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A Sky Full of Stars

(Rose Lee Carter #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  80 reviews
After the murder of Emmett Till, thirteen-year-old Rose is struggling with her decision to stay in Mississippi. Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peaceful protests, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope. But when Rose helps Au ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Linda Williams Jackson
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really love this book. I hope others will too. :)
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ila-17
It’s a tad premature to think about Newbery 2019 when we haven’t had Newbery 2018 yet, but I’ll say it now: this book is a contender for a year from now.

I knew it was Newbery material from the first pages, where I heard Rosa’s distinctive narrator voice and Ma Pearl’s high-quality admonishments. I picked up this book before I read the first book in the series, Midnight Without a Moon, which is a bit of a shame, because, well, MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON IS A NEWBERY CONTENDER FOR THIS YEAR AND WHY H

I had the opportunity to read an ARC of this book that was shared with my #BookRelays group by the author. I was thrilled that I would be able to keep reading Rose Lee’s story.

A Sky Full of Stars is the sequel to last year’s Midnight Without a Moon. Set in Mississippi in 1955, it tells the story of Rose Lee and what it must have been like to be raised by black sharecroppers at a time when racial tensions were increasing with gruesome crimes like the murder of Emmett Till and the beginning of no
Mississippi Library Commission
Linda Williams Jackson is one of the best things to happen to kid lit in Mississippi in ages. You don't have to read her debut middle grade novel Midnight without a Moon to enjoy A Sky Full of Stars, but you're really going to want to! Protagonist Rosa's fight for a better Mississippi continues in ASFOS and it is achingly beautiful. Williams Jackson has a way of depicting exactly how life would have been for this 13-year-old heroine that makes you feel like you're actually in 1955 Mississippi. E ...more
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

I waited all the way until February 1st to finish my first 5 star read of 2018. There was no need for me to wait that long. I had A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson in my house the whole month of January. But reader, sometimes I get scared about reading highly anticipated sequels to books I've loved. There was no need to worry though. A Sky Full of Stars is the perfect second half to Midnight Without a Moon.

Rose made the diffic
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These days I hear a lot of people talking about the "good old days" and almost inevitably they mean the 1950s. Also inevitably the speaker is white, usually male, always cis and often a property owner. This book reminds us that the 1950s were most definitely NOT the good old days for most people, especially Rosa Lee Carter. Rosa lives in 1955 Mississippi and in conditions that makes this white, middle class growing up, suburban girl realize how good she had it. It never dawned on me that there w ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is the sequel to MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON but can also be read as a standalone. Thirteen year old Rose Lee Carter chose to stay at home in Mississippi instead of taking her aunt's offer to go to St. Louis, but recent violence against the black community is making her question her decision. Set in the 1950s when Jim Crow laws dominated the south, Rose witnesses terrible injustice when black community members are harassed, shot at, and have their businesses burned down - with no criminal ...more
Katie Reilley
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in ARC form through my #bookexpedition group. Having not read Midnight Without a Moon, I was unsure what to expect in this sequel. After getting to know Rosa and her family, I'll definitely go back and read the first book.

Set in 1955 Jim Crow Mississippi, Rosa is torn between the opinions of her cousin Shorty, who wants to answer the growing violence with violence, and her good friend Hallelujah, who believes in peaceful protesting. She is scared of the increasing racial te
I love Rose, I think she is such a great character that really embodies what it is like to be a young girl, working on a cotton farm with her family in 1955 Mississippi where she's unsure of what she should do as a young person wanting and needing change, but not knowing how to go about it without bringing dishonour on her family, because let me just say, Ma Pearl is no joke.
In this book, we follow Rose and Hallelujah in the aftermath of the case against Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam in the kidnap
Nothing much has changed for Rosa (Rose Lee) Carter since she made the decision to stay in Mississippi instead of moving north to St. Louis with her aunt. Rose wants to help her people but how to do it is the question. When more black men end up dead, Rose is concerned. Hallelujah is full of stories about his idol Dr. Howard and the non-violent resistance movement. He stirs up trouble in the classroom with his impassioned speeches. One student is not so impressed. Rose's cousin Shorty has anothe ...more
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Rosa is dealing with the aftermath of the Emmet Till trial where the men who killed him are let go. She sees the injustices happening all around her in Mississippi. She sees how blacks are treated by their white neighbors and she wants to do something about it, but she is afraid. She is afraid because black people are being killed all the time. They are being killed for trying to register people to vote and simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tensions are running high in the S ...more
Barbara Senteney
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-2018
I enjoyed this story inspired by the author's life and surroundings. The tale is set in 1955 in Stillwater Mississippi. Rosa her friend Hallelujah and cousin shorty have heard of ll the bad things happening to people of color all over the south, and even though they are frightened they want to stand up and make a difference.
Reverend Jenkins, Hallelujah's father has told them they can't sit around and wait for negroes up north to save them.It's up to us to save ourselves.A man name Emmett Till i
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Upon finishing A Sky Full of Stars and having read Midnight Without a Moon, I realized that this is the start of a saga like Wilder's "Little House" books. Set in 1955 in Mississippi, the 2 books are bringing us deep into another time and place with complex characters and characters that we love. As a child, I loved the Little House books which happened 80 years before I read them. Jackson's books are taking place over 60 years ago, which probably feels like ancient history to today's young read ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Note: This is the sequel to “Midnight Without a Moon,” which I have also reviewed.

These books are absolute treasures. This is the kind of middle grade fiction that transcends age and should be enjoyed by all.

In addition to providing an educational timeline and authentic perspective on mid-50’s civil rights, from Emmett Till to Rosa Parks, author Linda Williams Jackson weaves in honesty and nuance rarely touched in books written even for adults, like discussions of classism and colorism within
Ruth Lehrer
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Bravery is when you’re scared but you do the job anyway.”
We’re so lucky. After her wonderful debut novel, Midnight Without a Moon, Linda Williams Jackson brings us more of Rosa’s life in 1950s Mississippi. I read this sequel with the joy of catching up with an old friend, plus the absorbing immersion in a period of time we all should be reacquainting ourselves with.

I so emotionally identified with Rosa and her inner struggle between fear and the desire to be brave and do right. Although Rosa
Jessica Lawson
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book about Rose (now Rosa) Lee Carter, MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON, and this one builds so nicely on the existing character development. I found the characters to be earnest and authentic and inspiring, and the time period allows for so many important moments and events in the civil rights movement to be incorporated.

Rosa's self-doubt and courage are both palpable. There's got to be another book coming~ I can't imagine not having another book that follows Rosa's journey.
Rebecca Carvalho
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to finish this book. I didn't want to say goodbye to Rosa. I fell in love with Midnight Without a Moon last year, and when I found out about A Sky Full of Stars I was so happy to have Rosa again in my life. I could follow Rosa's life forever. I love her friendship with Hallelujah, and I loved watching her voice become stronger and stronger. Speaking of which... Anyone know if we're getting a third book in the series?

This is an important read, and I 100% recommend it.
Aterra Lowe
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another hit with this one! Loved the character development of Rosa Lee! I have so many questions about Ma Pearl after this one! Would love her perspective and maybe it will explain her Behavior. Hope to see a book 3!!
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
How does the community react to the acquittal of Emmett Till's murderers? How does Rose change? Powerful sequel to Midnight Without a Moon. ...more
This historical fiction novel is just as powerful as Linda's first. As with MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON, this book weaves so much truth (and real events) into the world around Rosa's (not Rose anymore!) area of Mississippi. The reader is pulled into Rosa's plights, hopes, fears, and dreams. We read and feel what happened with the power structures of racism that plagued our country then and that we're still standing up against now. Heavy, powerful, truth-filled, and sprinkled with hope.
Another great
Neva Womack
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Goodreads and author Linda Williams Jackson for the ARC I received in a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the author's notes in the pages of the book. I grew up in the '60's and '70's in Houston. Being white, I never experienced the racial discrimination that the author and heroine in this book experienced. I did, however, experience discrimination because we were "poor folks." Our houses weren't always in the best condition nor were our hand me down clothes, much like Rosa's i ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, kids, 2018
This is a book about faith: faith in yourself, faith in your family, faith in your God.

This is a book about Mississippi: Jim Crow Mississippi, early Civil Rights Era Mississippi, my crazy, beautiful, depraved, beloved Mississippi.

A Sky Full of Stars does a stellar (sorry, couldn’t help myself) job of capturing how life would be for a girl living in the war zone that was 1955 Mississippi. Rosa questions her bravery and her faith; she struggles with her anger and her day-to-day life. She’s loving
"A Sky Full of Stars" is a middle grade/tween novel set in November and December 1955 in Mississippi. It's the second book in a series, but it works fine as a stand-alone (though now I'd like to read the first one).

Rosa is a dark-skinned 13-year-old who's smart enough to go to college, but her own grandmother doesn't want her to get ahead because of that darker skin. Her mother left her and her brother behind for a new life in the north, and her father hasn't visited them since her brother was b
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved this book! I read the first book, Midnight Without a Moon, in this series. I felt Rose was strong, but I love how Jackson made her an even stronger person in this book. I absolutely loved Midnight Without a Moon, but I had a few fellow teachers express their concerns about reading it aloud to their students due to the graphic detail of the killing of Emmitt Till and the pregnancy of Rose's cousin. This book provides a window into the hate African-Americans endured during the Jim Cro ...more
Amber Webb
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Jackson was one of those books I couldn't put down and didn't want to finish at the same time. Jackson gives such depth to her characters and setting that you feel as though you are in Mississippi in the 1950's living through these stories in the shoes of Rosa, Hallelujah and their families. Thanks to Jackson I learned about events that I never knew occurred and felt and saw this time period through different eyes. I truly admire and appreciate Jackson's writing styl ...more
Leigh Anne
Rose Carter is one of those characters who you know is going to go on and do amazing things with her life. I loved Rose in Midnight Without a Moon, and I am so glad that Linda Jackson continued with Rose's story in A Sky Full of Stars. The civil rights era captures my students' attention, and this book will continue to teach them what a difficult time period it was. I can't wait to purchase this one to place on the shelf along with Midnight Without a Moon. ...more
Melinda Brasher
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
More accurate rating: 3.5

Caveat: I didn't know this was a sequel until I was partway into it, and I think I would have had a somewhat different experience if I had read the first book first.

A Sky Full of Stars deals with important topics: segregation, inequality, and black men being killed by white men with few consequences, little justice. Mississippi in the 1950s is an important setting, and it's extremely—yet sickeningly—relevant today. This book has the potential to be very, very powerful. U
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't know where to start with this book...

I read the first in the series, Midnight Without a Moon, earlier this year and while I liked it, I thought parts of it were a bit problematic. I think A Sky Full of Stars is a stronger novel than the first book, but I still think it had some issues.

Namely, Ma Pearl. What the hell is wrong with Ma Pearl?! I said this in my review of the first book, but I don't understand why Jackson decided to write Ma Pearl the way she did. She is a very harsh charact
sofía aguilar
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
"A Sky Full of Stars" by Linda Williams Jackson follows the story of Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old in the fictional town of Stillwater, Mississippi during the aftermath of the Emmett Till's murder. She's conflicted about to help her small town, torn between her two friends Hallelujah and Shorty. Hallelujah, the preacher's son, wants peaceful, silent protest, while Shorty, Rose's cousin, wants to violently fight back against the white people who have oppressed black people since they force ...more
Kester Nucum
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free ARC copy of this book from the publisher HMH in exchange for an honest review.

It is a hard feat to write a sequel that is as great–and even rarer, better–than the original, but Jackson pulled it off. A Sky Full of Stars is much more impactful and heart-wrenching than Midnight without a Moon, that I just could not put it down. A powerful coming-of-age tale that examines Rose’s life during the aftermath of the Emmett Till murder, A Sky Full of Stars is one of the most
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Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta in the teeny-tiny town of Rosedale , Linda Williams Jackson likes to spin stories about everyday people in small-town settings. Though she has lived in a few other states (Alabama, Missouri, and Kansas), Linda currently makes her home in a not-so-small city in Mississippi with her husband and three children.

While a degree in Math and Computer Science from t

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