Stella by Starlight

Written by Sharon M. Draper

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Stella lives with her parents and her little brother, Jojo, in a segregated North Carolina town in the early 1930’s. Her home is filled with love and, other than struggling to write, she is happy with her life of chores and school. One night everything changes as Stella and Jojo see a burning cross surrounded by KKK members across the pond from their house. Her family and neighborhood are no longer safe when her father tries to register to vote, but love and community prove to be a stronger force than hate. This story is a beautiful tribute to Sharon Draper’s grandmother who had the courage to keep writing by starlight after she was forced to stop going to school to help on her family farm.

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The Wolf Wilder

By Katherine Rundell

Feo and her mother, Marina, teach wolves that have been domesticated and abandoned by the Russian aristocracy to live in the wild and to distrust humans.  Some people want the wolves to be killed instead of trained by the wilders.  Feo must decide how far she will go to protect her mother, 3 wolves, and ultimately the people of Russia.  If you like historical fiction, you will love this beautiful story of love, courage, and loyalty.

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