Lord, Cynthia A Handful of Stars, 184 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2015. $16.99. Content: G.
12-year-old Lily lives with her grandparents and her blind dog Lucky above the small town general store. When Lucky slips away and runs across the blueberry fields, Lily is desperate to catch him before he runs into the woods and hurts himself. Salma, a migrant berry picker (who is Lily’s age) catches Lucky by feeding him her lunch and a friendship develops. Over the summer, Lily learns several lessons about friendship, loyalty and mothers.
This could have been a sad book - Lily’s mother is dead, her dog is blind, her best friend and she are distanced, but somehow it is not. It is hopeful and sweet. Personally I feel the girls are a little young for the pageant circuit, but I liked the multicultural aspects, the story involving migrant farm workers and who can resist a story about a dog?
EL - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian