The Starlight watchmaker by lauren james


At an elite academy where the wealthiest students from across the galaxy come to be educated, Hugo works as a watchmaker in a dusty attic room. But he is one of the lucky ones. Many androids like him are jobless and homeless. A privileged student like Dorian could never understand their struggle – or so Hugo thinks when the pompous duke comes knocking at his door.

But when Hugo and Dorian uncover a potential terrorist threat, android and student must overcome their differences and work together to track down the culprit before the whole academy is placed in danger.

From the bestselling author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World.

My thoughts

I’m a big fan of Lauren James. I absolutely LOVED The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World. Both brilliantly written. (I have The Next Together firmly on my wishlist!) So I was thrilled to know that she has written a teen book for Barrington Stoke, my go-to publisher for stocking up the school library with dyslexia friendly books.

The cover alone was enough to entice me to pick this book up and once inside I found the story immediatly engaging and exciting. Although set in a different reality many of the themes are very relatable to our own time and world. Issues of conflict, terroism, poverty and class divides sit alongside friendship, hope and courage in this story about an unlikely group of friends facing their fears to bring down a potential terrorist threat.

With a dyslexia-friendly layout, typeface, paperstock and a unthreatening length of 119 pages, this will be a perfect choice for any Sci-Fi fan but especially those who find reading a challenge.

Oh, and my a favourite quote…

“Better hurry,” ada said. “the librarian is sharpening her shears.”

The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James

About the author

Lauren James

Picture and author information from the Barrington Stoke website

Lauren James is the Young Adult author of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, The Quiet at the End of the World and The Next Together series. Her books have sold over fifty thousand copies in the UK alone, and have been translated into five languages worldwide. She was longlisted for the 2016 Branford Boase Award and was named ‘one to watch’ by Kirkus.

About the publisher

Barrington Stoke

‘Barrington Stoke is a small, independent and award-winning children’s publisher. For over 20 years we’ve been pioneering super-readable, dyslexia-friendly fiction to help every child become a reader. From our specially designed font to the colour of our paper, accessibility is at the heart of everything we do.’

Please visit their website for more information and to see the fantastic range of books available for alll ages.

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