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Stella by starlight, Sharon M. Draper

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Stella by starlight
Title
Stella by starlight
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Sharon M. Draper
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Language
eng
Summary
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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Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2016
  • Notable Books for a Global Society, 2016.
Review
  • Grades 4-8 It’s 1932 in segregated Bumblebee, North Carolina, and times are tough for the tiny town. The residents of Stella’s African American neighborhood scrape together what they can to get by, and that spirit of cooperation only grows stronger when Stella and her brother, Jojo, spot a Klan rally close by. Tensions are high, and nearly everyone is frightened, but Stella’s community bands together to lift each other’s spirits and applaud one another’s courage, especially when Stella’s father and a few other men register to vote, undaunted by the cruel and threatening remarks of some white townspeople. Brave Stella, meanwhile, dreams of becoming a journalist and writes down her feelings about the Klan. Inspired by her own grandmother’s childhood, Draper weaves folksy tall tales, traditional storytelling, and hymns throughout Stella’s story, which is punctuated by her ever-more-confident journal entries. This uplifting and nostalgic tale of community and family movingly captures both 10-year-old Stella’s relatable experiences as well as the weighty social issues of the period. -- Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 12-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 7, p56)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 4 – 8 — Coretta Scott King Award winner Draper draws inspiration from her grandmother's journal to tell the absorbing story of a young girl growing up in Depression-era, segregated North Carolina. One frightening night Stella and her brother Jojo witness a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan, practically in their own backyard. This meeting is the signal of trouble to come to the black community of Bumblebee. The townspeople must come together to find strength and protection to face the injustices all around them. This is an engrossing historical fiction novel with an amiable and humble heroine who does not recognize her own bravery or the power of her words. She provides inspiration not only to her fellow characters but also to readers who will relate to her and her situation. Storytelling at its finest.—Tiffany Davis, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY --Tiffany Davis (Reviewed January 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 1, p92)
  • /* Starred Review */ After 11-year-old Stella and her brother witness late-night Ku Klux Klan activity, word spreads through their North Carolina town. It’s 1932, and every “Negro family in Bumblebee knew the unwritten rules—they had to take care of their own problems and take care of one another.” Draper (Panic) conveys a rich African-American community where life carries on and knowledge is passed along (“My mama taught me. I’m teachin’ you. You will teach your daughter”), despite looming threats. While in town, Stella notes the white children’s fine school building and speculates about who might be Klansmen; in her parents’ backyard, spontaneous potluck celebrations chase away gloom as adults trade tall tales: “remember last summer when it got so hot we had to feed the chickens ice water to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs?” Stella’s desire to become a writer parallels her father’s determination to vote. In a powerful scene, the entire black community accompanies three registered black voters to the polling location and waits silently, “Ten. Fifteen. Twenty-five minutes,” until the sheriff steps aside. This compelling story brims with courage, compassion, creativity, and resilience. Ages 9–13. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 24, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 48, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ When a young girl gains confidence from her failures and strength from what her community dreads most, life delivers magic and hope. Stella Mills and her brother Jojo witness the Ku Klux Klan burning a cross late one starry night, setting off a chain reaction that leaves their entire community changed. During the Depression, North Carolina was less than hospitable for African-Americans forced to work more to earn less while being deprived of basic human rights. Through the perspective of Stella, young readers glimpse the nearly suffocating anguish that envelops this black community, illuminating the feelings associated with suppression. In a telling passage, Stella's mother attempts to comfort her: " 'It's gonna be all right,' her mother whispered as she smoothed down Stella's hair. But Stella felt the tension in her mother's arms, and she knew that in reality, fear hugged them both." Draper expertly creates a character filled with hope, dreams and ambition in a time when such traits were dangerous for a girl of color. While the use of language honors the time period, the author is careful to avoid the phonetic quagmire that ensnares lesser writers of the period, allowing the colorful idioms to shine. A tale of the Jim Crow South that's not sugar-coated but effective, with a trustworthy narrator who opens her heart and readers' eyes. (Historical fiction. 9-13)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2014)
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Draper, Sharon M.
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 9-13
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 8
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True
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  • Civil rights
  • Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
  • Segregation
  • Prejudices
  • African Americans
  • North Carolina
Target audience
pre adolescent
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Stella by starlight, Sharon M. Draper
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volume
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  • text
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Control code
000053553398
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
320 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781442494978
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Label
Stella by starlight, Sharon M. Draper
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Control code
000053553398
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
320 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781442494978
Isbn Type
(hardcover)

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