This is THE FIRE OF STARS book cover
  • Author: Kirsten W. Larson
  • Illustrator: Katherine Roy
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (Feb. 7, 2023)
  • ISBN: 9781452172873

Wrapped in a blanket of sparkling space, an unformed star waits for its bright future to begin.

Deep inside, something glimmers and glows: a new light.

Astronomer and astrophysicist Cecilia Payne was the first person to discover what burns at the heart of stars.

But she didn’t start out as the ground-breaking scientist she would eventually become. She started out as a girl burning with curiosity, chasing the thrilling lightning bolt of discovery, hoping one day to unlock the mysteries of the universe.

With lyrical, evocative text by Kirsten W. Larson and extraordinary illustrations by award-winning illustrator Katherine Roy, this moving biography powerfully parallels the kindling of Cecilia Payne’s own curiosity and her scientific career with the process of a star’s birth, from mere possibility in an expanse of space to an eventual breathtaking explosion of light.

A luminous thematic pairing.

Kirkus starred review

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