The first review is in!

Thank you School Library Journal for such a great reception!

Here is the review in its entirety:

School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Daniel’s mind has been “wiped clean.” He remembers language and numbers, but he has no memory of other portions of his previous life. He has returned to the Racks where the “grubs” are. They remember him, but he has no memory of them. Enslaved by Overseers, the grubs fend for themselves as they dig in a relic mine searching for a civilization of long ago. Set in outer space in 4182, the book starts out with vivid descriptions of its characters, including Nails, a grub who has dirty fingernails growing out of his scalp where his hair should be. Along with Daniel’s action-packed journey, Pavlou offers up interesting themes on truth, power, and wisdom. Forty-four short, fast-paced chapters make for page-turning action that is sure to zip readers through this zany outer space adventure. A glossary is included to help with the unusual author-created vocabulary. VERDICT Sure to be a hit for sci-fi readers who love a wild romp; a strong choice for middle grade adventure shelves.—Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego


And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Delia and her daughter Willow for winning the signed ARC at Denver Comic Con this week!

They inform me Mr Hardy got to the mail first. No doubt for quality control purposes. 

Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War. For ages 8 and up. And up.

Win a signed, personalized ARC of Daniel Coldstar: The Relic War


As we edge closer to the publication date, I’ve agreed to sign a personalized Advance Reader Copy of Daniel Coldstar. That means it has typos in it and a few small changes that do not appear in the finished hardback book.

The copy doesn’t have to be personalized to you, you can enter for a friend or relative you would like to gift it to. The book will be mailed from here in sunny Colorado to anywhere in the world that receives mail.

Go to to enter and find out more.

As Daniel himself says: “Tell your friends! Tell your family! Tell anyone you know in the galaxy! Whompfff! POW! Pew pew pew!”