Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Stella by Starlight, by award-winning author Sharon M. Draper, (Out of My Mind) is set in the segregated South of 1932. This story is told through the eyes of Stella, an 11-year-old African-American growing up in Bumblebee, North Carolina. Life is hard and everyone is struggling to survive the Great Depression. There are places in town where Stella is not allowed because she is "colored." And, although many people in Bumblebee are pleasant, others are unbelievably cruel.

One late night Stella sees something she isn't supposed to see. In the distance a group of Ku Klux Klan members are burning a cross. Their reappearance in the area sets everyone on edge, wondering what will come next. Stella's father, along with two other brave black men decide they are going to exercise their right to vote. A night later, one of their homes is burned to the ground by the Klan.

Although this book recreates some of the sad and sometimes violent events of this time in history, the bad events are overshadowed by the love and resourcefulness of the community. Stella by Starlight has been nominated for the 2016-2017 Intermediate Golden Sower Award.

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