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A Handful of Stars

by Cynthia Lord

Published by Scholastic Press, 2015
192 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧45700276

Ages 912

Lily has never given much thought to the migrant workers who harvest blueberries in her Maine community. Then she meets Salma Santiago, and they become friends. When Salma, with Lily抯 support, decides to enter the local Blueberry Queen contest梩he first migrant child ever to do so桳ily抯 friend Hannah offers to help, despite also being in the competition. In the hands of a less skilled author, this premise would turn into mean girl drama, but Cynthia Lord is sure-handed in a novel that focuses first and foremost on the deepening friendship between Lily and Salma but doesn抰 freeze out Hannah. Lily, whose single mother died when she was two, wants her tightly contained world to be fixable when it isn抰 predictable. She抯 saving money so her dog, Lucky, can have cataract surgery, because she is convinced he抯 miserable. Salma can抰 control many things about her life, but her family is a reassuring constant. The same is true of Lily抯 grandparents, but Lily misses not having a mother. Nuanced, fully realized characters and a well-developed story arc distinguish this quiet, satisfying novel in which Lily begins to see her life not in terms of what is missing, but rather what she has.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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