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Stella Stands Alone

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  78 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Stella Reid is fighting to save the home she loves. After her father is killed and her mother succumbs to yellow fever, it's up to Stella to run Oak Grove, her family's plantation. Unlike most Southerners, Stella sees herself as equal to the African Americans she works side-by-side with in the cotton fields. The white Southerners reject her, and the freed men can't trust h ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Nov 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
There is nothing in this livelong world that I hate more than a dishonest historical novel. I mean it. Thumbtack the words "dishonest historical novel" to a dartboard and watch my aim fly true. I'm sure you know the kind I mean. There are tons of books out there in which a hero or heroine feels strongly about some historical injustice without any rhyme or reason aside from garnering the sympathy of the contemporary reader. Phooey, sayeth I. That is revisionist history and I shall have none of it ...more
Ellie Sprankle
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really good, other than a little language.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise, interesting characters but for some reason, I didn't really enjoy the actual reading of it.
Matthew Winner
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
NO for black-eyed susan.
NO for our library.

Let's get a couple things out in the open to begin with. First, I'm a slow reader. I hope that one day reading book after book will make me a faster reader, but for now it is what it is. Second, I try my hardest to put myself in the position of my students when reading books for our library, determinedly considering "How long would I stick with this story before putting it down?"

Stella Stands Alone has gotten a great deal of positive attention. A. LaFay
Jan 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not complete the book. I may resume reading it in future, but I will make a comment at this time.

I believe the intent of the story simply becomes stalled by the effect of the language here. These stereotypical speech patterns are in every sentence the character speaks or thinks. The speech of the main character Stella is so stereotyped that I find it unreadable. Mississippians do not speak this way today nor did they yesterday. Characters on comedy television shows such as The Beverly Hil
Sep 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Taking place post-Civil War, this book is the story of Stella Reid and her fight to maintain her family's plantation for herself and for the people who have worked on it for generations. It was her father's dream before dying to deed the land to those who worked on it, but Stella struggles to figure out where he could have left the documents that are so vital to saving the plantation before it goes up for auction. Will she be able to pull through on her and her father's promise to the workers de ...more
Aug 01, 2011 added it
Age: YA

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Diversity: Race/ethnicity, income, gender

Illustrations: None

Personal Response: While I enjoyed this story and categorized it as realistic fiction, I'm not sure that the main character is very realistic. The situations she finds herself in and the prevailing attitudes of the post-Civil War south towards both African Americans and Northeners do seem very believable.

Curriculum: This would be a great book to use as supplemental or required reading in a class unit about
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Southerners had played by different rules.... Stella is only 12, orphaned, and trying to run the plantation by treating the slaves as her friends. A greedy neighbor and a dishonest banker try to take it all away and send Stella packing to a distant aunt. Stella has different plans and they don't include leaving her home.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Stella Stands Alone - I thought I was going to love this book as it was supposedly Historical Fiction after the Civil War. This book is riddled with wrong information and just painful to read. Save your time & put the book down. Walk away from this one---trust me, you will thank me later.
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dawn, Rose, Tracey, Karyn--everyone!
Remarkable for voice (had me talkin' Southern for days), characterization, and historical interest. I don't know if there really were any utopian plantations like Stella's, but there should have been! Strong and vivid with some unexpected twists--the best book I've read so far this year.
B.K. Rivers
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Truly the first 100 pages of this book were hard to get in to, but the final 150 or so were great. I enjoyed the book overall and would love to reccommend it.
Stella House
This was an excellent book. It is set in the South in the days before the Civil War and tells a tale of faith. I enjoyed it very much.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
really disliked this book. I didn't care a fig for the characters and the narrative was boring. I read the first 50 pages and then skimmed the rest of the book.
Shauna Elias
Although I enjoyed this alternate history I think that the voice of the book will be difficult to read by the age group for which it is written.
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