A Net of Stars by Jennifer Jacobson

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Etta just knows this is the year she'll be brave enough to ride the Ferris wheel at the midway fair--she's even told her brother and sister. But when she tests herself on top of the chicken coop and finds she's too scared to move, she's suddenly not so sure--the sky is so vast, what's out there to catch her if she falls? But through love and support from a caring older sister and a wonderful combination of determination and imagination, Etta comes to discover she really is able to soar to new heightsjust as readers will when they cheer Etta on with each turn of the page! With a deceptively simple, timeless tale, Jennifer Richard Jacobson's debut on the Dial list is a spectacular one, while renowned artist Greg Shed's paintings literally illuminate the page.

About Jennifer Jacobson

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Jennifer Richard Jacobson is the author of picture books, stories for beginning readers, and middle-grade novels. "Stained" is her first book written for young adults. Born and raised in New Hampshire, she attended Lesley College and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She lives in a cottage, built in 1802, in Maine.
Published June 1, 1998 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Self Help, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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When the carnival sets up nearby, Etta announces that this is the year that she will ride the Ferris wheel.

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This nostalgic picture book harks back to a time when girls wore dresses to the carnival, yet it delivers an ageless message about overcoming fear. When the midway comes to her rural community, Etta i

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Jacobson's evenly paced text transmutes the child's fear of the vast, empty sky through a poetic image: when Etta learns that constellations are formed from invisible lines that connect the stars, she takes an imaginative leap that, if she should tumble from the top of the Ferris wheel, the nearb...

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