The Stars Did Wander Darkling book and activity pack

The Stars Did Wander Darkling book and activity pack

Colin Meloy
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Mysterious supernatural thriller for readers aged 12+

Older readers will be gripped by The Stars Did Wander Darkling by Colin Meloy, which comes with an accompanying activity pack, which we created for Parrot Street Book Club subscribers in December 2023.

“This darkly intriguing mystery stars a group of friends that young readers will find super relatable. The story takes some surprising and at times pretty sinister turns, but the young people at its centre inspire hope and empowerment. We loved it."
~Sarah

All of a sudden, the most ordinary things have taken on a sinister edge: a penny on a doormat. A man in a brown suit under a streetlamp. The persistent sound of an axe chopping in the middle of the night.

He keeps telling himself that this is Seaham, a sleepy seaside town where nothing ever happens. Or at least nothing did, until his dad’s construction company opened up the cliff beneath the old – some say cursed – Langdon place.

Soon, though, he and his friends can’t deny it: more and more of the adults in town are acting strangely. An ancient, long-buried evil has been unleashed upon the community, and it’s up to the kids to stop it before it’s too late...

Colin Meloy is a New York Times bestselling author. He is also the singer and songwriter for the indie rock band the Decemberists. Colin lives in Oregon with his wife and frequent collaborator, illustrator Carson Ellis, and their sons.

The activity pack includes stickers, book club-style questions to ponder and a welcome note from Colin Meloy. There’s also a mindful colouring activity to enjoy and a Jacob's ladder illusion craft activity, alongside jokes and further reading recommendations.

Activity packs are a handy A5 size and printed on uncoated paper which is fully recyclable.

We dispatch orders Monday - Friday.

  • Standard UK Royal Mail delivery £2.99 (free on bookshop orders over £25)
  • UK Express delivery also available from £5.50
  • International shipping available to select destinations (calculated at checkout according to weight)

Our packs are wrapped in a simple paper sleeve and sent out in a cardboard book wrap – we would be so grateful if you could recycle both.

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We don't include any paperwork in our parcels so you can send our book gifts directly to the recipient with confidence.

We'll happily add a handwritten note to your order. Simply leave your message in the box on the cart page.

This pack is also available as part of a gift set:

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We are a monthly book subscription by post for children aged 5 to 14, focused on helping families discover new and different chapter books.

This title was sent to subscribers in the Macaw reading group, aged roughly 12 to 14, who need books that feel grown-up but aren’t quite ready for all young adult books.

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