Stars in the Darkness by Barbara M. Joosse

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In the imagination of a young inner-city boy, police sirens sound like howling wolves, streetlights look like stars, and shots fired by neighborhood gangs sound like those stars cracking the darkness. But when his older brother joins a gang, he can no longer pretend. With the help of his mother, he comes up with a plan to save his brother and unite his neighbors in a stand for peace. The realistic yet uplifting words of best-selling author Barbara M. Joosse combine with powerful illustrations by award-winning artist R. Gregory Christie in this hope-filled story. One young boy's courage can make a difference.

About Barbara M. Joosse

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Barbara Joosse is a full-time writer and mother. She lives with her family in a little stone house in Wisconsin. Ms. Joosse has a degree in journalism, but for the past 19 years she has devoted her time and talents to writing nearly twenty books for childrR. Gregory Christie is the award-winning illustrator of The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children, Richard Wright and the Library Card, and Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth, which was on the New York Public Library's list
Published December 1, 2001 by Chronicle Books. 36 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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We sure don’t need no bangers,” Richard starts staying out nights and wearing colors, and so the narrator and his mother get the idea to organize neighborhood peace walks, bringing families out into the streets at night.

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"Sometimes, Mama and me look down at the street and pretend it's not the city," explains the wistful young African-American narrator of this affecting story by the author of Mama, Do You Love Me?

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