Above the Star

The 8th Island Trilogy: Book One

When frumpy senior citizen Archie goes in search of his missing son in the Spanish Canary Islands, he stumbles upon a higher mission: to locate a magical cure for his ailing fourteen-year-old granddaughter, Ella. Using a portal-jumping device called the Tillastrion, Archie and a stone-headed creature named Zeno are transported to the magnificent yet terrifying island of Jarr-Wya in a connected realm. Unbeknownst to them, Ella and her strong-willed mother, Tessa, accidentally stowaway on this not-so-secret quest.

What they find on Jarr-Wya is an island tortured by a wicked Star anchored in the sea. There, a three-way battle for dominion rages between the stone-wielding Bangols, the fiery Olearons, and the evil Millia sands. When Ella is captured, her wit and resourcefulness emerge as she fights against all odds to survive. At the same time on another part of the island, an enchanted river exposes Tessa’s long-buried secrets and forces her to confront her broken marriage and a confusing new love triangle. She and Archie—with the help of a company of peculiar allies—track Ella and seek to unravel the terrible mystery of her cure.

A mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night adventure of three unlikely heroes, Above the Star reminds us that no matter how young, or how old, even the smallest act of bravery transforms our lives and the fates of the worlds around us.

Author: Alexis Marie Chute

Publication Date: June 5, 2018

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About the Author

Alexis Marie Chute is the author of the award-winning, best-selling memoir Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss, published by She Writes Press. She is also a distinguished artist, photographer, and filmmaker. Chute has been named an “Emerging Canadian Photographer” by Photo Life Magazine and a “Top 40 Under 40” by Avenue Magazine, and was awarded the John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts. She is also the director- producer of a feature film to accompany Expecting Sunshine. Her writing has been widely published in places including TIME, Today’s Parent, Scary Mommy, PhotoEd, and WestWord Magazine. Her artwork is represented by the AR&S Gallery at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Learn more at AlexisMarieChute.com.

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