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The Same Stuff as Stars

by Katherine Paterson

HarperTrophy 2004

Ages: 10 and Up

Topic: Great Reads for Teenagers and Young Adults

Eleven-year-old Angel Morgan keeps a house key around her neck and some money in her sock, just in case. Even at this tender age, she is in charge of her younger brother until her erratic mother drops them both off at her grandmother's house and never comes back. (Her father is in jail) As she struggles to find hope, Angel makes friends with a star gazer who introduces her to the world above through his telescope and the librarian who feeds her soul with books. The grandma is a solid character in this action packed story which deals with forgiveness and acceptance.

We are all made from the "same stuff as stars."