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Rules for Stealing Stars

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,107 ratings  ·  224 reviews
“A well-crafted blend of realism and fantasy.”  —School Library Journal (starred review)

“A lyrical story of love and loss. The way the sisters fight and love in equal measure, as well as their basic need for one another, rings poignantly true in this touching and heartwarming story, which contains a ‘tiny bit of magic, right here in the real world.’” —Booklist (starred
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Hannah Greendale
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fiction
Silly can't remember a time when her mother wasn't drinking. She and her three older sisters hide from their alcoholic mother and aloof father in their closets - where magical worlds exists when the door is closed. Silly thinks the magic can save her family, but not all of the worlds in the closets are good and Silly soon fears the magic may tear the family apart.

Rules for Stealing Stars tackles some heavy subject matter:

This is the first time Mom hasn't protected me from herself, and it hurts
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I shouldn’t be lonely when I have three sisters,”

This was a good middle-grade/YA story about 4 sisters and magic closets!

Silly was the youngest of 4, and her sisters always acted like she was a baby compared to them, and needed to be protected, even when she was only 3 years younger than her oldest sisters. I felt quite sorry for her in that her nickname was ‘Silly’ and
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

This book is like a dream, a very sad and magical dream. Rules for Stealing Stars is a book about four sisters who are stuck in a heartbreaking situation but find a little bit of magic to make the situation a little more bearable.

This book is about a girl called Silly who learns a lot of important things over the course of a summer (I think? Time is not so well defined in the book.)  This book is the story of four sisters who learn to c
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Though I’ve read all of Haydu’s books, I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Rules for Stealing Stars. All of her other books (OCD Love Story, Life by Committee, Making Pretty) are YA and incredibly intense. Middle grade also isn’t generally my favorite thing, but, when I love them, they do tend to get pretty dark. Haydu’s talent shines bright in Rules for Stealing Stars, which is as intense as I would have expected.

Haydu novels hit at the pain, but Rules for Stealing Stars is less of a visce
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I won this book in a Good Reads First Reads Giveaway.

This story is very sad, but it is a truth in the world today.

Priscilla (Silly), Marla & the twins Eleanor and Astrid are all sisters. Silly is the youngest and left out of things with her sisters. They think she is too young until this year they finally let her in on their magical world.

The story is of a beautiful place four sisters have to dream up for them to find their own peace. They live day to day w
Adi Alsaid
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A little bit of magic in the real world.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Adri by: Ivan
How bad can it be in a world where you only have to wait until night to see the sky glowing, telling you warmth can always, always poke through?
This is one of the most beautiful, important books I've ever had the opportunity to read. After flipping the last page, I closed this book and held it to my chest for a few minutes, just thankful that it existed and that these words belong to me now.

Rules for Stealing Stars is an incredible story about sisters who use magic to escape their mother's
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rules for Stealing Stars is a beautifully written novel about a disease that touches countless lives every day. I found it incredibly easy to relate to each sister in different ways. This book brought out a full range of emotions from joy to sadness.
Daisy Paquet
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I still don't know how to steal stars. ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: recent-reads
Silly is the youngest of four sisters. Her father is a professor and her mother stays home. Silly and her sisters have recently moved into what is normally their summer home. This is done in hopes that the new environment will lift their mother's mood: it doesn't.

Silly's mother is dealing with depression and her coping mechanism is drinking. Sill y'all father likes to brush over his wife's mental state, but his attempts at making things normal for his girls isn't working.

The older sisters have
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
FIRST THOUGHTS: I'm seriously blown away by Corey's middle grade debut novel. It just left me with a tremendous amount of warmth in my heart, hope in my soul, and so much love for these characters and their story. Make sure to keep this novel on your radar, folks! ...more
This is a sweet story about a family dealing with alcoholism, death and grief. The notable thing is all the quotes from the main character, who is just eleven years old. Her observations of the world are so astute and honest.

3.5 stars rounded up.
Updated 4/28/16:

RULES FOR STEALING STARS by Corey Ann Haydu was one of my favorite books of 2015 & it was definitely my favorite middle grade book of the year. When Silly brought me into her world with her sisters, Astrid, Eleanor & Marla, I was immersed in their story. At the beginning of the novel, the girls have been moved into their large summer lake house with their mother and father, who believe the change in scenery will be the saving grace for their family. However, our narrator Silly (
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of Rules for Stealing Stars from Katherine Tegen Books via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*

Rules for Stealing Stars is a poetic story about four young sisters, and how they, and their family, deal with the difficulties life sometimes throw our way. Beautifully written, with a lot of imagery and a fairy-tale like feel, it was a solid story that left me satisfied.

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookvie
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely stunning. Gorgeous, memorable, incredibly moving. Powerful - darkness illuminated by hope. Important.

I will be thinking about Silly and her sisters for a very long time. RULES FOR STEALING STARS is a story that sticks with you and takes up residence in a little corner of your heart. Corey Ann Haydu worked some magic of her own in writing this novel.

Everyone should read this book. LOVED.
Amy Bearce
This book is quite intense and deals with really hard topics. The characters are all realistically flawed as humans, and the way magic is woven in only heightens how real everything feels somehow. It is beautifully written, with turns of phrases that made me pause to savor the word choices. I loved the author's use of vivid details to capture a mood or situation. Most of all, I appreciated the hope that shines through the story despite the darkness. ...more
Jun 01, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-i-won
So excited I won this book on Goodreads!
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Put this in the hands of every child.
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book I felt like I was in the world with them.
Melissa I
Goodreads, Please note: I'm having issues with my reviews are only showing up under one format they should be linked/combined so I'm having to post them one under the format I read and one under the another format where the links aren't combined.

My copy has 321 pages, but entered 336 as this book page shows.

I Loved this book. I adored this book. It wasn't without its difficult topic, however for the kid in you as an adult or the kid in you because you're a kid, it's perfect. It touched on serio
Melissa I
My copy has 321 pages, but entered 336 as this book page shows.

I Loved this book. I adored this book. It wasn't without its difficult topic, however for the kid in you as an adult or the kid in you because you're a kid, it's perfect. It touched on serious topics in such a unique & what's the word I'm looking for??....just a sweet way in which a young kid struggling can find hope in or an escape and feeling they're not alone if the synopsis resonates with them.

I know even as an adult it resonat
This is a middle grade novel but it deals with some pretty tough issues. Four sisters need to band together and decide what to do as they live with the reality of their mother's mental illness and a father who'd really prefer to pretend to them that nothing is going wrong. As the story escalates, so too do the magical elements that make things a little easier for the girls because their mother's illness is never explained to them, never defined, and they're left in a helpless, spiraling situatio ...more
AJ Torres
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, kids
In a world filled with so much sadness, people need to find happiness in the simple things. For Silly, that happiness came from Stealing Stars.

Rules for Stealing Stars is the brilliant Middle Grade debut novel by Corey Ann Haydu, where we follow 4 sisters who find solace in their bedroom closets. Priscilla AKA 'Silly' is the youngest of the sisters and feels the loneliness that most children may feel when their siblings leave them out of most situations. While Silly's sisters go into their rooms
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rules For Stealing Stars
Cory Ann Haydu

What it's all about...

This book is about a family of four sisters and their parents. Their mom is not always herself. Silly/Priscilla...the youngest daughter appears to tell most of this family's story. It is lovely and sweet and achingly heartbreakingly sad. Silly and her sisters watch their mom...the days when there is something other than coffee in her mug...are not good days for them. Their father is clueless. Silly feels ignored by her sisters...Astri
The Reading Countess
One of the many benefits of booktalking books to fourth grade students often is when THEY tuck a book(s) in your hand, gaze imploringly into your eyes and beg you to read the book(s) they just LOVED. While you have your own leaning tower of books on deck, you set them aside in favor of capturing a little glimpse of your reader's head and heart. Rules for Stealing Stars is one such book. Thank you, dear student reader, for insisting that I read this one. You were right. Wow.

In the interest of fai
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some books make you laugh, others make you cry. Some books teach you about anything you want to learn, or send you to lands where you forget where you are and thus give you time to gather strength to go on with the real world. Some books grab you from the first page and you just don't want them to end. Every once in a while a book shocks you and you don't know how you feel about it. This is what happened to me with this middle grade book. I wanted to leave it, not finish it, but I couldn't. I ke ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So I definitely will be reading more middle grade novels by Corey Ann Haydu if she writes them! I very much enjoyed this story that was mainly focused on relationships between sisters in the face of family issues. Despite the differences between Silly and her sisters, I found that each of them were easy to connect with and quite unique. Although there are a lot of difficulties that the girls deal with throughout this tale, I still thought that Rules for Stealing Stars was really hopeful. Also, I ...more
rating: 3.5
shelves: contemporary with a streak of fantasy, social issues
who: 4 girls, ages 11, 12, and 14 (twins); mother dependent on alcohol, 'spacey' father
where: New Hampshire summer house by the ocean

The first few chapters are solidly grounded in the present day, but as the story develops the fantasy strand becomes progressively stronger, until the end when the story plummets back to reality. (The story closes before the father becomes dimensional, but that's probably intentional.)

All of th
I’m starting to notice a thread of unease running through Haydu’s books. In this one it is closer to sinister. MAJOR Coraline vibes from this one, which is not good for me. I added an extra star because it read fast and wasn’t boring, but I was able to put it away no problem at the absolute climax of the plot: not a good sign. This has added to my terror of “something in the closet”. Thanks very much, Corey Ann Haydu.
"Can you please open it so we can all move on?" Marla says at last. Dad moves behind Marla and rubs her shoulders, but she shrugs him off, her eyes not moving from the package on the counter. He doesn't seem to know what else to do to help the moment be less awful, so he heads out to the porch.

"Let me know if you need anything," he says. We need so, so much.
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