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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

 2012 New York Times Notable Children's Book!
 Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2012!

"Marsh crafts a beautifully poignant coming-of-age tale of struggle, tragedy, and, finally, of triumph. Jepp's indomitable spirit is truly inspiring, and it is this rare quality that makes his character so memorable...This shining gem is a must-have."
   —School Library Journal, starred review


I'm Katherine Marsh. I write books about kids. Some are alive. Some are dead. Some lived hundreds of years ago. All of them find themselves in unusual situations and places. Some of them are unusual themselves.

If you've ever wondered about ghosts, secret underground places, the lives of court dwarfs, the power of fate, the invincibility of death, and how (and how not) to keep a beer-drinking moose as a pet, then you'll probably enjoy my books. Warning: They may make you laugh. They will almost certainly make you cry.

My debut novel, The Night Tourist, won the Edgar® Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. It was published in translation in ten countries.

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is now available in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. The New York Times Book Review selected Jepp as one of its Notable Children's Books of 2012, writing in their review, "Marsh transcends genre to create an engaging narrative complex enough to keep not-so-young adults turning its pages." Publishers Weekly gave Jepp a starred review calling it "an epic search for love, family, respect and a destiny of one's own making," as did School Library Journal, writing "This shining gem is a must-have." The Wall Street Journal praised it as "subtle and intelligent" and NPR's All Things Considered interviewed me, calling Jepp a "layered...great" story. Jepp has been selected as a Junior Library Guild Selection for January 2013, an Indie Next pick, an ABC Best Book for Children, and was featured as a "Maximum Shelf" editors' pick in Shelf Awareness.

Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) writes, "This highly unusual story about a highly unusual hero will also feel like your story." Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) calls Jepp, "historical fiction at its best" while Nancy Werlin (Impossible) praises its "rich, absorbing storytelling." Read more praise here. And be sure to check out these fun Jepp videos to learn more about the book and its making.

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