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.
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Tommyâs 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.Aug 06 2012 | Read Full Review of What Came from the Stars
But Tommy’s little sister, who hasn’t spoken since her mother died, still does not speak.Nov 03 2012 | Read Full Review of What Came from the Stars
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.Oct 17 2012 | Read Full Review of What Came from the Stars
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...May 01 2013 | Read Full Review of What Came from the Stars
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