The Star Shepherd by MarcyKate Connolly
The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz
Come to the bookstore on Sunday, October 20th at 3:00 p.m. to hear from two children's authors, MarcyKate Connolly and Sarah Jean Horwitz, as they talk about their new books, The Star Shepherd and The Dark Lord Clementine.
The Star Shepherd:
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.
When the world first formed, the night was black and filled with dark creatures. The Elders knew their people couldn’t survive under such a threat. So they gave their hearts to the sky in the form of stars to keep evil away.
Now, eleven-year-old Kyro is a Star Shepherd like his father. He’s spent his life tucked away in the small town of Drenn. There, the family watches the night sky for falling stars―and rushes to rescue them when they do.
When too many stars start falling at once, and disappearing before they can be saved, Kyro’s father journeys to report the threat. But when he doesn’t return, Kyro, with the help of his best friend, Andra, and his trusty dog, Cypher, must find a way to save the stars before the dark creatures make a terrifying return.
MarcyKate Connolly is a New York Times bestselling children’s book author who lives in New England with her family and a grumble of pugs. She graduated from Hampshire College (a magical place where they don’t give you grades) where she wrote an opera sequel to Hamlet as the equivalent of a senior thesis. It was also there that she first fell in love with plotting and has been dreaming up new ways to make life difficult for her characters ever since. She is the author of Monstrous, Ravenous, Shadow Weaver, and Comet Rising. You can visit her online at www.marcykate.com.
The Dark Lord Clementine:
The new face of big evil is a little...small.
Dastardly deeds aren’t exactly the first things that come to mind when one hears the name “Clementine,” but as the sole heir of the infamous Dark Lord Elithor, twelve-year-old Clementine Morcerous has been groomed since birth to be the best (worst?) Evil Overlord she can be. But everything changes the day the Dark Lord Elithor is cursed by a mysterious rival.
Now, Clementine must not only search for a way to break the curse, but also take on the full responsibilities of the Dark Lord. As Clementine forms her first friendships, discovers more about her own magic than she ever dared to explore, and is called upon to break her father’s code of good and evil, she starts to question the very life she’s been fighting for.
What if the Dark Lord Clementine doesn’t want to be dark after all?
Sarah Jean Horwitz grew up next door to a cemetery and down the street from an abandoned fairy-tale theme park, which probably explains a lot. She is the author of the middle grade steampunk fantasy series Carmer and Grit. Her most recent novel for middle grade readers is The Dark Lord Clementine. She currently lives near Boston. Find her at sarahjeanhorwitz.com.