DIVerse Families
 
The Same Stuff as Stars

Title

The Same Stuff as Stars

Publisher

Clarion Books

Pages

242 pages

Publication Year

2002

ISBN

9780618247448

Genre

realism

Topic

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

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

Family Formation

single mother, great-grandmother

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

none

Race/Ethnicities

White

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

Item Type

Fiction

Format

chapter book

The Same Stuff as Stars

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