A Night without Stars by James Howe
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Maria Tirone is frightened. She's in the hospital, about to undergo open heart surgery. And no one -- not her friends, not her family, not even her doctors -- can tell her what to expect.

Then she meets Donald, badly disfigured in a fire years before. The other kids in the hospital call him Monster Man, and tell Maria to stay away from him. But Maria sees the human being hidden behind Donald's scars and his bitterness, and finds in him what she needs most of all -- answers to her questions, and a friend.


About James Howe

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James Howe was born on August 2, 1946. He attended Boston University and majored in Theater. While in elementary school, he wrote a play, some short stories and self-published a magazine. While in college, he wrote plays. His first book, Bunnicula featuring a vampire rabbit, won him a Young People's Choice Award in 1982. He wrote a series of books featuring Bunnicula which titles included "Howliday Inn," "The Celery Stalks at Midnight," and "Nighty-Nightmare." He also wrote a series of mysteries, featuring Sebastian Barth, and a series of chapter books featuring Pinky and Rex. In addition, he has written nonfiction, adaptations of classic stories, and screenplays for movies and television.
Published January 1, 1983 by Atheneum. 178 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Subjected to bewildering talk about VSDs and HIS from a plump, squeaky-voiced intern and the clownish medical student who is putting him on, Maria notes when they turn to her and smile, ""They weren't so much smiling at her as they were at themselves, at how much they know."" During her stay Mari...

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Departing from the high comedy of the Bunnicula books, Howe pens a ""gripping"" novel about an 11-year-old girl hospitalized for a defective heart, said PW in a boxed review.

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