Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Kid's Korner: The Healing Star

Welcome to a Special Edition of Kid's Korner! Today we're doing not only a review but also an interview with A. Kidd, the mind behind today's feature. So don't forget to check out both

The Healing Star by A Kidd 
Children's/Middle Grade Coming of Age

Feisty fourth-grader Julias best friend in the entire universe is her grandmother. Julia and Grammu share secrets while cooking soup together, stay up late eating junk food and watching scary movies, and go stargazing on Blackberry Hill. They even wish on the same star every night.

But everything changes when Grammu catches the disappearing disease: little by little, she’s turning invisible. If Julia can catch a falling star, then her wish to save Grammu will come true. All Julia needs to do now is find the legendary ladder to the stars…

Fairy out of Fairy

The Healing Star will give you hope. Right now things might seem a little bleak and hopeless, but this book gave me hope for a brighter future, and that we can come out of this stronger. A great book for kids and adults alike, this is a little ray of sunshine in a world with too much darkness.

Where to buy: Books2Read

Add to your TBR list: Goodreads

About the Author: A. Kidd is the middle child in a family of three girls. She started making up her own stories at age four. Because she couldn't yet write, her mom wrote the stories down for her while she painted the pictures. Her first story was called Wagland and featured an island community with sea creatures that ate tuna fish sandwiches.

She has a B.S. in Written Communication with a minor in Language, Literature, and Writing from Eastern Michigan University and an MLIS with a specialization in children's librarianship from Wayne State University. Her poetry has been published in literary magazines. She is also an artist and a performance poet. In her free time, she enjoys finding and hiding painted rocks in her neighborhood and going on adventures with her family and friends.

A. Kidd lives with her husband and daughter in a suburb of Detroit, MI. The Healing Star is her debut novel. She often wishes on stars but hasn't caught one yet.

Inside the Mind of A Kidd Teaser

Lily:  Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview, A. Kidd. I enjoyed reading The Healing Star. Julia is a great main character, was she inspired by anyone?
A. Kidd:  Actually, I think she was inspired by a younger, spunkier version of myself, when I was only about 4 or 5-years-old. I used to wear a red baseball cap backwards, and I wanted to ride a red motorcycle. Luckily for my mom, I grew out of some of that. But I would say I’m still driven like Julia.  
Lily:  What’s your favorite scene in the book (without spoilers)?
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