Every Soul A Star

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And as streams of light fan out behind the darkened sun like the wings of a butterfly, I realize that I never saw real beauty until now.

At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and ...

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Overview

And as streams of light fan out behind the darkened sun like the wings of a butterfly, I realize that I never saw real beauty until now.

At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. Three lives are about to be changed forever:

Ally:
Ally likes the simple things in life-labyrinths, star-gazing, and comet-hunting. Her home, the moon shadow campground, is a part of who she is. She refuses to imagine it any other way.

Bree:
Popular, gorgeous (everybody says so), a future homecoming queen for sure. Bree wears her beauty like a suit of armor. But what is she trying to hide?

Jack:
Overweight and awkward, jack is used to spending a lot of time alone. But when opportunity knocks, he finds himself in situations he never would have imagined.


Told from three distinct voices and perspectives, Wendy Mass weaves an intricate and compelling story about strangers coming together, unlikely friendships, and finding one's place in the universe.

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Three lives are transformed at a much-anticipated total solar eclipse. Ally, almost 13, lives at the Moon Shadow Campground, purchased years ago by her parents as the perfect eclipse-viewing site. Ally loves the place and yearns to discover a comet. Jack, 13, glumly chooses helping his science teacher lead an eclipse tour over attending summer school. Bree, 13, who scoffs at science and believes that "[a] good hair day is worth its weight in gold," is horrified to be yanked from her mall-and-makeup life and taken to Moon Shadow. Readers learn through Bree what Ally doesn't know: Immediately after the eclipse, Bree's parents are taking over the campground, and Ally's family is moving to civilization. Each girl is heartbroken about her future until Bree sees the moon through a telescope, which inadvertently releases her "inner geek." Bree's shallowness is initially narratively weak beside Ally and Jack, who are both smart and honestly childlike, as the three voices alternate in the storytelling; however, by the gorgeous climax, Bree is special too. Glowing astronomical details entrance. (author's note, further reading) (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316002578
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 174
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Mass

Wendy Mass is a prolific author for both young adult and middle grade novels. She won the ALA Schneider Family Award for her first young readers' novel, A Mango-Shaped Space, about a girl who has synesthesia. Her second novel, Leap Day, stars a girl who was born on February 29. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life follows a young boy on a journey to solve one of life's greatest mysteries, and Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall is her first novel-in-verse. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, twin daughter and son, and a cat. Her Web site is www.wendymass.com.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Great Read

    I read this book for a school book project. Honestly, I didn't think I would enjoy it. As I found out - again - never judge a book by it's cover! The details create a totally new atmosphere. One thing about this book really caught my interest... The chapters are arranged by characters' point of view. For example, there are three chapter 1's. Alley 1, Bree 1 and Jack 1. Wendy Mass introduced a new style of writing to me. I loved the formatting of this book and I ABSOLUTELY loved the storyline. Once you get into the plot and get to know the characters, you find yourself wondering, how much can change? - even in the blink of an eye.

    36 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    Fantastic Book

    This book was amazing! I couldn't stop reading and the characters are so much like us kids these days. Its just so UNDERSTANDABLE. I loved it. Wendy should do series or something.

    19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

    Every Soul A Star

    It's just so amazing to read it I can't even explain.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Awsome

    Awsome i got a sample and i loved it so im geting the hole book so it departs between a few people but i dont want to tell u because i dont want to rewen it for all the people reading it.So read it and find out how it starts and ends. I RECOMEND READING IT ITS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2009

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    Amazing. Puts a Smile on Your Face as You Laugh and Cry!

    This book is totally amazing.<BR/>The cover art is so beautiful as well!<BR/>Even if you don't think twice about science [kind of me], you'll be totally engrossed.<BR/>It is filled with information on stars and planets, and you soak up information without even knowing you're learning.<BR/>You can see that the characters grow as people as they learn to accept life's challenges.<BR/>The three friends, Bree, Jack, and Ally are main characters, and each have one special quality about them.<BR/>Wendy Mass lets you befriend the characters and portrays the story in such a way that you connect to each one of the characters.<BR/>It was a book that I picked up, got totally engrossed until the very end, and when I finished, I thought to myself 'this book was SO totally worth buying.'.

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

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    A book for EVERYONE

    This is the best book that i've read in a long time. It made me smile & makes for an easy read. The perfect book for someone who doesnt read all that often - OR someone who reads a lot. I found this book surprisingly deep & was actually sad when i finished the book. I just didnt want it to end. I could really relate to the characters too.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    Amazing

    So I got this book from my younger sister who was reading it for school and figured I would read it while she had it at home, and this book may be written for 8-12 year olds, but even being 21 I loved this book!! I've also read Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass and really enjoyed that too. I plan on reading all of Wendy Mass' books because I really like her writing. This book has really made me want to learn a lot more about astrology and now I want to try to see a total solar eclipse someday.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    This book a star

    I loved this book! It brimgs together completely different senarios into ome and lets the characters realize the mowt valuable facts in life through this book. Truly amazing.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Summer Reading Stars

    I had to read Every Soul a Star for my shcool's summer reading program. At first, I thought this book was going to be about finding yourself. But, it was about that and much more. I hope you enjoy this tale of friendship, and learn a few things about our solar system! Happy Reading!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Every Soul A Star

    This is the best book i have ever read! I dont know how to describe how good it was! :)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Deep and heartwarming*****!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book was absoulutly beautiful! She really put a lot of effort into this book. She showed me a new way of writing and life. I would give this book a rating of 5/5 stars. The chapters in this book are really interesting I won't tell you so speacial because thats what you have to find out for yourself! But I really think you should read this book. Great job Wendy you really touched my heart in this book. So why are you still reading this? You should be buying this book! :-) *****

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    I love this

    You need to read this book its amazingg!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    R u confused

    I bet if u have read 11 b-days then u really liked it and r back for more this is the book u want trust me for anyone 9+ u will love it or even if u have not read 11 b-day u shold still read this book read it READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

    EVERY SOUL A STAR

    EVERY SOUL A STAR is probably 1 of the most interesting books ever written. I say this based on my own experience, because as soon I started reading, I couldn't stop. This book mainly talks about astronomy, the study of stars. But what really caught my atention were the main characters-Ally, Bree, and Jack. they had nothing in common on the outside, but on the inside, they had one thing in common, fear.
    this story is told from 3 unique points of view, all with distinct opinions on various situations. It's about 3 unlikely teenagers coming together on the night of a solar eclipse and finding out more about themselves than they ever knew before. this book had plenty of heart and thats what I mainly look in a book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Best book ever!

    This book is amazing, my favorite author is Wendy Mass so i got this book. It is the best book ever, so you should try it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Read this book!

    I loved this book! Its full of adventure, and it was hard to put down. For anyone who loves watching stars in the night sky, or is eager to learn, READ THIS BOOK!!!!! You will encounter different point of views from each character and how to accept what comes along on the bumpy path of life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Great book

    Police: 911, whats your emergency? Me: 5 people didnt give five stars on an e-book. Police: how is that an emergency? Me: it is a wendy mass book! Every Soul a Star!! Police: holy cow!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    june 9 2013

    This book is a good choice for strong readers it adds a picture not many books can discribe id give this book a 10 it lets you see they vewies of all the charecters if you like this book as much as i do read they other books!!she has one series with three books so far these kind of books can really grab a reader

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    An amazing book for all ages

    This book has to be one of the best books ive read. I would totally reccommend it to anyone! Lot of cool science information is tied into the story. This one iis definitely going on my bookshelf!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Cool

    This boklok is great for 5th and 6th graders

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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