Review! Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

stellaStella By Starlight

By Sharon M. Draper

336 pages – ages 9+

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on January 6, 2015

Synopsis- The year is 1932. Stella and her family are African-Americans living in a segregated southern town. Stella loves her family, her community and her schools, but isn’t comfortable with being second class because of her skin color. When the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is spotted doing a ritual near Stella’s house, Stellla’s community does everything they can to stay under the KKK’s radar. But when a conversation in church results in bringing up the fact that there is a chance for African American’s to vote, some of the men in Stella’s community go to sign up. And that’s when the KKK starts acting up. Stella decides to take a stand.

What I Liked- This is a marvelous historical fiction novel set in the segregated south. The description of the time and place brought vivid pictures to my mind. Ms. Draper really transports you into the story, and you can feel the strength of Stella’s community. It just makes you want to smile. Stella is a great main character whom you care greatly about and really understand her feelings. Stella is loosely based on Ms. Draper’s grandmother.  I like the addition of Stella’s journal writings in the book, with misspelled words slashed through, and when she was typing, some simple mistakes on the typewriter, etc. It is an incredible authentic touch to the story, and it brought out Stella’s character even more. The story has great historical information about segregation and the civil rights movement. Ms. Draper has packaged an incredible history lesson in a captivating story.

I give “Stella By Starlight” five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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24 replies

  1. Oh, I really want to read this book! I’d heard of it recently but your review really makes it sound like a must-read.

  2. I knew you would love this book! Excellent review Erik. Now that you have a taste for Draper’s writing, I hope you’ll read Copper Sun and many of her other books.

  3. This seems like a great book for both my daughter and I check out and start some great discussions about history.

  4. Sharon Draper is an inspirational writer. I just finished “The Boy on the Porch” this week and cannot believe I had not heard of this one before. Everyone who works with young people, teachers, counselors and parents will find much to admire in the acceptance reflected in this family story. I would be interested to find out what Erik’s young readers of 10+ think of her writing. Never a spoiler, Beth

  5. Erik, this sounds like such a wonderful book. I keep seeing it EVERYwhere, so I’m thinking it’s one I need to try to check out. Thanks!

  6. This sounds very good. I’ll have to give it a look see. Maybe I can work it into the Historical Fiction unit for my ELA class

  7. Patricia Titlon reviewed this book on her blog and I was impressed. So pleased you liked it as well. A great historical book that kids will love. I like that it is based on the author´s grandmother.

  8. Great review, Erik! On the TBR pile.

  9. This one’s on my tbr list, too.

  10. Sounds paw-some! What a great review!

  11. This one sounds fantastic!

  12. Such a lovely cover! And such a powerful tale!

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