STAR DARLINGS, the new fantasy middle grade series by Ahmet Zappa and Shana Muldoon Zappa for ages 8-12, follows the lives of twelve very unique, sparkly Starling girls who live on a star called Starland. The girls attend a special school to learn how to make a wish come true for girls from Earth who are called Wishlings. Normally, the girls would have to wait until graduation but for this group of twelve, they’re the first Starlings to go to Earth to make a wish come true before graduation.
The chapter books are easy-to-read with themes of friendship, growing-up, being positive, affecting change in your own life, and developing confidence. Each book focuses on one of the girl’s adventures in granting a Wishling her special wish — which is sometimes tricky to figure out. (Enter to win a set of Star Darlings books at the end of this post.)
Book 1: Sage and the Journey to Wishworld
Book 2: Libby and the Class Election
Book 3: Leona’s Unlucky Mission
Book 4: Vega and the Fashion Disaster
Book 5: Scarlet Discovers True Strength
The authors write very descriptively about the clothing and style so if you’re into fashion, this book series will be fun for you. (Who doesn’t want to sparkle and have colorful hair, anyway!?) Also, if you like a positive, hopeful story then you’ll love these.
Look for the beautiful guide book called, A Wisher’s Guide to Starland, to read more about each girl and her individual style including her room decor, the teachers, the animals on Starland, the school, and more about wishes.
Not only are the Star Darlings in books, they also have a web series, an app, music, and dolls sold at Justice stores.
Speaking of wishes, what do you wish for?
I like thinking of goals and dreams throughout the year, not just at New Years, but this is a great time to reassess and set your intentions for 2016.
Do you have any family wishes for the New Year?
If you could grant a wish to anyone, who would it be and for what?
My big wish is that my daughters get healthier physically (one is recovering from mono and the other has a kazillion allergies that affect everything).
Star Darlings “Wish Now” Music Video:
Star Darlings “Star Charmed” Episode 1:
FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Disney Press.