The Secrets of Star Whales can be on your shelf on March 23rd! Until then, hit play on the trailer below and start getting excited:
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.
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.
Advanced Praise for The Secrets of Star Whales
“This is sci-fi at its best: wide-eyed and full of adventure and wonder.”—Kevin Emerson, author of Last Day on Mars
“Max’s authenticity provides an excellent lens for this world. Through his eyes, taking an illicit whale-spotting field trip into an asteroid belt feels like a reasonable course of action, but the whales themselves still have an aura of magic and mystery.”—Molly Brooks, author of Sanity and Tallulah
“A charming story of friendship, grief, and beauty among the stars.”—B.A. Williamson, author of The Chronicles of Gwendolyn Gray series
“A swashbuckling science-fiction adventure that, despite spaceships and futuristic technology, manages to feel timeless. Max, still reeling from the death of his father, is navigating middle school on the space station Azura when a new teacher introduces him to the elusive star whale. Max embarks on a journey that forces him to confront his grief, examine his friendships, and most of all, learn to forgive. This charming novel is sure to be an instant classic!”—Tara Gilboy, author of the Unwritten duology
“A perfect introduction to the sci-fi genre with a gripping story that will entertain space and animal lovers alike.”—Melissa Hope, author of Sea of Kings