by Dan Haring & MarcyKate Connolly

Sourcebooks Young Readers
Paperback Release Date: 3/7/2023
Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook
Middle Grade Fantasy

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 gave their hearts to the sky in the form of stars to keep evil away.

Now, eleven-year-old Kyro is a Star Shepherd like his father. He’s spent his life tucked away in the small town of Drenn. There, the family watches the night sky for falling stars―and rushes to rescue them when they do.

When too many stars start falling at once, and disappearing before they can be saved, Kyro’s father journeys to report the threat. But when he doesn’t return, Kyro, with the help of his best friend, Andra, and his trusty dog, Cypher, must find a way to save the stars before the dark creatures make a terrifying return.


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“A wondrous celestial fable.”


Uplifting and inviting from beginning to endThe Star Shepherd is a fantasy that’s focused on kindness, courage, and constellations of possibilities.”

Foreword Reviews

Readers will relish this fantasy with high suspense and clever plot twists. Loyalty, friendship, parent/child relationships, good vs. evil, and quests are all addressed. Highly recommended.”

School Library Connection

“A pleasant steampunk-esque fantasy.”

School Library Journal

An engaging entrée into fantasy, helped along by striking black-and-white illustrations and a satisfactory ending.”

Publishers Weekly

“A story about friendship, family, and finding your way in the world—this book truly shines!

Jen Calonita

Author of the Fairy Tale Reform School series

Awards & Recognition

2021 Sakura Medal Nominee

Mountains and Plains Indie Bestseller

Discussion Guide

Watch the Book Trailer

Foreign Editions


Art Grup, 2021


Sam & Junior, 2022

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