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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060557125
ISBN-13: 9780060557126
Sku: 35185806
Publish Date: 4/1/2004
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.5H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  288
Age Range:  12 to 16
 
When she heard the first yelp, Angel was at the sink washing the supper dishes. She thought the sound had come from the couple in the upstairs apartment beginning their nightly fight. (from the first line)
With her signature insight and grace, the two-time Newbery Medalist tells the compassionate, moving story of one girl's struggle to hold her family together.
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Angel Morgan's family is falling apart.

Her daddy is in jail, and her mother has abandoned Angel and her little brother, Bernie, at their great-grandmother's crumbling Vermont farmhouse. Grandma spends most of her time wrapped in a blanket by the wood stove.

There is one bright spot in Angel's world -- a mysterious stranger who teaches Angel all about the stars and planets and constellations. Carving out a new life proves harder than Angel ever imagined. But she feels a tiny spark of hope when she remembers what the stranger said -- that she is made of the same stuff as stars.

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Eleven-year-old Angel is facing a very tough time in her life: her father is in jail and her mother has abandoned Angel and her younger brother Bernie, leaving them with their frail great-grandmother in Vermont. Angel's great-grandmother is too weak to care for her grandchildren so it is up to Angel to take care of both herself and Bernie. The stress of Angel's life is only relieved by her friendship with the mysterious stranger she calls "star man" who teaches her all about the stars and constellations--and awakens her to the possibilities of beauty and friendship in a sometimes dark and difficult world. Named one of the Best Children's Books 2002 by Publishers Weekly.
Author Bio
Katherine Paterson
Born to German-American missionary parents, Katherine Womeldorf moved frequently during her childhood. As an adult, she followed in her parents' footsteps and served as a missionary in Japan. She received a fellowship to study at Union Theological Seminary where she met her future husband, John Paterson, a Presbyterian minister. Her 1975 book, THE MASTER PUPPETEER, won the National Book Award. She wrote one of her best-known books, THE BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, in response to the death of her son's best friend. It won the Newbery Medal in 1978. In 1981 she won her second Newbery Medal, this time for JACOB HAVE I LOVED.

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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Paterson's salt-of-the-earth style is in fine form here, making Angel's dilemma a credible one and Angel herself, with her mixture of pride in and resentment of her prematurely adult responsibilities, a compelling and believable figure." - Deborah Stevenson October 2002

New York Times Book Review
"In the world of literature for children and young adults, Katherine Paterson is a steady light. THE SAME STUFF AS STARS is a magical book that takes place in the most unmagical of circumstances." - Lois Metzger 04/20/2003

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0288
Product attributePublisher:   HarperCollins
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