Candlewick Press is proud to present the Blue Stars, a middle-grade graphic-novel series cowritten by Kekla Magoon and Cynthia Leitich Smith and illustrated by Molly Murakami in her children’s book debut. The series stars two cousins, Riley Halfmoon and Maya Dawn, who embrace their different strengths to become a superhero duo in their school and in their community.
The first book, Mission One: The Principal Problem, will be published in Spring 2023.
Kekla Magoon enjoys reading outdoors, solving puzzles, and eating ice cream. She has written more than a dozen acclaimed books for children and teens, including The Season of Styx Malone, How It Went Down, Light It Up, X: A Novel (with Ilyasah Shabazz), and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventures series. Recognitions for her work include the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, an NAACP Image Award, three Coretta Scott King Honors, and the National Book Award Long List selection. Her office houses her pet turtle and appears cluttered at first glance, but that's just part of her cover—her superpower is organizing thoughts and ideas! You can find her online at keklamagoon.com.
Cynthia Leitich Smith has always loved her many cousins, reading
and decorating living spaces. She’s written more than a dozen
award-winning books for children and teens, including Jingle Dancer, Indian
Shoes, Rain Is Not My Indian Name, and both the
Tantalize and Feral series. She is a New York Times and Publishers Weekly
best-selling author. She’s been named Writer
of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native
Writers and Storytellers and been named the first Spirit of Texas YA Author by the Texas Library Association. She spends a lot of quiet time with her keyboard and her Chihuahua, but her superpower is bringing people together to raise their voices high! You can find her online at cynthialeitichsmith.com.
Molly Murakami has been drawing and making comics her whole life, and her work has been featured by Elevate Hockey, Mighty Media Press, and the NHL Network. The Blue Stars series will mark her children’s book debut. Her favorite activities include lounging lakeside in her home state of Minnesota, learning more about the world, and making her friends laugh. Writing and drawing comics can be hard sometimes, but Molly’s superpower is her determination to keep going –– even when times are tough! You can find her online at mollymurakami.com .