Staff Review: "Stella by Starlight"
It is midnight when 11 year-old Stella Mills and her eight year-old brother Jojo witness the burning of a cross by members of the Ku Klux Klan not far from their house. It’s 1932 in Bumblebee, North Carolina and news of the active Klan so close by means their parents need to alert all their African-American neighbors. Stella is practicing to be a good writer, records local stories, and often goes outside where she can think better which is no longer safe. When a neighbor’s house is set on fire and the youngest child is missing, Stella races to try to find her. This compelling, well written historical novel covers segregation in a personal, poignant way with courageous, likeable characters that will have tweens asking questions and searching for additional information.