life at the Home for Unfortunate Girls – a school where any disabled children, or children deemed different, are sent, whether their families want it or not. It is there that she meets her friends – Pearl, Mary and Diya – and they start to practise mini heists involving the theft of cakes, biscuits and other sweet goodies.

But when Cos finds out that Lord Francis Fitzroy, the explorer behind the Empire Exhibition, is planning to adopt them, she and her friends plot the biggest heist of their life. Instead of fondant fancies, they’re going to steal Fitzroy’s prized tiara, containing the legendary Star Diamond of India! But, as they start preparing for the day, Cosima finds herself drawing ever closer to discovering the one secret she’s always wanted to know – the truth about her parents…

Laura Noakes grew up in Bedfordshire in a home full of books. She has Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder, a disability that she shares with her main character, Cosima. Laura now lives in beautiful Cumbria with her husband and their two mischievous cats.

Number of pages: 304
Reading age guide: 8 to 12 years
Publication date: 25th May 2023
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780008579050
Format: Paperback

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