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Stella by Starlight

Stella by Starlight

Fall 2015 Fiction
Ages: 9 - 13 yrs.
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781442494978
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Stella and her little brother Jojo live in a small segregated southern town during the depression. They're poor - they don't own shoes, even, to wear to school - but their life is rich. They have a loving family, a cozy home, and a close-knit community of friends.

All of it feels precarious, though, after Stella and JoJo accidentally witness a Ku Klux Klan meeting, practically in their backyard. Klan equals trouble; all of the black residents of Bumblebee know that. And they're afraid.

The community quickly closes ranks, but that doesn't protect them from danger. It does, however, bring out their courage. The Klan can't stop the Reverend or Stella's father from registering and exercising their right to vote, even though this one act could put their lives at risk.

Told through Stella's feisty young eyes, this is a beautifully written story with solid characters. It's a compelling read from start to finish.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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