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Every Soul a Star

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  12,727 ratings  ·  1,262 reviews
And as streams of light fan out behind the darkened sun like the wings of a butterfly, I realize that I never saw real beauty until now.

At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. It's also were three lives are about to be changed forever:

Ally likes the simple things in life--labyr
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Hardcover, 322 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jonathon Arntson
In EVERY SOUL A STAR, Wendy Mass does something incredible. For the first 200 pages, you are wonder several things. What's going to happen? Why am I supposed to care? What do these three characters have to do with each other?

EVERY SOUL A STAR follows three narrators as two of them congregate on a campground owned by one of the character's family.

From the front flap:
Ally:
Ally likes the simple things in life- labyrinths, stargazing, and comet hunting. Her home, the Moon Shadow campground, is a par
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Cara
Apr 24, 2014 Cara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jerry Spinelli fans and Astronomy buffs
Wendy Mass has a particular style that I think people either get or not. I have to say some of the time I don't get into her books, but I can honestly say I was happy that I read this one.

Ally, Bree, and Jack are all very different and under noraml circumstances would never meet, but one event will bring them all together, the solar eclipse. This event will be witnessed at the Moon Shadow which is Ally's home. Bree is being dragged there by force, who wants to commune with the stars anyhow? Jack
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Jacqueline
Wow! This was a great book. On reflection, it was not a great book for the usual reasons. The plot was pretty typical for the young adult market. The characters, although varied and somewhat three dimensional, were still stereotypes. The theme was the usual, again especially for young adult books. The parent-child interactions were for the most part overbearing, and the teens were definitely lacking in power in their day-to-day lives. Family members were depicted working against each other inste ...more
Limau Nipis
Every Soul A Star is a simple but profound book for teenagers. A simple story line, but I like it because I learned about stars gazing, moon shadows, etc. In a nut shell, if you ever been bored about astronomy, why don't you give this book a try?

I find the book, even somehow similar to other young adult novels, somehow, it feels some sort of coming of age for these three important characters - Ally, Bree and Jack.

Because in Moon Shadow campground, their life will be intertwined with each other.

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Aaron Brame
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Look--don't ask me why I read Every Soul a Star, because I really don't know. I bought a copy of it at the Scholastic book fair back in December, simply because the cover was attractive, it was cheap, and it looked like something my students might want to read. I took it back to my classroom and put in my library.

Whenever kids would come back to pick out a book, I'd always steer them in the direction of this one, saying, "Hey, doesn't this one look good?" After it sat on
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Emily Young
I read this book a very long time ago, and I have read it several times since. Why? Because the story is just adorable and it just gives me that "warm fuzzy feeling" on the inside. I read it first in 4th grade, and I believe I have read it every year since. Like, a self deemed classic of sorts, I'm not quite sure. And every time I clear out my bookshelves to make room for new books, this is one of the few that has stayed around through all of the years.
Why? The characters. The characters make
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Thomas
"Every Soul a Star" is about three teenagers who are brought together by an eclipse during the summer. This eclipse changes each of their lives forever. The story begins with Ally, who is a homeschooled girl that has never truly experienced civilazation. Then the point of view switches to Bree, a true prep thats mantra is to be beautiful - she wants to be a model when she grows up. Then, it switches to Jack, who is a slightly overweight and somewhat awkward guy that failed his science class. It ...more
Betsy
Natural phenomenon lend themselves to children's literature. Picture books, for example, are filled with fireflies, rainbows, and shooting stars. Then the child readers get a little older and the phenomena get more complex. The death of the atom in Smiles to Go or the frozen lake of melted radioactive sand in The Green Glass Sea (okay, so maybe that one's not so natural). And I'm sure, I am sure, that a novel has been written with an eclipse at its climax. Odds are that such a book would be a ...more
Kyla
Every Soul A Star, by Wendy Mass, tells a story from the point of view of three teenagers— naive Ally, beautiful and popular Bree, and awkward, quiet Jack. One rare eclipse and an unexpected twist in fate brings the three of them together in an unlikely friendship that changes each of their lives forever.
I love how Ally, Bree, and Jack each have a unique voice. I’ve read books where the story is told from the point of view of multiple characters, but every character sounds like the same person.
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Kate ★
This is a good story of friendship and self-discovery. Three teens were unexpectedly changed as circumstances led them to Moon Shadow campground, the best place to view this year's eclipse. Ally have lived here all her life and couldn't ask for more. How will she handle it when she finds out they are moving out? Bree, a self-centered model wannabe, received the shock of her life when her family decided to move away from civilization and be the next caretakers of the camp. How will she adjust to ...more
Joy Joy
Jul 08, 2011 Joy Joy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 2011
I really liked this book. It was not that "edible" but it whetted my interest. Three lives changed because of one event that brought them together. This novel taught me that we should always put ourselves on the limelight because we would always be our own heroes.

Bree. Her transformation helped me understand that superficial beauty was really just that. I must not categorize people and base my dealings with them through their labels. (Life is a package deal). Thank you, Bree. I learned with you.
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Peyton
I liked it. I didn't waste my time reading it. What got to me, was you had to get more than half way through the novel to get to a good part of it.

Aly: The 'space girl' as I like to call her. She's home schooled, loves observing the galaxy, and talks to her friends on different planets. Glenn, Peggy, and Eta. Of course, they're not real, she just hopes that they are looking up at the sky too, if they are really up there. Her point of view wasn't my favorite, but it was entertaining.

Bree: Bree wa
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Rachel
Ally lives at a campground. She does not want to move to the city. The stars can't be seen there, and she's been searching for the Messier Objects, which can hardly be seen from where she lives!
Bree has a life, and she likes it the way it is. As far as she's concerned, school is only there for popular people like her to practice looking good so they can be models someday.
Jack is a misfit with a talent for art. He failed science, and is looking for any excuse to get out of summer school.
They get
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Isabel
Every soul star is about three kids named Jack, Bree, and Ally. Jack is a character that is laid back and likes to play a lot of video games you could also say he's lazy. Bree is the popular one and is so beautiful and knows she wants to be a model when she growls up. Ally is the sweet and simple girl and she enjoys looking at the stars and enjoys life in general. In the summer they are all going to Moon Shadow which is a summer camp, to see an eclipse of the sun. It turns out that, that's not a ...more
Melano (Melania) Durmishidze
I enjoyed reading “ Every Soul a Star”, it made me believe once again in each person's uniqueness.

The book is about Ally, Bree and Jack. Ally has lived most of her life on the moon shadow campground, which is miles from nowhere. She’s an expert on astronomy and has never read a fashion magazine or watched TV show. Bree, spends hours on looking her best and is convinced that she was adopted into her family of academics. Her parents are astronomers and her little sister doesn't understand the poi
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Karolina
I really loved “Every Soul A Star” by Wendy Mass. This book has 322 pages, it is realistic fiction, and it was written in 2008.This book is about three teenagers taking a trip to see an eclipse and do so much more, changing their lives. Bree, a popular girl in her school, lives in the city suddenly switches lives with Ally, who lives on campground Moon Shadow and is home schooled. Both girls are devastated and Bree says Ally is lucky to be leaving and Ally tells Bree that she is lucky to be comi ...more
Carrie
I feel as if I have been rating a lot of books as 5 starts lately, but I have also read a lot of outstanding books, this one included. I also have been having a hard time voicing my reasons for feeling a book is good, again, this one included. It was just one of those books, about a place and a time where people meet under special circumstances, that takes you back to a time, place and friends who made you feel the same way. For me it was summers at a school for 'gifted' students at a private sc ...more
Gaby
This book is about three different kids from three different crowds. Ally's parents own the Moon Shadow campground and have lived there forever. She loves comet hunting, labyrinths, and stargazing.
Bree is a popular, gorgeous teenager with scientists as parents and thinks she's all that, but what happens when it all comes to a pause? Jack is an awkward, overweight kid who always spends his time alone also he loves drawing and video games. But what happens when he is somewhere he would've never im
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Morgan Duplechin
4.5 stars
First off can I just say- how beautiful is this cover? When I first bought it I literally sat there for ten minutes admiring how beautiful it looked on my shelf (#bookaddictproblems). This book is beautiful in every way. Wendy Mass does an amazing job of turning a terrible situation into a beautiful life lesson that you'll never forget. I enjoyed the different POV's. Ally, Bree, and Jack were very different characters with different backgrounds and I enjoyed seeing them become friends.
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Robyn
This Voyager spacecraft was constructed by the United States of America. We are a community of 240 million human beings among the more than 4 billion who inhabit the planet Earth. We human beings are still divided into nation states, but these states are rapidly becoming a single global civilization.

We cast this message into the cosmos. It is likely to survive a billion years into our future, when our civilization is profoundly altered and the surface of the Earth may be vastly changed. Of the
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Paul Sheckarski
This story leads to an absolutely mesmerizing climax. I loved the multiple inversions of Bradbury's "All Summer in a Day", too -- a deft touch.

I suppose my only complaint -- and I'm stretching here -- is that if I were to recommend this book to a young woman like Bree (in an effort to get her to appreciate science or to encourage her to nurture her "inner geek") then my effort would seem very transparent to that young reader -- because Bree herself, insofar as she is a mouthpiece for the author'
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Stephen
As usual, I listened to the audio book version of this book. I'm curious whether the emotional nature of the eclipse description is the same when read in print. They used three vocal actors to play the narrators, and they did a great job. One of the real strengths of this book is that you start to identify with these quirky characters and then you view the eclipse through their eyes. I particularly was moved by Allie's narration of the first half of the eclipse, again the vocal performance was e ...more
Aubrey B
The review up there soooooooooooooooooooo did not do this book justice. This is a story about life and it's ways. Both the characters Bree and Ally's life was turned upside down, all they had ever known was going to change. Jack was just kind of an innocent bystander in the hurricane in life. He didn't really know what to do with himself. In the end of the book all three characters find their place.
So, I guess you want to know what the book is about. What happens is Ally lives on this camp out
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Clare Cannon
Oct 28, 2010 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 12-16 years (girls)
Shelves: 13-15yrs, young-adult
Here’s one for Stargirl fans. The lives of three young teenagers intersect when they travel to the Moon Shadow camping ground to witness an eclipse.

Ally is a country-loving home-schooled thirteen-year-old who has no idea about fashion or makeup or boys. Bree is a city chic and a wannabe model who is devastated when her ‘mad scientist’ parents move the family to the country. And Jack is an awkward kid who came on the eclipse tour with his science teacher because he failed his exam.

The friendship
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Tasos Anastasopoulos
Every soul a star, hm considering that the main characters are five (the three main ones and two of their siblings) it would be fair to give a star to each one of them and make this novel a five star one. After all it was very enjoyable to read it. Though it’s maybe not even a young adult book and perhaps it was meant for teenagers to be the “reading target” I didn’t seem it was “childish” at all that I was the one reading it at any time. Then again it may have to do with the fact that astronomy ...more
Abby
Three unlikely people meet, whether by fate or by some invisible pull of the universe, and their lives are changed forever.

Ally is a simple girl. She loves anything that relates to star, moon, planets, space and everything in it. She lives on Moon Shadow campground and her ultimate dream is to discover a comet someday. She's the girl who never cared about her appearance, just threw on a shirt and jeans with a comfortable shoes, and she's all set!

Bree is Ally's complete opposite. She aspires to b
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Brianna
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass is about three unlikely friends meeting and learning how much they actually have in common. Ally is a girl who has lived on a campground called the Moon Shadow almost her whole life. She is interested in things like eclipses, comet hunting, and stars. Bree is a stereotype popular girl chasing her dreams of becoming a model when she realizes that she and her family will be staying at the Moon Shadow. Jack is a boy bullied for being overweight and not so smart. To h ...more
Caroline Turla
So the story is that Bree, a co-leader of an A-clique in her school, a gorgeous one and on her way to modelling career faced a biggest change in her life. Her family (parents; are scientists, little sister; geeky) have been planning to move to Moon Shadow, a campground where stargazers, eclipse chaser go. They will be running the camp for a few years which means she have to bid goodbye to her life in the city and say hello to the woods and homeschooling. Then there is Ally. An expert in astronom ...more
Carolyn S
In the beginning of this week I started reading the book "Every Soul A Star". So far this is one of my favorite Wendy Mass books. I really like this book because all the characters come to life. Ally is a girl who loves stars; meteoroids; and nature, she lives on the Moon Shadow campground and has seen nothing of the real world (that is... electronics, flat screen TVs etc.) Bree is the prettiest, fanciest, most popular girl you'll ever meet. Her expectations are very high and her love for makeup ...more
Madison Gill
In this book there are 3 characters that have their own chapters from their point of view.

Ally: Lives in a campground where an eclipse is going to happen. People will be coming from all over to experience it. Ally enjoys the outdoors and has lived here for all that she can remember.

Bree: Bree lives in the city where she wants to become a model. She enjoys hanging with her friends and is in the "a clique" Her parents and little sister are complete geniuses, which Bree is not.

Jack: Jack is the kid
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Wendy Mass is the author of six novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, which earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly magazine. Her most recent book is Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall. Wendy wrote ...more
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