Acclaimed author duo Marisa de los Santos and David Tague return with a heartwarming middle grade adventure about two misfits discovering the importance of just being themselves, perfect for fans of Counting By 7’s and Hello Universe.
When thirteen-year-olds Aaron and Audrey meet at a wilderness camp in the desert, they think their quirks are enough to prevent them from ever having friends. But as they trek through the challenging and unforgiving landscape, they learn that they each have what it takes to make the other whole.
Luminous and clever, Connect the Stars takes on some hefty topics of the day—bullying, understanding where you fit in, and learning to live with physical and mental challenges—all in a joyous adventure kids will love!
About the Author
Marisa de los Santos is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writing. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family.
David Teague is the author of the picture book Franklin’s Big Dreams. With his wife, Marisa de los Santos, he is the coauthor of Saving Lucas Biggs and Connect the Stars. Married for over twenty years, Marisa and David live with their two children, Charles and Annabel, and their Yorkies, Finn and Huxley, in Wilmington, Delaware.
“de los Santos and Teague again make big philosophical questions approachable and meaningful, creating a poignant novel that grapples with the variety of struggles people face and the beauty of embracing life and friendship anyway.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for CONNECT THE STARS: A “funny and profound novel.” — Booklist
Praise for CONNECT THE STARS: “A satisfying read that strikes a good balance between emotional highs and page–turning adventure.” — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for SAVING LUCAS BIGGS: “This book is hard to put down! Vivid and memorable, SAVING LUCAS BIGGS casts a captivating spell that will keep you turning pages. A heartfelt yarn of family, friendship, and homespun time–travel magic.” — Ingrid Law, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of SAVVY
Praise for SAVING LUCAS BIGGS: “A riveting time–travel adventure. Strong storytelling, suspense, lyrical writing, high drama, weighty matters made accessible and a bit of humor add up to a terrific and heartwarming read.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for SAVING LUCAS BIGGS: “The authors weave a tale of justice and family bonds with threads of historical fiction accented with the fantastical physics of time travel.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
Praise for SAVING LUCAS BIGGS: “De los Santos and Teague craft a gentle, quiet sci-fi story where the focus is…love, nonviolence, and social justice. Give this one to readers who like stories about family, doing the right thing, and standing up to those who don’t.” — Booklist
Praise for SAVING LUCAS BIGGS: “The authors’ graceful use of language and fearless exploration of a more spiritual dimension simultaneously comfort and challenge readers, encouraging deep thoughts. This novel makes a good companion for armchair time travelers and budding philosophers alike.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books