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February’s Arrow Book Club title (for ages 9-12): Stella by Starlight, Sharon Draper. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books Reprint Edition, 2016. 352 pages.
Stella is a brave, tenacious girl growing up in a segregated North Carolina town during the depression. When Sella and her brother witness the activity of the Ku Klux Klan late one night, it is a sign of unwelcome changes to come. As Stella struggles to find her purpose, her community grapples with the oppression perpetrated by the Klan members in town. This book about family, community, and hope is infused with a sense of time and place. Draper weaves song and dialect into the story to create vivid scenes that bring the story to life.
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