Starling (Paperback)

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An imaginative, sweet, and exciting debut, the kind of story you'd wish for on a shooting star. I love small towns with exciting happenings, and Starling sure fits that bill. A small, closed-minded town unaware of the frenetic energy building beneath them. An eccentric family whose patriarch disappeared inside a closet several months prior. Two sisters trying to survive high school and relationships without him. And all of that before a boy-shaped star falls from the sky, igniting suspicion and violence from the town. All four of the main characters experience profound transformations and the romance is slow-burning and sweet.

— From Ashleigh


Edward Scissorhands meets When the Moon Was Ours in this “darkly whimsical…engrossing” (Kirkus Reviews) novel about two teen sisters who fight to protect the mysterious stranger who literally fell from the stars and into their backyard.

Strange things have always happened in the small town of Darling…

Yet Delta Wilding and her sister Bee are familiar with the peculiar. Raised by an eccentric father always on the hunt for the spectacular, they’re used to following weather patterns that twirl onto strange paths, a car that refuses to play any artist but one, and living in a sentient house with whims of its own. But when a mysterious boy falls from the stars into the woods behind the Wilding sisters’ farmhouse, nothing can prepare them for the extraordinary turn their lives are about to take.

Extraordinary, and dangerous.

Starling Rust is not from this world and his presence in the Wilding home brings attention. As the terrified locals, Delta’s ex-boyfriend, and the unscrupulous mayor descend onto their home, both Delta and her sister go to incredible lengths to protect their mystical visitor—especially as Delta’s growing feelings for Starling could prove the greatest risk of all.

About the Author

Isabel Strychacz is from a small town in the San Francisco Bay Area. An alumna of Mills College with degrees in English and history, she currently lives in England with her husband, where she works as a copywriter for a PR and communications agency. She is also the author of the novel Starling. You can find her online @IsabelStrychaczAuthor (Instagram), @IsabelStrychacz (Twitter), and at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781534481114
ISBN-10: 1534481117
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 8th, 2022
Pages: 464
Language: English