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The Same Stuff as Stars

Title

The Same Stuff as Stars

Publisher

Clarion Books

Publication Year

2002

ISBN

9780618247448

Pages

242 pages

Genre

realism

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When Angel's self-absorbed mother leaves her and her younger brother with their poor great-grandmother, the eleven-year-old girl worries not only about her mother and brother, her imprisoned father, the frail old woman, but also about a mysterious man who begins sharing with her the wonder of the stars.

Grade Level

3-5, 6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; Incarceration; Single parent; Legal guardianship; father in prision; kinship care; single mother; grandparents raising grandchildren

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single mother, great-grandmother

LGBTQ+

none

Awards

Best Children's Books of the Year, 2003
Capitol Choices, 2002
Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, Supplement, 2003
Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006
Children's Literature Choice List, 2002
Choices, 2003
Core Collection: Science Themed Youth Novels, 2008
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition, 2003
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books, 2002
School Library Journal Best Books, 2002
Teachers' Choices, 2003
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Cuffies: Children's Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 2002, Honorable Mention, Best Bet to Win the Newbery Medal
Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature, 2003, Honor Book
Mitten Award, 2002, Honor Book
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, 2003, Winner, Grades 4-6
White Ravens Award, 2003, Winner, United States

Keywords

family problems; brothers and sisters; great-grandmother; self-reliance; dysfucntional families; abandoned children; stars

Diversity Impact

direct

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