What Came From the Stars

What Came From the Stars

eBook - 2012
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"Schmidt brings high heroic fantasy and contemporary realism together in this novel." -- Horn Book, starred review "Spielberg, get ready for this boldly imagined outer-space offering." -- Kirkus "Schmidt, already a best-seller and award winner, should pick up even more fans with this crowd-pleasing fantasy." -- Booklist "Wonderfully strange. . . . This inventive and memorable story for readers ages 10-15 manages to mingle the quotidian and the movingly supernatural. It's funny, too." -- The Wall Street Journal "The balance of emotions is flawless." -- Bulletin
The Valorim are about to fall to a dark lord when they send a necklace containing their planet across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion stars . . . all the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Mass. Mourning his late mother, Tommy doesn't notice much about the chain he found, but soon he is drawing the twin suns and humming the music of a hanorah. As Tommy absorbs the art and language of the Valorim, their enemies target him. When a creature begins ransacking Plymouth in search of the chain, Tommy learns he must protect his family from villains far worse than he's ever imagined. This ebook includes a sample chapter of OKAY FOR NOW.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547868684
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (304 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Tommy and his family are struggling to get by, keep their oceanfront home out of the hands of developers and keep the memory of his mother alive. Meanwhile a race of people on the brink of annihilation in a far off galaxy combine all their magical artistic power into one necklace hurtling into space and right into Tommy's lunchbox.

devorah1231 Feb 28, 2013

Great book, though what happens with the house in the end doesn't make sense - too much of a forced happy ending

BPLNextBestKids Dec 21, 2012

On a small planet in a galaxy far away, the ruling Valorim are losing their war against Lord Mondus and his followers. In desperation, the Valorim place all the best of their civilization into a chain and launch it into space in hopes of preserving it. The chain lands in the lunch box of 6th grade Tommy Pepper and soon creates problems. The Pepper family already has difficulty since the mother has recently dies and since then Tommy’s sister has not spoken and his father has lost interest in working. Added to that, developers are petitioning to take over part of the Pepper land to build a condominium. Tommy realizes that he must stand up for what is right no matter how difficult it is. Reviewed by BPL volunteer EE.


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