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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

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Publisher Comments:

Fate:

Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born?

Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands? 

 
Jepp of Astraveld needs to know.

He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would become his seemingly unshakable fate. If the humiliations were his alone, perhaps he could endure them; but it breaks Jepp's heart to see his friend Lia suffer.

After Jepp and Lia attempt a daring escape from the palace, Jepp is imprisoned again, alone in a cage. Now, spirited across Europe in a kidnapper's carriage, Jepp fears where his unfortunate stars may lead him. But he can't even begin to imagine the brilliant and eccentric new master--a man devoted to uncovering the secrets of the stars--who awaits him. Or the girl who will help him mend his heart and unearth the long-buried secrets of his past.

Masterfully written, grippingly paced, and inspired by real histori­cal characters, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is the tale of an extraordinary hero and his inspiring quest to become the master of his own destiny.

 
 
Praise for Jepp, Who Defied the Stars:
 

New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2012

The Wall Street Journal Best Children's Books of 2012

"Narrating a young adult novel from a dwarf's perspective is nothing short of inspired. ... Marsh transcends genre to create an engaging narrative complex enough to keep not-so-young adults turning its pages."New York Times Book Review 

"This shining gem is a must-have."School Library Journal, starred review

"...an epic search for love, family, respect, and a destiny of one's own making." — Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"It is no easy trick to conjure characters who seem truly situated in the past rather than merely transplanted from the present...When it works, as it does in Katherine Marsh's 'Jepp, Who Defied the Stars,' the result is gold."

-- The Wall Street Journal 

"...this outstanding work of historical fiction provides readers with more than just an imagined biography. Incorporating elements of adventure, romance, tragedy, intrigue, and science, the novel conjures a place and time not commonly explored in young adult fiction ..." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Edgar Award-winning author Marsh has written a fast-paced adventure, abundant with period details ...[T]he honest and humorously self-deprecating voice of Jepp moves readers to rejoice with him as he seeks and manipulates his destiny." -- Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"In the final years of the 16th century, a 15-year-old dwarf named Jepp struggles to understand himself and his place in the world; he's caught between the pull of the past, the promise of the future, and the forces of fate and free will. The first of the book's three sections finds a battered and beaten Jepp being transported ignobly in a cage to an unknown destination; along the way, he recalls the events that led him there, from his humble upbringing in an inn to becoming a court dwarf in Brussels (a role in which humiliation, opportunity, and danger are closely entwined). Jepp's fortunes continue to wax and wane in the later sections, as he arrives at the island castle of astronomer Tycho Brahe. As in Marsh's The Night Tourist and The Twilight Prisoner, real history is effortlessly woven into her fiction: while Jepp has his roots in an actual dwarf who served Brahe, Marsh transforms his 'footnote' of a story into an epic search for love, family, respect, and a destiny of one's own making. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Alex Glass, Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Fate:

Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born?

Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands?

Jepp of Astraveld needs to know.

He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would become his seemingly unshakable fate. If the humiliations were his alone, perhaps he could endure them; but it breaks Jepp's heart to see his friend Lia suffer.

After Jepp and Lia attempt a daring escape from the palace, Jepp is imprisoned again, alone in a cage. Now, spirited across Europe in a kidnapper's carriage, Jepp fears where his unfortunate stars may lead him. But he can't even begin to imagine the brilliant and eccentric new master-a man devoted to uncovering the secrets of the stars-who awaits him. Or the girl who will help him mend his heart and unearth the long-buried secrets of his past.

Masterfully written, grippingly paced, and inspired by real histori­cal characters, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is the tale of an extraordinary hero and his inspiring quest to become the master of his own destiny.

About the Author

Katherine Marsh is the Edgar Award-winning author of The Night Tourist and The Twilight Prisoner. She spent a decade as a journalist, including as a reporter for Rolling Stone and as managing editor of The New Republic. For her latest novel, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, Katherine drew on her childhood fascination with the portraits of court dwarfs by Spanish painter Diego Velazquez. A New York native and a Yale graduate, she currently lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781423135005
Author:
Marsh, Katherine
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Author:
rsh, Katherine
Author:
Ma
Subject:
Historical - Renaissance
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Renaissance
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20131112
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 24 oz
Age Level:
12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the final years of the 16th century, a 15-year-old dwarf named Jepp struggles to understand himself and his place in the world; he's caught between the pull of the past, the promise of the future, and the forces of fate and free will. The first of the book's three sections finds a battered and beaten Jepp being transported ignobly in a cage to an unknown destination; along the way, he recalls the events that led him there, from his humble upbringing in an inn to becoming a court dwarf in Brussels (a role in which humiliation, opportunity, and danger are closely entwined). Jepp's fortunes continue to wax and wane in the later sections, as he arrives at the island castle of astronomer Tycho Brahe. As in Marsh's The Night Tourist and The Twilight Prisoner, real history is effortlessly woven into her fiction: while Jepp has his roots in an actual dwarf who served Brahe, Marsh transforms his 'footnote' of a story into an epic search for love, family, respect, and a destiny of one's own making. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Alex Glass, Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Fate:

Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born?

Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands?

Jepp of Astraveld needs to know.

He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would become his seemingly unshakable fate. If the humiliations were his alone, perhaps he could endure them; but it breaks Jepp's heart to see his friend Lia suffer.

After Jepp and Lia attempt a daring escape from the palace, Jepp is imprisoned again, alone in a cage. Now, spirited across Europe in a kidnapper's carriage, Jepp fears where his unfortunate stars may lead him. But he can't even begin to imagine the brilliant and eccentric new master-a man devoted to uncovering the secrets of the stars-who awaits him. Or the girl who will help him mend his heart and unearth the long-buried secrets of his past.

Masterfully written, grippingly paced, and inspired by real histori­cal characters, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is the tale of an extraordinary hero and his inspiring quest to become the master of his own destiny.

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