Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2012The Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Books of 2012 “This highly unusual story about a highly unusual hero will also feel like your story. Few of us are imprisoned dwarfs, but all of us want to guide our own lives.” Jonathan Safran Foer, New York... show more
New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2012The Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Books of 2012 “This highly unusual story about a highly unusual hero will also feel like your story. Few of us are imprisoned dwarfs, but all of us want to guide our own lives.” Jonathan Safran Foer, New York Times best-selling author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close “Rich, absorbing storytellinga terrific read in every way.” Nancy Werlin, National Book Award Finalist and author of Impossible "Delightful characters, unique setting, and lovely prose. This is historical fiction at its best!" Ruta Sepetys, New York Times best-selling author of Between Shades of Gray Fate: Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born? Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands? Jepp of Astraveld needs to know. He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would become his seemingly unshakable fate. If the humiliations were his alone, perhaps he could endure them; but it breaks Jepp’s heart to see his friend Lia suffer. After Jepp and Lia attempt a daring escape from the palace, Jepp is imprisoned again, alone in a cage. Now, spirited across Europe in a kidnapper’s carriage, Jepp fears where his unfortunate stars may lead him. But he can't even begin to imagine the brilliant and eccentric new mastera man devoted to uncovering the secrets of the starswho awaits him. Or the girl who will help him mend his heart and unearth the long-buried secrets of his past.Masterfully written, grippingly paced, and inspired by real historical characters, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is the tale of an extraordinary hero and his inspiring quest to become the master of his own destiny.
Publish date: October 9th 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Around the Year Reading Challenge Item #32: A historical fiction bookBy focusing on an obscure historical personage -- a mere footnote to more "important" figures -- this book avoids the sweeping generalizations and summaries that often put me off historical fiction. Instead, we get an intimate look...
I've been waffling between 3 and 4 stars on this one, but decided to round up because it is a Teen book that IS NOT IN A SERIES.Jepp is a 16 year old dwarf living and working in his mother's inn. One day a stranger comes along and convinces him to move out and become a court dwarf at Coudenburg Pal...
Fascinating book that was inspired by Historical dwarf jesters in the 1500's. It is about a dwarf named Jepp, who under mystery of circumstances is taken to learn the trade of pleasing an infanta and the court. You learn of his hardships, his intelligent, his charms, and most of all, the struggle of...
So good - review to come!
Set in the Spanish Netherlands and Denmark in the late 16th century, this story follows Jepp of Astraveld. Based on historical truths, we follow Jepp as he leaves the village inn he was raised in to become an entertainer in the court of the Spanish Infanta, and later, a court jester. All the while h...