The Life History of a Star by Kelly Easton

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A 2001 Golden Kite Award nominee

For more than a year, fourteen-year-old Kristin uses her diary to record her confused thoughts about the physical changes brought on by adolescence and the emotional strain on her family from living with the "ghost" of her beloved older brother David who was physically and mentally destroyed while serving in Vietnam.

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About Kelly Easton

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Kelly Easton is the author of "Walking on Air" and "The Life History of a Star, " which was a Teen Readers Book Sense Top Ten book and a Golden Kite Award Honor winner. She has published stories in such literary journals as the "Connecticut Review, " the "Paterson Literary Review, Iris, " and "Frontiers." Kelly Easton lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island.
 
Published March 1, 2001 by Margaret K. McElderry. 200 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Kristin frets about the sudden, late development of her body, and watches her friends trying to grow up too fast: meanwhile, her beloved older brother David, mangled in the Vietnam War, lies in the attic, severely depressed and dying slowly.

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But it doesn't take long for the 14-year-old to find her voice she reports psychologically rich dreams, recapitulates her revealing dialogues with friends and longs for escape (at one point she even sends for a brochure from a ritzy Swiss boarding school).

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"Watergate and Patty Hearst help form the 1973–1974 backdrop to this arresting first novel, told through journal entries," said PW.

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Through the eyes of Kristin, the book's heroine, readers get an intimate portrait of what life was like for a normal suburban teen.

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