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Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Stella by Starlight

by Sharon M. Draper

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I would definitely use this book in my classroom when studying the civil rights movement and segregation.
  jschuttenhelm | Nov 16, 2017 |
This book takes you on the journey of an 11 year old girl in the 1930's. It covers major topics such as voting rights, segregation, and the great depression. It is a good book for students to read because they are learning about all these factors in history, but it is all attached to a character that readers can relate to. I think it portrays this era very well and will leave readers with relevent information that will leave them wanting more. ( )
  lori2114 | Nov 4, 2017 |
This was a wonderfully emotional book about the south in the 1930s. Stella is an 11 year old girl who faces many challenges such as discrimination, poverty, inequality and even danger. The character of Stella is very relatable to students even today, making this a book that children may find easier to read. While the relatable characters make this book easier to read though, its mature concepts and main ideas make it a tougher read. Stella throughout the book learns how poorly her people are treated and how unfair the world may be, but stella is brave and strong and very mature. This book also shows us that wealth ad status are not everything because the daughter of the wealthy white doctor in town is unhappy with her life as she is abused and paid no attention to by her parents. Stella on the other hand, has a very loving and caring family that she can depend on to get her through these tough times. ( )
  tmclau7 | Oct 16, 2017 |
It is midnight when 11 year-old Stella Mills and her eight year-old brother Jojo witness the burning of a cross by members of the Ku Klux Klan not far from their house. It’s 1932 in Bumblebee, North Carolina and news of the active Klan so close by means their parents need to alert all their African-American neighbors. Stella is practicing to be a good writer, records local stories, and often goes outside where she can think better which is no longer safe. When a neighbor’s house is set on fire and the youngest child is missing, Stella races to try to find her. This compelling, well written historical novel covers segregation in a personal, poignant way with courageous, likeable characters that will have tweens asking questions and searching for additional information.

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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
historical fiction novel
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When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

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