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Rebecca Thorne presents her debut novel for young readers, The Secrets of Star Whales, in conversation with Tara Gilboy, author of the middle grade novels Unwritten and Rewritten.
BONUS! Order The Secrets of Star Whales from Changing Hands to receive a bookmark and a signed bookplate from the author.
ABOUT THE BOOK
On the small space station Azura, Maxion Belmont is constantly torn between his two passions--engineering and music. Both are hobbies handed down from his father, who died two years ago. While his hydrodriver is great for repairing starship parts, his father's old string instrument tugs at the latent grief Max hides from his mom and classmates with each chord he strums.
When a foreign starship appears on the horizon, Azura welcomes its first tourist in years. But there's something weird about Mr. Hames, the stranger-turned-substitute-teacher. He has no idea how to teach and keeps raving about the existence of alien creatures in the vacuum of space: star whales.As Max and the rest of Mr. Hames's class-turned-starship-crew begin to uncover the mysteries of the star whales, they discover they aren't the only ones looking for the elusive creatures--and not every whaler has good intentions.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The wild Rebecca Thorne can be found in her natural habitat: the local coffee shop. She is rarely more than an arm's length from her laptop and her "Becky's" coffee mug. When not in pursuit of caffeine or cracking puns as a flight attendant for Southwest, she prefers to relax with her two dogs, ensconced in her butt-cloud beanbag sofa. Find her online at rebeccathorne.net.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Tara Gilboy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in writing for children and young adults. She teaches creative writing in San Diego Community College's Continuing Education Program and for the PEN Writers in Prisons Program. Her work has appeared in Word Riot, Beloit Fiction Journal, Cricket, and other publications. She lives in San Diego, California.