Posted in 2012-2013 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Keeping Safe the Stars, by Sheila O’Connor

Summary:  Orphaned and living with their grandfather, Old Finn, in rural Minnesota, the children, like their grandfather, are wary of outsiders. They believe, as Old Finn taught them, in self-reliance. But then Old Finn falls seriously ill and is taken to the hospital all the way in Duluth, leaving the children to fend for themselves. Pride, as oldest, assumes the lead. Though she makes mistakes, she keeps them afloat; they even earn money for the bus trip to Duluth. But when they finally see Old Finn, he can’t walk or even say his own name, and Pride knows her days of keeping safe the Stars are drawing to a close. Self-reliance can’t make Old Finn well again. But maybe, just maybe, a secret from Old Finn’s past might make a way for them to stay together after all.


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One thought on “Keeping Safe the Stars, by Sheila O’Connor

  1. I don’t know if this book is newbery or not. I have just read so many books this year and my top three i think are really great, so when i read a book like this that i would’ve thought great earlier this year, but doesn’t compare to my very favorites i can’t tell if it is newbery. When compared to Summer of the Mariposas which is a little similar then this book is better. I really connected to the characters in this one and they were more likeable. One of the things i didn’t like about this book was the same problem i found in Summer of the Gypsy Moths, the plots were hard to relate to because they were unrealistic with realistic characters and setting. I will have to think if this can get the newbery, i don’t know.

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