Katherine Marsh’s newest young adult novel, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, has been awarded a starred review in Publishers Weekly:
"In the final years of the 16th century, a 15-year-old dwarf named Jepp struggles to understand himself and his place in the world; he’s caught between the pull of the past, the promise of the future, and the forces of fate and free will. The first of the book’s three sections finds a battered and beaten Jepp being transported ignobly in a cage to an unknown destination; along the way, he recalls the events that led him there, from his humble upbringing in an inn to becoming a court dwarf in Brussels (a role in which humiliation, opportunity, and danger are closely entwined). Jepp’s fortunes continue to wax and wane in the later sections, as he arrives at the island castle of astronomer Tycho Brahe. As in Marsh’s The Night Tourist and The Twilight Prisoner, real history is effortlessly woven into her fiction: while Jepp has his roots in an actual dwarf who served Brahe, Marsh transforms his 'footnote' of a story into an epic search for love, family, respect, and a destiny of one’s own making."
Kate’s debut novel – The Night Tourist – won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery.
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars, Ages 12 and up, Hyperion.