The Same Stuff as Stars

The Same Stuff as Stars

by Katherine Paterson


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The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson

Angel Morgan's family is falling apart.

Her daddy is in jail, and her mother has abandoned Angel and her little brother, Bernie, at their great-grandmother's crumbling Vermont farmhouse. Grandma spends most of her time wrapped in a blanket by the wood stove.

There is one bright spot in Angel's world — a mysterious stranger who teaches Angel all about the stars and planets and constellations. Carving out a new life proves harder than Angel ever imagined. But she feels a tiny spark of hope when she remembers what the stranger said — that she is made of the same stuff as stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544540309
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 410,995
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.61(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Katherine Paterson’s international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal (Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved) and the National Book Award (The Great Gilly Hopkins and The Master Puppeteer), she has received many accolades for her body of work, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. She was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She served as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2010-2011.
Ms. Paterson is vice president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (, which is a not-for-profit education and advocacy organization. The NCBLA’s innovative projects actively promote literacy, literature, libraries, and the arts.  She is both an Alida Cutts Lifetime Member of the United States Board on Books for Young People ( and a lifetime member of the International Board on Books for Young People (
She and her husband, John, live in Montpelier, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. For more information, visit

Table of Contents

1Wishing on a Star1
2The Saturday Visit14
3"The Bear Went Over the Mountain"22
4The Other Side of the Mountain37
5Hansel and Grizzle46
6Santy Claus55
7Star Man65
8Treasure Hunt74
9A Is for Astronomy86
10The Swan98
11Miss Liza of the Library111
12Know the Stars125
13To School We Go138
14Draco the Dragon151
16Consider the Heavens166
17Galileo Galilei179
18Falling Stars194
19Stardust to Stardust207
20Take Something Like a Star221
21Shining Stars231

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Same Stuff As Stars (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
JJames71 More than 1 year ago
The Same Stuff as Stars HarperCollins, 2002, 265 pp, $6.99 Katherine Paterson ISBN 978-0-06-0555712-5 Abandoned. Does that word sound familiar to you? This book is a powerful look at how children are abandoned by their mother and left at some relative's house that they barely know. An eleven year old girl Angel and her seven year old brother Bernie have to figure out how to live in their current conditions with their great-grandmother's house without her mother. Verna, Angel, and Bernie live in a bad situation. Angles and Bernie's dad is in jail and their mother doesn't really know how take care of Angel and Bernie. One day Verna abandoned Angel and Bernie at their great-grandmother's house. I felt really bad for Angel and Bernie when I heard this news. Along the way, Angel meets a star man who teaches Angel about the stars and constellations. I thought the way the author described how a young girl could become a leader was really excellent. I was really into this book and the author helped make the book emotional. The book really touched me in the heart. This book is pretty heavy. The author used many descriptive words to explain a character. I would recommend this book for people who like to read heavy books and people who like to read realistic fiction. Will Verna ever come back for Angel and Bernie? Will Angel and Bernie's dad get out of jail? Read this book to find out! -Joel James
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was an excelent story. I just never wanted to put it down! It was so interesting! It was writen extremely well, too. I loved it so much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really recommend this book because it is really intersting. this book makes me want to keep reading and hardly anybooks make we want to keep read. i am really picky about what books are good and this is a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ive read many books in my life, comedy, romance, mystory, scarey, stupid, inmature, but nothing like this. This book really touched my heart in many ways. Before I read this book, I thought that my life was a total waist. Now beleiveing that others have a more worse life than I. I have came to a thought that lifes a game.......sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But in the end it all depends on you. And if you dont want to fight, then why are you here? sincereley, Danielle Martin
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I laughed and cryed through the whole thing! Angel Morgan is a girl you can relate to, even my friends agree. There is really no specific age group for this. My teacher recommended it to me because she loves it! You might even want to go grab some Sugar Pops to eat while reading. Bernie certainly would!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book definitley made me cry. I recomend this to anyone! I would hate to be Angel! Daddy In Jail, Mama is always gone...poor thing!I think evryone should read this book so they can realize how good they have it in their own life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. I loved the reality. It made me realize how lucky i was not to be in this girls position. I would recommend it to ages 10-13. If you luva book you cant put down, and makes you want to cry, it.........
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Just read it awsome or what????????
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good, and I couldn't put it down. The sappiness wasn't overdone, the book was heartwarming, a sure classic to treasure! 10 A+ 98
Guest More than 1 year ago
Katherine Paterson does a great job at putting a real life problem into a story. I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was both miraculous and heart-warming. Everything about it seemed so realistic.I would definitely read another book by this author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about Angel and her family. I would recommend this book to any age. Highly Recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book with passion to all my students. Even the ones with idyllic homelives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was absolutely marvelous. i enjoyed every second of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This reads very much like most Katherine Paterson books, but it is still worth the read. I'm part of a mother/daughter bookclub (I'm a mom) and I'm hoping they will decide to read this, mostly because the main character's life is so very different from the life of our daughters and it's good to be exposed to other's lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so boring! I did not enjoy it and it was not moving. It was a typical boring book.
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This is a great book! Recomended to all! It just sucks you in and you don't want to stop reading it! Love Katherine P!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I only chose the book because i needed to read a book for AR points but once i started to read the story it just draws you in, and only a good book has that capabilty! I highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reserve a spot on a long car trip for this book! It is very captivating and moving. I loved all the characters, Angel, the 'Star Man.' I even cried at some parts . READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I started to read it, I couldn't put it down. More people get involved in the book as it goes along and it makes the book more interesting as you read it. The end makes you want to add more on to it and see what else happens but I love those kind of endings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very touching and when you read it You feel everything the charactersare feeling. Its is about a young girl who has a brother and their father is in jail and their mother leaves them and a few surprises happend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so wonderfully written; it just flows together. You feel connected to all the charaters: Angel, Grandma, and the "Star Man." Excellent. Highly recommended.