Angel Morgan needs help. Daddy is in jail, and Mama has abandoned her and her little brother, leaving them with their great-grandmother. Grandma is aged and poor, and doesn't make any attempt to care for the children -- that's left up to Angel, even though she is not yet twelve. The only bright spot in Angel's existence is the Star Man, a mysterious stranger who appears on clear nights and teaches her all about the stars and planets and constellations. "We're made out of the same stuff as the stars," he tells her.
Eventually, Grandma warms to the children and the three begin to cobble together a makeshift family. Then events in Angels life take yet another downturn, and she must once again find a way to persevere.
"Angel's loneliness is as immense as the night skies that a kind stranger teaches her about. The man turns out to be her Uncle Ray, a Vietnam vet whose life has been damaged by drugs and jail time, yet who convinces her that she is made of the same elements as the stars....As always, Paterson conveys great respect for the poor, and for preadolescents in tragic circumstances who have the resiliency to transform themselves." -- Connie Tyrrell Burns, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Publication Date||Sep 15, 2015|
|Publisher||HMH Books for Young Readers|