Finalist Feature: Dim Stars

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Description: Kenzie Washington, fourteen-year-old girl genius, signs up for a two-week tour as a cadet on the spaceship of her idol, Captain Dash Drake. Too bad Dash, who once saved the galaxy from the evil Forgers, is a broke loser and much less than meets the eye.

But when an intergalactic evil appears and launches an attack, Dash, Kenzie, and the ship’s crew escape, making them the next target. On the run and low on gas, Dash and Kenzie encounter cannibal space-pirates, catastrophic equipment failure, and a cyborg who’s kind of a jerk.

Kenzie is determined to discover the bad guys’ secret plan. But for her to succeed, Dash needs to keep his brilliant, annoying cadet from getting killed…which is a lot harder than it sounds.

Author: Brian P. Rubin is a writer and editor living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Teréz Iacovino, and their son, Henry. Dim Stars is his first novel. His favorite food is soup.

Brian’s Local Library: Hennepin County Library

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.