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On the small space station Azura, Maxion Belmont is constantly torn between his two passions—engineering and music. Both are hobbies handed down from his father, which is bittersweet since his death two years ago. While his hydrodriver is great for repairing starship parts, his father’s old string instrument tugs at the latent grief Max hides from his mom and classmates wi ...more
Paperback, US, 228 pages
Expected publication: March 23rd 2021 by Jolly Fish Press
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Maxine Robinson
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again middle grade stories of wonder and magic are getting me through. This was a wholesome, heart breaking read about a boy who lost his father and the lengths he will go to, to feel close to him again. It was a tale of friendship, grief and self discovery. It had it all.

The Secrets of Star Whales is a beautifully written story that brings our characters to life. Max and India are so well fleshed out and wonderfully written that I couldn't help but love them and feel for them. Max and Indi
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Katelyn Spedden
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
* I received a free ARC of this book from the Publisher, NetGalley, and Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review *

Do you ever look at a book and instantly feel reminded of something else? That's how I felt in the beginning of The Secrets of Star Whales. I instantly thought of Doctor Who but I was pleasantly surprised by how unique this story was. It follows Max and his friends who live on a space station near an asteroid belt. It's the kind of place that no one ever leaves and people rare
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Kathie
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

Max lives on the small space station of Azura. Since the death of his dad two year ago, it's just him and his mom, and Max has trouble talking about his dad and not being angry at his friend, Arsenio, whose mom wasn't able to save him. Max takes comfort in the one thing his dad left behind, an instrument called a decivox which is broken, but which Max is saving up to fix. He wishes his mom would realize that his passion for music
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Sarai
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Azura was once a famous mining colony for the most revered material in the galaxy, Anemonium. Now a decade later, the supply has practically diminished causing Azura’s highly credited appeal to diminish along with it. Azura is now a calm and quiet space station where 12-year-old Max and his mom live. Max and his best friend India love Azura and couldn’t imagine anything beyond the space station. But one day a unique starship called the Calypso enters Azura and a man named Mr. Hames changes their ...more
Laura
Cute middle grade science fiction story about a mining colony, way out in the outskirts of space, where Max has lived all his life, and nothing interesting ever happens until the mysterious new teacher shows up, and Max and his friends wonder what he is doing here.

And since the title has already given it away, the new teacher is a whaler, and is searching for star whales, that people think exist, but they can't prove that they do.

The only issue I have with this book is the title. Because up unti
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Melissa Hope
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional idea and powerful message support this sci-fi tale of a mysterious species in space and what its discovery could mean for a small-town space station. It is a perfect introduction to the sci-fi genre with a gripping story that will entertain space and animal lovers alike.
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