the stars were singing your future, what would you do to hear it?
Eleven-year-old Kyra Starbard has proud family legacy of interpreting the
future from the stars' songs. But her deafness, incurable
by the best medics, breaks her mother's heart and pushes her father to try
anything—including the expensive purchase of a telepathic alien servant to
help Kyra communicate on a planet inhospitable to disability.
Marne's telepathy is too weak for his Naratsset culture, so he is sold into
slavery and expects to die at the hands of cruel owners—until he meets a
human child who begs her father to "save" him. Her
kindness introduces Marne to a new world—one where he would risk his life
to save a human from her own people's abuse and the stars' songs can touch
even a deaf girl and a defective telepath.
But there are forces that believe Starbards, whether they can hear the stars
are not, should be utterly destroyed. Can the two friends, not good enough
for either of their cultures or families, manage to keep each other safe
when several different worlds threaten their lives?
T.J. Wooldridge's newest book Silent Starsong -
coming in July 15, 2014