Your Eyes in Stars by M. E. Kerr

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Two unlikely friends–Elisa, a German outsider, and Jessie, the daughter of the local prison warden–meet during the Depression. In Elisa's far–off homeland, a new dictator is spreading the stain of hate, but the two girls are absorbed in matters closer at hand. Together they explore their small town, dream of the future, and talk about Slater Carr, the angel–faced prisoner whose nightly bugle rendition of Taps holds their small town in thrall and whose actions, one Halloween night, will change everything.

"You think about Slater," Jessie says. "I give him to you."

A time will come when she will remember saying that to Elisa and regret it with all her heart.

Margaret A. Edwards Award–winner M. E. Kerr creates a compelling portrait of America between the World Wars, of friendship, and of innocence lost.

 

About M. E. Kerr

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M. E. Kerr is a winner of the American Library Association's Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement and the ALAN award from the National Council of Teachers of English. Ms. Kerr lives in East Hampton on New York's Long Island.
 
Published January 1, 2006 by HarperTeen. 240 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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In a small Pennsylvania town during WWII, Kerr (What Became of Her, 2000, etc.) demonstrates her command of time, place, and atmosphere in this tale about the effect a young man’s decision has on his family and the community at large when he decides to become a conscientious objector.

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A broad-ranging, somewhat unfocused novel on a worthy topic—how small errors in judgment can snowball to disaster—by a YA master.

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The 13-year-old son of a Pennsylvania Quaker family admires his oldest brother for adhering to his antiwar convictions despite hostility from neighbors and relatives.

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Teen Reads

Through her friendship with Elisa, Jessie begins to open herself up, expand her interests, and really care about others.

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Historical Novel Society

Young Jessie and Elisa are firm yet unlikely friends living in upstate New York in 1934.

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