Monday, February 22, 2016


A Handful of Stars - Cynthia Lord

Product Description(
When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season.

After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather, and Salma's friendship transforms Lily's summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they'll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant-and possibly win?
Hardcover: 192 pages 
Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 26, 2015) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0545700272 
ISBN-13: 978-0545700276

MY THOUGHTS:   This is a new author for me and I really enjoyed her style of writing.  The author put all the facts right out front so you didn't have to keep guessing what was going on.  Lucky is Lily's dog and he's going blind.  He needs surgery but they don't have the money.  So Lily is painting Bee Boxes and selling them.  While out for a walk Lucky gets loose from Lily.  He's headed for the road and a on coming car.  Salma jumps up with her lunch and gets Lucky to stop.  Salma and Lily become friends and work together to get enough bee boxes done for the festival.  But do they get enough money to do this?  And does Salma win the Blueberry Queen Pageant?  Read the book, it's really good.  I give this book 5.....

This book is also for 4 of my reading challenges.
What an Animal Challenge
Full House Challenge
Monthly Keyword Challenge
52 Books in 52 Weeks

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like the perfect read for any dog lover :) I'm so glad you were able to find a book for February's Keyword Reading Challenge!


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