Monday, September 14, 2015
Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper
The setting of this book is unusual in that most books about prejudice seem to take place either during the Civil War or during the Civil Rights Movement. Our teens know very little about race relations outside of those two events so it's a good thing to have this showing problems somewhere in between those time periods. However, this book is like many other historical fiction books in that it is MAKING A POINT which does not appeal to teens. After the powerful opening scene of the Klan rally the story loses steam until it finally picks up again when Stella's dad tries to register to vote. I wish that some of that storytelling was more visible throughout.