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Stars of the Night


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Caren Stelson is an award-winning author of nonfiction books that focus on war and peace themes. She believes young readers want to know the truth about their world and how others find resilience and courage in difficult times. Her work includes Ezra Jack Keats BookAward winner A Bowl Full of Peace and Sachiko: A Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivor's Story, which was longlisted for a National Book Award and received a Sibert Honor Award, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award. Caren and her husband Kim live in Minneapolis. www.carenstelson.com Selina Alko spends her days melding words and mixed-media art to convey stories of hope and inspiration--as well as an alternative viewpoint. Her books include The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, Can I Touch Your Hair?, Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama, and I is for Immigrants, which was selected a 2022 Best Children's Book of the Year by Bank Street Books. Selina lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"Quiet but immediate. . . . The in-the-moment text combines with emotional acrylic, colored-pencil, and collage illustrations in Alko's signature style to create a dreamlike atmosphere."--starred, The Horn Book Magazine-- (1/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"Balancing tragedy and hope, this story preserves the memory of Jewish children who found new lives despite and because of their irrevocable losses."--Jewish Book Council-- (8/23/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"[A] good addition to teach elementary-aged children about a lesser known event during the second World War and how one person can make a difference in many lives. Reviewer Rating: 5" -Children's Literature-- (4/13/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"Stelson masterfully provides background context for today's young readers, while keeping the focus of the story on the children's experience. Rating: OUTSTANDING"-- BayViews-- (3/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"A necessary and inspirational book about a little-known light amid a dark period of history, this book should find a home in all libraries."--starred, School Library Journal-- (2/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"A not-to-be-missed, inspirational book about courage, heart, and the necessity of caring for others."--starred, Kirkus Reviews-- (11/15/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"In a collective voice . . . Stelson describes rising tides of anti-Semitism, tearful partings, scary journeys by train and boat, meetings with British foster families, and then a return to Prague at war's end to search out the scanty remnants of families and, long after, to learn who had organized the escape."--Booklist-- (2/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"Stelson employs a communal we to narrate this story of 669 primarily Jewish children of the Czech Kindertransport . . . Impressionistic acrylic, collage, and pencil art by Alko is embellished throughout with sparkling stars and round yellow orbs."--Publishers Weekly-- (1/2/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"This book tells my father's story through the eyes of the children he helped to save from the Holocaust. It is a reminder of the huge difference any one of us can make in the lives of others. Our world depends on it. It is down to people like him, people like us, to make the change we want to see."--Nick Winton, son of Sir Nicholas Winton-- (7/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)

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