The Starlight Claim

The Starlight Claim

by Tim Wynne-Jones

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Fast-paced, evocative, and intensely suspenseful, Tim Wynne-Jones’s latest psychological thriller finds a teenager setting his wits against the frigid wilderness and a menacing crew of escapees.
Four months after his best friend, Dodge, disappeared near their families’ camp in a boat accident, Nate is still haunted by nightmares. He’d been planning to make the treacherous trek to the remote campsite with a friend — his first time in winter without his survival-savvy father. But when his friend gets grounded, Nate secretly decides to brave the trip solo in a journey that’s half pilgrimage, half desperate hope he will find his missing friend when no one else could. What he doesn’t expect to find is the door to the cabin flung open and the camp occupied by strangers: three men he’s horrified to realize have escaped from a maximum-security prison. Snowed in by a blizzard and with no cell signal, Nate is confronted with troubling memories of Dodge and a stunning family secret, and realizes that his survival now depends on his wits as much as his wilderness skills. As things spiral out of control, Nate finds himself dealing with questions even bigger than who gets to leave the camp alive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536210040
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 391,923
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tim Wynne-Jones is the accomplished author of numerous young adult novels, including The Emperor of Any Place, Blink&Caution, The Uninvited, and The Ruinous Sweep. The Starlight Claim revisits the site of (and some characters from) his acclaimed novel The Maestro a generation later. In 2012 Tim Wynne-Jones was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his services to literature. He lives in Ontario, Canada.

I was born at a very young age in a very old country—England. I ran away from home when I was three with a tea cozy on my head. And if you don’t know what a tea cozy is, that’s because it’s something only people in very old countries use to keep their tea warm when it’s in a pot. Somehow, I ended up in northern British Columbia, Canada, just a raven’s flight from Alaska. We moved a lot when I was a kid, and that’s a big part of what I write about, I guess: not the moving so much as how great it is to have a place you can call home and friends and all that. I grew up. Well, it was bound to happen. But I didn’t grow that far up, if you know what I mean. I went to university and all that and got married and have three fabulous kids, all of whom are grown up, more or less, themselves. But what I mean is that, while I grew up I didn’t grow away from childhood. I still have a whole bunch of it inside that I’m sorting through: an attic’s worth of mostly junk but with some gems of memories and a lot of unanswered questions. That’s probably why I write for kids.

Whatever I write it’s always a mystery. I’ve written more than thirty books: picture books, middle-grade novels, novels for young adults and older adults. But whatever I write there is always something that someone is looking for and there is usually someone who doesn’t want them to get it! I’m thrilled about my thriller Blink&Caution. Blink is a street kid living hard—living on his wits. He stumbles into a big con game and thinks he might get in on the action. Wrong! Luckily, he also runs into Caution, as in “Caution: Contents under Pressure.” Their relationship starts off rocky, to say the least, but then she joins up with him and—well, you’ve got to see what happens. I am crazy about this book.

Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:

1. I lived in twelve different houses by the time I finished high school. I used to wonder if my father was running from the law, but I don’t think he was. He was an engineer with a great sense of humor, although the moving sure wasn’t funny!
2. I got to read with J.K. Rowling at the Sky Dome in Toronto in October 2000. There were more than 20,000 people at the reading. It’s the biggest public reading ever—you can look it up in the Guinness Book of Records!
3. I have never been to Timbuktu. Even though we share the same name. Well, partially, anyway. But what I want to know is what ever happened to Timbukone?

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