Stella by Starlight by Sharon M Draper
Stella and her younger brother, Jojo, witness firsthand a burning at a Klan rally very close to their home. There is more burning to follow. This historical fiction takes place in 1932 in segregated North Carolina. Stella is undaunted almost to the point of being fearless. She even goes with her father when he registers to vote and when he actually votes. She wants to be a writer. She does her best writing at night. Stella notices injustices. Everyone helps each other and their resilient spirit shines. Stella, herself, is a hero more that once.
Imagine having no shoes. Imagine having to pay money for registering to vote. Imagine having to walk past the library and a school just for white people. Sharon M. Draper does a most excellent job in giving authentic voices to so many characters. Sharon M. Draper even did her homework. It wasn't too long ago the the words "under God" were added to the Pledge of Allegiance. She even noticed that detail. I know Sharon M. Draper must be tired of all the awards that have been bestowed upon her and her literary work. May I add one more thing? Thank you, Sharon M. Draper, for giving Stella a heart that shines.
* Rebecca Caudill 2017 Award Nominee*