It is rare that a book leaves me speechless, but Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper is one of those books.
Set in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains in 1932, Stella and her family face racism with bravery and love. When Stella and her little brother inadvertently witness Ku Klux Klan activity in the middle of the night, their world becomes significantly less secure. With the upcoming presidential election, their father determines to exercise his right to vote. But no one can predict the hate filled backlash that visits their community.
Sharon M. Draper has written a stunning novel for middle readers that allows all to experience the realities of racism first hand through the eyes of young Stella. Based on family history, Stella by Starlight shows the reader what the African American experience was in rural NC during the 1930s, from illl-equipped public schools, to inadequate medical help.
Chosen as a NC Elementary Battle of the Books title for 2015-2016, this book is recommended for every middle grades reader.