The Same Stuff as Stars
A Book Review
The Same Stuff as Stars, by Katherine Paterson, is the story of Angel Morgan, an 11-year-old girl, who has a 7-year-old brother named Bernie. Angel's mother Verna is always bossing her around and yells at her. One day, Verna drives Angel and Bernie to their great-grandmother's house, and abandons them. At her great-grandmother's house, Angel views the stars every night in the field, where she meets the "star man." He teaches her everything she wants to know about the stars. Angel tries to piece her life back together and take care of Bernie.
It is easy for the reader to identify with the main themes of the importance of fulfilling the role you are given and being able to step up to the plate at times of need. Another important theme is the significance of having somewhere to belong.
I would recommend this book for girls ages 9-12. The main character is a girl, so boys might have a harder time relating to Angel. On a scale of one to four, with four being the best, I would rate this book a four. The Same Stuff as Stars is a memorable story with realistic character development and universal themes.
Author: Julia, Middle School student writer
Reviewed by the Web Content
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