by David Teague, Marisa de los Santos
Published by HarperCollins Release date : September 22nd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade, Social Issues
Source: The Publisher | Format: ARC
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From Saving Lucas Biggs authors Marisa de los Santos and David Teague comes another heartwarming middle grade adventure about two misfits who discover the importance of just being themselves.
When thirteen-year-olds Aaron and Audrey meet at a wilderness camp in the desert, they think their quirks are enough to prevent them from ever having friends. But as they trek through the challenging and unforgiving landscape, they learn that they each have what it takes to make the other whole.
Luminous and clever, Connect the Stars has Marisa de los Santos and David Teague’s trademark beautiful prose, delicate humor, swooping emotions, and keen middle grade friendships. This novel takes on the hefty topics of the day—bullying, understanding where you fit in, and learning to live with physical and mental challenges—all in a joyous adventure kids will love!
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Middle grade isn’t a genre I read much of (which I am in the process of remedying) – so there is a small part of me that doesn’t feel I am THE BEST person to take a recommendation from. However, having a preteen in the house, I can tell which books would be fun for kids to read and Connect the Stars is one of those books.
The story follows two main characters, Audrey and Aaron. Both are unique with “superpower” abilities that they struggle with on a daily basis. For Audrey – it’s her ability to know when someone is lying. For Aaron; it’s the ability to remember everything he hears, sees and reads. At first glance, it seems that these wouldn’t be such HORRIBLE abilities, right? However, for these two that just is NOT the case.
I adored both Audrey and Aaron. Audrey pushes people away because she is afraid of being hurt (aka lied to) and doesn’t understand WHY people lie. She comes off rude but that is because she has built so many walls around herself. Aaron, while smart and knows A LOT, doesn’t understand FEELINGS. It’s hard to him to be social in situations that require some emotion, not facts. Both Audrey and Aaron don’t want to be known just for their abilities, either.
During the wilderness camp, they are paired up on the same team with two other eccentric preteens. This group was so cute and fun! They all support one another and learn to trust each other as their time at the camp goes on. Audrey helps Aaron with small tasks and situations where his spewing of facts is not welcome, which were cute and often hilarious. The remaining team helps Audrey realize that pushing people away is the answer she has been looking for. It’s just so heart-warming and CUTE.
Overall – I really enjoyed Connect the Stars! It’s such a sweet, cute read about finding yourself, accepting others and coming to terms with things out of your control. Great read for middle graders and adults alike!
Tell me your thoughts
- Have you read Connect the Stars? If so, what did you think?
- What do you think about Audrey and Aaron’s abilities? Do they sound like something you could cope with?