The Valorim are about to fall to a dark lord when they send a necklace containing their planet across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion starsall the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Mass. Mourning his late mother, Tommy doesn't notice much about the chain he found, but soon he is drawing the twin suns and humming the music of a hanorah. As Tommy absorbs the art and language of the Valorim, their enemies target him. When a creature begins ransacking Plymouth in search of the chain, Tommy learns he must protect his family from villains far worse than he's ever imagined.
Gary D. Schmidt (born 1957 in Hicksville, NY) is an American children's writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books and one Printz Honor award. He lives on a farm in Alto, Michigan, with his wife and six children. He is a Professor of English at Calvin College.
The American Library Association awarded Mr. Schmidt a Newbery Honor in 2005 for Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and again in 2008 for The Wednesday Wars.
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