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The Night the Stars Went Missing

ISBN: 9780988891692
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Arthur J. Gonzalez
Illustrator: Olga Krapivina
Pages: 46
Trim: 10.4 x 8.25 inches
Published: 11/01/2023

In The Night the Stars Went Missing, Winston has spent each night watching the stars glimmer across the skies. When they suddenly go missing, he knows something is wrong, and sets off on a mission to find them. His investigation takes him to the clouds, where he meets a humorous shooting star and discovers that the stars have not just vanished, but that they have gone into hiding. Winston learns that their reason to hide is out of fear. Fear that they, too, shall be next to experience the stress the humans have placed on their friend, planet Earth. It is up to Winston to convince the stars to return.

Ultimately, The Night the Stars Go Missing, is about a child's journey, driven by curiosity and strong intuition. It's an example of the weight our words carry, and how the actions [and kindness] of even one person can impact change that is so powerful it can move even the stars.


Arthur Gonzalez is the writer of several Young Adult novels and Children's stories. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, where he spends most of his time crafting stories about fantastical things, indulging in sweets (specifically chocolate), and making up his own lyrics to nearly every song (mostly because he forgets the original words).


"A whimsical but well-grounded environmentalist tale." - Kirkus Review (Starred Review)

"The illustrations are vibrant and engaging, pulling readers into the tale. But it's more than just pretty pictures; Gonzalez's characters, each unique, elevate the story, making it even more captivating. Winston's journey to mend the sky and address human errors is presented in a way that simplifies complex topics, fostering understanding and highlighting the importance of caring for our environment. The book's pacing and vivid imagery create an immersive experience, especially for young readers, presenting global conservation topics without overwhelming them with dense text." - Literary Titan

"Refreshing, beautiful, and meaningful; A stunner." - The Prairie's Book Review

"Gold Winner – Children's Picture Books: Green Earth." - Mom's Choice Award