Starlight's Shooting Star by Janet Muirhead Hill
(Miranda and Starlight)

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Many suprises await the reader in this fourth book of the award-winning Starlight Series. Miranda is in sixth grade and disappointed in her new, fresh-out-of-college teacher, but forms new friendships with both adults and children. Even with being lost in a cave, coping with her grandfather's farm accident andinjury, visiting her mother in California, and dealing with the prospect of a new family, Miranda has plenty of time for horse adventures, mishaps and victories. When life's circumstances all seem to be taking a wrong turn, Miranda finds unexpected solutions.

Author Hill brings a heart full of love to these books, conveying her deep affection and concern for children and her experience and connection with horses. Letters from young readers continue to express the difference a heartfelt story can make in their lives, like this one from Katherine Wade, age 11, of Dallas, Texas: "Before I read Miranda and Starlight, I hated reading. Your books have changed my life. Last night I read Starlight’s Shooting Star for three hours and it felt like five minutes. You have a gift, never stop writing books."


About Janet Muirhead Hill

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Author biography: Author Janet Muirhead Hill brings a heart full of love to these books, conveying her deep affection and concern for children and her experience and connection with horses. With this passion for children, Janet draws on her humble beginnings to depict both the joys and the struggles children face in adapting to the changes around them. Growing up on a cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountains, Janetżs young life revolved around horses. Family has always been important to her, and she devotes much of her time to her grandchildren. Writing for children everywhere, she bases the many adventures of young Miranda Stevens on her experiences and those of her children and grandchildren. Janetżs novels have earned nationwide critical acclaim and nomination for several awards. Miranda and Starlight, Revised edition won a Writers Notes Notable Award. Most recently, Starlight Shines for Miranda was awarded Best Books 2004 for Young Adults by USA Book News. Janet has co-written the screenplay for a feature film based on her books. Most rewarding of all is the enthusiastic response from children who say her books have made an important difference in their lives. She treasures letters and e-mails from readers, as well as talking with fans at school visits and public presentations. She makes it a point to personally reply to each person who contacts her. Janet edits and produces a newsletter/forum for survivors of child abuse and is an advocate for child abuse prevention. She writes from her rural Montana home which she shares with her husband and her granddaughter, Jayme. With three of her children and five grandchildren nearby, three horses, and other pets to care for, Janetżs life is busy and fulfilling. Talented Illustrator Pat Lehmkuhl is also a gallery artist~her artistic touch shines through with the original oil painting for cover art and line drawings within the pages of the Starlight Book series. According to Children's Bookwatch, "Starlight's Shooting Star is an exciting and magical addition to a series in which beautiful black and white illustrations by Pat Lehmkuhl enhance Janet Muirhead Hill's charming and highly recommended story for young readers.
Published November 23, 2010 by Raven Publishing of Montana, Inc.. 191 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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