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Teen boys find love when their parents' NASA mission uproots their lives in this sweet debut perfect for Adam Silvera fans.As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers,...
Teen boys find love when their parents' NASA mission uproots their lives in this sweet debut perfect for Adam Silvera fans.As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers,...
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  • Teen boys find love when their parents' NASA mission uproots their lives in this sweet debut perfect for Adam Silvera fans.

    As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

    Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another "Astrokid," and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

    Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.

    Narrated by Michael Crouch

    The Shooting Stars TV show is brought to life with a full cast featuring:
    Jonathan Davis as Josh Farrow
    Gabra Zackman as StarWatch announcer
    January LaVoy as Grace Tucker
    Angelo Di Loreto as Mark Bannon
    Chris Andrew Ciulla as Calvin Lewis, Sr.
    Dorothy Dillingham Blue as Donna Szleifer
    Cynthia Farrell as Ariana Rogers
    Soneela Nankani as Halima Ali
    Sullivan Jones as Leon Tucker
    Bahni Turpin as Kat Tucker

    Author's Note read by Phil Stamper
    Includes an About the Audiobook conversation between Phil Stamper and producer Diane McKiernan

About the Author-

  • Phil Stamper grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing. And, unsurprisingly, a lot of student debt. He works for a major book publisher in New York City and lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog.

    The Gravity of Us is his first novel, but he's no stranger to writing. His self-insert Legend of Zelda fanfiction came with a disclaimer from the 14-year old author: "Please if you write a review don't criticize my work." He has since become more open to critique... sort of.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 23, 2019
    Cal is a young queer man with a plan, building a following on social media and preparing for a future as a journalist, but his whole life turns upside down when his pilot father is chosen as an astronaut candidate for NASA’s Mars mission. After his white family relocates from Brooklyn to a small town near Houston, Cal determines to adapt to his new life as best he can, tweaking his reporting to work alongside NASA’s publicity department, necessarily appearing on the reality television show that follows the astronauts and their families, and making friends—and more than friends—with fellow “Astrokid” Leon, a brown-skinned gymnast. Stamper thoughtfully handles Cal’s struggles to fit in with the other astronauts’ “perfect families, fancy parties, and petty gossip,” the stress of the mission, Leon’s depression, and the spotlight of public attention. Despite the dramatic backdrop, this quiet debut is a openhearted novel that shows a realistic, imperfect queer relationship and a young man growing to know and to be true to himself even when everything is shifting around him. Ages 13–up. Agent: Brent Taylor, Triada US.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Michael Crouch's expressive, youthful voice is pitch-perfect for Cal Lewis, an ambitious teen journalist and social media influencer who is uprooted from Brooklyn and dropped into suburban Texas when his dad joins NASA's mission to Mars. The Mars mission has captured America's imagination, thanks to "Shooting Stars," a reality show that is realistically presented to listeners in highly produced segments that feature upbeat musical cues and a stunning full cast of narrators. Jonathan Davis's poised performance as a duplicitous reality show host--whom Cal plans to expose--is an absolute standout. Even with the full cast, Crouch is never overshadowed, and his singular performance is filled with the emotional highs and lows the NASA families face as they look to the stars in this unique audio production. J.E.C. � AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine
  • AudioFile Magazine One year after an abrupt move to Texas for a life-changing NASA mission, 18-year-old social media reporter Cal Lewis is back on his home turf in New York City, playing tour guide for his boyfriend, Leon. Narrator Michael Crouch wears Cal's signature edgy tenor like a comfortable jacket. As portrayed by Crouch, Leon, starstruck by the sights and sounds of the Big Apple, maintains a warm, rich tone. This makes for a delightful contrast with the bright and bubbly enthusiasm of Deb, Cal's longtime best friend and former girlfriend, whom Leon is meeting for the first time. Wistfully, the trio reflect over vegan pizza, a successful launch to Mars, the takedown of the oppressive StarWatch TV network, and their own personal metamorphoses. A splendid coda to a love story blooming in adversity. E.E. � AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine

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