It takes a lot of courage to stand up against something. It takes even more courage to stand up to someone in a small town where no one else wants to. Even in 1970. Meet Bean (12) and Liz (15) Holladay, two sisters who are no strangers to fending for themselves. They lived with their Mom in California, and sometimes she would leave them. When neighbors alert police that the girls have been "abandoned," the girls move to Virginia to live with other family members. Liz and Bean do not know how long they will be there but know they have each other.
In Virginia, Bean recognizes the Holladay family home as the house from her dreams. At first, they sleep in the barn. Over time, as recluse Uncle Tinsley gets used to their presence, they move into the house. That's not the only adjustment. Schools are being segregated and it is creating a lot of tension. The girls have run out of the money their mother gave them, so they find work at the only place hiring: a local mill. After an incident with Liz, the owner, known for his bullying, is brought up on charges. Will anyone stand up to him?
BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 16):
I enjoyed reading The Silver Star. It offers thought-provoking commentary on mental health, race, and women’s rights, as well as the fight of an underdog. It is a heartfelt read that connects the reader and the sisters with simple language and first-person point of view. I recommend this book for those older than thirteen, and I am certain both young and older audiences will enjoy this novel.
Although set in 1970, the story and characters will resonate with today's teens and young adults. Like the sisters, readers are not likely to be separated from this book until they have read it all in one sitting! This is a semi-biographical novel written for adults that will appeal to young adults. It has excellent potential as a high interest / low readability book for high school students.
There are some mature themes. This is not for middle grade students.
This is a semi-biographical novel written for adults that will appeal to young adults. It has excellent potential as a high interest / low readability book for high school students.
This is a book meant to be read by a book club. Although set in 1970, many of the issues the author describes are timeless: family relationships and dynamics, bullying, social responsibility, peer pressure, prejudice and racism, and assault, among others.
13 and Up
13 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer Age: 16
Borrow, at least. This is a book you can read once and then take on vacation and read again.