Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh is a fast-paced adventure set in 16th century Europe. Jepp is dwarf who is taken from his humble home to be entertainment in the court of the Infanta of the Spanish Netherlands. Although palace life is comfortable and he gets an education, by the time he is 15 he longs to be free of this humiliating life, and his attempt to help a friend ends tragically. He is caged and sent away. The prevailing belief in astrology tells him he can't fight his fate, but his new master, Mr Brahe, is a man who truly knows the stars and Jepp begins to believe he can take his destiny into his own hands. Fascinating history, engaging, humorous characters, rich writing, and a good adventure!