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The Star Shepherd

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Neil Gaiman meets How to Train Your Dragon in this beautifully illustrated middle-grade novel about a boy, his trusted dog, and his best friend, as they race to save the stars before their light is extinguished for good.

When the world first formed, the night was black and filled with dark creatures. The Elders knew their people couldn't survive under such a threat. So they
Published September 10th 2019 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Alyssa (Intotheheartwyld)
I was initially pulled in by the cover art and title. This story proved to be very refreshing and original. Stars are falling out the sky at unimaginable rates and Kyro must find out why.
Kyro is a simple boy who just wants his fathers attention and to be recognized as a Star Shepherd. He goes on this amazing adventure to find out what is going on with the stars and gets involved in so much more.
The idea that the stars are put in the sky in certain places to protect the people from the darkness
Debbie Gascoyne
I received an ARC of this book from EdelweissPlus.

High marks for originality and a sympathetic and believable young hero. The plot moves along briskly, and there's room for a sequel even though things are wrapped up quite satisfactorily. What keeps this from higher rating is VERY sloppy world-building. Although the basic premise is interesting, nothing about how it works really makes a lot of sense and the geography is just nuts. Nothing, it seems, is more than a day or two's walk from home even
Stefani Sloma
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Super original and fresh with a fascinating world.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cover of THE STAR SHEPHERD is stunning and perfectly captures the heart of this story about a boy named Kyro who wants nothing more than to help his father return fallen stars to the sky. In the opening chapters, Kyro rescues his very first star on his own, transfers the star-heart to its new casing, and launches it skyward. It's such a beautiful moment—but not without darkness and a hint of the dangers to come.

When more and more stars begin to fall and there are sightings of the dark creatu
Samantha Hastings
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kyro and his father are star shepherds, they help stars who fall to the ground by sending them back to the sky. But more stars than ever are falling and Kyro’s father disappears. Kyro and his friend Andra have to find out what’s happening to save his father, the stars, and their works from the darkness that the stars hold back.

Kyro is a very likable character who is eager for more responsibility. Andra is a strong friend who doesn’t care if the other people in the town don’t like Kyro, who she
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have finally read all of Marcykate Connolly's books! (Well, all the ones that are out)
I've fallen in love with her writing style and I have gone one some incredible adventures with her characters and I can't wait to go on more!

The Star Shepherd's cover is just beautiful, as is the story inside.
If you like robots then this book is just for you!
Dan Haring came up with such a unique storyline and the years of hard work definitely paid of in my opinion!
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Star Shepherd

This is a lovely, touching story with a courageous protagonist in young Kyro, the son of a troubled star shepherd. I really enjoyed the story’s premise of stars crashing to the ground and the discovery that this was deliberate. I found the relationship between Kyro and his father in the aftermath of the loss of both wife and mother heartbreakingly realistic as they try and survive together. Their lack of wider community because they are regarded (as star shepherds)as meddling and un
Petra Be
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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M.L. Little
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
#kidlitexchange #partner: The Star Shepherd by @danharingart and @marcykateconnolly. Releases September 10 through @sourcebookskids.
On the outskirts of Drenn lives a boy, Kyro, and his father. Together they are star shepherds—rescuing stars when they fall from the sky. (Is that concept not beautiful? Reminds me of Pixar’s gorgeous La Luna.) When too many stars begin falling at once and his father goes missing, Kyro, his sweet little dog, and his brave friend set out to get to the bott
Good middle grade book. It reminded me of A Series of Unfortunate Events because this kid had the worst luck and the adults were useless and/or bullies. However, it lacked the humour of the other children’s books.

I especially liked the mythology created for the world. It was simple (it’s a middle grade book), but had interesting things like the giants and the different types of monsters or the history surrounding the stars.

I think that kids will like it.
Kai Bergen
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sweet, easy middle grade fantasy. I liked the mythology in the world- the stars are the souls of ancient people, held in burlap sacks and forming a starnet to hold back dark creatures. The friendship between the two main characters was very sweet. And the side characters were fleshed out enough that they seemed to be real people (rather than 2-dimensional NPC type characters) with their own stories. The mystery of why the stars were falling unfolded in a slow and satisfying way- I did not gues ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A drag.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solidly written, with a well-formed world. I deducted a star for the simplicity of the cahracters, but on the whole I very much enjoyed this story.
Carina Olsen
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew this book would be all kinds of adorable. And it very much was so. I have been waiting and wanting to read it for so long, as I have adored MarcyKate and her books for years. It is the first I have heard of Dan, but he seems amazing too. I simply adored this story they created together. And it was all kinds of incredible.

I have decided to give it four stars, even though I pretty much loved every part of this book. The writing was perfection. The artwork included so very beautiful and fitt
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Star Shepherd by Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly, 320 pages. Sourcebooks Young Readers, Sept 2019. $18

Content: G



Kyro has been helping his father return the stars to the sky for as long as he can remember. As Star Shepherds they believe in their mission – that the stars are there to keep evil out. When stars stop dropping in large numbers and they sight evil beings, Kyro’s Dad disappears and the Council refuses to believe Kyro or to he
Spencer Willardson
I had to wrest this book from my daughter to read it. I was lucky enough to get a signed copy from the authoer (Dan Haring) who is a long-time friend (and fellow bandmate from the greatest high school rock band ever - Skewback!). My daughter took the book immediately and has had it in her possession. I finally got the chance to steal it to read, and I was not disappointed.

The premise and characters are fun and original. The story moves along well, with plenty of interesting adventures along the
Aug 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My philosophy on any kind of media—be it a book, game, or a TV show—is that every plot or premise has already been done before, but if you can execute it well and make believable characters that can drive said story, even the most cliche stories can work out great. But some creators really go the extra mile to make really creative stories with a lot of fun ideas. Such is the case for this book, The Star Shepherd. Now, I read one of MarcyKate Connolly's books before, that being Shadow Weaver, and ...more
Michelle Kenneth -
For those who love the stars, this book is a new kind of story about the night sky and how the stars came into being. The Star Shepherd is an individual who saves fallen stars, fixes them, and launches them back into the sky before they die out. Fish hooks keep them up in the night sky.

The stars brighten the night to keep out the dark creatures from destroying the world.

Kyro and his father are star shepherds. When clusters of stars begin to fall, they start to question if something more siniste
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really, really slogged through this book. It would have been a DNF for me, but my son absolutely loved this book, so I didn't want to disappoint him. The things we do...

So, while my son loved the plot, I found the characters so achingly flat, the dialogue so cringingly unrealistic, that I wasn't able to invest in the storyline. It didn't help that the pace was horribly slow the first 85% of the story. And while I appreciate fantasy, I also recognize the need for basic laws and principles. Like
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Star Shepherd by Dan Haring is an enchanting tale. The tone of the book feels like folklore. Kryo and his father are some star shepherds, living in a town that as long forgotten the purpose of the stars. They must watch the night sky for falling stars. When a star falls, they repair it before catapulting it back to the heavens. The townspeople shun them, believing their jobs are antiquated. Andra, the daughter of the baker, is Kryo sole friend. When Kyro's father goes missing, the Council of ...more
Angela Shores
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a must read! dan Haring and Marcy Kate Connolly present a gorgeous middle grades tale of finding one’s way and believing in one’s self. Kyro is a spectacular main character you will fall in love with, and his supporting cast is perfect. Kyro and his father are Star Shepherds, collecting fallen stars and returning them to the sky where they belong. When the stars begin to fall more often than normal, Kyro’s father sets off to get to the bottom of it. But he doesn’t return and Kyro must se ...more
Sofiya Pasternack
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What I Liked
The overall world building is very unique and fun! The myth behind the stars and the star shepherds are wonderfully unique, and the monstrous creatures that hunt the stars are appropriately scary for the audience. Kyro and Andra are a great pair of friends, and Andra's kindness toward the village outsider is such an important lesson. The illustrations are wonderful for kids as they read through this!

What I Would Have Liked to See
Nothing comes to mind. It was a fun MG adventure!

My Fav
Scottie Draughon
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kyro wants to be a star shepherd like his father and his (deceased) mother. When clusters of stars start falling and disappearing, it becomes clear that there’s something darker causing it. Kyro’s father leaves to find out what’s happening, but he never returns. It’s up to Kyro to find out who’s stealing the stars and stop them before evil beings take over the world.

This is an absolute gem of a book. I give this to my children to read in a heartbeat. If I had kids, that is. It’s sweet, it’s adv
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So charming! A world where stars keep out horrible creatures, hung in the sky by long-vanished Elders, sounds like some origin story. Yet it's not - it's those stars really do keep out the horrible creatures and so there are Star Shepherds so rescue falling stars and send them back to the sky to keep standing watch. Of course something starts to go horribly wrong, and it's up to young Kyro to figure out how to right things.

However... there's nothing that makes sense about this world geographica
Brett Perkins
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have been a huge fan of MarcyKate Connolly for a long time, already swept away into the world of the Shadow Weaver! This new offering had me chomping at the bit as soon as I heard of it.
I read the book within a day. The story was fast-paced, the characters were genuine and believable and the magic within the story was Connolly standard once again.
Dan Haring’s original concept was genius and set the tone for the entire book. His illustrations throughout were a beautiful timeline that flowed w
Stephanie Tournas
This middle grade fantasy/adventure story is action packed and full of emotion. Eleven year old Kyro, along with his dog and his friend Andra, are on a quest to find Kyro’s father, who has disappeared. His family are star shepherds, tasked with keeping the stars safe in the sky. When monsters of old, long thought to have disappeared, start attacking, and stars begin falling from the sky in unprecedented numbers, Kyro has more than his father to worry about. The story is an epic quest, with a sen ...more
Andres Castro
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, The Star Shepherd is a book about a boy who saves stars, faces emotional pain, and who strives to help his troubled world. He lives in a world where stars can fall from the sky, where hostile creatures lurk in the night, and where doing the right thing is a challenge. It is a story about broken vows and families, and fractured communities. I enjoyed the adventure the boy goes on along with the girl who becomes his ally. The pace of the novel is brisk, the action neatly described, and the ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
The Star Shepherd by Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly was a great fictional tale about how the stars came to the sky, and where they go when they fall out of the sky. The book in general had an interesting story, but I felt like it didn't really live up to its potential. The "adventurous" and "thrilling" parts of the story weren't really exhilarating, or gasp worthy. It was like reading a bunch of adventure clichés. There are some good parts to the story though. This book shows a lot of caring ...more
Luanne Clark
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
One day not long ago we employees get an email from the owner...”I need someone to review this book. Who’s interested?” It’s a children’s chapter book and I’m in between books so I say I’ll do it. She gives me Advanced Reader Copy and I get to it. Thank goodness it won’t be published until September so I have a lot of time to figure out what I’m going to say. It may be a good classroom read aloud to begin the year with. I think I’ll go with that.
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Dan Haring is from a tiny town in Utah and has been drawing and writing for most of his life. He earned his degree in animation from BYU and has worked on such films as The Incredible Hulk and Disney's Tangled. He lives in Utah with his wife and children. ...more

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