Stella by Starlight

Stella by Starlight

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781442494978
1442494972
9781442494985
1442494980
9781442494992
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 22 cm

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Standing up to the KKK in 1932. At Guided Reading level W, it fits IRLA Purple level readers. For more titles at this reading level search tags: purplereadinglevel or grlw, Also tag: historicalfiction

In 1932 North Carolina, a small town simmers with racial conflict as a KKK cross is burned and 3 African-Americans fight to be allowed to vote.

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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white_wolf_1589
Jul 23, 2019

This book is very touching. At first glance it isn't very appealing, but once you start reading, it captures your heart.
11 year old Stella, (the protagonist), is dealing with her everyday life when a neighbor's house gets burned down by a racist group. Then her life takes on new twists and turns as she has to face her and her community's race as her life changes.
I love this book! I could not put it down! I think that Sharon .M Draper has weaved a heartwarming and touching story that will capture the hearts of readers.

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RanaRoshan
Jun 20, 2019

I think Stella by Starlight is an astonishing book. It's very touching and inspirational but, I subjectively did not appreciate the ending because to me, it seemed hastened and not very appealing but, I adored how it was about a community of black people, who came together to show people that the color of your skin doesn't make you any more complex; How they did not give up after all that had happened. This book is suitable for 11-year olds to adulthood. I think Stella by Starlight is a wondrous book and you should read it!

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poipoi9911
Oct 11, 2017

Awesome Book At First I Thought The Book Would Be Boring But I Enjoyed It Very Much!

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bibliovore
Mar 04, 2015

Another compelling story by Sharon Draper, this one based on her family's history. The characters in this really make the events of living in segregation hit home - a great choice to share for Black History month.

Chapel_Hill_KarinM Jan 26, 2015

Set in a fictional NC town in the 1930's this book starts off with Stella and her brother witnessing a burning cross in their backyard, and becoming aware of the Klan becoming active in their community in the weeks leading up to the presidential election. While community and family are definitely the focus of this novel, as is Stella's struggle to improve as a writer, the treatment of historical events is also really well-drawn, and handled appropriately for the intended (middle-grade) audience. Nicely done.
Plus, the author is just awesome.

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Jul 23, 2019

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Apr 25, 2017

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