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Every Soul a Star

Every Soul a Star

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by Wendy Mass

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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 extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. It's also were three lives are about to be changed forever:

Ally likes the


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. It's also were three lives are about to be changed forever:

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, and she refuses to imagine it any other way.

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

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 and making friends in the most unexpected situations.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Confirming her mastery of the middle-grade novel, Mass (Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life) combines astronomy and storytelling for a well-balanced look at friendships and the role they play in shaping identity. Three narrators take turns: Ally, who lives with her parents and younger brother at the Moon Shadow Campground and loves every tree and every rock on it, but most especially the stars above it; glamour-loving Bree, who announces to readers that she must have been "switched at birth" to explain her presence among physicist parents and a geeky younger sister; and Jack, who is helping his science teacher lead a solar eclipse tour to the Moon Shadow to make up his failing grade. The trio's paths converge because Ally's parents have sold the Moon Shadow to Bree's, and everyone meets up at the campgrounds during a major eclipse. The voices reflect the distinct personalities, and while the outcome is never in doubt-each character discovers unexpected powers of adaptability and new talents-Mass keeps the developments believable. Information about solar eclipses and astronomy is carefully woven into the plot to build drama and will almost certainly intrigue readers. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)

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KLIATT - Janis Flint-Ferguson
Moon Shadow Campground is in the right spot to view a total eclipse of the sun. That means that eclipse chasers from all over the country are going to descend upon Ally's home, and she is looking forward to it. She and her brother have been raised on the isolated campground, enjoying the opportunities to research and study the skies. Ally's greatest hope is to discover a planet. Bree's city family is planning on making the trip to the isolated campground to see the eclipse. They are also planning on taking over the campground from Ally's family, allowing them to do their own research while giving Ally's family a chance to live in the "civilization" of the city. Unfortunately, Bree is looking for a career in fashion modeling and there is not much call for that at the campground. Jack is on his way to summer school when his science teacher unexpectedly invites Jack to join him at the Moon Shadow campground for the eclipse. His teacher regularly leads eclipse chasers in North America and this is an event not to be missed. So Jack, Bree and Ally all find themselves at the Moon Shadow for the celestial event. Told in their three voices, the young teens learn much about themselves as they learn about each other, family relationships, and the science of an eclipse. The novel does a great job of integrating astronomy into a story of peer relationships and the changes that life brings. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
VOYA - Ria Newhouse
The Moon Shadow Campground is perfectly positioned for eclipse chasers. Ally, her brother Kenny, and her parents have been waiting years for three minutes of sheer amazement-one of the rare times when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, creating a total solar eclipse. So have hundreds of other people-in the weeks before the eclipse, the Moon Shadow begins to overflow with eclipse chasers. Although most of the chasers are giddy with excitement, Bree, a self-proclaimed wanna-be-model craves fashion, color, and lipstick and not the stars, planets, and other amazing things just a telescope glance away. So when Bree and Ally's parents conspire to "switch places," Bree is devastated to learn that she will be staying in country bumpkin land and Ally is terrified to learn that she will be leaving the only life she's ever known to become a "city girl.o Mass uses three main characters to tell a story of change, growth, maturity, and friendship. The chapters alternate among the voices of Bree, Ally, and Jack, the self-proclaimed flunk-out who ends up at the Moon Shadow in order to avoid summer school. The tale is slightly heavy-handed and predictable in its character development, but the moral is sweet and easy to absorb. The details about lunar life will certainly interest budding astronomers and the story might just help younger teens find a place in the universe. Reviewer: Ria Newhouse
School Library Journal

Gr 5-9

The lives of three young people intersect and transform against the backdrop of a total solar eclipse. Homeschooled Ally has grown up at the remote Moon Shadow Campground, which her family runs. An eclipse, which can be viewed only from this site, is approaching, and ahead of it come Bree, an aspiring model obsessed with popularity, and Jack, a reclusive artist and avid sci-fi reader. Ally's sheltered world is about to open up as she discovers that her parents plan to cede management of the campground to Bree's parents after the event. Neither Ally nor Bree is excited about the prospect, but as the teens interact they come to terms with the changes they face. Meanwhile, introverted Jack finds himself making friends and becoming a leader. As they go their separate ways, all three approach the future with a newfound balance between their internal and their external lives. The characters are well drawn and likable. Even the seemingly shallow Bree reveals hidden layers as the story progresses. The campground setting affords the youngsters independence, allowing them to interact freely and make their own choices. The astronomical details are fascinating and lyrically incorporated into the narrative. An author's note includes the date of the next solar eclipse in the mainland United States and additional resources. Readers who like quietly self-reflective novels like Lynne Rae Perkins's Criss Cross (HarperCollins, 2005) or Jerry Spinelli's "Stargirl" books (Knopf) will also enjoy this compelling and thought-provoking story.-Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

Kirkus Reviews
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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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Meet the Author

Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers, the ALA Schneider Family Award winner A Mango-Shaped Space, Leap Day, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, and Every Soul a Star. Wendy lives in New Jersey with her husband and their twins. Her website is www.wendymass.com.

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Every Soul a Star 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 357 reviews.
Book-addict-808 More than 1 year ago
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.
Kuh-laire More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!
Annie101 More than 1 year ago
It's just so amazing to read it I can't even explain.
Lydia_Chandt More than 1 year ago
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.
TriciaLynn77 More than 1 year ago
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.
book_luver_girl96 More than 1 year ago
This book is totally amazing.
The cover art is so beautiful as well!
Even if you don't think twice about science [kind of me], you'll be totally engrossed.
It is filled with information on stars and planets, and you soak up information without even knowing you're learning.
You can see that the characters grow as people as they learn to accept life's challenges.
The three friends, Bree, Jack, and Ally are main characters, and each have one special quality about them.
Wendy Mass lets you befriend the characters and portrays the story in such a way that you connect to each one of the characters.
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.'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! :-) *****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You need to read this book its amazingg!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book i have ever read! I dont know how to describe how good it was! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
awesome14 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This boklok is great for 5th and 6th graders
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a relly good book. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book!!!!!! I totally loved it!!!!
Yoen Joo Kim More than 1 year ago
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!!!
XxTRISHAxX More than 1 year ago
The Book was actually better than I expected it to be. This book was just different than all the other books I read. I enjoyed it very much, and its worth reading. Without doubt I would recommend this book to a friend. The story is very good at explaining that you should not hate something before you even experience it. I think if I recommend this book to my friends thy would also recommend it to their friends. I have also heard about the other books by Wendy Mass and they all seem very interesting. I have read the reviews for 11 Birthdays and I really want to read it. Its really cool that the character's birthday keeps repeating and, I am really interested in knowing how she stops it from repeating. I haven't looked into any other books by Wendy Mass but I will be sure to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just kidding this book is amazing thats how i felt just reading a sample cant wait to read!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know who you are. Who you want to be. Who you wish to be. And let me tell you something. I have felt the pain of a century. Trying to live up to who the world thinks i am. But i am not who they think i am. I am me. And god has great things planned for me. I can be annything i choose to be. And i choose to be a pro bmx racer. My heart screams at me to go my own way,and i am. Sometimes i feel so much pain and loss and hurt that i want to end it all. This path is to hard. Im really not good enough to be a pro. I never will be one. But i know in my heart that my mind is wrong. This is what i was ment to do and this is what i love to do. Never give up even if it seems like the weight of the sky is on your back. It will be lifted. And you will be set free