Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

STELLA BY STARLIGHT, by Sharon Draper

Stella
The story: Stella lives in segregated Bumblebee, North Carolina. It’s the Depression, and times are tough. Even worse, the Klu Klux Klan has suddenly come to life in her small town, and Stella sees something she shouldn’t–something dangerous. What do you do when there’s something bad hanging over your head, and there doesn’t seem to be anything you can do to change it?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: This story will give you a good idea about what life was like back in the days before the Civil Rights movement, and show you just why that movement was so important. Historical fiction at its best!

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