Three months ago, twelve-year-old Alma moved to the town of Four Points. Her panic attacks started a week later, and they haven’t stopped—even though she told her parents that they did. Every day she feels less and less like herself.

Then Alma meets the ShopKeeper in the town's junk shop, The Fifth Point. The ShopKeeper gives her a telescope and this message:

Find the Elements.
Grow the Light.
Save the Starling.

That night, Alma watches as a star—a star that looks like a child—falls from the sky and into her backyard. Alma knows what it’s like to be lost and afraid, to long for home, and with the help of some unlikely new friends from the Astronomy Club, she sets out on a quest that will take a little bit of astronomy, a little bit of alchemy, and her whole self.

QUINTESSENCE is a stunning story of friendship, self-discovery, interconnectedness, and the inexplicable elements that make you you.

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    Quintessence Reviews

  • Gavin

    A truly delightful and heartwarming tale about finding the strength and light inside you. Alma moved with her parents to the town of Four Points, a town Alma is unfamiliar with and causes her panic at...

  • Stephanie

    QuintessenceBy Jess RedmanWow! I am not one to be without words but I couldn’t actually speak for a while after I finished this book. It could be because I stayed up until three in the morning to fi...

  • Kathie

    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.5 big stars for my newest heart print read. I sat down to read it at just the right time, and it deeply touched me with how sensitive...

  • Malayna Evans

    Jess Redman has done it again. Quintessence is beautifully written, loaded with magic, and bursting with personality. I cheered Alma through every page. She deepened my understanding of anxiety while ...

  • Patrick

    Loved, loved, loved. Must read!!! Wow! What a story!!!...

  • Moonkiszt

    Jess Redman has come up with an empowering book for middle grade readers! Alma, who leads the way in this tale, has issues. Some from within, and some have been foisted upon her by a move out of the h...

  • Amber

    Overall, I felt seen by the anxiety representation in this work.  Additionally, I need more elemental magic in my life with realistic story as the base.Spoiler-Free Review: amberinoface.wordpress.com...

  • Alicia Bayer

    This is perhaps more proof that you can't judge a book by its cover, as I'm absolutely in love with this cover. My youngest daughter and I have been reading this as a bedtime book for what seems like ...

  • Katie Reilley

    Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group. Twelve year old Alma has recently moved to the town of Four Points. Since then, she’s been having panic attac...

  • Heather

    As bright and magical as a falling star, Quintessence is a beautifully told story that collided with my heart and set it aglow....