Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Every Soul a Star

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass is the story about three lives, three souls whose paths crossed each other to for ever change things within each of them. 
First meet Ally whose home is the Moon Shadow campground. One word defines Ally: simple. She enjoys a simple life, and has an endless love for astronomy. She knows one life: her life in the campground. However, life at the Moon Shadow is very different  from the real world "out there."

Then meet Bree: whose big aspiration in life is to become a super model. She immerses herself in things such as shopping, make up, fashion. But behind all these superficial things, who is this girl? has she really shown her true self to anyone?

And last, but not least, meet Jack whose idea of a good time is to spend time up in his tree house: alone.  Jack struggles with his weight, and being social. His immerses himself in his sketches as a way to set away from everything. 

Now, combine all these three characters and you can't imagine the results! You just have to read in order to find out how these unlikely characters make the best of what their lives

I enjoy reading books that are all about their characters. I love writers who makes me LOVE the characters or at least feel like I know them SO WELL.  Wendy Mass knows how to portrait these characters in such a way that you just can't help but appreciate them the way they are, even if one of them might get you on your nerves (like Bree! at least to me!) 

Wendy Mass had included a wonderful list of books on astronomy for the souls who want to read even more about it. 

And last but not least, if you are going to read this book with your students, please ask them AFTER they read that book, why Wendy Mass chose this title for the book. I have my ideas but I always love to hear from the children's insights or point of view!

Every Soul A Star

1 comment:

Ali said...

Hey Stella, What age group is this meant for?