Stella by Starlight
by Sharon M. Draper
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015
In the middle of the Depression, Stella and her brother Jojo observe a burning cross and figures in bedsheets. When they tell their parents, their entire community is called to meet in their kitchen to discuss strategies. Children are warned to always walk with someone else, they are frightened to even walk through town. Stella is a bright girl, trying to figure out who she is and is shaped by the fear of the community. Her father, who is unwilling to not be accepted as a man, is one of three men who show up to register to vote where the rules are different for Negroes. He takes Stella to be his motivation and she witnesses the blatant discrimination. Stella confirms who one of the KKK is and is forced to risk her integrity to ask him for help. A high-tension, deeply-moving story right up to its satisfying end.