Chasing the Stars (Hardback)Malorie Blackman (author)
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Explaining her inspiration for the new book, Malorie says: “I have wanted to write a story inspired by Shakespeare’s Othello for quite some time – it is my favourite of his plays, full of twists and turns – but, of course, I wanted to do it my way. I’ve always been a huge fan of all types of science fiction and I loved the idea of Othello set in outer space, with Othello as a teenage girl! That’s how the idea for Chasing the Stars was born. It has been such fun as well as a real challenge to write. I am excited to see it released into the world; to talk to readers about it and to hear what they think.”
Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth
"...inspired, in Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year, by Othello — although the Othello figure is a teenage girl who captains a spaceship…This is confident sci-fi saturated with emotional intensity' - The Sunday Times
Children’s Laureate from 2013–15 Malorie Blackman has written more than sixty books and alongside being a Waterstones reader’s favourite, is one of the most influential children’s writers writing today. Her novels include the bestselling Noughts and Crosses, Pig Heart Boy and Boys Don’t Cry.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 773 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 42 mm
It all builds up to a terrific climax, the plotted emotions and action coming together in scenes of great tension . . . Chasing the Stars goes boldly where few YA titles have gone before: never before have I come across a book that's a combination of Star Trek, Ten Things I Hate About You and a murder mystery. What's not to like? -- Tony Bradman * Guardian *
Full of nail-biting adventure, interstellar conflict and then passion . . . keeps us guessing to the last.This is confident sci-fi saturated with emotional intensity -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times - Children's Book of the Week *
The former Children's Laureate is never afraid to tackle challenging issues . . . a thrilling love story * Mail on Sunday - Children's Book of the Month *
This is storytelling on a grand scale, with love, danger, treachery, jealousy and tragedy . . . I read it in two breathless sittings and I absolutely loved it -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller *
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“A beautiful inspired piece of science fiction. ”
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