The Candle Star [NOOK Book]


When Emily was a little girl, her father had taken her outside in each season and pointed out the pictures in the stars, explaining the ancient lore behind them. She wondered if he was looking up at the same stars right now.

"They're beautiful, aren't they?"

Emily started. She hadn't heard Malachi approach.

"Looks like you can just reach up and pluck one down, maybe set it in a ring," he said. "It'd be the most beautiful piece of jewelry you ...

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The Candle Star

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When Emily was a little girl, her father had taken her outside in each season and pointed out the pictures in the stars, explaining the ancient lore behind them. She wondered if he was looking up at the same stars right now.

"They're beautiful, aren't they?"

Emily started. She hadn't heard Malachi approach.

"Looks like you can just reach up and pluck one down, maybe set it in a ring," he said. "It'd be the most beautiful piece of jewelry you ever laid eyes on."

He pointed to the Big Dipper. "See the last two stars in the bowl of the spoon? They line up just right and point the way to the North Star."

Emily had learned that when she was six.

"When I was little, I remember Mama setting a candle in the window on the nights Daddy would get in late. I slept sound on those nights, confident that beacon was guiding my daddy home."

He paused as he contemplated the night sky. "The North Star is kind of like a candle God hung up special to guide His lost children home. Lot of black folks looking up at it right now, directing themselves home to freedom." Ages 10+

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011283819
  • Publisher: Candle Star Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 80,164
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 946 KB

Meet the Author

I write mainstream novels for kids. In my books, you can expect ADVENTURE and SUBSTANCE, but I'll always respect the INNOCENCE of our children. Though I write for a young audience, many adults have applauded my work and asked, "Why is this just for kids?"**Drawing on my background in education, I like to make free resources available on my website for using my books in the classroom.**I have also written a series of Bible stories under the pen name Shell Isenhoff, just to keep the genres separate.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Love the story

    Well done for the most part....too light on character development but plot holds up

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  • Posted August 15, 2011


    My daughter read and loved The Candle Star. This is her review:

    The Candle Star is set back in the slave days and is about a 12-year old girl, Emily Preston, who lives on a plantation in South Carolina, but whose parents send her to stay with her uncle in Detroit. Apparently, her parents think that she could use an attitude adjustment and that her uncle could maybe help with that. And her parents are right. Emily is sarcastic and self-important. When she first arrives at her uncle's, she decides that she will be so unlikeable that her uncle will send her home.

    Ms. Isenhoff writes in a very descriptive way. It is so colorful that I felt like I could really see what was happening. There were a couple of times, like when Emily was being mean to the old slave man who accompanied her on her trip, when I just felt like crying. But that's a good thing- it was just because Ms. Isenhoff's writing was so good. She showed Emily's character development from the beginning, when Emily was self-absorbed to the end, when Emily had learned that there are larger things in life than herself.

    I liked the Candle Star because it showed a period of time that I haven't had a chance yet to learn much about. And Ms. Isenhoff made it come alive for me. Her characters were all so vivid that I felt like I actually knew them and I was sad when the book was over.

    The only thing that was hard for me was some of the slave dialogue. It was hard for me to understand and I had to read it twice. But that wasn't the author's fault- it seems like it was the way they truly spoke, so she was being true to the era.

    I would recommend The Candle Star to anyone. And in fact, when school starts, I'm going to recommend it to my teacher. It would be great for my class to read. The characters were likeable, the writing was vivid and interesting and the plot was complex. I give it 5/5 stars.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Great piece of historical fiction!

    Okay, I'm going to start this off by stating a quick fact. I hated history. It was my all-time worst subject in school. Ironically, it's the only subject my fiancée, Mike, was good at. Anyway.I'm horrible when it comes to remembering dates, the only things I know about WWII was the stuff I've seen in movies and read in Anne Frank's diary, all I can tell you about Napoleon was he was short, and I'm still not sure how many states are in the USA. Okay, so maybe that last part is an exaggeration, but you get my point. What does that have to do with anything you might ask.

    The Candle Star, by Michelle Isenhoff, is a brilliant work of historical fiction. Slavery is, for me, always a difficult read, but Michelle does such a great job of not throwing it in your face, but making sure the reader knows it's a predominant storyline. It's detailed to the point where I could almost imagine riding Coal Dust, a neighbor's horse that the main character, Emily, took care of as punishment for skipping school. The characters are believable, and fit well with the time period.

    The Underground Railroad, for those of you who, like me, need a refresher course on All Things History 101, was a chain of safe houses used by slaves to escape to states that had already abolished slavery. It's also the backdrop for The Candle Star. Emily is a southern girl, whose father owns a plantation, along with many slaves. That's the only lifestyle Emily has ever known. She's a perfect example of the saying 'ignorance is bliss' because she's happy with the things occurring around her, and wouldn't want it any other way, until she gets sent to stay with her uncle, who lives up north. Upon going there, she realizes it's a whole different world - one where her uncle doesn't own any slaves, and helps them on their way to freedom.

    The Candle Star has a whole host of awesome factors, one of which is the characters. I really liked Zeke, the former slave that accompanies Emily on her trip to her uncle's home. I felt Julia was very realistic, and some of the things she said to Malachi reminded me of things my mother has said to me, which made the story even better for me. Michelle Isenhoff does an amazing job of creating characters that makes the reader want to exist in that time period, just so you can shake their hand.

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    Posted June 27, 2011

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