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Stars in the Darkness
In the imagination of a young inner-city boy, police sirens sound like howling wolves, streetlights look like stars, and shots fired by neighborhood gangs sound like those stars cracking the darkness. But when his older brother joins a gang, he can no longer pretend. With the help of his mother, he comes up with a plan to save his brother and unite his neighbors in a stand ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Chronicle Books
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I am in love with the realistic yet artistic illustrations in this book. This book features children who do not come from the best neighborhood and struggle with not becoming a product of their environment. I like that this book touches on real subjects and it was nice to see how much the brothers loved and cared for each other.
Powerful picture book based on a young man's real struggles with city life and being in and out of a gang. Written from the perspective of his young brother, who uses his imagination to transform their city life. I think this would be an excellent book to share with students when these issues arise in their family. There is a huge element of community in this book, and would be helpful to show students the power of this when times are rough.
Feb 04, 2016 Salsabrarian added it
A little inner-city boy feels warm and safe with his mother and especially his brother Richard who sleeps on the window side to protect him from the fighting going on outside. But when Richard joins a gang, the younger boy and mama worry for him. They both decide to establish a peace march with the other families in the neighborhood to discourage the gangbangers and ending the story on a hopeful note. Somewhat pedantic ending but the dialog reads true.
Barbara Joosse has written many books for children. Among them are Mama, Do You Love Me?, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee; and I Love You the Purplest, illustrated by Mary Whyte. She says, "When I was a little girl, I wished for two things — a best friend, and something so ferocious it would scare away the monsters under my bed. And so I have written Lovabye Dragon. I think maybe it’s for little ...moreMore about Barbara Joosse...