Philomel Books, Hardcover, 9780399256967, 233pp.
Publication Date: May 10, 2012
Indie Lee Chickory knows she's not as cool as her older sister Bebe. Bebe has more friends, for one. And no one tells Bebe she's a fish freak, for two. So when Indie accidentally brings her pet lobster to school, makes a scene, loses him in the ocean and embarrasses Bebe worse than usual, she makes a wish on a star to become a better Chickory. She tries to do this by joining the stage crew of the community's theater production, "The Sound of Music." (Bebe has a starring role.) But Bebe is worried that Indie will embarrass her again, so she gives her a makeover and tells her who she should be friends with. That means Owen is out. But he's fun and smart, so Indie keeps her friendship with him a secret. At night, Indie and Owen rebuild a tree house into a ship in the sky to catch Indie's pet lobster. But during the day, Indie has to hide her friendship with Owen.
When things come to a head, Indie realizes that being true to yourself is more important than being cool. But what's even more surprising is that Bebe realizes it, too.
Praise for TRACING STARS
* This improbable plot and spunky protagonist are appealing bait for a heartfelt, memorable story. --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review
* This timeless story perfectly captures the growth that summer affords kids when, after endless days and nights, they emerge truer versions of themselves. --"Booklist," starred review
Moulton's sensitivity to her characters emotions extends this quiet tale's mood and setting. (8 11 years) --"The Horn Book.
Praise for TRACING STARS:
* “This improbable plot and spunky protagonist are appealing bait for a heartfelt, memorable story.” –Kirkus Reviews *STARRED*
* “This timeless story perfectly captures the growth that summer affords kids when, after endless days and nights, they emerge truer versions of themselves.” –Booklist *STARRED*
“Moulton’s sensitivity to her characters’ emotions extends this quiet tale’s mood and setting. (8–11 years)” –The Horn Book