Clark Burbidge was born and raised in the high mountain valleys of the Rockies. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS from the University of Utah. Clark and his wife, Leah, live near Salt Lake City, Utah, where they enjoy their blended family of ten children and nine grandchildren. Clark’s award-winning works include the StarPassage series, Giants in the Land trilogy, the acclaimed Christmas book, A Piece of Silver: A Story of Christ and a nonfiction work, Living in the Family Blender: 10 Principles of a Successful Blended Family.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The fourth book in the popular YA adventure series, StarPassage, is a thrilling, non-stop odyssey across time. Mike Hernandez and the Coleman twins return, but just when the friends think they have the Star of Passage, it’s riddles, and Orion’s Belt figured out, they discover a new relic.

All of Tim and Martie’s rules are tossed aside when Tocho, a member of the Native American Shoshoni tribe which roamed the Rocky Mountains, knocks on Callie and Courtney’s Astoria, Oregon door with the mysterious Star of Hope. The new relic has the shocking ability to transport the teens forward in time, where cartels and gangs are a rising threat and technology has advanced so far that computer viruses affect humans. As Mike, Callie, Courtney, and Tocho struggle to remain free of the virus, they also have to dodge the shadowy Trackers, those wicked souls who are doomed to haunt history and desire the relics to free themselves from their eternal prison. 

The teens find themselves racing to save a possible future, but can they change it for the better? Award-winning storyteller Clark R. Burbidge’s latest addition to the StarPassage series, StarPassage: Cyber Plague, will inspire you to pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.

TALKING POINTS

  • How youth can make a difference and why it is worth the effort
  • How working together as a team (whether family, work, or with friends) benefits everyone
  • AI and advancing technology’s impact on children growing up in the present as well as how it is shaping the future
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected children’s imaginations as well as lives
  • Healing through fiction: five ways children can emotionally benefit from reading and how the monsters and trials in literature and our lives can be tools to help us succeed
  • Tips for not giving up, even when the outlook seems pretty hopeless

TIMELY TIE-INS

  • September is Read a New Book Month
  • October is TeenTober
  • October 12 is Indigenous People’s Day
  • November is Native American Heritage Month
  • November 1 is National Authors Day
  • November 8-12 is World Quality Week
  • November 15-19 is National Young Readers Week
  • November 22-26 is National Family Week
  • November 25 is Thanksgiving, National Family History Day
  • December 8 is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day