Secret of the Starflower encourages chapter book reading through magical full-color illustrations!
Sandy’s mixed-up magic makes her different from the other seahorsicorns in Spectra, an enchanted undersea community. To make matters worse, her unruly rainbow mane attracts scary chomperfish – and gets her thrown out of the reef! That’s when a powerful current takes her to a secret cave with everything she needs… except a friend. But when she is discovered by a lone adventurer, their pen pal letters expose the truth of her unusual magic. Sandy is faced with a big decision. Should she leave the protection of the cave to save Spectra… and her only friendship?
Join Sandy on this epic adventure, and learn what she chooses to do.
- Ideal for readers ages 8-12
- Can be read out loud to ages 6-7
- Facing your fears
- Embracing our differences
- Personal growth
What people are saying about Secret of the Starflower
“The Secret of the Starflower” is a beautifully illustrated, magical story about the importance of friendship and the power of believing in yourself.
It’s hard to find chapter books for 8-year-olds that have more than just one illustration per chapter, while also having an engaging plot. “The Secret of the Starflower” fits the bill!
Sandy faces many challenges in this book and learns some important lessons. I think many young readers will identify with Sandy’s struggles and will be inspired by her honesty, bravery, and kindness.
I’m hoping there will be future books about Sandy, Scorny, and their adventures in Spectra!
“The concept of the seahorsicorn is awesome! They are beautiful, and I love the theme ‘face your fear’ and ‘being different’ is not a bad thing, it is actually the best thing!”
– Beta reader & mother of three
“What a great book! Well thought out. I love the fantasy, the magic and storyline. Kudos to Jessica.”
– Beta reader & grandmother
“My superficial impression of it was that it was going to be some girly fluff, which is a real turn off for me, but as I read it, I really appreciate the deeper themes that are being conveyed to readers: facing fears, using fear to propel you forward, finding your innate gifts and learning to use them for good…these are all such important themes!”
– Critique partner, SCBWI
“I liked it. I would recommend this book to friends. I think the point of the message is that it’s okay to be different. Being different is a strength. Be brave and adventurous!”
– Beta reader, 9 years old
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Author - Illustrator, Secret of the Starflower: Rainbow of Spectra
Author – Illustrator Bio
Depending on when you catch her, Jessica Kopecky is a Graphic Designer, Architectural Photographer, Mural Artist, Illustrator, craft pattern creator, wife and mom. While designing a stuffed toy inspired by her daughter, things got a little out of control until-whoops-she had developed an entire enchanted undersea world… and became an Author-Illustrator in the process.
Author’s Note: As a Christian, I have a creator-centric view of the world. You may notice that perspective represented in this book. Although the God of the Bible is not directly portrayed, the created world and themes of God-given gifts appear throughout. A variety of beta readers of different faith backgrounds have read and enjoyed Secret of the Starflower: Rainbow of Spectra for its storyline and entertainment value.