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Stardust expands its universe


Elle and Bailey Harris
Stardust game

By age 12, Bailey Harris was already an author. Along with her father, Doug, they co-wrote My Name is Stardust, which was released in 2017 and had already sold thousands of copies by the time she spoke at FFRF’s 2018 convention in San Francisco. (FFRF awarded Bailey its Beverly and Richard Hermsen Student Activist Award of $5,000.)

Bailey, now 15, has helped create more in the Stardust line, which now includes a new board game called “Go Extinct! Stardust Catches the Carnivores. According to the website, the game is a “special edition of the award-winning Go Extinct! tabletop card game, incorporating artwork and concepts from the Stardust series of science books for young readers. Players complete sets of animals based on actual genetic clades, working to collect the most sets by inferring the other player’s cards and identifying common ancestors on the evolutionary tree.”

But that’s not all for Bailey. Doug Harris says Bailey is working on the outline for a new book series called Stardust & Friends. They will explore Earth with famous scientists from the past. (In the first book, they will go on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands with Charles Darwin.) 

And Bailey’s sister, Elle, 10, is also involved in what has seemingly become the family business.

Elle the Humanist, which contains a foreword by philosopher and author Daniel Dennett, is an illustrated children’s book that “presents humanist ideas and ethics in a way that’s warm, welcoming and accessible for young readers.” 

You can see all of the Stardust-themed items for sale, including four jigsaw puzzles, at