Children of Stardust (Hardcover)
November/December 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“A middle grade space opera infused with African culture and mythologies. Zero is on a quest to be a legendary Saba — to find lost treasures and hunt down criminals. There were twists and turns on every page; I cannot recommend this enough!”
— Joseline Diaz, Kepler's Books, Menlo Park, CA
"Brimming with adventure, tenacity, and magic.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
This exhilarating and playful middle grade novel rockets through space on an epic quest to protect the galaxy.
Zero Adedji dreams of joining one of the Saba guilds—groups of intergalactic travelers who explore space, retrieve lost treasures, and hunt down criminals. Instead, he must scrape by as a guide to travelers stranded on his home planet of Anansi 12. Then he meets Wanderblatch, a strange creature with an even stranger object: a golden pyramid that houses a legendary Kobasticker called the Jupiter. When the Jupiter chooses Zero as its next host, he is recruited by a top Saba guild so he can harness his newfound powers.
But the stakes are rising, and Zero and his friends Camih and Ladi are tasked with recovering an artifact known as the Mask of the Shaman King, which can grant wishes at a terrible price. And they’re not the only ones on the hunt—Space Mafia head Rozan Leombre is desperate to use the Mask to break his family’s curse. The trio must use their wits, courage, and friendship to achieve their quest and protect the galaxy.
Action-packed, wildly imaginative, and laugh-out-loud funny, Children of Stardust is a fast-paced space adventure that launches a brand-new and unique voice in children’s literature.
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
This spectacular sf adventure brings a fresh take to the genre with elements of African mythology, high stakes, and an otherworldly sense of adventure.
— Booklist (starred review)