Edward Scissorhands meets When the Moon Was Ours in this enchanting, lushly romantic novel about two teen sisters who fight to protect the mysterious stranger who literally fell from the stars and into their backyard.
Strange things have always happened in the small town of Darling…And yet Delta
Wildling and her sister Bee are familiar with the peculiar. Raised by an eccentric father always on the hunt for the spectacular, they’re used to following weather patterns that twirl onto strange paths, a car that refuses to play any artist but one, and living in a house that sits somewhere between Darling and Iceland. But when a mysterious boy who says he is from the stars arrives at the Wilding sisters’ farmhouse, nothing can prepare them for the extraordinary turn their lives are about to take.
Extraordinary, and dangerous.
Starling Rust is not from this world and his presence in the Wilding home brings attention. As the terrified locals, Delta’s ex-boyfriend, and the unscrupulous and corrupt mayor descend onto the Wilding’s farmhouse, both Delta and her sister go through incredible lengths to protect this mystical visitor.
But the Wilding girls can only keep him safe for so long. Especially when it may be Starling and Delta’s growing feelings for one another that could bring the greatest risk of all to the sisters’ doorstep.
Filled with atmospheric prose, lush and vivid descriptions, and the spectacular waiting with every flip of the page, Starling reveals what happens when a fateful romance is too extraordinary for our world to grasp.
Isabel Strychacz is from a small town in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Mills College in Oakland, where she received BA degrees in English/creative writing and history. With multiple short stories published in her university literary journal, she was the recipient of the college’s award for top fiction prose in 2016. Starling is her debut novel. Isabel currently resides in the UK and you can find her online at @IsabelStrychacz (Twitter) and @BookishlyBelle (Instagram).
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 9, 2021)