The Same Stuff as Stars

The Same Stuff as Stars

by Katherine Paterson

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Overview


2013 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Angel Morgan needs help. Daddy is in jail, and Mama has abandoned her and her little brother, leaving them with their great-grandmother. Grandma is aged and poor, and doesn’t make any attempt to care for the children—that’s left up to Angel, even though she is not yet twelve. The only bright spot in Angel’s existence is the Star Man, a mysterious stranger who appears on clear nights and teaches her all about the stars and planets and constellations. “We’re made out of the same stuff as the stars,” he tells her.

Eventually, Grandma warms to the children and the three begin to cobble together a makeshift family. Then events in Angel’s life take yet another downturn, and she must once again find a way to persevere.

Katherine Paterson’s keen sensitivity and penetrating sense of drama bring us a moving story of throwaway children, reminding us of the incredible resilience of childhood and the unquenchable spirit that, in spite of loss, struggles to new beginnings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544540309
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 225,422
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.61(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 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 (www.thencbla.org), 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 (www.usbby.org) and a lifetime member of the International Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org).
She and her husband, John, live in Montpelier, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. For more information, visit www.terabithia.com.

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Same Stuff As Stars (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 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, ......read it.........
MsLangdon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part D FamilyPaterson, K. (2002). The same stuff as stars. New York: Clarion Books.A father in jail, a careless mother, and a seven-year-old brother is what Angel Morgan knows about family, until her mother abandons her and her brother with their 80-year-old great-grandmother who can barely care for herself. At only eleven, Angel is a mother figure to both her brother and her grandmother. She buys the groceries and makes sure they have proper nutrition, making sure to have the five major food groups. She enrolls them into school. In addition to all of her responsibilities, she worries that social services is going to figure out that their mom left them and will put her and her brother into foster care. She wonders when her mom will return and if her dad will ever get out of jail. But, in all of the chaos and worries, she finds stability, friends, and her family. Angel Morgan¿s loneliness and worries don¿t bring her down. Her optimistic attitude and strength add to the inspiring story of family and the struggles of life. Paterson¿s depiction of Angel Morgan and her life experiences exemplifies the possible life of many young children in today¿s world that may not have a strong family structure. Ages 9-12.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Angel Morgan knows that she has to be careful. She has to look out for her younger brother because she can't count on her mom to do it. She has to make sure that they eat balanced meals and that Bernie always wears his seatbelt. Their mom is unpredictable and little things set her off, so Angel is not very surprised when her mom tells her that they're moving. They have an hour or so to pack one suitcase apiece and then they're off to Angel's great-grandma's house in the country. But when Angel's mom leaves them there and doesn't come back, Angel has to face the fact that she's all Bernie has. She has to learn to live with a crotchety great-grandma who's barely able to care for herself. And she realizes that she's stronger than she ever thought she was. The audiobook of this novel was really great. Narrator Alyssa Bresnahan does a great job with different voices and it was really interesting to listen to. It's a great story, a bit sad sometimes, but ultimately uplifting, with great characters that I came to love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A GREAT STORIE OF POWER AND STRENGTH
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.