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A Handful of Stars

By Cynthia Lord   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545700276 Hardcover
192 Pages | 5.86" x 8.56" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545700290 Ebook
192 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

A powerful new middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of Rules.

When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season.

After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather, and Salma's friendship transforms Lily's summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they'll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant-and possibly win?

Set amongst the blueberry barrens and by the sea, this is a gorgeous new novel by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord that tackles themes of prejudice and friendship, loss and love.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Rules:

2007 Newbery Honor Medal

New York Times Bestseller

Schneider Family Book Award

ALA Notable Children's Book

New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

"A rewarding story that may well inspire readers to think about others' points of view." -Publishers Weekly

"A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter." -School Library Journal

"Salma's artistic creativity and gumption awaken Lily to the power of imagination, the importance of embracing change and knowing when to let go of the past, and the rewards of venturing beyond one's comfort zone." -Publishers Weekly starred review