What Came from the Stars, by Gary Schmidt--Waiting on Wednesday

I recently came across news of a forthcoming book that made me sqee (gently) and add it tout suite to my list of must haves--What Came from the Stars, by Gary Schmidt (Clarion Books, September 4, 2012).

Now, the blurb itself wasn't exactly what made me want the book--it doesn't, for instance, feature an orphanage, an old house, a plucky girl, or enchanted birds/foxes/horses, to name a few things I like in books. But it sounds reasonable enough (although any mention of a dark lord makes me feel a tad twitchy):

"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 starsall 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."

No. It was not this blurb that made me want this ever so much. It is that GARY SCMIDT, author of my dearly beloved The Wednesday Wars (and Okay for Now), has written a middle grade fantasy! Which I call very thoughtful of him, because a. this is what I read most and b. I will read anything he writes.

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


  1. Hmm, I have an amazon giftcard waiting to be used - thanks for the suggestion!

  2. sounds interesting!
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    we also have giveaways every day this week and they are international.

  3. WOw. That book sounds slightly crazy. I like it. :)


  4. This sounds awesome. And a bit like the plot for the first Men in Black film. Which can only increase its appeal, really. Great find!

  5. I squeed in a not-so-gentle manner. YEAH!!!

  6. This does sound like it will be a wonderful book to read.

    Thanks for sharing,
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  7. Great pick! My boys would love this one for sure and I think my wife and I might get a kick out of it to - nice find!

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  8. Oooh, thank you so much for featuring this one! Can't wait!!

  9. Ooh, I haven't heard of What Came rom the Stars, but it sounds interesting, and I love the cover!

    Tara @ Hobbitsies


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