Piper Milly doesn't know exactly what it means to shine, and it doesn't help that her mother died when she was very young. Mom was a star musician with a shining personality, and Piper's father has just earned a job as music director at the prep school where mom's awards are still displayed. Now Piper will be going to that very same school herself. She doesn't expect her love of astronomy to impress any of the wealthy, talented, and sometimes cruel kids at Chumley Prep, where she'll have to live in her mother's shadow. But Piper has heart, and some people at Chumley may actually notice. This is the first children's book written together by the wife and husband team of J.J. and Chris Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, and so much more!). I truly enjoyed it for the fun, and I also loved the characters, who defy stereotypes. The important message about being rewarded for kindness make this a wonderfully uplifting story!— Tim McCarthy
Winter 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Growing up can be tough, especially when your superstar mom died when you were young and you have to figure out how to shine at the private school where your dad now teaches. You miss your old friends, especially when Ainsley seems to be turning everyone against you. Shine! by husband and wife J.J. and Chris Grabenstein is a charming novel about the highs and lows of growing up and what it takes to truly shine!”
— Marilyn Robbins, BookBar, Denver, CO
"Inspirational, commonsensical, and a whole lot of fun." --James Patterson
Everyone deserves to shine in this sparkling new book from the New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Chris Grabenstein, and coauthor J.J. Grabenstein--just right for fans of Word of Mouse and The Fourteenth Goldfish.
"Who do you want to be?" asks Mr. Van Deusen. "And not when you grow up. Right here, right now."
Shine on! might be the catchphrase of twelve-year-old Piper's hero--astronaut, astronomer, and television host Nellie Dumont Frisse--but Piper knows the truth: some people are born to shine, and she's just not one of them. That fact has never been clearer than now, since her dad's new job has landed them both at Chumley Prep, a posh private school where everyone seems to be the best at something and where Piper definitely doesn't fit in.
Bursting with humor, heart, science, possibilities, and big questions, Shine! is a story about finding your place in the universe--a story about figuring out who you are and who you want to be.
About the Author
J.J. & CHRIS GRABENSTEIN are a husband-wife writing team. J.J. is an award-winning voice-over and stage performer. Chris is the New York Times bestselling author of many books including the Mr. Lemoncello's Library and Welcome to Wonderland series, as well as the coauthor of numerous page-turners with James Patterson, including Word of Mouse, and the I Funny, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters series. J.J. and Chris live in New York City.
"A crowd-pleasing reminder that kindness pays.” –Kirkus Reviews
“This encouraging story of self-discovery celebrates friendship, kindness, and self-actualization.”—Publishers Weekly
“This gentle book offers a wonderful reminder that kindness, generosity, and love far outweigh the importance of money, awards, and prestige. —Booklist
“A lighthearted and fast-paced book. The strong message about the power of kindness will be encouraging to readers, and fans of Grabenstein’s “Mr. Lemoncello” series will enjoy a different kind of puzzle.” – School Library Journal,