Shveta Thakrar

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August 2020, Harperteen/HarperCollins, 448 pp

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Her mother returned to the constellation Pushya when Sheetal was just a child, and since then, Sheetal has hidden her true identity, a secret that is safe with no one—not even her boyfriend. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches, the call of the stars grows so strong that Sheetal loses control. A flare of starfire burns her human father—an injury only a full star’s blood can heal. A star like her mother.

When Sheetal finally answers the starsong’s call and ascends to the sky to ask for help, she discovers why she was summoned: to act as her family’s human champion in a competition that will decide the next ruling house of the heavens. Desperate to save her father, Sheetal agrees. But nothing can prepare her for the darkness hiding in the celestial court, or the forces that are working to shut the gate between earth and the heavens for good.


  • Indie Next List Pick Fall 2020
  • Junior Library Guild Selection


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