The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Junauda Petrus

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

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Book Title
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
Author
Junauda Petrus
ISBN
9780525555483
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus's bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both. Port of Spain, Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out she's going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor's daughter. Audre's grandmother Queenie (a former dancer who drives a white convertible Cadillac and who has a few secrets of her own) tries to reassure her granddaughter that she won't lose her roots, not even in some place called Minneapolis. "America have dey spirits too, believe me," she tells Audre. Minneapolis, USA. Sixteen-year-old Mabel is lying on her bed, staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out why she feels the way she feels--about her ex Terrell, about her girl Jada and that moment they had in the woods, and about the vague feeling of illness that's plagued her all summer. Mabel's reverie is cut short when her father announces that his best friend and his just-arrived-from-Trinidad daughter are coming for dinner. Mabel quickly falls hard for Audre and is determined to take care of her as she tries to navigate an American high school. But their romance takes a turn when test results reveal exactly why Mabel has been feeling low-key sick all summer and suddenly it's Audre who is caring for Mabel as she faces a deeply uncertain future. Junauda Petrus's debut brilliantly captures the distinctly lush and lyrical voices of Mabel and Audre as they conjure a love that is stronger than hatred, prison, and death and as vast as the blackness between the stars.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Junauda PetrusPublisher: Dutton Books for Young ReadersPublished: 09/17/2019ISBN: 9780525555483Pages: 320Weight: 0.95lbsSize: 8.10h x 5.60w x 1.50dAward: Coretta Scott King Award - Honor BookReview Citations: Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2019 pg. 165Booklist 08/01/2019 pg. 60School Library Journal 09/01/2019 pg. 124Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2019Publishers Weekly 09/02/2019Voice of Youth Advocates 10/01/2019 - Recommended - Better Than MostAccelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 508781 / Stars and the Blackness Between ThemReading Level: 5.8 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 13
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus's bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.

Port of Spain, Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out she's going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor's daughter. Audre's grandmother Queenie (a former dancer who drives a white convertible Cadillac and who has a few secrets of her own) tries to reassure her granddaughter that she won't lose her roots, not even in some place called Minneapolis. "America have dey spirits too, believe me," she tells Audre.

Minneapolis, USA. Sixteen-year-old Mabel is lying on her bed, staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out why she feels the way she feels--about her ex Terrell, about her girl Jada and that moment they had in the woods, and about the vague feeling of illness that's plagued her all summer. Mabel's reverie is cut short when her father announces that his best friend and his just-arrived-from-Trinidad daughter are coming for dinner.

Mabel quickly falls hard for Audre and is determined to take care of her as she tries to navigate an American high school. But their romance takes a turn when test results reveal exactly why Mabel has been feeling low-key sick all summer and suddenly it's Audre who is caring for Mabel as she faces a deeply uncertain future.

Junauda Petrus's debut brilliantly captures the distinctly lush and lyrical voices of Mabel and Audre as they conjure a love that is stronger than hatred, prison, and death and as vast as the blackness between the stars.

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Junauda Petrus
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Published: 09/17/2019
ISBN: 9780525555483
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.60w x 1.50d
Award: Coretta Scott King Award - Honor Book

Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2019 pg. 165
Booklist 08/01/2019 pg. 60
School Library Journal 09/01/2019 pg. 124
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2019
Publishers Weekly 09/02/2019
Voice of Youth Advocates 10/01/2019 - Recommended - Better Than Most

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 508781 / Stars and the Blackness Between Them
Reading Level: 5.8 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 13
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus's bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.

Port of Spain, Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out she's going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor's daughter. Audre's grandmother Queenie (a former dancer who drives a white convertible Cadillac and who has a few secrets of her own) tries to reassure her granddaughter that she won't lose her roots, not even in some place called Minneapolis. "America have dey spirits too, believe me," she tells Audre.

Minneapolis, USA. Sixteen-year-old Mabel is lying on her bed, staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out why she feels the way she feels--about her ex Terrell, about her girl Jada and that moment they had in the woods, and about the vague feeling of illness that's plagued her all summer. Mabel's reverie is cut short when her father announces that his best friend and his just-arrived-from-Trinidad daughter are coming for dinner.

Mabel quickly falls hard for Audre and is determined to take care of her as she tries to navigate an American high school. But their romance takes a turn when test results reveal exactly why Mabel has been feeling low-key sick all summer and suddenly it's Audre who is caring for Mabel as she faces a deeply uncertain future.

Junauda Petrus's debut brilliantly captures the distinctly lush and lyrical voices of Mabel and Audre as they conjure a love that is stronger than hatred, prison, and death and as vast as the blackness between the stars.

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Junauda Petrus
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Published: 09/17/2019
ISBN: 9780525555483
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.60w x 1.50d
Award: Coretta Scott King Award - Honor Book

Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2019 pg. 165
Booklist 08/01/2019 pg. 60
School Library Journal 09/01/2019 pg. 124
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2019
Publishers Weekly 09/02/2019
Voice of Youth Advocates 10/01/2019 - Recommended - Better Than Most

Accelerated Reader Quiz #/Name: 508781 / Stars and the Blackness Between Them
Reading Level: 5.8 / Interest Level: Upper Grade / Point Value: 13