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What Stars Are Made of

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Twelve-year-old Libby Monroe is great at science, being optimistic, and talking to her famous, accomplished friends (okay, maybe that last one is only in her head). She’s not great at playing piano, sitting still, or figuring out how to say the right thing at the right time in real life. Libby was born with Turner Syndrome, and that makes some things hard. But she has lots ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading this book last year before it got a book deal and it is genuinely one of the most engagingly written, wonderful middle grade novels I've ever had the chance to read!

(Edited 9/27 to remove the bizarre typos that came from voice transcription. What's a "bug deal," anyway?!)
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.
A wonderful, cute story with a heroine that is easy to root for and a delight to read about. I loved how she never gave up and kept going even when things got a little tough.

The scenes with her family had me smiling. I loved how close knit they were and supportive of each other.

Would highly recommend.
Cassie Thomas
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I especially love stories that challenge my own personal understanding of things in the world, even as an adult. Libby who has Turner Syndrome is an audacious young girl with GOALS. When Libby’s sister, Nonny , has to come stay with them for awhile while her husband works in Florida due to money issues - to find out later she was expecting - Libby decides then and there she WILL help her family by winning a contest with the Smithsonian Institution. Something I especially loved about Libby is her ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story follows Libby, a bright science-loving girl with Turner Syndrome. When Libby's teacher mentions a contest to teach people about someone important who didn't make it into the history books, she knows right away who she is going to pick and why she has to win.

This was a great story that made Libby a very relatable character. As a reader, it was easy to root for Libby and Talia. Her sister Nonny
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
When Libby learns that her older sister is pregnant, she is ecstatic at the thought of a new baby. But then come all the worries, what if the baby has the same problems she's had? Nonny's husband recently lost his job, how will they cope? Then she comes up with an audacious plan that will solve everything, if she can pull it off.

I absolutely loved Libby right from the start. I just wanted to give her a big hug and protect her from the world. She's so smart and determined, with a slightly
Jan 31, 2020 added it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I dare anyone to read WHAT STARS ARE MADE OF by Sarah Allen and not fall completely in love with the main character, twelve-year-old Libby Monroe. Libby is irresistible: kind, smart, earnest, brave, and funny, with a voice that charmed me from the first page.

Libby would do anything to ensure that her pregnant older sister, Nonny, has a healthy baby, so she makes a deal with the universe: she will convince the editor of her history textbook to add Cecilia Payne, the woman who discovered what
Hannah Miles
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a book!! At first I wasn’t 100% sure what the book was about just that it had stars in it but oh boy, I am so glad I read it.

Libby is a 7th Grader who has Turner Syndrome. I’d never heard of that before, knew nothing about it but through Libby, it is clearly explained what it is, the effects and the implications for her future. Not only did I learn about that but also about Cecilia Payne. I don’t want to give anything away but I have definitely come away feeling a lot more
Arianne Costner
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finished this lovely book in one day! Libby is a great character--so lovable and driven. When she finds out her sister is pregnant, she makes a deal with the universe to ensure the baby is born without complications. The tone of this story reminds me of Wonder. Lots of sweet family relationships and poignant moments. It was interesting to learn more about Turner's Syndrome, and it will be so great for girls with Turner's to see themselves represented. There was also a lot of interesting ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Seventh grader Libby is a science-loving girl who faces many challenges, but still manages to call herself lucky. She has Turner’s Syndrome, which I didn’t really know much about until I read this book. The author, Sarah Allen also has Turner Syndrome, and she portrays what it’s like to live with this in an authentic voice through Libby. I loved the relationship between Libby and her sister, Nonny. Their talks demonstrate the sweet connection they have and how she wants to help her and her ...more
Tess Rijks
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! the bravery and courage and pure love for her family made this book so incredibly special. Libby is a girl who was born with something that is called Turner syndrome which means she is missing one chromosome. This did not stop her from doing everything to help her sister Nonny get out of a sticky financial situation. Libby is truly inspirational!


Comes out in March 2020!
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and publisher for an ARC of this book.

I love a story that teaches me something new, and WHAT STARS ARE MADE OF did that while also entertaining me. Libby has Turner syndrome, a genetic condition where she only has one X chromosome, which impacts her body and mind in many ways. Libby does an excellent job of educating the reader about it, and the author has surrounded her with an incredibly supportive family who accept her unconditionally. Libby's relationship with her
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
Absolutely fabulous!!!! Great story for a school read on so many levels. Libby is likable, relatable, and experiences so may things happening to kids today. Even the "good" kids pull pranks that get them in trouble Also great for introducing or continuing exploring strong women in history. Just all around good story!
Bushra Noor
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read an excerpt and can not wait to read the whole thing. Libby is such an interesting character. I see my nine year old daughter in her. I want her to read this book so the things that go on in her head will make sense to her. She will definitely relate to her. I plan on reading it my homeschool group of girls.
Karen Biggs-Tucker
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing middle grade book that includes characters that inspire and get readers thinking at the same time! Loved meeting Libby and learning more about her her Cecilia Payne. A must have for anyone who loves stars and what they are made of!
Shireen Hakim
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Must read. Girl version of Wonder.
Cathleen Barnhart
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
12-year-old Libby, the narrator of Sarah Allen’s beautiful debut novel, was born with a heart three sizes too big. Her big heart is due to a genetic disorder called Turner Syndrome, but it’s also a beautiful metaphor for the way this spunky, funny, smart and vulnerable girl walks through the world. Libby’s big heart shines out of every scene in Allen’s gorgeous, emotionally resonant novel.

The story opens with Libby’s parents announcing that they have a surprise: her beloved big sister, Nonny,
Charlotte Burns
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brilliant story with a wonderful main character. It takes on some difficult issues (and touched on some things I find especially hard) but I was so hooked I had to know how it ended
Kaitie Harty
Jan 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
The excerpt is absolutely amazing! Libby sounds like an interesting and intriguing character. I was automatically pulled into the book before even reading a few paragraphs. The plot and the way that Libby’s mind works makes it all the more eye catching, is something that I have never heard of before. I can’t wait to read more of it!
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This oh-so-gorgeous cover perfectly depicts Libby’s passion for the stars and the hope and inspiration they bring. Set to release on 3/31/20, WHAT STARS ARE MADE OF by Sarah Allen is a brilliant story of selflessness, persistence, and science. Libby is an intelligent and lovable character who has Turner syndrome (the author was born with it as well). I learned a lot about the genetic condition through Libby’s engagingly candid voice. She doesn’t play the sympathy card with the effects of the ...more
Laurie Hnatiuk
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, middle-grade
This was a book that I could not put down and know that when it is widely released In March 2020 other readers will fall in love with Libby just as much as I did.

In Sarah Allen's stunning debut, we learn about the many challenges that Libby faces as a result of having Turner's Syndrome allowing readers to gain insight to someone afflicted with this condition. When Libby sister moves back home due to financial difficulties and discovers that her sister Nonny is pregnant, Libby takes it upon
Ms. Yingling
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Libby is in 7th grade, but finds it a little hard to make friends. She's quiet, and likes science, and has Turner Syndrome, which isn't that big of a deal to her. Sure, she has to inject herself everyday, is a little short, and has a few health problems, but she still does very well in school. When her older sister Nonny comes home to live because her husband has to go away to work and Nonny is pregnant, Libby starts to worry. What if the baby will have something wrong
Sarah Allen
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hello friends, author here! Thank you so much for supporting this book. It's been such an incredible journey seeing this book come to life. Growing up, I never saw stories about girls like me. There are even a lot of people in the medical community who haven’t heard of Turner syndrome. I have been thrilled seeing books like WONDER, COUNTING BY 7’S, and RAIN, REIGN that highlight kids who are different in some unique ways. I hope my book can do that same thing for my readers. Thank you all so, so ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a lovely, endearing book - the best in a long time I have read. Reminded me of The Boy At the Back of the Class, with another lovable young character trying to achieve a selfless grand gesture. Female STEM protagonist with lots of mentions of other real female STEM icons. Protagonist also has Turner Syndrome, and NLD (non-verbal learning disorder). American and many scenes take place in American History class which may alienate some UK readers, but overall well known figures in history. ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
NOTE: I received an ARC via a book sharing group, Book Portage, in exchange for my review.

What Stars Are Made Of is a sweet middle grade novel. Libby is a passionate, caring young girl that many readers will be able to relate to. She also has Turner Syndrome and sometimes struggles to fit in with her peers. Libby advocates for a lesser-known female scientist, while attempting to alleviate her sister's financial concerns.

Kate Waggoner
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan Children's Group for allowing me the opportunity to read a digital ARC of What Stars Are Made Of by Sarah Allen. This book will be published on March 31, 2020. All opinions are my own.

Libby loves science and she does pretty well in school. She's great at making friends and having conversations in her head with the interesting and renown individuals she learns about, but she struggles with making actual friends. When her sister moves home to stay with them
Twelve year old Libby has Turner Syndrome. She is full of hope, has a beautiful zest for life, loves science and her family. Especially her family.
Libby discovers that her pregnant older sister and her husband are having financial difficulties and is moving back home whilst her husband takes a job away. Libby decides to enter a competition by the Smithsonian Institute, doing a project on her idol Cecilia Payne, who discovered what stars are made of but has not been recognised along the other
Denise Forrest
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reading copy through NetGalley.

Libby has Turner Syndrome which means that she views things differently in her world. Friendships are challenging but the love of her family makes up for that. Libby is intrigued with science and with the woman who discovered what stars are made from. This launches her quest to have the work more widely acknowledged.

This is a lovely story, in which the child’s voice comes through loud and clear. A beautiful ending.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lovely story.
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