About The Book

2016 Audie Award Finalist for Middle Grade

When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era “novel that soars” (The New York Times Book Review) that School Library Journal called “storytelling at its finest” in a starred review.

Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.

About The Author

Photo Credit:

Sharon M. Draper is a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens. She has received the Coretta Scott King Award for both Copper Sun and Forged by Fire, and was most recently awarded the Charlotte Huck Award for Stella by Starlight. Her novel Out of My Mind has won multiple awards and was a New York Times bestseller for over three years. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she taught high school English for twenty-five years and was named National Teacher of the Year. Visit her at SharonDraper.com.

Awards and Honors

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • South Carolina Book Award Nominee
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award Master List (KS)
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Young Hoosier Book Award Master List (IN)
  • Oregon Battle of the Books List
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Nominee
  • Capitol Choices List (DC)
  • NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
  • Rebecca Caudill Award Master List (IL)
  • Great Lakes Great Books Master List (MI)
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List Starred Junior Title
  • ILA Notable Books for a Global Society
  • Sequoyah Children's Master List (OK)
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Master List (VT)
  • Charlie May Simon Book Award ML (AR)
  • Black Eyed Susan Book Award Master List (MD)
  • Georgia Children's Book Award Nominee
  • Skipping Stones Honor Book
  • Judy Lopez Memorial Award Honor Book
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • ALA Notable Children's Recording
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee
  • MSTA Reading Circle List
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
  • Ohioana Book Award Finalist
  • Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee
  • NCTE Charlotte Huck Outstanding Fiction Award
  • Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award
  • Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Multicultural Books List
  • Lectio Book Award Finalist

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