The Center of the Universe (Paperback)

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Grace Carter’s mother — the celebrity news anchor GG Carter — is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace — an aspiring astrophysicist — is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits.

Then one day GG is just … gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace’s family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers.

While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG’s disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school’s golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother’s long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted … or did she leave? And if she left, why?

Author Ria Voros (Nobody’s Dog, The Opposite of Geek) reaches for the stars here, deftly combining mystery with a passion for science and themes of mother-daughter bonds, celebrity, first love and best friendship.

Facts about astronomy and astrophysics are seamlessly woven into the story and are supplemented by an interview with real-life astrophysicist Elizabeth Tasker, making this the perfect book for readers who love STEM. And even readers who don’t have stars in their eyes will love this smart, suspenseful, relatable and literary novel.

Ria Voros is the author of middle grade and young adult novels that have been recognized by the White Pine Award, the Rocky Mountain Book Award and Best Books for Kids and Teens. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and is an instructor at Camosun College. When she's not writing, teaching or eating all the delicious things, Ria can be found hiking to the tops of mountains or watching her dogs frolic at the beach. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, two children and aforementioned frolicking dogs.

Product Details ISBN: 9781525312724
ISBN-10: 1525312723
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 512
Language: English
... compelling characters, wry humor, masterful and suspenseful plotting ...—Kirkus Reviews

... a genuine pleasure.—Quill & Quire

... this is sure to be a hit among readers who devour realistic fiction and family-driven mysteries.—Booklist

Smart and intriguing, this mystery succeeds on several levels.—School Library Connection

This beautifully layered novel packs a powerful punch ...—The Globe and Mail

Voros has given her young adult readers a novel which will satisfy on many levels.—CM Magazine