TIN STAR wins the Sunburst Award

Very excited to announce that TIN STAR won the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.  I won in the YA category and Thomas King won in the Adult category for his book THE BACK OF THE TURTLE which looks amazing and I can’t wait to read it.

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About Tin Star, the Sunburst Jury said:

Tin Star is a gritty, compact science fiction novel that travels far beyond the usual orphan tropes of much young adult fiction. Tula is a teenaged girl overwrought with thoughts of revenge after her parents are murdered. Left behind on a shabby space station populated with all manner of alien life, Tula must learn to fend for herself if she is to survive. Castellucci handles notions of cultural difference with a deft hand, moving Tin Star beyond the sort of human-centeredness typical of traditional space operas. The spare prose paints a vivid picture of Tula’s struggles between her desire for vengeance and her yearning for a life beyond grief, and her refusal to view human manners as a default form of “normal” is reminiscent of the best of science-fiction such as Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness. A powerful, melancholy, and ultimately surprising work, Tin Star is a coming-of-age tale that will resonate with any reader with a pulse.

The other shortlisted works for the 2015 Young Adult Award were:

  • The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier (Amulet Books, 2014)
  • A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey (Bloomsbury Press, 2014)
  • Sophie, in Shadow by Eileen Kernaghan (Thistledown Press, 2014)
  • The Door in the Mountain by Caitlin Sweet (ChiTeen, 2014)

Sound of Useless Wings now on Audio!

The fabulous peeps over at Drabblecast have made an audio edition of THE SOUND OF USELESS WINGS for you to enjoy!  You can subscribe to their podcast or donate.  They have a pretty nice collection of stories up there.  Enjoy!

The story was originally published on Tor.com and is about Heckleck who is a character in the TIN STAR / STONE IN THE SKY Series.

I am also loving this fabulous Drabblecast cover for The Sound of Useless Wings by Lori Anne Baumgartner drabblecast-useless-wings-lori-anne-baumgartner


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Blog Tour Schedule

2/2 Dear Teen Me

2/20 Read Sleep Repeat

2/21 Seeing Double in Neverland

2/22 Tez Miller Oz

2/23 AMA Reddit

2/24 YA Bookshelf

2/25 Rhapsodacy in Books

2/26 YA Highway

2/27 Christina Reads YA

2/28 The Book Rat


2/21 Esther’s Ever After
2/ 22  Bookish Serendipity 
2/ 23 Addicted to Reading  
2/24  YA Bookshelf
2/25 More Than Just Magic
2/ 26  Pingwings
2/ 27  Andrea’s Good Reads  
2/28  Kellie Sheridan

Stone in the Sky (Tin Star #2)
by Cecil Castellucci
Hardcover, 320 pages
February 24th 2015 
by Roaring Brook Press
ISBN13: 9781596437760

In this thrilling follow-up to Tin Star, Tula will need to rely on more than just her wits to save her only home in the sky.

After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star Café on the Yertina Feray—the space station she calls home. But when it’s discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in—including Tula’s worst enemy. 

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Buy links for Stone in the Sky:


 Amazon * B&N *  Powells

Book Depository * Books-A-Million

Book 1 Tin Star links:

Amazon * B&N * Powells


Book Depository * Books-A-Million

About the Author:

Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, First Day on Earth, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star and Odd Duck. Her picture book, Grandma’s Gloves, won the California Book Award Gold Medal. Her short stories have been published in Strange Horizons, YARN, Tor.com, and various anthologies including, Teeth, After and Interfictions 2. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus and a two time Macdowell Fellow. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Stone in the Sky Cover!

So excited that the USA Today Happy Ever After section featured the cover of STONE IN THE SKY. I wrote a little essay about loving the beast / alien to go along with it. Those of you who’ve read TIN STAR will get why.

Years ago, Tula Bane was beaten and left for dead on a remote space station far from Earth, her home planet. She started with nothing and had no one, but over time, she found a home, a family, and even love. When it’s discovered that the abandoned planet beneath the station is abundant with a rare and valuable resource, aliens from across the galaxy race over to strike it rich. With them comes trouble, like the man who nearly killed Tula years ago—the man she has dreamed of destroying ever since.

STONE IN THE SKY finishes Tula Bane’s story. The book is out 2/24/15 and available to pre-order now! Powells. Indiebound. B&N. And that other evil spot.

Signed pre-orders for Stone in the Sky (or for any of my books signed) are available at Skylight Books


My San Diego Comic Con Schedule!


2:00pm – :01 Booth Signing
Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck)

3:00pm – Panel
Walking the Line
Calvin Reid (Publishers Weekly editor) moderates a panel with Nick Abadzis (author of The Cigar That Fell in Love with a Pipe, Titan’s Doctor Who comic series, and the award-winning graphic novel Laika) Frank Cammuso (author of The Misadventures of Salem Hyde series), Kazu Kibuishi (writer and artist of theAmulet series, and editor of the Explorer series) Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck) and Gene Luen Yang (writer and artist of the graphic novel Boxers & Saints) about the overlap between mainstream and alternative comics, and the possibility of a greater collaboration between the two.
Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 28DE

7:00pm – Eisner Awards
Wish me luck! I’m nominated along with Sara Varon for Odd Duck!


10:00am – MacKids Booth Signing Booth 1117
Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star)*

*I will have Tin Star buttons and also a very limited number of printed out versions of the Tin Star RPG: A Simple Favor. If you want a copy of the game, please tweet me @misscecil or leave a message on my facebook page. Booth 1117

1:00pm – Panel
Future Landscapes
Whether it’s a dystopian society, the aftermath of an apocalypse, or an unknown intergalactic landing point, the way YA novels envision the future is often complex and layered with problems and untapped possibilities. A dynamic group of authors including Emily Lloyd Jones (Illusive), Benny Zelkowicz (Foundry’s Edge), Romina Russell (Zodiac), Michael Johnston (The Heart of Dread series), Pierce Brown (Red Rising), Cam Baity (Foundry’s Edge), Charles Yu (How to Survive in a Science Fiction Universe), Benny Zelkowitcz (Foundry’s Edge), and Cecil Castellucci (Tin Star) discuss how they create their worlds of tomorrow, the architecture and outlining involved, and what we learn about our contemporary selves as a result of these future landscapes.
Saturday July 26, 2014 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Room 28DE

2:30pm – Autographing Area Signing
Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck/Tin Star)


Panels and Pictures (A Graphic Novel Panel — Kids/YA)
Sunday, 7/27/14, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB
Learn about the latest in great graphic novels for kids, with Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Kazu Kibuishi (Comics Squad: Recess),Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters); moderated by Jenni Holm(Babymouse, Squish). In their discussion of what makes a graphic novel “for kids,” their creative processes, and their latest books, these fantastic cartoonists will show you that new young readers are the heart of the graphic novel industry.

01:30 PM – 02:30 PM Autograph Area Signing AA09

Readercon Schedule!

I am very excited to at long last be attending READERCON this year! Here is my schedule! Please come and say hello if you are there!

Friday July 11
11:00 AM ENV Reading: Cecil Castellucci. Cecil Castellucci. Cecil Castellucci reads from her new novel Tin Star.

4:00 PM G Being a Good Literary Citizen . Cecil Castellucci, Ben Loory, Kate Maruyama, Paul Park, Kit Reed (leader), Rick Wilber. The SF community is strong, vibrant, and varied. At this panel, we’ll talk about ways that writers can give something back to the community that supports them. How can younger writers benefit from the experience and knowledge of older writers, and vice versa? How does the connection between teachers and students enliven the field? How can we “pay it forward”?

6:00 PM F Can Heroes Be Happy?. E.C. Ambrose, K. Tempest Bradford (leader), Cecil Castellucci, Adam Lipkin, Sarah Pinsker. In defense of DC Comics’s policy that superheroes can’t get married, Dan DiDio says, “Heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives. They are committed to being that person and committed to defending others at the sacrifice of their own personal interests…. It’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives, but it’s equally important that they set them aside.” In response, at The Mary Sue, Susana Polo wrote, “[Gay] kids need heroes who do the things that their environment tells them are impossible. They need gay heroes who grow up to be loved by the men and women that they love, in stable, healthy, and, yes, legally sanctioned relationships. They need heroes, as well as real people, to show them that it gets better. That. Is what heroes. Are for.” Let’s use this as a jumping-off point for discussing different concepts of heroes and heroism.

Saturday July 12
11:00 AM F Life in Space: Fact and Fiction. Saira Ali, Cecil Castellucci, Tom Purdom, Allen Steele (leader), Gayle Surrette. Life in space has been a backbone of science fiction from the beginning. More recently, works about space have focused less on the glory/excitement of the experience and have instead focused on the practicalites: politics (Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars series), neglect (J.G. Ballard’s Memories of the Space Age), or outright disaster (Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity). What has caused this shift from fiction to fact? Has the passing of the Golden Ages of both science fiction and space exploration played a role in how writers approach their subject matter?

Sunday July 13
10:00 AM ENL Readercon Classic Children’s Bookclub: Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Cecil Castellucci, Ken Houghton (leader). Written by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame and published in 1964, Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang has been beloved by children and adults, and continues to delight new generations partly thanks to the musical movie version starring Dick Van Dyke, with a screenplay co-written by Roald Dahl. This year is the 50th anniversary of Chitty’s initial publication, so let’s talk about Fleming’s obsession with cars and gadgetry and thrilling cliffhangers, and ask the children and teens among us to discuss if they agree with a critic from the year of publication who said “we have the adult writer at play rather than the children’s writer at work. The style is avuncular, the writing down too evident.”

12:00 PM F Extrapolating SF from Science . Robert Jackson Bennett, Cecil Castellucci, Danielle Friedman, Jeff Hecht (leader), Ken Liu, Allen Steele. “Trying to predict the future is a discouraging and hazardous occupation,” Arthur C. Clarke declared. How far can authors see into the future and extrapolate about new technologies? Isaac Asimov said that science is how we see farther, and science fiction is where we write down what we see. Join us as our panelists discuss how they use science and technology in their work and how they try to predict future trends.