The Center Of The Universe by Ria VorosThe Center Of The Universe by Ria Voros

The Center Of The Universe

byRia Voros

Hardcover | April 2, 2019

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Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits.

Then one day GG is just ... gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace's family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers.

While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG's disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school's golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother's long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted ... or did she leave? And if she left, why?

Author Ria Voros (Nobody's Dog, The Opposite of Geek) reaches for the stars here, deftly combining mystery with a passion for science and themes of mother-daughter bonds, celebrity, first love and best friendship.

Facts about astronomy and astrophysics are seamlessly woven into the story and are supplemented by an interview with real-life astrophysicist Elizabeth Tasker, making this the perfect book for readers who love STEM. And even readers who don't have stars in their eyes will love this smart, suspenseful, relatable and literary novel.
Ria Voros is a middle grade and YA author, teacher, presenter and obsessive reader. She loves her family, the planet and dessert, most often in that order, and can be found eating ice cream on the beach with her husband and two kids in Victoria, BC, Canada.
Title:The Center Of The UniverseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 8.88 × 6.12 × 1.5 inPublished:April 2, 2019Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1525300385

ISBN - 13:9781525300387


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Go STEM girls! Despite having an aspect of mystery surrounding her mother's abduction (not ET-type as I originally believed, but kidnapped), Grace's story focuses more on family dynamic. I've seen many other reviews complaining that Voros used too many astrophysics analogies (although it does pretty much say she would in the description) which lead to confusion among some, so just be prepared going in. I myself didn't find them confusing but that may be due to the fact that I am 100% a science nerd and watch documentaries on space in my spare time. I'm not typically into contemporary, but I identified with Grace so much I just couldn't help but enjoy this book. As a STEM girl myself (I'm an S for Neuroscience), I was delighted to see some representation for this group. There are so many of us out there and it's just a matter of time before people start realizing that.
Date published: 2019-03-16

Editorial Reviews

... compelling characters, wry humor, masterful and suspenseful plotting ...-Kirkus Reviews