Stella by Starlight

Stella by Starlight

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Stella lives in the segregated South -- in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can't. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn't bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they're never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella's community -- her world -- is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don't necessarily signify an end.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781442494978
1442494972
9781442494985
1442494980
Branch Call Number: j DRAPER 2015
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 22 cm

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Stella loves to sit outside at night, practice her writing and look at the stars. But one night, she sees a bonfire in the forest. It's the KKK or Ku Klux Klan, a band of white men that use terror to keep blacks in their "place." And tonight the Klan is practicing burning a cross in ... Read More »

Courage and community are key as Stella witnesses KKK activity late one night in her 1932 African-American neighborhood.

Courage and community are key as Stella witnesses KKK activity late one night in her 1932 African-American neighborhood. Draper uses part of her own grandmother’s childhood to have readers remember the past and consider community, injustice, hope, love and hate. grades 5-8

Stella witnesses a cross burning by the Ku Klux Klan and bravely uses her growing writing skills to challenge prejudice.


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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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