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The Star Shepherd

THE STAR SHEPHERD by Dan Haring & MarcyKate Connolly

Sourcebooks Young Readers
Available Now!
Co-authored and illustrated by Dan Haring
Hardcover, 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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Would you like a signed copy of The Star Shepherd? Now you can order them through Porter Square Books. Simply put "signed copy" and the name to make it out to in the order comments and I'll sign your book before it's shipped to you!

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Praise for The Star Shepherd

“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

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

Foreword Reviews

“A wondrous celestial fable.”


“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

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

Publishers Weekly

For Educators

A Discussion Guide for The Star Shepherd can be downloaded here!

Also, I love chatting with students and offer free 20-30 minute Skype visits. Learn more about School & Library Visits or request a Skype visit via my contact form.