They were inseparable. Only Kate could coax her astrophysicist grandfather to stop slaving in his laboratory long enough to enjoy picnics in the garden. And only Grandfather’s gentle humor could lift Kate out of her doldrums. His rambling New England kitchen was more home to her than anywhere else. Yet now something was different. Nobody — not even Kate — could get Grandfather to talk about his latest experience. Only when a strange, otherworldly visitor nearly destroys the laboratory does Kate learn the truth of why Grandfather has been working so feverishly to identify a mysterious connection between the nature of light and the nature of the human soul. But before Grandfather has explained everything, he suddenly disappears — leaving Kate to search for him and for the secret that could save the planet Earth and the entire solar system from annihilation.
Heartlight is a quest with the highest possible stakes, a tale of mystery and adventure that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It is the story of the extraordinary bond between a young girl and her grandfather; and an eloquent statement about the ability of one individual, armed solely with the power of love, to change the course of the stars.
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“What a joy to read Tom Barron’s Heartlight. This is one of the best Science Fantasies I’ve read in a long time. The author manages to combine sophisticated concepts of physics with high fantasy in a marvelous way.”
— Madeleine L’Engle
“Barron’s debut novel is a splendid action-adventure science fantasy filled with deep, resonant emotional and spiritual undertones…This book shines as a bold, original effort worthy of repeat readings.”
— Publishers Weekly
“When Kate’s grandfather does astrophysical research on the nature of light and its relations to the human soul, strange and ominous events occur…This thoughtful adventure combines fantasy, physics, and metaphysics in a manner reminiscent of Madeleine L’Engle.”
“Like Madeleine L’Engle, T.A. Barron very persuasively and very plausibly compounds great galactic adventure with questions fundamental to the universe — ours or any other…An absorbing story, deeply moving, deeply imaginative.”
— Lloyd Alexander
“Splendid fantasy, firmly in the tradition of Madeleine L’Engle and C.S. Lewis.”
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Heartlight…crosses generational lines and becomes a vehicle for family discussions about love, death, independence and integrity.”
— Rocky Mountain News
“An enthralling story to inspire any age reader to come along on a much needed journey of rootedness and hope.”
— Buzzworm, The Environmental Journal
“Like many classic ‘children’s books’, this novel is told on so many levels that if older readers pass it by, they will be cheating themselves. While freshly simple, it has levels that only mature minds can grasp. Mythic images from many cultures are used in new ways, and the reader will be charmed with its soul satisfying message of love and hope. This is an author I would gladly read any day.”