*Silver medal winner in the 'Middle Grades Fiction' category of the Nautilus Book Awards 2015*
Astie has always been different. Her 12th birthday is looming and she still has not decided on her thesis. All the Learners at the Hub picked theirs years ago. If it wasn't for her cousin, Jakob, life would be unbearable on Elemental Island. On the verge of being diagnosed with Social Syndrome, she stumbles upon Danny who has landed in a forbidden flight machine. To protect him, Astie persuades Jakob to tamper with the Overseer's memory. On the run from the Monitors together, Astie calls on her unique qualities to forge a friendship with the stranger and discover his reason for coming to the island. What she finds will shake the foundations of the place she calls home.
Set on a secretive island utopia where science and logic rule, this intriguing novel explores and celebrates differences in people from an alternative perspective. It is engaging reading for children aged 8-13.
Kathy Hoopmann is the best-selling author of All Cats have Asperger Syndrome, Inside Asperger's Looking Out, and The Asperger Adventure series. She has won and been shortlisted for many literary awards including the CBCA Australia, a Silver Nautilus Award and an IPPY gold medal. J.S. Kiss runs her own company, Wordstringer, and works as a book coach and editor. She holds a Master of Letters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. She has won and been nominated or shortlisted for a number of literary awards, including the In Our Own Words competition, the Bridport Prize and the Sceptre Writing Prize.
1. Blue and Wet Behind the Ears. 2. In Danger of Becoming Mildly Interesting. 3. But Flight is Forbidden. 4. If I Were a Zogart, No One in My Village Would Starve. 5. I Would Never Eavesdrop Whilst Hiding in the Cat Runs. 6. Elementally We Are All the Same. 7. The Boy Who Flew. 8. The Stranger in Shadows Who Called Me Sweetheart. 9. You Have Very Long Hair for a Boy. 10. Code Red One. 11. Fear of Butterflies in Surprisingly Common. 12. In the Air It Looks Like a Great Big Moth. 13. How to Immobilise an Overseer without Sheep Tackling Experience. 14. I'd Rather Fight a Bio Suit than a Scavenger Any Day. 15. Monitors Are Coming! 16. Cloud Surfing on the Run. 17. Stand By For an Unscheduled Calcast. 18. What Do You Know About the Off-Landers? 19. We've All Done Things We Regret. 20. Captured! 21. Danny and the Tiny Woman in the Window. 22. The Butterfly Kiss. 23. If Someone Betrays You, Punch Them on the Nose. 24. The Adventurers of Elemental Island.