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Happy Book Birthday to Marisa de los Santos and David Teague!

Congratulations and a mighty woo-HOO to David Teague and Marisa de los Santos for today’s release of their second mid-grade novel, Connect the Stars!

From Saving Lucas Biggs authors Marisa de los Santos and David Teague comes a heartwarming middle grade adventure about two misfits discovering the importance of just being themselves. Luminous and clever, Connect the Stars takes on some 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!

Connect the StarsAudrey Alcott knows when someone is lying. Every time. Every lie. This ability has made middle school miserable, but when her best friend betrays her, Audrey hits her breaking point. Her parents hope a summer away will change her mind, but Audrey is ready to give up on people entirely.

Aaron Archer is the equivalent of a walking encyclopedia. Anything he’s ever read or heard gets filed away in his brain, word for word. But while he can recite all the facts and figures, he’s not always sure how to put the pieces together. When an ill-thought-out scheme gets him into trouble at school, Aaron’s parents decide to send him someplace where he can’t rely on facts alone.

Audrey and Aaron end up at the same wilderness camp—a six-week intensive trek through the desert led by a former football player turned rugged outdoorsman with a chip on his shoulder. When the unthinkable happens, it’ll take everything Audrey and Aaron have got to survive. And somewhere along the way, Audrey and Aaron begin to see that sometimes facts don’t tell the whole story . . . and sometimes, to find the truth, you have to look beyond the lies.

Praise for CONNECT THE STARS: A “funny and profound novel.” (Booklist)

Praise for CONNECT THE STARS: “A satisfying read that strikes a good balance between emotional highs and page–turning adventure.” -Kirkus Reviews

Praise for SAVING LUCAS BIGGS: “A riveting time–travel adventure. Strong storytelling, suspense, lyrical writing, high drama, weighty matters made accessible and a bit of humor add up to a terrific and heartwarming read.” -Kirkus Reviews starred review

Praise for SAVING LUCAS BIGGS: “The authors weave a tale of justice and family bonds with threads of historical fiction accented with the fantastical physics of time travel.” -School Library Journal starred review

To celebrate, David and Marisa’s children, Charles and Annabel, interviewed them for Delaware Online. Click here to see the article! (It’s especially good for anyone who is collaborating with another author.)

David also stopped by As the Eraser Burns for this pre-conference Coffee & Conversation interview. He also made a guest contributor appearance with in August with Summer Beach Reads – What is Your Favorite Children’s Book?

Again, congratulations, Marisa and David, and I’m looking forward to reading Connect the Stars!

Cross posted on As the Eraser Burns.

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