A Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2)
After the murder of Emmett Till, thirteen-year-old Rose is struggling with her decision to stay in Mississippi. Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peaceful protests, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope. But when Rose helps Aunt Ruthie start her own business, she begins to see how she can make a difference in her community. Life might be easier in the North, but Mississippi is home and that's worth fighting for. Mid-Century Mississippi comes alive in this sequel to Midnight Without a Moon. 

A Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2) Details

TitleA Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780544800656
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Childrens, Middle Grade, Cultural, African American

A Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2) Review

  • Linda Williams Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    I really love this book. I hope others will too. :)
  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    I had the opportunity to read an ARC of this book that was shared with my #BookRelays group by the author. I was thrilled that I would be able to keep reading Rose Lee’s story. A Sky Full of Stars is the sequel to last year’s Midnight Without a Moon. Set in Mississippi in 1955, it tells the story of Rose Lee and what it must have been like to be raised by black sharecroppers at a time when racial tensions were increasing with gruesome crimes like the murder of Emmett Till and the beginning of no I had the opportunity to read an ARC of this book that was shared with my #BookRelays group by the author. I was thrilled that I would be able to keep reading Rose Lee’s story. A Sky Full of Stars is the sequel to last year’s Midnight Without a Moon. Set in Mississippi in 1955, it tells the story of Rose Lee and what it must have been like to be raised by black sharecroppers at a time when racial tensions were increasing with gruesome crimes like the murder of Emmett Till and the beginning of nonviolent protests like the Montgomery Bus Boycott.The story picks up where the first book ended. Thirteen year old Rose is now able to attend school and it is there that her friend, Hallelujah, encourages her to become more involved in resistance activities. She also comes to know her own cousin, Shorty, better and he’s convinced that violence is the only way things will improve. The storytelling in this book is superb! I love that Rose Lee’s circumstances are very complicated and that there are no simple answers. The characters illustrate the contradictions of these complex times. Ma Pearl, the severe matriarch of the family, refuses to allow anyone in the family to become involved with any of the resistance movements being advocated by organizations like the NAACP, because of the very real danger to their jobs, their home, and their lives. At the same time, she seems to obstinately stand in the way of anyone in the family trying to improve their circumstances, especially if it means they will become big-headed or “beside themselves.”I also like that Rose Lee’s narrative is woven with factual information of the events of the times. This book, along with Midnight Without a Moon, would fit well in a study of the Civil Rights Movement. There are some mature themes, so I think it would be more appropriate in a middle school setting (grades 6-8) than in an elementary school classroom.
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  • Katie Reilley
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in ARC form through my #bookexpedition group. Having not read Midnight Without a Moon, I was unsure what to expect in this sequel. After getting to know Rosa and her family, I'll definitely go back and read the first book. Set in 1955 Jim Crow Mississippi, Rosa is torn between the opinions of her cousin Shorty, who wants to answer the growing violence with violence, and her good friend Hallelujah, who believes in peaceful protesting. She is scared of the increasing racial te I received this book in ARC form through my #bookexpedition group. Having not read Midnight Without a Moon, I was unsure what to expect in this sequel. After getting to know Rosa and her family, I'll definitely go back and read the first book. Set in 1955 Jim Crow Mississippi, Rosa is torn between the opinions of her cousin Shorty, who wants to answer the growing violence with violence, and her good friend Hallelujah, who believes in peaceful protesting. She is scared of the increasing racial tension in her community and struggles to understand how she can help make a change for the better. She carries on through the book, "looking for bits of hope, bits of light." Similar to Lions of Little Rock and The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963, this is a must read MG historical fiction text.
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  • Karina
    January 1, 1970
    This book is the sequel to MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON but can also be read as a standalone. Thirteen year old Rose Lee Carter chose to stay at home in Mississippi instead of taking her aunt's offer to go to St. Louis, but recent violence against the black community is making her question her decision. Set in the 1950s when Jim Crow laws dominated the south, Rose witnesses terrible injustice when black community members are harassed, shot at, and have their businesses burned down - with no criminal This book is the sequel to MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON but can also be read as a standalone. Thirteen year old Rose Lee Carter chose to stay at home in Mississippi instead of taking her aunt's offer to go to St. Louis, but recent violence against the black community is making her question her decision. Set in the 1950s when Jim Crow laws dominated the south, Rose witnesses terrible injustice when black community members are harassed, shot at, and have their businesses burned down - with no criminal charges brought against the white people who commit the atrocities. As Rose waivers between wanting to leave and wanting to stay, her classmates are divided as how to respond. While some want to meet violence with violence, others want to pursue non-violent protest. At the end, Rose has to figure out who she is and what she's willing to give up for the sake of change. This book opened my eyes to life in the south during the 1950s and the challenges young people faced. I'm so grateful Linda Williams Jackson wrote this story.
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  • Sarah Levy
    January 1, 1970
    I was really excited to read this one after loving Midnight Without A Moon. And my excitement was validated as I jumped right back into the life of Rosa in 1950s Mississippi. Linda has such a way with words and I fell instantly into the heartbreak and pain of the community. A story filled with both hope and defeat, love and loss. I hope many students have the opportunity to see this part of our dark & terrifying history through Rosa's eyes.
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  • Leigh Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Rose Carter is one of those characters who you know is going to go on and do amazing things with her life. I loved Rose in Midnight Without a Moon, and I am so glad that Linda Jackson continued with Rose's story in A Sky Full of Stars. The civil rights era captures my students' attention, and this book will continue to teach them what a difficult time period it was. I can't wait to purchase this one to place on the shelf along with Midnight Without a Moon.
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  • Randi
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished Midnight without a Moon and was hoping there would be a sequel, so imagine my elation upon discovering that one is coming in less than a year! Woohoo!
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