Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler


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$17.99  $16.73
Dutton Books for Young Readers
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6.2 X 9.1 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Ibi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her YA novel American Street was a National Book Award finalist and and her debut middle grade novel, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, was a New York Times bestseller. She is the author of Pride, a contemporary YA remix of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, and editor of the anthology, Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America. Her most recent bestseller, Punching the Air, is a YA novel in verse, co-authored by prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five. Her debut picture book, The People Remember, earned a Coretta Scott King Honor. Raised in New York City, Ibi now lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three children.


A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
A We Need Diverse Books Walter Dean Myers Honor Book
An ALA Notable Children's Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

★"A one-of-a-kind masterpiece of literature. This must-read biography belongs on every library shelf and will redefine the way readers engage with biographical texts."--SLJ, starred review

★"A biography that's as unique in form and content as the groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy author herself.... Informational and inspirational, this innovative work will draw committed Butler fans and entice those unfamiliar with her work to seek it out."--Horn Book, starred review

★"Zoboi has created a necessary addition to school and public library collections through this memorable look at how writers incorporate their lives into their work."--Booklist, starred review

★"A radiant biography spotlights the life of science fiction great Octavia Butler through a compilation of poetry, prose, quotes and photos."--Shelf Awareness, starred review

★"An inspiring look at the formative years and work of a literary giant that's sure to capture young readers' attention."--Kirkus, starred review

★"This title truly has something for every reader."--SLC, starred review

"Here's a true statement for you: If you live a good life and are true to yourself and persevere, you might, you MIGHT, be lucky enough to get someone like Ibi Zoboi to write your biography for kids."--Betsy Bird, Fuse #8

"Zoboi movingly highlights the importance of empathy in Butler's work and her role as a mentor and source of inspiration for countless other Black creatives."--BookPage

"A fittingly expansive tribute to Butler's visionary mind and the childhood that sowed it."--Publishers Weekly

"Zoboi pairs elegantly crafted poems with direct, informative prose to create an emotionally charged look at a Black woman who changed the literary landscape, writing in a genre dominated by white authors and white characters. [T]his is a compelling blend of artistry and nonfiction that will likely send readers directly to Butler's books."--BCCB