Middle Grade New Releases, September 10, 2019

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STAR SHEPHERD – by Dan Haring
(September 10th 2019 ~ Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)34915539. sy475

Neil Gaiman meets How to Train Your Dragon in this beautifully illustrated middle-grade novel about a boy, his trusted dog, and his best friend, as they race to save the stars before their light is extinguished for good.

Review by Melissa @mllittleauthor

On the outskirts of Drenn lives a boy, Kyro, and his father. Together they are star shepherds—rescuing stars when they fall from the sky. (Is that concept not beautiful? Reminds me of Pixar’s gorgeous La Luna.) When too many stars begin falling at once and his father goes missing, Kyro, his sweet little dog, and his brave friend set out to get to the bottom of things, facing dark creatures with the help of clockwork giants.

The world of The Star Shepherd bursts with imagination. (Who DOESN’T love stars you can hold in your hands and friendly giants made out of clockwork pieces? I mean COME ON.) Once the plot kicks off, it never stops moving and you have to be an attentive reader to keep up with all the names and places. Kids accustomed to fantasy, such as Neil Gaiman or maybe the Inkheart trilogy, should love this one. As a side note, the interior artwork is perfection.


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