The Blue Star by Tony Earley
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Seven years ago, readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass, the precocious ten-year-old at the heart of Tony Earley's bestseller Jim the Boy. Now a teenager, Jim returns in another tender and wise story of young love on the eve of World War Two. Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe. Unfortunately, Chrissie is Bucky Bucklaw's girlfriend, and Bucky has joined the Navy on the eve of war. Jim vows to win Chrissie's heart in his absence, but the war makes high school less than a safe haven, and gives a young man's emotions a grown man's gravity. With the uncanny insight into the well-intentioned heart that made Jim the Boy a favorite novel for thousands of readers, Tony Earley has fashioned another nuanced and unforgettable portrait of America in another time--making it again even realer than our own day. This is a timeless and moving story of discovery, loss and growing up, proving why Tony Earley's writing "radiates with a largeness of heart" (Esquire).
 

About Tony Earley

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Tony Earley is the author of Jim the Boy, Here We Are in Paradise, and Somehow Form a Family. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN, where he is the Samuel Milton Fleming Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.
 
Published March 10, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 304 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this sequel to the acclaimed Jim the Boy (2000), Jim Glass—grown up from ten to 17 but still dewy-eyed—falls hard for a classmate and, after Pearl Harbor, enlists in the army.

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This sequel to Tony Earley’s first novel, “Jim the Boy,” follows its protagonist into adulthood while deploying a deceptively simple strategy: take the storytelling style of children’s literature and bend it to adult themes.

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A Review of Tony Earley's 'Jim the Boy' (June 8, 2000) Jim reaches out for Chrissie, but only furtively.

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“Jim the Boy” is just as good as those books, engrossing in every way, and deserves even more attention, which it may get as readers turn now to its worthy sequel, “The Blue Star.” The hero of both novels is Jim Glass, born in rural North Carolina in 1924, only days after the death of his young f...

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Book Reporter

THE BLUE STAR picks up the story of Jim Glass from Tony Earley’s bestselling debut novel, JIM THE BOY.

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USA Today

When you've loved a novel as much as I loved Tony Earley's 2000 debut, Jim the Boy, the prospect of a sequel triggers an uneasy blend of anticipation and doubt.It's like a reunion with an old friend you haven't seen in years.

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Open Letters Monthly

This novel is about the adolescence of Jim Glass (who first appeared in Jim the Boy, although you don’t have to have read that to enjoy The Blue Star), a charmed and charming high school upperclassman in a North Carolina small town in 1941.

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Gather Books

It was a fairly serious book, but I still found myself laughing at some of the situations Jim and his best friend, Dennis Deane, found themselves in.

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Now, it's a pleasure to report that Jim has returned as a young adult in Earley's quietly moving, elegiac sequel, The Blue Star.This chapter of Jim's story begins in the fall of 1941 and spans his senior year at Aliceville High School.

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Nights and Weekends

Jim is a lovably naïve young character—and as you get to know him, you’ll remember feeling the same fervent teenage determination that he feels.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Porter Shreve Kansas City Star 4 of 5 Stars "[Earley] has mastery of what the critic James Wood has called ‘free indirect style,’ meaning he narrates in the third person, altering his prose and point of view ever so slightly to give the appearance of being inside the heads of one character o...

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Monsters and Critics

During this uncertain time, Jim enjoys life in the countryside of Aliceville, North Carolina with his mother and uncles while coping with the angst of being in love with classmate Chrissie Steppe.

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Alibi

In a few wonderful scenes—as Jim drives up and down the mountain to Chrissie’s and what he slowly realizes is the wrong side of town—the lovely, mysterious Carolina woods around him rise up out of Earley’s prose in description, as if calling to Jim to notice.

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