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A Sky Full of Stars
ISBN: 9780544800656
Author: Jackson, Linda Williams
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: January 2018
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Annotation: In Stillwater, Missippi, in 1955, thirteen-year-old African American Rose Lee Carter looks to her family and friends to understand her place in the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Prejudice & Racism
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
Library of Congress Subjects:
African Americans; Juvenile fiction.
African Americans; Fiction.
Race relations; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016057684
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 1.50" H x 150.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Social Issues, Middle School, Historical Fiction, Growing Up, Geography, African-American
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
In segregated mid-1950s Mississippi, increasing racial strife poses a new dilemma for thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter (Midnight Without a Moon). She is caught between conflicting tactics to effect change: peaceful protest or retaliatory violence. With captivating characterization, Jackson has again credibly woven real historical events into a poignant story of hope, friendship, and aspiration, resulting in an insightful, relevant historical novel. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #1)
In this sequel to Midnight Without a Moon (rev. 1/17), thirteen-year-old Rosa Lee Carter, part of a struggling sharecropper family in segregated mid-1950s Mississippi, continues her search for self. In the first book, Rosa and her community were left reeling by the murder, in a nearby town, of Emmett Till and the subsequent not-guilty verdict for his killers; now, her world is further complicated by a series of unprovoked assaults on and murders of African American men. The increasing racial strife, punctuated by reports of the Montgomery bus boycott, poses a dilemma for Rosa as she is caught between two conflicting tactics to effect change: peaceful protest advocated by her friend Hallelujah, the preacher's son, or retaliatory violence espoused by her cousin Shorty ("So you tell me. Which one go'n work? Boycotts or bullets?"). When her aunt in St. Louis again offers her the opportunity to come live with her, Rosa instead decides to stay in Mississippi and help another aunt develop a business, cultivate a relationship with her estranged father and his new family, and keep hope alive that change is gonna come. With captivating characterization, the author has again credibly woven real historical events into a poignant story of hope, friendship, and aspiration, resulting in an insightful historical novel that could serve as a resourceful complement to contemporary discussions about social justice. pauletta brown bracy Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #5)

Jackson's novel—a sequel to Midnight Without a Moon, but easily read as a standalone—takes place in the town of Stillwater, Miss., in 1955, during the charged months following the death of Emmett Till and the acquittal of his killers. Thirteen-year-old Rose Lee Carter struggles with questions of race relations and political activism in her family and community. Rose and her brother are being raised by their grandparents—mean-spirited Ma Pearl and gentle Papa—who tend to a white family's house and cotton plantation; the siblings' parents are married to others and are absent from their lives. Jackson presents the lingering racist perspectives of white Southerners ("I wish the coloreds up north would realize how happy the coloreds are down here") and, a little less smoothly, includes a lot of black history under the guise of conversation. The relentless killing of black men by whites is uncomfortably timely, as are the conflicts between Rose's friend Hallelujah, who advocates peaceful demonstrations, and her cousin Shorty, who believes violence should be responded to in kind. Readers will be left with much to consider and discuss. Ages 10–12. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 September)

Gr 5–7—Jackson's second novel in the continuing story of Rosa "Rose" Lee Carter, a 13-year-old African American girl growing up in Mississippi. The year is 1955, and the town of Stillwater, MI, is still reeling from the injustice of Emmett Till's murderers going free. The white folks are saying that ever since the trial, "the coloreds have gotten beside themselves." Trouble is brewing closer to Rosa than it ever has before. Her best friend, Hallelujah, the preacher's son, is stirring up talk of holding demonstrations in Stillwater. But it is Rosa's cousin Shorty who is determined to take a stronger stance against whites, using guns instead of words. While the backdrop of the story depicts the violence and hatred toward blacks in the South, racial tension and injustice is weaved throughout Rosa's own story. Many readers will be shaken by the level of violence that pervaded this time and region of the country, while others will see echoes of this history in current events. There is also much inspiration to be found in Rosa's resilience and her determination to make something good of her life and not leave her beloved South for a "safer" part of the country. Jackson presents a raw and frank look at what growing up in the deep South during Jim Crow was really like. VERDICT A powerful and well-crafted novel that will spark deep discussion of this era in U.S. history—and its contemporary repercussions.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.