A page-turner full of surprises…
Debut author State masterfully brings to life the story of 12-year-old Sam Sanderson, who must find the elusive Hopewell Star in order to save both Earth and a planet called Kryg. On the eve of her 12th birthday, Sam Sanderson, the daughter of two scientists who often travel for their jobs, is hoping to see her parents returning from their months-long mission. But she finds herself traveling to a far-away planet Kryg to help an alien boy. A prophecy reveals Sam is the only one who could locate the mysterious Hopewell Star and save Kryg and Earth from ultimate destruction. Will Sam be able to achieve her mission? Sam, with her level-headedness, intellect, and humanity, makes a perfect protagonist who is more than human, almost perfect and yet struggling. The complexity of the plot and serious treatment of the book’s young protagonists make it appealing to early YA readers. State beautifully conveys Sam’s inner struggles between the average 12-year-old she wants to be and the heavy responsibility of saving two planets from ultimate destruction she’s forced to take. Her apprehension about starting seventh grade, her fears and her struggles as she tries to adjust in an entirely new situation make it as much a coming of age story as it is space opera tale. State’s immaculate prose, measured pacing, and deeply realized characterization make this a page-turner. With its intriguing premise and expert execution of the plot, the novel is perfect to introduce middle graders to SF genre.
Journey to the Hopewell Star
By Hannah D. State
Glowing Light Press
Pub date July 29, 2020
Price $14.25 (USD) Paperback, $4.06 Kindle edition
Categories: Middle Grade