Every Soul a Star
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 ...more
Why? The characters. The characters make ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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. ...more
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' ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, "...you 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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more