Academic journal article Language Arts

Stella by Starlight

Academic journal article Language Arts

Stella by Starlight

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Charlotte Huck Winner Stella by Starlight Written by Sharon Draper Atheneum, 2015, 320 pp., ISBN 978- 1- 4424- 9497- 8

Ten- year- old Stella Mills is the embodiment of #blackgirlmagic, a hashtag for the purpose of celebrating, inspiring, and motivating Black women and girls. After all, Stella is brilliant, resourceful, and full of optimism for the future, even though she lives in the segregated town of Bumblebee, North Carolina. It is 1932 and readers first meet Stella after she and her brother Jojo witness an unnerving event on the outskirts of their small town, one that signals the return of the Ku Klux Klan. As the news of the cross- burning spreads among Stella's neighbors and hushed conversations turn into meetings, Stella's family and fellow community members come to realize their lives will never be the same. Narrated through Stella's perspective, readers quickly learn how to navigate each pressing issue and potentially dangerous situation alongside Stella and her family and friends. …

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