Book 1 of The Astral Strings Series coming May 3rd!

Secrets. Forgiveness. Death.

Nothing has been right in Kasper’s life for quite some time. Then the eclipse comes, and his father is stolen away. When the police arrive, instead of trying to help, they drag off his mother too. Down at the station later, the desk sergeant claims to know nothing about Kasper’s mum, and insists that the detective who arrested her doesn’t exist.

Loki, Kasper’s cousin, is the only one who really understands him. Her parents promise to keep him safe until his mum and dad return, but soon they are gone as well. There’s no-one for Kasper and Loki to turn to – except Tenrō, a dangerous older boy who knows more than he should, and claims to be a star…

As they set off into the night, they have no way of knowing what they will have to face. The secrets they are about to uncover will change their lives. Their actions will seal the fates of every living thing in the universe.

Somewhere in the dark, the truth is waiting. And the stars are watching.


What Kids Think

George Oliver, British actor, visited schools and read The Boy Who Spoke to Stars aloud to students. Here’s what kids said about the book.

***** It sets a mysterious and creepy mood that drags you in – Alice, 12

***** I would recommend it to people who love suspense and drama. It creates and excellent image in your head! – Joy, 11

***** A must have for every person of all ages and genders – Scott, 11

***** It is like someone is chasing you and they are on a mad one – Jack, 11

***** That was amazing! It made pictures in my head. – Hamdi, 12

***** It makes me tingle in a good way. I need to find out what happens next – Kayla, 12

**** It’s pretty tense – Hasan, 11

***** It makes you feel as if you are in the story. If you shut your eyes you can imagine you are there, afraid in the dark – Bryana, 12

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THE BOY WHO SPOKE TO STARS is a vivid narrative that defies easy description, breaks away from expectation, and leaves intriguing puzzles even after the plot twists have been revealed. Moreover, it wraps its restless plot in rich description that evokes wonder without ever starting to drag. Give it a look!

Greg Stolze

author of Godlike and many other things

The story sets itself up as a typical mystery adventure, but then a big early reveal sends it careering off in a competely unexpected direction. I can't think of another story like this one. All the normal ingredients are there. Compelling protagonists, genuinely disturbing antagonists, twist and turns and shocks and 'hoorays!' and 'oh nos!', but Reuben mixes them together in a way I've not really seen before. I can't quite explain it, but I think it's because he's not afraid to leave things open to interpretation, or at least doesn't fully conform to the usual notions of good and bad.

The concept is unique and brilliant in its simplicity. The pace is breakneck, but Reuben still finds time to marvel at the beauty in the world, as well as the darkness. The characters aren't cookie-cutter, and it feels like there's a depth to them that hasn't been fully explored yet, which is exactly what I want from the first installment of a series.

Jody Williams

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middle grade, urban fantasy, young adult
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Goodreads rating
Agres 11+