Happy Book Birthday to Jess Redman’s Quintessence, a beautiful tale of hope that is equal parts fairy tale and STEM science.
Alma suffers from panic attacks. Things have gotten so bad for her she feels like the spark that makes her herself is fading. Moving to the town of Four Points has only made things worse. She struggles to fit in. But then she meets a shopkeeper who says he knows what she needs, a quest. He gives her a special telescope he calls a quintescope and instructions on how to track down what he calls the Elements needed to help a fallen star, a creature that will die unless she helps it. The quest takes her mind off her own troubles. Soon she’s joining the Astronomy Club and joining forces with classmates in search of the Starling. With a good dose of science and plenty of magic to enchant, this one delivers a powerful message about friendship, identity and courage. It is a must read.
About The Author
Jess Redman’s first book, THE MIRACULOUS, was a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2019, an Amazon Best Book of 2019. Her second book QUINTESSENCE released July 28, 2020. She lives in Florida with her husband, two young children, an old cat named SoulPie, and a fish named Annie.
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