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Two Steps from the Stars

by Jean-Rock Gaudreault, translated by Linda Gaboriau

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And here she is in person: Maggie. She appears on the sidewalk just as Junior makes a big decision: this very night, he's going to make a run for it to achieve his great dream of becoming an astronaut… You've got to run fast to escape from your childhood. You've got to run fast to discover a larger world where you don't have to ask permission to be free. But sometimes it happens that a stowaway threatens to give away your secret unless… unless she can go with you for awhile… Sometimes the trains of childhood run very late. And rumours have a bit of truth to them… And what if the new world were only two steps away?

About the Authors
Jean-Rock Gaudreault is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's playwriting section. His first play, La Raccourcie, produced by Théâtre les gens d'en bas in 1997, was remounted and performed during the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques in Montreal and was nominated for a Masque for best regional production in the same year. His play for young audiences, Mathieu trop court, François trop long was nominated for a Masque for best script in 1999. Mathieu François et les autres… presented the play more than 250 times in Quebec and Europe. The English-language production, Matthew and Stephen, was produced in Canada and the United States in 2002. His second play for young audiences, Deux pas vers les étoiles, first produced by Mathieu François et les autres… in 2002, has been performed almost 300 times in Quebec and France. It won the Rideau Vox Pares award and a Masque for best play for young audiences in 2003. Jean-Rock Gaudreault won the 2003 Governor General's
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Linda Gaboriau is an award-winning literary translator based in Montreal. Her translations of plays by Quebec’s most prominent playwrights have been published and ­produced across Canada and abroad. In her work as a ­literary manager and dramaturge, she has directed ­numerous translation residencies and international exchange projects. She was the founding director of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. Most recently she won the 2010 Governor General’s Award for Forests, her translation of the play by Wajdi Mouawad.
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Jean-Rock Gaudreault is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada's playwriting section. His first play, La Raccourcie, produced by Théâtre les gens d'en bas in 1997, was remounted and performed during the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques in Montreal and was nominated for a Masque for best regional production in the same year. His play for young audiences, Mathieu trop court, François trop long was nominated for a Masque for best script in 1999. Mathieu François et les autres… presented the play more than 250 times in Quebec and Europe. The English-language production, Matthew and Stephen, was produced in Canada and the United States in 2002. His second play for young audiences, Deux pas vers les étoiles, first produced by Mathieu François et les autres… in 2002, has been performed almost 300 times in Quebec and France. It won the Rideau Vox Pares award and a Masque for best play for young audiences in 2003. Jean-Rock Gaudreault won the 2003 Governor General's Literary Award for Deux pas vers les étoiles, which was produced (in French) in Tokyo, in 2004.

Awards
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award for Drama (French
  • Winner, Masque Award- Best Play for Young Audiences
  • Winner, Rideau Vox Pares award

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Two Steps from the Stars

With the schoolyard buzzing with the rumour that he’s in love with the weirdest girl in school, Junior decides to run away and pursue his dream of becoming an astronaut. That’s when Maggie steps into his life. First published as Deux pas vers les étoiles.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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