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Young Adult Fiction Thrillers & Suspense

Center of the Universe, The

by (author) Ria Voros

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Thrillers & Suspense, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Science & Technology
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
  • Reading age: 14 to 18


Grace Carter's mother --- the celebrity news anchor GG Carter --- is everything Grace is not. GG is a star, with a flawless wardrobe and a following of thousands, while Grace --- an aspiring astrophysicist --- is into stars of another kind. She and her mother have always been in different orbits. Then one day GG is just ... gone. Cameras descend on their house, news shows speculate about what might have happened and Grace's family struggles to find a new rhythm as they wait for answers. While the authorities unravel the mystery behind GG's disappearance, Grace grows closer to her high school's golden boy, Mylo, who has faced a black hole of his own. She also uncovers some secrets from her mother's long-lost past. The more Grace learns, the more she wonders. Did she ever really know her mother? Was GG abducted ... or did she leave? And if she left, why? Author Ria Voros (Nobody's Dog, The Opposite of Geek) reaches for the stars here, deftly combining mystery with a passion for science and themes of mother-daughter bonds, celebrity, first love and best friendship. Facts about astronomy and astrophysics are seamlessly woven into the story and are supplemented by an interview with real-life astrophysicist Elizabeth Tasker, making this the perfect book for readers who love STEM. And even readers who don't have stars in their eyes will love this smart, suspenseful, relatable and literary novel.

About the author

Ria Voros is a middle grade and YA author, teacher, presenter and obsessive reader. She loves her family, the planet and dessert, most often in that order, and can be found eating ice cream on the beach with her husband and two kids in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Ria Voros' profile page


  • Unknown, Snow Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association

Editorial Reviews

Voros has given her young adult readers a novel which will satisfy on many levels.—CM Magazine

... this is sure to be a hit among readers who devour realistic fiction and family-driven mysteries.


This beautifully layered novel packs a powerful punch ...—The Globe and Mail

Smart and intriguing, this mystery succeeds on several levels.

School Library Connection

... compelling characters, wry humor, masterful and suspenseful plotting ...

Kirkus Reviews

... a genuine pleasure.

Quill & Quire

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