Adam Jay Epstein, Andrew Jacobson
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Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, authors of the beloved Familiars series, ramp up the action in this space-age adventure that School Library Journal calls "a satisfying choice," perfect for fans of Star Wars and Percy Jackson.
Zachary Night has been waiting his whole life for this moment. Like his family before him, he's finally headed to Indigo 8, a top secret training center where future Starbounders learn the skills to protect the galaxy. But being a Starbounder is no walk on the moon. No sooner has Zachary mastered the warp glove basics than a mission into space goes wrong and puts him and his new friends right in the line of fire. And when a plot to destroy Indigo 8 comes to light, Zachary will have to get back to Earth on his own and fast—before there's no Earth left to go back to.
With the "winning combination of action and humor" (SLJ, starred review) that earned The Familiars an Indie Next List Pick and eight state award nominations, Starbounders is an out-of-this-world adventure that has surefire kid appeal.
strangely, shifting unnaturally and rarely blinking. “We’ve got three kids in the flight deck,” Skold called back to his fellow hijackers. “Kur’tuo, get up here and watch them.” Skold didn’t even look at the young Starbounders-in-training. He clearly didn’t consider them a threat. His attention was on the blaring warnings on the window. Zachary still held the pocketknife in his ungloved hand. He knew that if he was going to defend himself and his friends, he’d have to do it now. He thrust the
this just for myself, do you?” Actually, Zachary did. Skold didn’t exactly seem like a family man. But then, he didn’t seem like an oversized orange-and-black newt, either. Skold continued down the other side of the hill to a patch of grass where two used pitchforks were parked. “You call those perfect?” Zachary asked. “They look like they’ve been sitting there for years.” “These are first gen,” Skold said. “Trust me, they don’t make ’em like this anymore.” “Probably with good reason,”
They have been writing together for film and television ever since. Their interest in space dates back to their early years, when Adam attended Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama (and won the Right Stuff Award!), and Andrew went to a movie theater (for the first time) to see a rerelease of Star Wars. Adam Jay Epstein lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jane, and their daughters, Penny and Olive. Andrew Jacobson, his wife, Ashley, their son, Ryder, and their dog, Elvis, live close by. Visit
unison. Zachary was the first to successfully complete ring one, vaulting himself like an arrow straight through the center. His eyes scanned the Qube for ring two and saw that it was back toward the bottom. Kaylee might not have been as fast, but she was obviously clever. She’d thought a move ahead. Instead of flying directly through ring one, she grabbed on to it and swung herself around so she was already heading down to the next. By the time Zachary spotted the second ring and readjusted
moved in space unpredictably and also contracted and expanded at random intervals. Zachary realized it and knew he would have to time his entrance perfectly. “Give up already,” Kaylee called. “The fumes from all that hair dye must be making you delusional,” Zachary said. “I got this.” The two jockeyed for position down the homestretch, leaping from platform to platform. Zachary waited for the ring to contract before he gave himself one final push-off, knowing that by the time he reached it,