In a desperate bid to preserve their race, the Valorim forge all their secret arts into a powerful chain that they send halfway across the universe where it lands in 6th grader Tommy Pepper's lunch bag.
The Valorim chain gives Tommy the power to create art that comes alive! And allows him to understand an alien language!
Lord Mondus, the sworn enemy of the Valorim, travels to Plymouth, Massachusetts to destroy the chains' power... and whosoever wields it!
Tommy Pepper must save his family, his home and an entire alien culture!
The smell of rotting seaweed and an evil real estate developer threaten two worlds!"
Fall '12 Kids List
“This is a gorgeous fantasy unlike anything Schmidt has ever written. With exquisite pacing and deft plotting, he tells two parallel stories: one about a faraway Middle Earth-like world in trouble, and the other about Tommy Pepper, a sixth-grader in Plymouth, Massachusetts, grieving the recent loss of his mother. When a beautiful object that represents the heart of that faraway world hurtles through space and lands in Tommy's lunchbox, everything begins to change. This book will astonish you!”
— Joanne R. Fritz, Chester County Book & Music Company, West Chester, PA
The Valorim are about to fall to a dark lord when they send a necklace containing their planet across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion stars . . . all the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Mass. Mourning his late mother, Tommy doesn't notice much about the chain he found, but soon he is drawing the twin suns and humming the music of a hanorah. As Tommy absorbs the art and language of the Valorim, their enemies target him. When a creature begins ransacking Plymouth in search of the chain, Tommy learns he must protect his family from villains far worse than he's ever imagined.
About the Author
Gary D. Schmidt is the best-selling author of Pay Attention, Carter Jones; Orbiting Jupiter; the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars; and Okay for Now. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“Schmidt brings high heroic fantasy and contemporary realism together in this novel.”—Horn Book, starred review
“Spielberg, get ready for this boldly imagined outer-space offering.”—Kirkus
“Schmidt, already a best-seller and award winner, should pick up even more fans with this crowd-pleasing fantasy.”—Booklist
“Wonderfully strange. . . . This inventive and memorable story for readers ages 10-15 manages to mingle the quotidian and the movingly supernatural. It's funny, too.”—The Wall Street Journal