What Came from the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt

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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 stars . . . all 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.


About Gary D. Schmidt

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Gary D. Schmidt is the bestselling author of Okay For Now, the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.
Published September 4, 2012 by Clarion Books. 308 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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On a distant planet, the besieged Valorim send a necklace containing their planet to Earth in a last-ditch effort to save their civilization.

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Tommy’s chapters are vintage Schmidt, with improbably named characters, authentic (and funny) classroom dynamics, and his familiar stylistic tics of referring to characters by both first and last names and frequently repeating key phrases.

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But Tommy’s little sister, who hasn’t spoken since her mother died, still does not speak.

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When the chain falls through worlds and lands in Tommy’s lunchbox, it brings Tommy vivid memories of the Valorim—and gives him superhuman abilities, including the power to create paintings that move and to conjure alien creatures from sand.

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Gr 6–8—Tommy Pepper is in the school cafeteria trying to hide the embarrassing superhero lunch box his grandmother sent him for his 12th birthday when it suddenly clatters to the floor. When he retrieves it, it's not the same lunchbox. The shape has changed, and the scene depicted is of another w...

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