The Star Catcher [NOOK Book]

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When fifteen year-old Hawke feels fed up with not being able to walk, he escapes in his mind to a misty island filled with moorlands, ancient forests, and monolithic stones: a place where he can move and run and accomplish heroic quests.

His life is turned upside down, though, when he's thrust into this dream world and finds it real! He becomes 'Star Catcher.' The job? Track and collect shooting stars or meteors sent from a more advanced ...
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The Star Catcher

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Overview

When fifteen year-old Hawke feels fed up with not being able to walk, he escapes in his mind to a misty island filled with moorlands, ancient forests, and monolithic stones: a place where he can move and run and accomplish heroic quests.

His life is turned upside down, though, when he's thrust into this dream world and finds it real! He becomes 'Star Catcher.' The job? Track and collect shooting stars or meteors sent from a more advanced civilization, which have powers that protect the island from approaching evil. He finds many helpers along the way: a serving girl who can communicate with animals and create light, an alluring mermaid, a savvy one-eyed crow, and an old farmer with a secret.

Hawke must also discover what's going on inside the imposing mansion called Moon House. Why do rooms change? Why do objects mysteriously shift? Who lives inside the old forest behind the place—and why is the Star Catcher forbidden to enter it? And most importantly, who are Hawke and his stars really battling against? An evil genius? A pirate-like group called the Shrikers who have taken over the island? An Ancient Magic? Or, maybe an aspect of himself?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149517527
  • Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/11/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 563 KB

Meet the Author

Molly Dean worked many years as a writer and photographer for magazines, specializing in garden and outdoor subjects. Now, she devotes full time to her first love--fiction. Favorite genres include fantasy and mystery stories for tweens and teens. She lives in the northeast Georgia mountains and loves nature, gardening, and cats.
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  • Posted October 4, 2014

    Hawke, a boy who has recently lost the use of his legs in an acc

    Hawke, a boy who has recently lost the use of his legs in an accident, struggles with the loss of his freedom. During a routine visit with his nurse, Hawke steps from our world into a world of imagination. No longer restricted by his physical disabilities, Hawke embarks on a journey filled with wondrous sights.

    A young adult fantasy, The Star Catcher, takes you to a world brimming with magic and adventure. Five stones (or stars) are falling into the world in which Hawke now lives. He must collect the stones by going on quests and following rules set by the “adults” of the world. The story gave me the feeling of being a teenager again, looking for adventure while stepping between the lines set before me in the adult world.

    While the story held my attention and kept me reading, the abrupt transitions between our world and the world of The Star Catcher stunned me at first, leaving me wondering what was going on in the story. It took a while to get a feel for the story, but once I was whisked on board, it followed through rather quickly to the end. This is a great fantasy story for adults and young adults! Maybe you adults could learn a thing or two...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    A nice mix of action, mystery, and beauty. Watch for a few surpr

    A nice mix of action, mystery, and beauty. Watch for a few surprises! The main character fifteen-year old Hawke takes an unexpected journey and emerges as a true hero. Highly recommend this story.

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  • Posted November 5, 2014

    Molly Dean¿s ¿The Star Catcher¿ is a wonderfully engaging, and e

    Molly Dean’s “The Star Catcher” is a wonderfully engaging, and emotionally beautiful story, by a master storyteller who will bring you into a world of magic and mystery. While the book seems aimed at a Young Adult audience, Dean’s skill is such that she opens a window through which any reader can easily become engaged.

    “The Star Catcher” is the story of Hawke, a fifteen year old who suffered a spinal injury in a car accident. The accident has left Hawke, a previously energized and active youth, paralyzed from the waist down, suffering a deep depression, and at a loss for how to cope. Hawke finds himself in another world, where his body is whole again, and he is the center of a great adventure to save a world by becoming the Star Catcher, and capturing the five “stars”.

    While the initial quests to catch the stars seem straightforward, there is much more going on in this world than meets the eye. Hawke finds that some of the people around him aren’t all they claim to be. When his older brother, Nick, best friend Beck, and the mansion maid Emma, all join forces to help him, Hawke starts to see a world that isn’t as wonderful as he originally thought.

    Dean creates a world that is both magical and realistic at the same time. She presents a mermaid, magic, “evil” Shrikers, and intrigue through characters that leap off the page. Her pace and flow throughout the story are engaging and so easy to read that readers will have a hard time putting the book down. At the same time, Dean is able to tap into the confusion of a fifteen year-old boy, who has regained his body, but doesn’t quite know what to do with it all the time.

    In “The Star Catcher”, Molly Dean has again crafted an engaging story, with a strong, character-drive plot that is a wonderful gem for readers.

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  • Posted October 27, 2014

    ¿The Star Catcher¿ by Molly Dean is a story about an amazing adv

    “The Star Catcher” by Molly Dean is a story about an amazing adventure for a teen boy, Ellison Hawke Reed, who thought he’d never experience anything remotely close to one. He’d been badly hurt in a car accident and lost all feeling in his legs. It didn’t help matters having an older brother, Nick, who could still walk around and attract all the girls with his good looks. Just when Hawke thought he’s be stuck in a hospital bed for the rest of his life, Hawke woke up in the warm ocean of another world. After meeting a mermaid called Coppercloud, Hawke became known as the long awaited Star Catcher.
    Hawke met a few people – Dr. Greystone, Gideon-Par, Emma, and the mysterious Tarbet MacTash – who were instrumental in his catching the five stars that fall to the ground once every thousand years. They stressed the importance of grabbing all the stars before anyone else could or all would be lost for the folks who lived in this place. The horrible Shrikers, a menancing army who did whatever they wanted to whomever they chose, stood between Hawke and a successful outcome.
    I enjoyed this story of a teen boy who discovered his worth in this reality and the next. His emotional growth is apparent, and I found myself cheering him on at every turn. I thought the last chapter was a bit rushed and left me wondering about missing scenes. However, I do recommend this delightful story for teens and up.

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