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Every Soul a Star

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  20,327 ratings  ·  1,820 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 where three lives are about to be changed forever:

Ally likes the simple things in life--laby
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2008)
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Emily Young
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
"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
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
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
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, ya
I enjoyed this book so much! The book's characters are mostly middle-school age(with a few younger siblings thrown in), which, as we all know, is a time fraught with many changes. How each character traverses this part of their journey is part of why the book is interesting. The real reason I picked this book up though is because the story centers on preparation for viewing a solar eclipse. The author has really done her homework. I learned many tantalizing tidbits about astronomy in general and ...more
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Real Rating: 4.5
Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jillian Lopez
ACK THIS BOOK IS SO CUTE. And the characters are adorable, I WANT TO SQUISH THEM ALL. *squish*

If you haven't read this one, I highly suggest that you do! This book revolves around three pre-teens -- Ally, Bree, and Jack -- who all have different personalities; each are different and unique and very adorable. Coincidentally, they all end up in the Moon Shadow Campground to see the upcoming solar eclipse, and during their stay at the campground, the three of them form friendships and closure none
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
While I personally don't believe that any of Wendy Mass's books can capture the magic of 'The Candymakers', this one came close. <3
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.

Aaron Brame
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Chesney DiCamillo
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every Soul a Star was split into 3 POV’s, Ally, Bree, and Jack. Ally’s family owns Moon Shadow, a isolated campground, she loves being outdoors and doesn't care about her appearance, but then the Holden's, Bree’s family came. Bree is popular and lives in the suburbs, she has to move to Moon Shadow and own the camp. She did want to be a model, but outdoors, fashion, and getting service to be popular do not mix. Jack has summer school but can go on a trip to see the eclipse instead. In class, he ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Love it! 4.5 but it's just so sweet and relatable, it deserves the bump up. This is such a solid young YA book. The author did a great job mixing in the science within the story so it never felt boring and it never really stopped the pace of the book. The main characters, Ally, Bree, and Jack, were very relatable and I enjoyed seeing their journey of discovering things about themselves. The side characters were endearing as well. Their situation is something everyone goes through and I love how ...more
Rene Lancaster
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, rereadable
So, when I first started it I was like “I’m not sure I’m gonna like it” but seriously the character’s development is fantastic!! They change into the most amazing people that you can’t help falling in love with❤ the story is so incredibly inspiring! I highly recommend it to anyone who likes falling in love!! ...more
Joy Joy
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Kate ★
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Paul Sheckarski
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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'
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

5 stars - Books that blew my mind and that I'll definitely reread/recommend.

4 stars - Not quite as mind-blowing as my favorite books, but still worthy of a reread.

3 stars - Pretty good books that I enjoyed but aren't in my list of top favorites. May reread.

2 stars - Books that are anything but great, but that I'll give more than one star.

1 star - This is reserved for truly awful books that I would never, ever recommend or reread.

This book was really good! Some of the other Wendy M
Dec 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nicole Chiravuri
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this on the recommendation of my 10 yr old who told me I would love it. It was a great young adult novel and had really good messages about being true to yourself, the importance of family, and the coolness of science!! I was pleased that it touched my daughter and now we have another book to discuss and share together. I only gave it 3 stars but if I were 10 yrs old I might have given it 4 or 5!
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was really interesting from the beginning. Lots of books lose my attention really fast, but this book kept my attention without being over-action-filled and pointless.
I would recommend this book to others.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Psych! I did not completely read this book. I stopped a long time ago because it was too boring. It might be catered to readers who enjoy slow-moving plots and boring, predictable characters, but it wasn't my fav. Maybe I'll read it again when I want something to immediately put me to sleep.
Mallory Lyon
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is just something about this book that warms my heart. I love how it is realistic fiction but yet tells you all these great facts. I learned so much just by reading this book. I think it shows the true meaning of love (as in brother and sister love). I highly recommend this book!!
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG this book is amazing thats all i can say to it.
Zane Jones
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Review to come.

UPDATED 6/25/2017

I really wanted to like this book, since I've read a couple of Wendy Mass's books and really enjoyed them. Not to mention the cover is gorgeous. And I thought I was going to, when a line on the first page said, " just have to read the right books, and it's all there. When you're homeschooled, you have a lot of books."

YESSSSSS. Homeschooled characters are few and far between, and I, a homeschooler, am always happy when I stumble across one t

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Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok

This book pushed so many of my own personal buttons, I struggled with near-chronic impulses to choke the negligent, self-centered, insensitive parents scattered throughout it, to death, while reading it! It's tough to know just how oblivious the author truly is on the topic of radical, childhood moves, especially as regards the health and positive impacts of the developmental stages of adolescence vs whether she already fully understands these con
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alpha "Ali", Bree, & Jack --- three 13 yr old kids that didn't know each other before this summer. But the prime viewing spot for the upcoming total solar eclipse would bring them together in more ways than one. Ali, a super-fan of everything astronomy, helps her family run the Moon Shadow campground, the prime viewing spot for the upcoming total solar eclipse. Bree, a fashion model wanna-be, is the outsider in a family of geniuses. Jack, a pudgy social outsider, failed science class which l ...more
Janna Craig
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun middle-grade read. I'd read it once before, back in 2012 and yes, I remember what year it was because this is the book that first made me aware of the solar eclipse that's coming up in a few weeks and I remember thinking, how am I going to wait 5 years for this???

In a lot of ways, it's a very stereotypical coming-of-age-ish story. There's the popular girl; the slightly overweight shy kid; the weird, but lovable astronomy nerd; her super-attractive best guy friend who has recently d
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every Soul a Star is a realistic fiction novel that I would use in fourth grade as a read aloud. Students may need scaffolding before reading due to the science terms used throughout the novel.

Every Soul a Star is about three teenagers who live very different lives but all come together at Moon Shadow Campground. Ally, Bree, and Jack, unlikely friends, learn from each other when their worlds unwillingly collide. They work together to collect data in hopes of proving the existence of an exoplanet
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Wendy Mass is the author of twenty-two novels for young people, including A Mango-Shaped Space, which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award, Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, the Willow Falls, Space Taxi and Candymakers series. Wendy wrote the storyline for an episode of the television show Monk, entitled ...more
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