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ISBN: 9781760990718
Pages: 216
Publication year: 2021
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Stars in Their Eyes

Created by Jessica WaltonAśka

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Maisie has always dreamed of meeting her hero, Kara Bufano, an amputee actor who plays a kick-arse amputee character in her favourite show. Fancon is big and exciting and exhausting. Then she meets Ollie, a cute volunteer who she has a lot in common with. Could this be the start of something, or will her mum, who doesn’t seem to know what boundaries are, embarrass her before she and Ollie have a chance?


‘Stars in Their Eyes is a captivating graphic novel with a beautiful art style, a diverse and inclusive cast and a fluffy like-at-first-sight romance that will have fans miss conventions and meet cutes to boot.’ Nerd Daily

‘Give me all the nerdiness, all the love, and all the cracking visuals.’ AU Review

‘I really enjoyed reading Stars in Their Eyes. I found it really sweet, fun, and relatable, especially as a queer and neurodivergent con-goer and nerd (with an embarrassing mum!), and I think others will too.’ Clare, age 15, Kids’ Reading Guide

Stars in Their Eyes is a very necessary story, representing the various ways we love each other and the diversity of the bodies we inhabit. As storytellers, Jessica Walton and Aśka invite us to see that it’s our daily interactions, and our ways of communicating with each other, that will create a more accessible future.’ Reading Time

‘A refreshing, fun and hopeful take on the coming-of-age story … a graphic novel that celebrates nerdness and reinforces the value of representation, while exploring first love, self-care and identity.’ Martha Mihalick

‘… this graphic novel is a quick insight and journey of empathy.’ ReadPlus

‘Disability rep is still far too rare in YA, and I am just so glad that Stars in Their Eyes exists for teens (and adults!) who still haven’t been able to see themselves and their experiences in the media they consume.’ Delicate Eternity

Stars in Their Eyes is a great exploration of disability and identity, with a particular focus on representation in media, ableism and accessibility.’ ALIA

‘Beautifully illustrated …’ AEUnews

Pages: 216
Publication Year: 2021
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Jessica Walton

Jessica Walton is a picture book author, teacher, parent, daughter of a trans parent, and proud queer, disabled woman. They wrote Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story About Gender and Friendship to help explain gender identity in a simple, positive way to their kids. Introducing Teddy began as a Kickstarter project, but has now been published […]


Aśka is an energetic visual storyteller, illustrator and science communicator who is a passionate advocate for visual literacy. She has illustrated ten published books and is a regular contributor to The School Magazine and other children’s publications. An active member of the local literature sector, she is part of many creative organisations, and for four […]