Nominated for the Carnegie medal 2020
Shortlisted for the STEAM Children’s Book Prize 2020
Wealthy students from across the galaxy come to learn at the prestigious academy where Hugo toils as a watchmaker. But he is one of the lucky ones. Many androids like him are jobless and homeless. Someone like Dorian could never understand their struggle – or so Hugo thinks when the pompous duke comes banging at his door. But when Dorian’s broken time-travel watch leads them to discover a sinister scheme, the pair must reconcile their differences if they are to find the culprit in time.
A wildly imaginative sci-fi adventure from YA star Lauren James, particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 13+.
The Starlight Watchmaker is a 20,000 word novella published in paperback and eBook by Barrington Stoke. The sequel The Deep-Sea Duke will be published in February 2021.
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“A rich and brilliantly bonkers story of aliens and androids. Its themes of social justice and equality really set it apart in the sci-fi genre.” – The Belfast Telegraph
“An enthralling sci-fi adventure that has shades of Star Trek while exploring themes of discrimination and class.” – South Wales Evening Post
“This mystery story is a fun and easy read with a twist in the end. Highly recommended.” – The Book Curator
Fanart by Laya aroaessidhe
Moodboard about the book
Hugo (voice) – Eddie Redmayne
Dorian (voice) – Jack Farthing
Ada (voice) – Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Like Real People Do//Hozier
Death of a Bachelor//Panic! at the Disco
When the Party’s Over//Kina Grannis
Latest posts about The Starlight Watchmaker
- Cover reveal for The Deep-Sea DukeI’m so excited to share the cover of The Deep-Sea Duke, coming out with Barrington Stoke in Feb 2021. This is set on an underwater planet, who are facing a climate crisis as refugees from a nearby planet keep arriving.Continue reading “Cover reveal for The Deep-Sea Duke”
- STEAM Book Prize double shortlisting and story updateHugely thrilled that both The Quiet at the End of the World and The Starlight Watchmaker have been shortlisted for the2020 STEAM Children’s Book Prize, celebrating science in fiction! Here’s the full YA list: Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans UsborneContinue reading “STEAM Book Prize double shortlisting and story update”
- Carnegie nomination for The Starlight Watchmaker!Super exciting news today! The Starlight Watchmaker has been nominated for the Carnegie medal! This is so exciting, especially as nominations come from librarians themselves, who know exactly what teenagers are reading. Congratulations to everyone else on the list!Continue reading “Carnegie nomination for The Starlight Watchmaker!”