This month, My Read Diverse Books Project has never felt more important to me. So, I'm pleased to share this month's read with you, Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper.
Here's the blurb from Amazon:
"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."
I loved this story for so many reasons. The voice is wonderful, Stella is the sort of main character you can't help but care about. Her world is one of contrasts--wonder and horror, courage and cowardice. I truly hope you'll give this book a try, or buy it for someone in your life.