Trouble in the Stars

Philomel. Apr. 2021. 256p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593204283.
Gr 4-8–A humorous science fiction adventure that is perfect for Star Wars fans looking for something new in the genre. Trouble is a shapeshifter who escaped from a prison and has no memory of their past. They stow away onboard a ship called the Hindsight disguised as a young white boy. But the Galactic Government, called Starleague, is after them, determined to bring Trouble back to the prison. To avoid a confrontation with Starleague, the Captain decides to help Trouble find the other shapeshifters. They must seek out an all-knowing being called “The Knowledge,” who might have answers about the other shapeshifters and where Trouble came from. But a secret is revealed that will change everything. This is a new sci-fi classic for kids. Trouble’s engaging narration seamlessly explains spaceship terms like bridge, hatch, mess, and galley. The vocabulary is perfectly blended in with an engaging, laugh-out-loud story that kids will enjoy.
VERDICT A great choice for middle grade collections and for readers looking for humorous, action-packed science fiction.

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