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 in the Blue Stars series, Mission One: The Vice Principal Problem, is available now in both hardcover and paperback, as well as an e-book.


Discussion Guide

★ Starred Reviews ★

★ “Bustling slice-of-life plot beats by Magoon (CHESTER KEENE CRACKS THE CODE) and Smith (HARVEST HOUSE), paired with animated art by debut illustrator Murakami, culminates in a realistically rendered and impeccably paced graphic novel series opener that accessibly highlights the importance of youth involvement in local politics.”
Publishers Weekly

★ “Has everything: nuanced and empowered protagonists, a funny, gripping story, age-appropriate treatment of social issues, and expressive comic illustrations begging to be lingered over. Readers will come away inspired to raise their own voices and take action to create positive, peaceful change in their communities . . . sure to engender a devoted following.”
Kirkus Reviews