A Handful of Stars (Hardcover)

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Lily, who lives with her grandparents in a small town in Maine, and Salma, whose migrant family never stays in the same place long, meet after a chance encounter. Through caring for Lily's blind dog, painting bee houses and preparing to participate in the local Blueberry Queen contest, both girls grow and their friendship blossoms. You will enjoy this sweet read that will have you dreaming of blueberry season!

— From Lisa recommends


This powerful middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES explores a friendship between a small-town girl and the daughter of migrant workers.
When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season.
After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather, and Salma's friendship transforms Lily's summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they'll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant-and possibly win?
Set amongst the blueberry barrens and by the sea, this is a gorgeous new novel by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord that tackles themes of prejudice and friendship, loss and love.

About the Author

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of "Rules," a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed "Half a Chance" and "Touch Blue." She made her picture-book debut with "Hot Rod Hamster," which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and followed it with the beloved sequel "Happy Birthday, Hamster." She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at www.cynthialord.com.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545700276
ISBN-10: 0545700272
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 192
Language: English

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