Singing the Dogstar Blues
By Alison Goodman
(Firebird, Mass Market Paperback, 9780142402467, 272pp.)
Publication Date: November 18, 2004
Seventeen-year-old Joss is a rebel, and a student of time travel at the prestigious Centre for Neo-Historical Studies. This year, for the first time, the Centre has an alien student? Mavkel, from the planet Choria. And Mavkel has chosen Joss, of all people, as his roommate and study partner. Then Mavkel gets sick. Joss quickly realizes that his will to live is draining away. The only way she can help Mavkel is by breaking the Centre?s strictest rules . . . and that means going back in time to change history.
Alison Goodman was born in Australia and after a bit of wandering, now lives in her beloved hometown, Melbourne. She was the 1999 D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a master of arts, and teaches creative writing at the postgraduate level.
A gripping tale in a fully-realized world. A winner. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)