Stella by Starlight - Sharon M. Draper

Stella by Starlight

By Sharon M. Draper

  • Release Date - Published: 2015-01-06
  • Book Genre: Coming of Age
  • Author: Sharon M. Draper
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 51 Ratings)

Stella by Starlight Sharon M. Draper read online review & book description:

Sharon M. Draper presents “storytelling at its finest” (School Library Journal, starred review) in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era novel about a young girl who must learn to be brave in the face of violent prejudice when the Ku Klux Klan reappears in her segregated southern town.

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.

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Posted Reviews

  • Amazing!

    5
    By stxhfkb
    This book is amazing! Although the beginning gave me goosebumps,it’s my favourite book! Hope you all read it and enjoy it!
  • Stella by starlight:

    3
    By Ken🌼
    The book was nice but the grammar of what the kids were saying was hard to read honestly I get the book is supposed to be an old (back in the day)but good job anyways !
  • I didn’t understand the ending lol

    4
    By wmschool
    It was good but wth was the end
  • Why it sucked

    1
    By NinjaNick19000
    Had unnecessary details that were relevant to nothing. I guarantee this book would be two times shorter if it wasn’t for the unnecessary details.
  • Yes

    5
    By Bijou Star*
    I absolutely love this book, it was sad but extremely beautiful....
  • Stella by starlight

    5
    By EDog2727MAN
    OMG I LUV THIS BOOK!!!
  • Stella By Starlight

    5
    By Partymommy
    I recommend this book to 5th to 7th graders because I read it for summer reading and it was exciting, interesting, and great
  • AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5

    5
    By glhince
    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5 The year is 1932 and eleven year old Stella and her little brother Jojo are witness to a cross burning deep in the North Carolina woods. Now Stella knows that the world isn’t always fair to her: she walks past the white school daily, she can’t enter the stores using front doors, and somehow, this new sight makes her feel unsafe for the very first time in her life. The small town of Bumblebee is divided: segregation is a fact of life, and the KKK’s arrival portends many changes and dangers. While Stella is trying to navigate these changes and her first-ever feelings of danger in her life, Draper presents characters and choices in small vignettes from Stella’s point of view. This technique allows younger readers to identify with the situations and questions that arise, while understanding the evils of prejudice and segregation in action. For me, this story was easier to relate to in terms of younger (middle grade) readers: presenting some complex subjects in a way that is clearly spoken by one of their peers – Stella. Stella’s voice is solid, her questioning of the ‘status quo’ honest, and her recitation of her parent’s fears, and her own interactions outside of her small section of town are honest. And, seeing the story through Stella’s eyes gives readers that peculiar viewpoint that is at once informed and prejudiced by the warnings, restrictions and dangers present to those of color in the time. While not perfect: there are very few characters nuanced with the good and bad that is part of every being, as an introduction to how things were and the dangers of seeing and judging everyone in terms of color first are quickly apparent to young and old alike. I keep coming back to the fact that this story is written for younger readers, and my own experiences and knowledge are hindering my hearing the story with a child’s ear, tuned to the nuances and storytelling that make a story more authentic and approachable to a child. Narration in this story is provided by Heather Alicia Simms, and her tone, her voice and even the pauses in which she honors the quiet moments of the story are perfectly executed and appropriate. Lovely inclusions of song bring a lightness and spirituality to the story: not in a religious sense, but appropriate to the feel of the actions before and after. While there is a hollowness to the recording, as if one of the filters was left open, the story flows beautifully, it’s meant to be listened to rather than read, and young and old can appreciate the production. A story that is meant to be on every child’s shelf, as they learn to navigate the world and its many challenges, Stella by Starlight personalizes a moment in time that still resonates in behavior today, and presents listeners and readers, young and old, with moments of truth and questions for conscience that will inform, influence and impact their thoughts. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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