The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas

The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

Written by Michelle Cuevas

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In a nutshell: black holes and family relationships

There are two black holes in Stella’s life: the first is the one she finds hiding in a cardboard box, names Larry (“short for Singularity, which I’d read is a place of infinite gravity at the heart of a black hole”) and takes home to look after. The other is the death of her father, which has left her completely grief-stricken and unable to confide in family or friends. As Stella tries to cope with her loss and to feed her new pet, she resorts to throwing anything that reminds her of her father into Larry. It’s only when her new puppy is accidentally swallowed up that she heads in too. Exciting, surreal but with a firm sense of its own internal logic, this is both a quirky and satisfying fantasy adventure and a poignant exploration of grief. Stella’s idiosyncratic approach and support from her little brother Cosmo keep the tone light even when the subject is at its most painful.

One to recommend to fans of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge and Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford. ~ Andrea Reece


The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas

So wait, said Cosmo. If we go in that door, we might exit on the other side of the galaxy? ' I don't know, I said. But we currently live in a tub in a black hole, so what do we have to lose? When eleven-year-old space mad Stella Rodriguez shows up at NASA to request that her recording be included in Carl Sagan's Golden Record, something unexpected happens: A black hole follows her home, and sets out to live in her house as a pet. The black hole swallows everything he touches, which is challenging to say the least - but also turns out to be a convenient way to get rid of those items that Stella doesn't want around. Soon theugly sweaters her aunt has made for her all disappear within the black hole, as does the smelly class hamster she's taking care of, and most important, all the reminders of her dead father that are just too painful to have around. It's not until Stella, her younger brother, Cosmo, the family puppy and even the bathroom tub all get swallowed up by the black hole that Stella realizes she has been letting her own grief consume her. And that's not the only thing she realizes as she attempts to get back home... From the author of Confessions of an Imaginary Friend comes an astonishingly original and funny adventure with a great big heart.


Praise for Confessions of an Imaginary Friend:

`Cuevas's novel brimming with metaphors, gorgeous imagery, and beautiful turns of phrase considers the fate of devoted but invisible companions. Have tissues on hand for the bittersweet ending.' Publishers Weekly, starred review

`Alternately amusing and philosophical, this quirky read will get kids thinking about love, loss, and life' Booklist

About the Author

Michelle Cuevas graduated from Williams College and holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Virginia. She lives in Massachusetts.

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208 pages


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

11th January 2018




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