Cover reveal & giveaway: STARS SO SWEET!

NOTE: The ARC giveaway is now closed, and winners have been announced. Thank you for entering!

Hey there! Guess what you’ll be able to find on…Sale

…next summer?

Hint: This young restaurant critic is involved.

And so is a visitor from a certain European city…French treats

Give up? Okay–reveal time!
STARS SO SWEET by Tara Dairman

Stars So Sweet

an All Four Stars book, coming July 19, 2016!
ISBN-13: 978-1-101-99648-5

Summer is winding down, and Gladys Gatsby’s stomach is full of butterflies about starting middle school. But her concerns go beyond juggling schoolwork and losing touch with old friends; she also has to worry about looming deadlines from her undercover job as the New York Standard’s youngest restaurant critic.

When her editor pushes for a face-to-face meeting, Gladys knows she must finally come clean to the grown-ups in her life about her job. Her perfectly planned reveal is put on hold, though, when her parents arrive home with a surprise: Gladys’s aunt Lydia—one of the only adults who knows her secret—fresh off a plane from Paris. Gladys and Aunt Lydia try one last ruse to fool her editor at the Standard, but for how long will Gladys be able to balance the drama of middle school with her secret life?

This third book in the delicious All Four Stars series sees Gladys facing her biggest challenge yet: being true to herself and honest with her friends and family, regardless of what those around her think.


Huge thanks to the Penguin Young Readers design team, and as always to brilliant cover artist Kelly Murphy, who has captured Gladys so perfectly in this cover!


You can now preorder Stars So Sweet from the following vendors:

Penguin *  AmazonBook Depository (International)

…and it should be available from many more retailers within the next month. Please consider supporting your local independent bookstore (find one here) by preordering the book from them. And, of course, if you’re in Colorado or New York, I hope to see you at a launch event next summer!

And you can add Stars So Sweet to your to-read shelf on GoodReads!

Giveaway alert!

TWO lucky commenters on this post will win their choice of either a signed hardcover of The Stars of Summer OR an advance copy of Stars So Sweet.

Leave a comment on this post if you’d like to enter, and you can earn extra entries by signing up for my e-mail newsletter and/or by tweeting about the giveaway.

Here’s a sample tweet you can use:

Check out the cover for STARS SO SWEET, third book in ‘s ALL FOUR STARS series, & win an ARC! 

Just let me know in your comment if you’ve signed up for the newsletter (either now or in the past) and/or tweeted. And feel free to share this cover far and wide. I hope you love it as much as I do!

The book can be sent to a mailing address in the USA or Canada. I’ll announce a winner one week from today, on Thursday, November 5.

42 Responses to “Cover reveal & giveaway: STARS SO SWEET!”

  1. Yun-A

    My sister loves the cover and is so excited to see that there’s a book 3! Of course, I am, too. I’m afraid we live internationally, but I can’t wait to read the book!

  2. LMcCJ

    Looking forward to this! I’ve subscribed to the newsletter and am tweeting about it now (@LMcCJ). Good luck, everyone!

  3. Kerri W.

    My daughter is eagerly awaiting Stars so Sweet! A signed copy is the one thing she’s asked for as a reward for a big accomplishment. We signed up for your newsletter – she is a big fan and wants to be an author when she grows up. She’s working on her first submission for a local newspaper contest:)

  4. Maryanne (mfantaliswrites)

    I love the cover and I can’t wait to read the story! I have been dying to meet Aunt Lydia ever since “All Four Stars” – you know she’s very special to me. <3 Congratulations, Tara, on your next marvelous installment in this amazing series! Woo hoo!!!!

  5. Jess Lawson

    YAY for Gladys (and for you, Tara, of course!)! This cover is SO FAB and makes me want to gobble up all the goodies and steal Glady’s awesome hoodie 🙂 I tweeted and get your newsletter 🙂

  6. Joy McCullough-Carranza

    Ooh, I’m so excited to meet Aunt Lydia! The cover is adorable and goes so nicely with the others. Good luck! Off to tweet!

  7. Melissa

    I’m so excited to see the third book is coming out! I can’t wait to share these books with my cousin when she is a little older. I signed up for your newsletter earlier this year and just tweeted (at lmslaton) the announcement.

  8. Karen Ricketts

    My 11 yr old daughter, Abbey, & I absolutely LOVED both books & highly recommend them to everyone! I showed Abbey your blog & she was so excited about the 3rd one, she was jumping up & down. How cool that she’s THAT anxious to get her hands on it?! We both loved the new green cover & super cute artwork too. Looks like we’re in for a treat with all the yummy desserts. We’re both looking forward to Stars So Sweet. Abbey didn’t miss a beat looking for clues to the storyline on the table…just like she even noticed the lobster backpack on the 2nd one. (She wrote a 5th gr. book report on Stars of Summer, and proudly came home w/a 105% for her grade w/extra pts for turning it in early.) WOW–so happy she found a connection w/Gladys & friends. Thank you!

  9. Helen Tighe

    I was so happy to see this that I tweeted before I even noticed the giveaway! Students and I have loved following Gladys and her friends. Preordering this now!

  10. Kristen Picone

    All Four Stars and Stars of Summer were the first two books I read last summer! As a non-foodie myself, I am intrigued by Gladys and would love her to help me broaden my food horizons with a sneak peek of the new book!! Fingers crossed!!

  11. Kim Parfitt

    My chef friend (also a retired English teacher) loved All Four Stars so much she hasn’t returned my copy! I love Gladys and her friends. Sweet stars every one!

  12. Ann Buckley

    OMG!!!! This is so exciting!!! I will be tweeting, FBing, and making sure to tell our children’s librarian to pre-order this so the library has all 3 books in the series! Love Gladys, Love you, Tara! This will be a “sweet” read for sure! And you can be sure if we don’t win the ARC…we will be getting it the second it comes out!

  13. Mel Mascarenaz

    My 9 year old daughter is so excited about the latest book! Our whole family read the last book and loved it so much!

  14. Kelly Farnsworth

    Love the cover!! That’s the fist part of pulling readers in. Congrats on the new upcoming book. I’ll spread the word and hope to see more from you.

  15. Emily

    Can’t wait for more Gladys! I’m subscribed, and I am going to tweet this… STAT! 🙂

  16. Julia Tomiak

    Congratulations! I found you via Jessica Lawson’s blog. Good luck with the release, and all of the voracious readers in my house love food, so we’d be the perfect match for your books (hint, hint) 😉

  17. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog

    My students love the first book in this series and I can’t wait to get the 2nd and 3rd for the school library. All the covers are gorgeous! I shared your tweet (retweeted it as @dmsfiles). I would love to win a copy to read and share with my students. Thanks so much and best of luck!

  18. Kathy Clark

    We are so excited to have a release date for your third book! My 10 year old daughter has read both of your books twice! They truly are her favorite and she can’t wait for the next one.

  19. Lisa P Genschel

    Don’t know if you’ll do a book tour for this one, but we would love to have you in Raliegh, NC. We have a wonderful independent book store, Quail Ridge Books. Looking forward to another fun read!

  20. D'Ann

    oh, my gosh..this just showed up on my newsfeed. Alaria and I have missed Gladys so much, and can hardly wait to have her come to visit once again. Cheers from here, and congratulations to whomever is fortunate enough to win a copy of the next book… 🙂

  21. Charlotte Rotenberg

    Hi I am Charlotte! I am a big fan of you’re books! You are super duper cool! If I win I will put posters all over my room! You should take a book tour in Ann Arbor! Also I can cook to! I can make homemade pasta and lots of other things and I am only 8! P.S you have a cute cat!! See you later and Charlotte is out!

  22. Abbey Lile-Taylor

    I just love Gladys and her adorable adventures!! <3 Can't wait to read the newest one!! Oh, but wait I must! July?? So. Far. Away. 😉
    PS I also Tweeted!

  23. Izzy saettele

    I loved both your books My favorite book is “the stars of summer” I am about to sign up for your news letters. I follow your twitter and Instagram it would mean the world to me if I won the advanded copy

  24. Dawn

    Love the cover and can’t wait to share this series with my daughter. I’ve subscribed to your newsletter and also posted to Twitter. Thanks.


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