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  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (25 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596437758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596437753
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.4 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Advance Praise for "Tin Star" "Written in spare, vivid prose, "Tin Star" was an intense read, and Tula Bane is the kind of no-nonsense heroine I love. Highly recommended!" --Malinda Lo, author of "Ash, Huntress"Praise for "Year of the Beasts" "The narrative alternates between text chapters and graphic novel panels-a unique format that perfectly complements the story. Through this richly detailed window into her tortured existence, readers witness Tessa's struggles with her "beasts" of jealousy, shame, and grief. However, though "Tessa knew that she was made up of all kinds of darkness," the story offers a hopeful resolution." --"School Library Journal", starred review

"Castellucci and Powell make a powerful team, and smartly let the two different breeds breathe in different fashions..Powell's skillfully drawn counterpoint is steeped in mythological undertones, as a girl (presumably Tessa, but never named as such) with Medusa hair turns all who look upon her at home and at school to stone." --"Booklist", starred review

"Castellucci (First Day on Earth) and comics artist Powell (The Silence of Our Friends) mix narrative and graphic storytelling to produce an innovative, moody story about jealousy and grief. Readers will appreciate their access to Tessa's dark emotions throughout; this is a book teens will likely read and reread, gaining greater understanding as they piece together the two halves of this challenging coming-of-age story." --"Publishers Weekly"

."..Sophisticated readers will eat this melancholy, appealingly disjointed novel right up." --"Kirkus"

Advance praise for "Tin Sar" "Castellucci forgoes complicated world building to focus on the rusty, junky environs of the space station, making this one of the few sci-fi books that can be accurately described as "gritty."" - "Booklist ""Written in spare, vivid prose, "Tin Star" was an intense read, and Tula Bane is the kind of no-nonsense heroine I love. Highly recommended!" --Malinda Lo, author of "Ash, Huntress"Praise for "Year of the Beasts" "The narrative alternates between text chapters and graphic novel panels-a unique format that perfectly complements the story. Through this richly detailed window into her tortured existence, readers witness Tessa's struggles with her "beasts" of jealousy, shame, and grief. However, though "Tessa knew that she was made up of all kinds of darkness," the story offers a hopeful resolution." --"School Library Journal", starred review

"Castellucci and Powell make a powerful team, and smartly let the two different breeds breathe in different fashions..Powell's skillfully drawn counterpoint is steeped in mythological undertones, as a girl (presumably Tessa, but never named as such) with Medusa hair turns all who look upon her at home and at school to stone." --"Booklist", starred review

"Castellucci (First Day on Earth) and comics artist Powell (The Silence of Our Friends) mix narrative and graphic storytelling to produce an innovative, moody story about jealousy and grief. Readers will appreciate their access to Tessa's dark emotions throughout; this is a book teens will likely read and reread, gaining greater understanding as they piece together the two halves of this challenging coming-of-age story." --"Publishers Weekly"

."..Sophisticated readers will eat this melancholy, appealingly disjointed novel right up." --"Kirkus"

"A riveting page-turner." - The Horn Book Advance praise for "Tin Sar" "Castellucci forgoes complicated world building to focus on the rusty, junky environs of the space station, making this one of the few sci-fi books that can be accurately described as "gritty."" - "Booklist ""Written in spare, vivid prose, "Tin Star" was an intense read, and Tula Bane is the kind of no-nonsense heroine I love. Highly recommended!" --Malinda Lo, author of "Ash, Huntress"Praise for "Year of the Beasts" "The narrative alternates between text chapters and graphic novel panels-a unique format that perfectly complements the story. Through this richly detailed window into her tortured existence, readers witness Tessa's struggles with her "beasts" of jealousy, shame, and grief. However, though "Tessa knew that she was made up of all kinds of darkness," the story offers a hopeful resolution." --"School Library Journal", starred review

"Castellucci and Powell make a powerful team, and smartly let the two different breeds breathe in different fashions..Powell's skillfully drawn counterpoint is steeped in mythological undertones, as a girl (presumably Tessa, but never named as such) with Medusa hair turns all who look upon her at home and at school to stone." --"Booklist", starred review

"Castellucci (First Day on Earth) and comics artist Powell (The Silence of Our Friends) mix narrative and graphic storytelling to produce an innovative, moody story about jealousy and grief. Readers will appreciate their access to Tessa's dark emotions throughout; this is a book teens will likely read and reread, gaining greater understanding as they piece together the two halves of this challenging coming-of-age story." --"Publishers Weekly"

."..Sophisticated readers will eat this melancholy, appealingly disjointed novel right up." --"Kirkus"

"This compact but complex and well-written novel offers a pleasing blend of coming-of-age story and space adventure. The engaging storyline takes the reader through various surprising twists and turns while remaining true to its emotional core." - "BCCB"

"A riveting page-turner." - "The Horn Book"

Advance praise for "Tin Star"

"Castellucci forgoes complicated world building to focus on the rusty, junky environs of the space station, making this one of the few sci-fi books that can be accurately described as "gritty."" - "Booklist "

Praise for "Year of the Beasts"

This compact but complex and well-written novel offers a pleasing blend of coming-of-age story and space adventure. The engaging storyline takes the reader through various surprising twists and turns while remaining true to its emotional core. "BCCB"

A riveting page-turner. "The Horn Book"

Castellucci forgoes complicated world building to focus on the rusty, junky environs of the space station, making this one of the few sci-fi books that can be accurately described as 'gritty.' "Booklist"

Written in spare, vivid prose, "Tin Star" was an intense read, and Tula Bane is the kind of no-nonsense heroine I love. Highly recommended! "Malinda Lo, author of Ash, Huntress"

The narrative alternates between text chapters and graphic novel panels a unique format that perfectly complements the story. Through this richly detailed window into her tortured existence, readers witness Tessa's struggles with her "beasts" of jealousy, shame, and grief. However, though "Tessa knew that she was made up of all kinds of darkness," the story offers a hopeful resolution. "School Library Journal, starred review on Year of the Beasts"

Castellucci and Powell make a powerful team, and smartly let the two different breeds breathe in different fashions..Powell's skillfully drawn counterpoint is steeped in mythological undertones, as a girl (presumably Tessa, but never named as such) with Medusa hair turns all who look upon her at home and at school to stone. "Booklist, starred review on Year of the Beasts"

Castellucci (First Day on Earth) and comics artist Powell (The Silence of Our Friends) mix narrative and graphic storytelling to produce an innovative, moody story about jealousy and grief. Readers will appreciate their access to Tessa's dark emotions throughout; this is a book teens will likely read and reread, gaining greater understanding as they piece together the two halves of this challenging coming-of-age story. "Publishers Weekly on Year of the Beasts"

...Sophisticated readers will eat this melancholy, appealingly disjointed novel right up. "Kirkus on Year of the Beasts""

"This compact but complex and well-written novel offers a pleasing blend of coming-of-age story and space adventure. The engaging storyline takes the reader through various surprising twists and turns while remaining true to its emotional core." --BCCB

"A riveting page-turner." --The Horn Book

"Castellucci forgoes complicated world building to focus on the rusty, junky environs of the space station, making this one of the few sci-fi books that can be accurately described as 'gritty.'" --Booklist

"Written in spare, vivid prose, Tin Star was an intense read, and Tula Bane is the kind of no-nonsense heroine I love. Highly recommended!" --Malinda Lo, author of Ash, Huntress

"The narrative alternates between text chapters and graphic novel panels-a unique format that perfectly complements the story. Through this richly detailed window into her tortured existence, readers witness Tessa's struggles with her "beasts" of jealousy, shame, and grief. However, though "Tessa knew that she was made up of all kinds of darkness," the story offers a hopeful resolution." --School Library Journal, starred review on Year of the Beasts

"Castellucci and Powell make a powerful team, and smartly let the two different breeds breathe in different fashions..Powell's skillfully drawn counterpoint is steeped in mythological undertones, as a girl (presumably Tessa, but never named as such) with Medusa hair turns all who look upon her at home and at school to stone." --Booklist, starred review on Year of the Beasts

"Castellucci (First Day on Earth) and comics artist Powell (The Silence of Our Friends) mix narrative and graphic storytelling to produce an innovative, moody story about jealousy and grief. Readers will appreciate their access to Tessa's dark emotions throughout; this is a book teens will likely read and reread, gaining greater understanding as they piece together the two halves of this challenging coming-of-age story." --Publishers Weekly on Year of the Beasts

..".Sophisticated readers will eat this melancholy, appealingly disjointed novel right up." --Kirkus on Year of the Beasts

About the Author

Cecil Castellucci is a two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, an award-winning author of five books for young adults, and the YA and children's book editor of the "Los Angeles Review of Books." Born in New York City, Cecil lives in Los Angeles. For the research of "Tin Star," Cecil attended LaunchPad, a NASA funded workshop intended to teach writers of science fiction about the most up-to-date and correct space science.

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By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Every book I read by Cecil Castellucci impresses me more than the last. I have read each of her book multiple times and often go back for a quick reread because I enjoy them so much. This one even more so.

To journey to the star's is something humans have dreamed about for generations. Unfortunately once we got there we were considered a minor species and Earth Gov retreated back into an isolationist stance. But for Tula Bane, aboard the Prarie Rose, is a young woman journeying to a new colony called Beta Grande with a group called the Children of Earth. Led by the unequivocal and charming Brother Blue. The novel begins with Tula being beaten unconscious and abandoned by Brother Blue for asking too many questions. She is abandoned on the remote station the Yertina Feray, there she is helped and becomes partners with Heckleck a soft of giant alien beetle and strange aid from a Loor, the constable on the station Tournour.

Tula Bane is a no-nonsense type of girl. She is learning to do what she must to survive. She is the only human on a remote space station with no way to get home and no way to move on. She is stuck grieving for her lost family and for being betrayed and abandoned. When a trio of humans about her age arrive and immediately start offending everyone on board she is torn between the life she has built on the station and the need to communicate with her own species. The book has a number of twists and turns many leaving you hanging.

I must state I loved the book and have already read it twice. I reached out to Miss Castellucci upon finishing it and have confirmed there is a second book coming in 2015. This was one of my favorite reads in 2013 and I highly recommend it!
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 33 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 2 Mar. 2014
By J Whippy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this book too fast. The characters were engaging and interesting. The storyline kept me turning the pages and longing to be back on the space station with Tula, struggling to survive. Wonderful book. Please tell me there will be another one! Brother Blue must be dealt with!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome YA Science Fiction 27 Feb. 2015
By Cecil Neville III - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Cecil Castellucci is a great author. This story is well worth the read, the hardback was the right price, and it arrived in perfect condition.
5.0 out of 5 stars great 10 April 2014
By connie ferrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I usually don't write reviews but this book kept me on the treadmill specifically to find out what happened to Tula, the main character. I'm not fond of exercise so realize that is a great compliment.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alternate Reality with a Kick-A** Female 26 Feb. 2014
By L. B. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
* I read this book while it was made available to me through Net Galley, it was given to me for an honest review.*

Set in the sometime distant future, TIN STAR is the tale of a work relationship and friendship gone wrong. At the opening of the story, Tula Bane is near death's door. Her leader, Brother Blue, is to settle select planets with human colonies. His goal is to bring human culture to the stars making trade possible with other alien planets. At the same time the colonists would still manage to keep to themselves. This was a promise he made known to Tula Bane and the others, making everyone feel special in their own way.

They were temporarily living on the space station Yertina Feray. Then Tula witnessed something she should not have seen. And Brother Blue beat her up and left her for dead.

Unfortunately for Tula, most of the alien cultures found humans abhorrent. So when Heckleck, an insect-like species, saves her life in exchange for her to run errands for him, Tula is leery. "I barter things for things and favors for favors." But a bond is formed.

And yes, I thought of Star Wars. And Soylent Green. And Star Trek. And little bits of Starman; when a human meets an alien and forms a relationship. So you get my drift. Besides Heckleck, Tula also formed an odd friendship with the local constable, Tournour, a 'Loor'. His species was probably the closest in human appearance with the exception that they had antennae and no eyebrows.

And curiously, because this is not the type of genre I normally read, I enjoyed Tula's story. Written in first person tense and something I normally don't favor, it actually increased my interest. I felt I was right along side of her when things played out. Tula became 'the errand girl'. And it kept her busy.

Over a period of several years Tula slowly grows up. All along, believing she was meant to seek revenge. Her goal? She would kill Brother Blue. She learns the ins and outs of how to barter with the other-world cultures. And if nothing else, she earns the respect of those same aliens who despised her earlier on.. She also manages to meet a few other humans close to her in age. The problem is, who can she trust?

You will find both action and adventure within the pages of this young adult sci-fi story. There are some minor grammatical mistakes but nothing that diminished my enjoyment of TIN STAR. Be aware that there is definite room for a sequel or perhaps the author will make this into a series.

Pure and simple, this story entertained me. I look forward to the next episode in Tula's life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stranded in space 25 Feb. 2014
By Liviania - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In the future of TIN STAR, humans are not the dominant species. In fact, they're pretty low on the totem pole and mistrusted. Tula is part of a group of colonists, heading out to start human planets and raise the interstellar power of the species. Then she's abandoned and left for dead on a remote space station.

I loved TIN STAR from beginning to end. The science fiction setting is used wonderfully. The station is isolated and subject to mechanical and other problems. It's populated by a variety of alien species, each with their own culture. As Tula explores the station and encounters more people, she starts to realize everything she never knew. TIN STAR is a glimpse at an expansive universe with complicated politics. The status of humans is merely the tip of the iceberg.

Tula's used to sticking with humans and has to find a way to fit in and make money if she wants to survive. The other inhabitants of the station are sympathetic to her abandonment, but they aren't just going to let her freeload. Tula starts off simply wanting to escape the station and revenge herself on the man who beat her half to death. But things start becoming more complicated as she forms bonds with others on the station - and when another group of humans becomes stranded. Tula must decide on her priorities.

There is romance in TIN STAR, though it is rarely a focus. I did, however, truly love the romance and wish that there was more time for it to be explored. I understand that it wasn't the focus of TIN STAR, but I would adore a sequel. I know I've been clamoring for more standalones, and now that I've got them, I keep falling in love and wanting sequels. TIN STORY tells one heck of a story about a teen girl stranded in space.
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