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 gorgeous novel by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord tackles themes of prejudice and friendship, loss and love.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
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 A Handful of Stars. She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and is the author of the Shelter Pet Squad chapter book series. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at cynthialord.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Handful of Stars is a realistic fiction story about two girls from completely different backgrounds who become the unlikeliest of friends. Lily grew up in the small town in Maine, known only as a producer of wild blueberries, living above her grandparent’s store. Salma was a migrant worker, who could never truly call one place home. Even though both lived extremely close, their worlds seemed miles away. They met when Lily’s blind dog Lucky ran into the blueberry fields where Salma was working. Lily and Salma find out they have a lot in common, and soon become “star friends”. But they both have different things they want to achieve. Lily wants to save up enough money for an operation on Lucky’s eyes to help him see again, and Salma wants to win the Blueberry pageant, a prestigious beauty contest. With each other’s help, will they get what they want? Read the book to find out! I loved how this book managed to rope so much information about Maine into a beautiful story. The facts enhanced the story so much, and made it a truly delightful reading experience. I specifically liked how the pageant brought in questions about wild blueberries. I learned the most from that section. I think the readers who would enjoy the book the most are people in the 8-12 range, especially girls. They would relate to Lily, Salma and their friendship the most. It is important to feel the power of their friendship because that’s what makes this story magical. If you cannot relate, the magic is lost. I rated this book five stars because of how beautifully fact and fiction were woven together. I also rated it so high because of the powerful message it contained. A true friend will not care where you come from and how different you are. They will still value you. A true friend will support your dreams, whatever they may be. Reviewed by Anya A, age 10, Washington Metropolitan Mensa