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Asking for Trouble (Hardcover)

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The heartwarming and adventure-filled sequel to Trouble in the Stars, in which Trouble, an adorable but dangerous shape-shifter must travel the galaxy on a rescue mission with their best friend Electra and a troublesome baby shapeshifter. Perfect for fans of Greg van Eekhout and Geoff Rodkey.

After the adventure and havoc of escaping the evil General Smag, Trouble is happy to finally be settling in to their new home with their best friend, Electra, and the misfit crew of the Hindsight. Maybe danger is finally behind them. But Trouble has a situation to deal with: training the rescued baby shapeshifter and helping it figure out who--and what--they are. But trying to be a good big sibling to a proto-being isn't the only challenge facing Trouble.

Trouble's best friend, Electra, was taken from her home as a baby and was raised at a military academy, where she was trained to become a loyal StarLeague cadet. Now Electra is determined to rescue the other cadets so they can have normal childhoods instead of becoming lethal weapons, like her. Her plan? To infiltrate the academy as a senior student and then engineer an escape by the entire student body.

Trouble knows they must help Electra carry out her plan. But when Electra goes missing, Trouble, determined to rescue the rescuer, goes undercover at the academy, even if it's not as easy as you'd think for a shapeshifter to pretend to be a military cadet. Especially when Trouble finds that the baby shapeshifter has come along.

Now Trouble must do whatever it takes to save Electra and the other cadets--and figure out a strange mystery coming from the deep dark edges of space. Because something's coming...

About the Author

Sarah Prineas is the author of the Magic Thief series, the Winterling trilogy, Ash & Bramble, Rose & Thorn, and Heart of the Land from the Spirit Animals series. She lives in rural Iowa with her husband, two kids, and two cats. You can visit Sarah online at

Praise For…

"[A] highly engaging sequel that offers just as much humor and heart as its predecessor...This series continues to be a pitch-perfect space thriller ideal for sci-fi lovers, Star Wars fans and reluctant readers."--School Library Journal

"Lovers of astronomy will be delighted by the way Prineas has warped space-time to create her interstellar antagonist...the story sails along with more than enough humor and heart...A bright, beautiful second installment."--Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Trouble in the Stars:
Trouble in the Stars is a delight from first page to last, Sarah Prineas tells Trouble’s voyage of self-discovery and search for family with dry humor, whimsy, and moments of heart-tugging poignancy. I enjoyed every minute.”—Greg van Eekhout, author of Voyage of the Dogs
“Prineas’s exciting and masterful adventure affirms a profound truth: that just like Trouble themself, real homes and families can take many shapes.”—Jenn Reese, author of A Game of Fox & Squirrels

“I loved this book! Trouble in the Stars is a deftly plotted page-turner with an exceptional protagonist. Trouble’s journey from loneliness and fear to acceptance and agency is rendered with warmth and nuance, making a vast, exciting galaxy feel as cozy as home. Highly recommended.”—Rae Carson, author of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
"A space chase that would feel right at home in the world of Star Wars. Unexpectedly out of this world." --Kirkus Reviews

"A humorous science fiction adventure that is perfect for Star Wars fans . . . A great choice for middle grade collections and for readers looking for humorous, action-packed science fiction. " --School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593204306
ISBN-10: 0593204301
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 15th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English