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“A beautifully executed, character-driven tale of family, courage, resilience, and the meaning of what is right.”
— Kirkus Reviews,Starred Review

Tethered to Other Stars

Written by Elisa Stone Leahy
Published by HarperCollins Publishers

Seventh grader Wendy Toledo knows that black holes and immigration police have one thing in common: they can both make things disappear without a trace. When her family moves to a new all-American neighborhood, Wendy knows the plan: keep her head down, build a telescope that will win the science fair, and stay on her family’s safe orbit.

But that’s easier said than done when there’s a woman hiding out from ICE agents in the church across the alley—and making Wendy’s parents very nervous.

As bullying at school threatens Wendy’s friendships and her hopes for the science fair, and her family’s secrets start to unravel, Wendy finds herself caught in the middle of far too many gravitational pulls. When someone she loves is detained by ICE, Wendy must find the courage to set her own orbit—and maybe shift the paths of everyone around her.

Primary ISBN: 9780063255487
Publication Date: October 2023
Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook
Middle Grade, Age 08 or older

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Setting: United States (Columbus OH)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 1st Generation

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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