The Falling Star Repairman

When stars fall from the sky, where do they land?

Do they get hurt?

Can they be fixed?

Join Elmer, the last falling-star repairman in the galaxy, as he tries to keep the night sky filled with starlight while making special friends along the way.

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About the Author

Candido Bretto is an African American/Cape Verdean American music producer, songwriter, and musician. He grew up in the seaside town of Marshfield, Massachusetts in a musical family. After graduating high school, Candido earned a Certificate of Study from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 2019, Candido released the album Rockin’ The Secrets of Plymouth Rock, featuring twenty-eight students from six Plymouth, MA public elementary schools. Candido enjoyed teaching toddler through sixth grade music at Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury, MA. BFMA students enjoyed participating in drama, and Candido enjoyed teaching them the songs they’d sing on stage in musicals. Earlier in his career, Candido landed a rewarding job at Woodward School for Girls in Quincy, MA, teaching music to grades six through twelve. It was there he saw the awesome power of music theory positively affect the lives of adolescents.

“Creating this book was a total joy! The inspiration behind Elmer’s character is Elmer Mendes of Duxbury, MA. In my youth, I recall seeing Elmer perched on his bike at the First Congregational Church in Marshfield center, waving at folks and ringing his bell as they passed by. The inspiration behind Marcus’ character is my son Marcus Bretto. Like Marcus Dandy, he has a workshop—only he makes wonderfully crafted handmade violins.” -Candido Bretto


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Releasing Secret Songs of the Rock