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Starry, Starry Night

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,408 ratings  ·  58 reviews
The star that led the three wise men could be the same star wished upon by those longing for a wish to come true. In the opening novella, "Christmas Child," 15-year-old Melanie feels cheated when her baby sister, born at Christmastime, lives only a few days. But the brief life of her sister shows Melanie the lasting value of love. Brenda struggles between noble intentions ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 10th 2000 by Laurel Leaf (first published October 13th 1998)
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Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Good, if cheesy holiday stories.
Stephanni Thyng
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first story of this book had me in tears, it was so moving and heartbreaking. The second and third stories were heartwarming and kept me captivated. McDaniel does a great job engaging her readers with her heartfelt stories.
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-09
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Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was there different books in one and all you can tell written by Lurlene McDaniel if you have read her books
Nizan Sanders
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These stories were beautifully written and showed that even though life can seem tough sometimes, all you need is to believe and hope. I feel like I really needed to read these right now. Loved them.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've read this book more times than I can remember, and each of the short stories is a nice little dose of Christmas spirit.
Nostalgia 101. Easy read, but I will probably let the (read) books from this author live in my memories. Still, it was a nice walk down memory lane.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always Tear Jerkers!
Holly Kelly
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I liked it. I'm not that big of a fan of it being chopped into 3 different stories. However, I enjoyed each story individually. Each one had characters that a reader can empathize with.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love these three stories I wish there was more to all of them.
Lizzy W
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the novel Starry, Starry Night, Lurlene McDaniel restores the true meaning of the holidays through 3 stories about teens rising to help one another, and be different than the norm. She evokes emotion throughout the story using diction, and ties together the three books by unique themes that intertwine in some sort of way.McDaniel demonstrates the themes at the end of each story through a passage explaining what the individual has learned. Each book has a different twist to the theme, but gene ...more
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Confession time, here’s what I got (Hamilton references are always appropriate, just go with it) At one point as a middle school student I loved Lurlene McDaniel books. To the point that I may have written some fanfiction that may still be in my mother’s attic. So as I was looking for holiday books to review and I stumbled across Starry, Starry Night I was struck with a sense of nostalgia and downloaded without reading the blurb.

I was not expecting a holiday book to be this rife with sickness an
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lurlene McDaniel is an amazing author. I have read a few of her books before so I was really interested in this book about the holidays. It contains three short stories, each with a powerful message.

The first, “Christmas Child,” begins with 15-year-old Melanie being very excited about this Christmas because her mother is expecting her second child. When the baby is born, something is terribly wrong. After finally hearing the prognosis Melanie is upset that she will never truly know her baby sis
Brittany Sweeney
Three holiday stories end with the theme of "a starry starry night" in this McDaniels tear-jerker. In the first story, a girl named Melanie is an only child whose mother is about to giver birth right before Christmas. However, the entire family's excitment is shattered when they learn that the baby has a rare disease, and will not survive through the week. Melanie must then contemplate the meaning of such a short life, and why such horrible things are allowed to happen. The second story belongs ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
It is completely and totally official. I've fallen head over heals in love with Lurlene McDaniel. Just finished this book this morning and I'm sooo lookign forward to the rest of em! (I've gotta stack of her books just waiting for me to turn their pages) The books, to say the VERY least, will be one of the sadest books you read. One quote from the book "Last Dance" (The second book and my favorite.) is something like this: "He didn't just touch my heart-" and then some very sappy, tear jerking, ...more
Sarah Anne
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Three short stories of three young women who have all wished upon a star

Christmas Child - Melanie is so excited for the birth of her new baby sister or brother. But when her mother gives birth to a defected baby Melanie's Christmas doesn't look so merry. With her new baby sister left with only hours to live Melanie and her family soon witness the emotions of love, loyalty, birth and death in a very short amount of time.

Last Dance - Brenda has been waiting for Matt, a boy who she use to go to s
May 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
I don't know quite how I managed to miss that these were Christmas stories when I checked the book out, but they are. There are three different short stories in the book. One is about Melanie who gets a little sister for Christmas, but the baby has lots of health problems. Brenda's story is a tale about helping a boy with leukemia find the happiness that he has always dreamed about. And Ellie learns from Kathy's story as she develops a friendship with this girl who seemingly has everything. All ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Christmas Child: This one danced on the line between maudlin and depressing. I didn't hate it but I didn't have any real feelings about it.

Last Dance: I actually really enjoyed this one. This proves that character development can happen in just one short story, with Brenda going from only wanting the cute guy to notice her to caring more about the feelings of a dying boy who loves her. Lurlene made the right choice to end this on a happy note even if Doug's fate was obvious, it was better to go
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book was based on three different holiday stories. The first story told was about what happened to fifteen year old Melanie and how her baby sister was alive for only a few days. The second story was how Brenda was struggling between helping guy who she doesn't really know and her desire of a guy who she liked. The last story was about a senior, named Kathy and how she faced her life of what happened to her when she was fifteen. In the story, she also meet a friend named Ellie who is also s ...more
Allison Morgan
Nov 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: english-420
Genre/Category: Lurlene McDaniels

This book was a collection of three short stories. In each story, the protagonist was a high school girl dealing with issues of life, including a girl dealing with the death of a newborn sister, a girl dealing with a boy with cancer, and a girl dealing with the temptation of sex. In the end, each girl is able to find hope in their situation and make the best out of what they're experiencing. I thought the short stories dealt with teen issues, and I'm not surprise
Brittany Durrant
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-red
"Starry, Starry Night" has three different stories. The first story is about a girl who's name is Melanie who is expecting a sister on Christmas Eve. What she didn't know is that the baby wouldn't live as long as she hoped.
In the second story, "The Last Dance," Brenda is faced with a difficult decision between good intentions and what she wants. She doesn't realize how much she really does mean to this dying boy.
In the last story, "Kathy's Life," Kathy doesn't come from the wealthiest family e
Noelle Walsh
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think I had forgotten how well Lurlene McDaniel writes before I picked up this book and really started reading it. I found it so hard to put down once I got into it. Three stories about Christmas and about teenagers learning a very valuable lesson about how to love and accept others as they come: it's hard to get better than that as it seems many teenagers don't realize the importance of these lessons or receive them until they are out of high school or well into life. This book was well worth ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
I thought this was new and realized I'd already read it... but oh wells. I've supported Lurlene McDaniel more and had stories to read and cry over again...
These, in her fashion, are touching stories, and I enjoyed them all. I read all three in about an hour and a half.
They are all Christmas stories, and the first has a lot of religious talk in it, which is okay with me but it may be good for others to be aware. It makes sense with the circumstances and it doesn't seem preachy to me, it seems
Nov 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
I read "Christmas Child" in this collection of stories. I could see this appealing to middle school age girls. For me it was a little too cheesy, the family and characters were perfect, not very believable. Lurlene McDaniel is definitely not one of my first choice authors, her style doesn't appeal to me. That does not mean that others do not like her, a lot of people enjoy her works. This book was a good one to read about Christmas. It is about finding hope and love in the midst of death and des ...more
Lindsay Wilson
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Read when I was eleven and much less cynical, so I figured I should rate it more in line with what I thought of it at the time. I remember being really into this book, particularly the story about Melanie and the baby, but I now recognize the book as a whole as being reeeeally sappy and actively trying to be depressing. "Are you crying yet?"
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another great book I definitely love this author her books are well written and very inspiring and touching. I always cry and get teary eyed the characters are so well developed I get into the book within the first chapter. I wish they weren't short stories I would have enjoyed reading more. But still enjoyed reading them.
Delie Dell Chua
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Based from experience, all of lurlene McDaniel's books are tear jerker. Most of her books are for teens--- facing sickness and death at an early age.

This book is no different. 3 short stories that deals with teenage pregnancy, death in the family and how to deal with someone who is facing an incurable disease and is nearing death...
Ellie  Dynek
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lot of people forget that Christmas isn't just about getting presents and hanging up lights and ornaments, that it's really about being with your family and friends who love you and showing them that you feel the same way.
Alix West
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile, trash, cancer, angsty
Oh Lurlene. Your books are madness. Disease-ridden madness. Read my alcohol-fueled review at Forever Young Adult
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Okay read
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Lurlene McDaniel (born c. 1948) is an author who has written over 50 young adult books. She is well known for writing about characters struggling with chronic and terminal illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and organ failure.

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