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Every Soul A Star Paperback – September 1, 2009
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they are missing a chance to lead an extra life.
~ Scott Corbett ~
When I think about why my favorite books are my favorites, Scott Corbett's sentiments ring true. So many of them involve real-life places I've never been or fantasy worlds that I long to visit. And some introduce me to worlds that I haven't known well but suddenly find myself wanting to explore. Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass is one of those books.
The book is set at the Moon Shadow Campground in the days surrounding a total solar eclipse, and three narrators tell the story of how their paths converge there, just as the moon's shadow crosses the sun. There's Ally, a self-confident, home-schooled kid who has grown up at the Moon Shadow, spending her time searching for alien signals and arranging rocks in the campground labyrinth. There's Bree, firmly entrenched in the life of an urban middle school social butterfly until her parents drop the bomb that she's moving to the middle of nowhere so they can work on a research project. And there's Jack, who flunked science class and is sentenced to a summer project at the Moon Shadow with his teacher. Often, when I read a novel with multiple narrators I end up liking one better than the others and wishing the whole book were written in that voice, but that wasn't the case here; every voice was distinct and every character so well-developed that I loved them as individuals and felt like I cared about each of their stories.
As a middle school teacher, I always get extra excited about titles that connect to the curriculum and still maintain the rich characters, plot twists, humor, and tension that keep kids reading on their own.Read more ›
The narrative is split between three kids as different as different can be. Two of them, however, have the exact same problem and that has to do with Moon Shadow Campground. For most of her natural born life Ally has lived on the campground far away from the rest of society, just the way she likes it. Now she's found out that her parents have sold the place to someone else and soon she'll have to move. That someone is Bree's family and as much as Ally doesn't want to leave, so too does Bree not want to stay.Read more ›
Ally has lived at the Moon Shadow campground for as long as she can remember. Her parents, dedicated star watchers, bought the campground when they discovered that it would be ground zero for an upcoming total solar eclipse. Over the years, they created a stargazer-friendly atmosphere and now are expecting over a thousand people to spend time at their campsites. Ally can hardly wait to welcome the crowds and observe this amazing act of nature.
Bree is into make-up, nail polish, and clothes. She keeps a scrapbook of clothes and pictures of models and studies it faithfully, since her life's dream is to become a runway model. She is incredibly popular at school and can't understand her younger sister, the science geek. Bree's life comes crashing down around her when her scientist parents announce that the family is moving to the Moon Shadow campground. They will be living there for at least the next several years, since the family currently running the place is relocating to the city. How can they be serious? Bree can't imagine life without the mall, tons of friends, and TV.
Jack is pretty much an outcast at school. He's overweight and not at all interested in sports. He's smart enough, but he'd rather listen to his music than pay attention in class. When he is offered another option instead of summer school to make up his failing grade in science, he finds himself boarding a tour bus filled with science nerds all headed to the country to witness some crazy eclipse.
Author Wendy Mass works her magic as she intertwines the lives of Ally, Bree, and Jack.Read more ›
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The book is about a beautiful otherworldly eclipse, 2 girls moving in and out, a boy that has to go there (eclipse trip).. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DAR
Read this for 4th grade book club. So much to this book. It is like a astronomy version of the breakfast club for middle schoolers!Published 1 month ago by Leah Rudnicki
I have read this book several times-previewing for tween in family! Every time I started reading, drawn to the book characters I couldn't stop reading! What an impact! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Savannah L.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Wendy Mass does a wonderful job taking 3 very different characters and having them interact with each other and even becoming... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I LOVE THIS BOOK! It takes place at my dream spot or a campground. The kids learn and grow together in just two weeks they dont want to leave the campground. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Gagnow
One of the best books I've read for sure. I Definitely recommend it. It'd a longer book than the average 9-12 book, but that's better in my opinion.Published 4 months ago by Audrey Ehlers
Ally, Bree & Jack are three young teens brought together by a solar eclipse. Ally's parents own and operate the Moon Shadow Campground, where people from all over the world come to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by EpicFehlReader
The ending was my favorite part because the end was more realistic and not always a happy ending for some of the characters .Published 8 months ago by PK