What Came from the Stars

What Came from the Stars

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 145 x 211 x 30mm | 408g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0547612133
  • 9780547612133
  • 1,030,248

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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" "
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1,486 ratings
3.34 out of 5 stars
5 15% (227)
4 27% (408)
3 37% (557)
2 15% (224)
1 5% (70)

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My Summary: While sitting in the cafeteria one day, Tommy receives an unexpected surprise. He doesn't know it yet, but the necklace that dropped into his lunchbox during lunch contains an entire planet. And while he may think nothing of it, their are powerful villains who will stop at nothing to get the chain back and make the planet of Valorim theirs at last. My Thoughts: This book was a little bit of an oddity, but I still enjoyed it. As a fan of books and series like The Lord of the Rings, I enjoyed the complicated twists and narration style. Tommy and Patty's grief after their mother's death balances out the more sci-fi elements, making for a very balanced story - sci-fi, but with a definite human element. I really liked the fact that there was a glossary of terms included in the back. It made for a much easier reading experience - I'm glad I checked! Final Thoughts: I recommend this novel if you are a fan of fantasy novels and sci-fi, and although it is being marketed as a MG novel, I'd recommend it for the older end of MG (even those who read YA already). Check it out for a read that is sure to keep you entertained.show more
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