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"There’s a hundred ways to start this story, a hundred ways to tell it. Each one is impossible. Each one, unbelievable. But it did all happen and I promise it’s all true. There was a boy with eyelashes the shape of crescent moons and a star-gazing girl with burning amber hair and a dark-skinned stranger from a faraway land who told us this: there is a date, there is an hour, there is a moment when it will happen, and there is nothing we can do to stop it.

So I’ll just go on and tell the tale. As it was. As it is. As if it’s happening right now and I’m living it again and you’re living the story through me."


"He wasn't an alien, I was sure of that. It was more like he'd walked in through an ancient door from the past ... except he was here, in my bedroom and his misty forest was somewhere real on Planet Earth."

Branford Boase Award, 2018, Highly Commended
M.G Leonard of Beetle Boy fame, said: “The Starman and Me is a well told tale grown from the seed of an ingenious idea, and it grabs you on page one. We’re all excited to see what Sharon Cohen writes next.”
Judges' comments:
“Cleverly uses science and physics in a beautifully constructed narrative.”
“Features engaging characters with emotional resonance and charm.”
“It surprised me throughout”' A beautiful book with lots of positive messages for the young readers of today to take on board' Armadillo Magazine'Adventure, information and emotional intelligence combine effectively ...' The Book Bag Review


Twelve-year-old Kofi first spots the prehistoric human on a supermarket roundabout. He is small and dark and curled into a tight ball. His name is Rorty Thrutch and he has zero memory of how he ended up in the unexceptional village of Bradborough, or why he's being hunted...

Kofi soon finds out that Rorty can do amazing things. He can copy, paste and delete objects, using only the power of his mind. This is the discovery of the century and mad, greedy scientists will stop at nothing to track him down.

Kofi and best friend Janie are on a mission. Not only must they protect Rorty, but they have to find his missing girlfriend Pogsy Blue, too. Our prehistoric ancestors have crashed headlong into the 21st century and time is running out to save them...

THE STARMAN AND ME explores where we have come from and where we are moving to - it's about the magic of DNA, the power of identity, and the importance of caring for each other.