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Format

Hardback

Author

Malorie Blackman

Publisher

Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

21st April 2016

Author's Website

www.malorieblackman.co....

ISBN

9780857531414

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Chasing the Stars

Malorie Blackman


Lovereading - -Year 10 (age 14-15)

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Shortlisted for YA Book Prize 2017  | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016  | May 2016 Book of the Month An innovative, ambitious page-turner in which the inimitable Malorie Blackman has entwined two of her great passions - Shakespeare's Othello and science fiction - to create a thrilling outer-space-set epic that tingles with romance, danger, distrust and jealousy.

Olivia (Vee) and her brother Aidan are alone in space and heading home to earth, the only survivors of a virus that annihilated the rest of the crew, including their family. Then brave, headstrong Vee risks her life to rescue the survivors of a Mazon attack, among them Nathan, with whom she falls in love, deeply, madly and with tempestuous consequences.

This energetic riff on one of the bard's best works will also be relished by readers who don’t think they’re into Shakespeare, and Blackman also has a gift for making science fiction appeal to those who “don’t do” the genre. It takes an exceptional writer to pull off these kinds of feats, and Blackman has done so with wit, style and a slick sense of drama. ~ Joanne Owen

Please note due to the content of this book we are recommending it for YA readers only.

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize Judge Kate Saunders said: “The story drags you along like a mighty engine and had to force myself not to turn the pages too fast. The suspense is brilliant”.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Chloe Shortall, age 19 - 'Chasing The Stars is full of rumours, secrecy and plot twists, and is an enjoyable read for fans of Sci Fi novels.'
  • Juliana Christianson, age 16 - 'Chasing the Stars is unlike her previous novels and it explorers new settings and times, making for an amazing read...I would definitely recommend this to older readers who have read her books before and new readers who have yet to experience her amazing stories.'
  • Humaira, age 17 - 'Witty and sarcastic. Funny and heartfelt moments. You do not want to miss out on this book.'
  • Edel Waugh - If you enjoy books about space then I think you will really enjoy this book.'

Synopsis

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

What happens when love brings loss? When love brings lies? When love brings hate? Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.

Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive.

Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced. But not everyone is pleased. Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?

Drawing on Othello for inspiration, Chasing the Stars parallels with this tragic Shakespeare play throughout. Published in the month of Shakespeare's birth and death, it is the perfect tribute to the great Bard, on the 400-year anniversary of his death.

“I love Shakespeare’s plays and his themes and ‘Othello’ is one of my favourites,” Blackman said. “I wanted to write about jealousy, but I wanted my Othello to be a black teenage girl.”


Reviews

Praise for Other Titles by this Author

Noughts & Crosses: 'This must be the most original book I've ever read' - Benjamin Zephaniah

Boys Don't Cry: 'Her writing at its best, creating characters and a story which, once read, will not easily go away' - Nick Tucker, Independent

Noble Conflict: 'Blackman is a terrific storyteller w hose strongly drawn characters thrill young readers and draw them into dilemmas about love, loyalty, truth and violence' - Sunday Times


About The Author

Children's Laureate 2013-2015

Malorie Blackman had a variety of jobs before she became a full time writer and spent many years working as a Database Manager for Reuters travelling extensively within Europe and the United States.

After 82 rejection letters, her first novel, Not So Stupid!, was a selected title for the 1991 Feminist Book Fortnight, and Malorie participated in the first BBC TV Black Women’s Screenwriting Workshop in 1991. She has written a number of books for young readers including the Whizziwig series, which have been dramatised successfully for children’s television.

Her dystopian novel series Noughts and Crosses has won the Children’s Book Award, and she has twice won the Young Telegraph/Gimme 5 Award (for Hacker and Thief!) – the only author to have done so. Malorie writes across a range of subjects for children and teens, addressing diverse and sensitive issues.

In her spare time, Malorie likes going to the cinema, the theatre and watching TV, enjoys playing computer and board games, and reads absolutely everything...except Westerns.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2008 Malorie received an OBE for her contribution to children’s literature and was awarded the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon award in 2005.

Malorie was selected as the Waterstones Children's Laureate in June 2013 taking over from Julia Donaldson and held the post for two years. The title of Children’s Laureate is awarded to an acclaimed author or illustrator in acknowledgment of their outstanding contribution to their field, and Malorie is the eighth recipient of this honour.

She lives in South London.


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