TRCA Nominee Spotlight: The Sun is Also a Star

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Monday, May 14, 2018

 “Local teen accepts destiny, agrees to become doctor.” The Sun is Also a Star, By Nicola Yoon

This book is inspired by Big History (to learn about one thing, you have to learn about everything). In The Sun is Also a Star, to understand the characters and their love story, we must know everything around them and everything that came before them that has affected who they are and what they experience.

Two teens--Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica--cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives--Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family's deportation to Jamaica--and fall in love.

In The Sun is Also a Star, you’ll meet Natasha, Daniel, and…the Universe!

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Everything About Nicola…Everything

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica and Brooklynn. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, game maker and author, David Yoon, and their daughter.

Nicola wrote the bestselling TRCA 2016 winner, Everything Everything.

Before she was an author, Nicola studied engineering at Cornell and worked for investment management firms.

She is a National Book Award Finalist and the winner of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book and Corretta Scott King New Talent awards.

Nicola is member of We Need Diverse Books. Find out more at

Nicola loves karaoke and Air Supply.

Great Reviews…

  • Starred Review from Kirkus
  • Starred Review from Booklist
  • Starred Review from Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review from Shelf Awareness
  • Starred Review from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
  • Starred Review from Horn Book

Already an Award-Winner…

  • National Book Award for Young People's Literature Finalist
  • Michael L Printz Honor book
  • Walter Honor book
  • Coretta Scott King New Talent Award
  • New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year 2016
  • Amazon Top 20 Best Book of the Year 2016 selection
  • Amazon Best Book of the Year Young Adult 2016 selection
  • New York Times, Book Review
  • Entertainment Weekly, Top 10 Best Books of 2016 selection
  • Entertainment Weekly, Grade A review
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016
  • Horn Fanfare Best Books of 2016
  • Publisher's Weekly Best Books of 2016
  • New York Public Library’s Best 50 Books for Teens 2016

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