The Same Stuff as Stars
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...more
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میخواهم بگویم که نمیدانید که چقد... چقـــــدر این کتاب را دوست دارم! جزو دوست داشتنی های زندگانیمه. شاید... به خاطر حالی باشه که خوندمش، و به خاطر کادو دهنده ی عزیزش، به خاطر اون "مو" یی که صفحه اول شه...
ولی ، باز هم، خودش هم عالی بوده برام.
یعنی با تمام وجودم درکش میکنم. و دوستش دارم.
و شاید، اولش، پنج نبود واسم... اما یه چیزای خوبِ ملیحِ دوستداشتنی ای داشت، که اینو برام جاودانه کرده. و مستحقِ بیشتر از پنج ه.
از همه چیزش، حتی اینکه کم کسی خواندتش(میدونم یه جور خودخواهی ه، ام...more
—The Same Stuff as Stars, P. 21
Katherine Paterson has brought into the twenty-first century her compassionate feel for the stories of fractured families, and I think that we are tremendously lucky for it.
The story of Angel and her kin is vintage Katherine Paterson, as moving and surprising and germane as her works of mastery from the '70s and '80s. The interactions between Angel and her younger brother Bernie are as authentic and...more
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Reading Level: Grade 4-6
Overwhelming sadness and desperate circumstances surround Angel and her brother Bernie. Abandoned by their mother and with a father in jail, they find themselves living with their Grandmother who is unable to properly care for them. It beats the two foster homes they spent time in but life is hard, especially with the absence of loving adults. Happiness comes to Angel in the form of a stranger offering...more
I think Angel was realistic, but while I was pitying her, I also wanted to yell at her. While I was reading it, I kept thinking, "I have too many other kids to worry about...more
TCL Staff- no rating
Luckily Angel Morgan, at the age of eleven, is a good mother to her younger brother Bernie because Verna is definitely "out to lunch." Although life isn't easy with their mom, Verna, they'd rather be together than back in foster homes. It does mean the weekly visit to Wayne, in jail. Although unexpected and unwanted at first, the drive and stay at their stranger of a great-grandmother's farmhouse in Vermont opens Angel's eyes to the dark but captivating...more
Publisher: Harper Trophy, 2004
Source: My purchase
Angel Morgan is tired of being the adult in her family. After all she is only twelve years old. Her father is in jail and her mother has just dumped her and her brother Bernie off at their great-grandmother’s house. Angel is trying to hold everything together. She meets the man her grandmother refers to as “Santy Claus”. He introduces her to astronomy and she later f...more
It was worth listening to on-tape, though I don't know if I could have made it through the slow beginning reading it in book form as there's so little time and so many books.
The Same Stuff As Stars is a book about a young girl who's dad is in jail. She takes care of her younger brother while her mother is at work. They eventually get evicted from their home and move in with their grandmother. There the yo...more
One character, the Star Man, makes all the difference to Angel Morgan, and gives her a reason to hope. This book is a great example of how much good one person can do in the life of another.
People are always asking me questions I don't have answers for. One is, "When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?" The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman. Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted t...more
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Not even big as bugs. Not even a speck of dust to the nearest star,' Angel agreed.
But the psalmist answers his own question. "Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor..." '
What?' Angel asked, not sure she had heard right.
A little lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor.'
The real angels? Do you believe that?'
Yes, Angel, I do. When people look down on me, and these days'—she laughed shortly—'these days everyone over the age of five does. When people look down on me, I remember that God looks at this pitiful, twisted old thing that I have become and crowns me with glory.”