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A Bucket of Stars

Written by Suri Rosen
Published by Scholastic Canada


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A story of two kids trying to save the world they know and heal the families they have. It’s the summer of 2003 and thirteen-year-old astronomer Noah Cooper has just moved to Queensport, a small town with a vast amateur sky full of stars. There he meets Tara Dhillon, a lonely girl and aspiring filmmaker. When the two team up to produce an astronomy movie and enter a film contest, they discover a secret plan to turn their rural hamlet into a huge subdivision. Noah and Tara must use their unique skills to identify the culprits who plan on paving over the historic county ― and try to save the infinite beauty of the stars. As if that’s not enough to have at stake, Noah needs to win the prize money to buy a new telescope for his unemployed father ― an ex-astronomer who’s almost given up on the stars, as well as life on Earth. Touching on themes of activism, environmental anxiety and mental health, A Bucket of Stars will have readers cheering for Noah, a boy whose head is in the stars, and Tara, a girl who lives in a world of digital images ― and their special bond that just might mend the world around them.


Suri Rosen dabbles in many arts but excels in daydreaming. She writes feature articles and short stories for various magazines and newspapers and has worked as a professional artist, art teacher, filmmaker, journalist, and short documentary television producer. Her first novel, Playing with Matches, won the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Youth Literature, was an Ontario Library Association Best Bets Honourable Mention, and a 2015 Toronto Public Library Top Ten Summer Read. Her middle grade novel, My Best Friend and Other Illusions, was a TD Canada Summer Pick. Recently, Suri’s audiobook Night Magick, was recorded by motion picture actor, Josh Gad, and became a Top Ten downloaded kids’ books at Amazon Audible Kids. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science degree, served for 11 years as a trustee on her public library board, and is a huge fan of public libraries. She lives in Toronto-ish.



Twitter/X: @surirosen


Playing with Matches (2014, ECW Press)
My Best Friend and Other Illusions (2020, Scholastic Canada)
Night Magick, (audiobook narrated by Josh Gad, Amazon Audible Original, 2020)