*** Possible Spoilers Ahead! ***
Book Title: Stella By Starlight
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Main Theme: Juvenile Fiction, Historical Fiction
Thesis: Stella, a bright little girl who has a passion for the truth and writing, finds her small town in North Carolina in turmoil. She can’t go to certain stores, has to go to school with other kids who are the same color, and can’t see the local white doctor. When the Ku Klux Klan makes another unwelcomed appearance in her town, Stella must stay brave to fight the prejudice with her family and friends by her side.
What Drew Me In: I’m a big believer in challenging kids and exposing them to real-world problems/situations, depending on the age level. I have heard through the grapevine that this book is very good and because it is set with a child protagonist, it can relate well to children and adults. Racism is alive and well in the world, unfortunately, and while thankfully we do not have to deal with some of the things that people before us dealt with, new challenges and problems arise every day. “Stella by Starlight” gives us an opportunity to travel back in time to see what they would have seen, like a burning cross or the terrifying images of grown adults dressed in white sheets doing despicable acts. I needed a book from the juvenile section for my reading challenge, so I had to pick this one up.
My Thoughts: So I understand that this is technically a juvenile fiction book, but seriously, EVERYONE should read this book. The book itself gives such a vibe off of it, and I think it is because it is told in a child’s voice. A great way to tell a story is through the mind of a child who is growing up, perhaps to quickly, in a world that isn’t forgiving to children.
One thing that I wished that had happened was more of a consequence for a certain character, who let his racism get in the way of doing the right thing. The end of the story had a happy ending to it, but of course, we want to see the bad guy get taken down, right? But at the same time, there are two things I think of:
- This book was set in the early 1900s, and segregation didn’t end until the 1960s, so obviously, the “segregation” part of the book wasn’t magically going to go away.
- And two, with the encouragement from a friend (it’s so hard to not spoil this!), Stella is given more courage towards the end of the book than she ever had before. I can imagine this character becoming a teenager/adult with much more confidence within herself, and probably be one of those badasses that would make history.
Would I recommend this book?: Honestly, I think so. It makes a great book for your kids, especially those who are learning about this in class. And honestly, I can think of a few adults I personally know who would benefit from this book as well… just saying…
So, even if your library is closed, call and see if you can curbside pick up this book! Or at least put on hold while you wait for this COVID-19 stuff to pass through. You won’t regret it!
Yay! Another book review is done! I’m hoping to get Glass Sword up here before too long. Until then, don’t lose your minds to being stuck inside all day (like I am…)
The Library Lady ♡