When frumpy senior citizen Archie goes in search of his missing son in the Spanish Canary Islands, he stumbles upon a higher mission: locating a magical cure for his ailing fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Ella. Using a portal-jumping device called the Tillastrion, Archie and a stone-headed creature named Zeno are transported to Jarr-Wya, a magnificent yet terrifying island in a connected realm--along with Ella and her strong-willed mother, Tessa, who accidentally stow away on this not-so-secret quest. What they find on Jarr-Wya is an island tortured by a wicked Star anchored in the sea, and a raging three-way battle for dominion between the stone-wielding Bangols, the fiery Olearons, and the evil Millia sands. Ella's wit and resourcefulness emerge in this new world, while Tessa is forced to confront her long-buried secrets and a confusing new love triangle. When Ella is captured, Tessa and Archie--with the help of a company of peculiar allies--set out to save her and unravel the terrible mystery of her cure. A mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night adventure of three unlikely heroes, Above the Star reminds us that even the smallest act of bravery can transform our lives and the fates of the worlds around us.
Alexis Marie Chute is the author of the award-winning, best-selling memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss, published by She Writes Press. She is also a distinguished artist, photographer, and filmmaker. Chute has been named an "Emerging Canadian Photographer" by Photo Life Magazine and a "Top 40 Under 40" by Avenue Magazine, and was awarded the John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts. She is also the director-producer of a feature film to accompany Expecting Sunshine. Her writing has been widely published in places including TIME, Today's Parent, Scary Mommy, PhotoEd, and WestWord Magazine. Her artwork is represented by the AR&S Gallery at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Learn more at www.AlexisMarieChute.com.