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A Handful of Stars

Title

A Handful of Stars

Authors

Cynthia Lord

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780545700276

Pages

184 pages

Genre

realism

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; Legal guardianship; grandparents raising grandchild

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

Hispanic

Family Formation

multi-generational

Awards

Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature, 2016, Commended Title
Cybils Awards, 2015, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
Goodreads Choice Award, 2015, Nominee, Middle Grade

Keywords

blind dogs; friendship; blueberries; grandparents; Hispanics; migrant labor

Diversity Impact

direct

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