Book Review: 'Stella by Starlight,' a compelling kids' novel about love and segregation

February 2, 2015 6:43 PM

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Parents need to know that"Stella by Starlight," by award-winning author Sharon M. Draper, deals with life in the segregated South of 1932, as seen through the eyes of a bright young African-American girl. Violence looms, in the form of fatal on-the-job "accidents" and Klan arson, as well as young Stella's memories of the town's white doctor hitting her 5-year-old self as hard as he could because she got a bit of mud on his shoe. But the violence is overshadowed by the love, courage, and resourcefulness of the community, and supportoften comes from unlikely quarters. Set in the days leading up to Franklin D. Roosevelt'selection, it's a relatable, inspiring tale likely to spark intriguing discussions.

It's 1932 in Bumblebee, NorthCarolina, where 11-year-old Stella is growing up poor, smart, andAfrican-Americanin a loving family.Life is mostly peaceful, but deadly violence is only as far away as the next Klan rally, when the local bigots decide that Bumblebee's black peopleneed scaring. In this co...

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