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A Handful of Stars

Title

A Handful of Stars

Authors

Cynthia Lord

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Pages

184 pages

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780545700276

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Legal guardianship; grandparents raising grandchild

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

Family Formation

multi-generational

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

Hispanic

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

Item Type

Fiction

Format

chapter book

A Handful of Stars

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