A Galaxy of Sea Stars

A Galaxy of Sea Stars

At a time when everything in her small town of Seaside, Rhode Island, seems like it’s changing, eleven-year-old Izzy Vitale wants things to stay the same. She wants her dad to start acting like he did before he was deployed to Afghanistan, she wants her mom to move back to the marina where they live, but most of all, she wants best friends – Piper and Zelda (dubbed the Sea Star Posse by their kindergarten teacher) – to stay best friends as they begin sixth grade at the regional middle school.

Then, Izzy’s father invites his former Army interpreter from Afghanistan and his whole family – including eleven-year-old Sitara — to move into the upstairs apartment at the marina. Izzy doesn’t know what to make of Sitara with her hijab and refusal to eat cafeteria food. She does know that her constant presence has become like a rogue wave disrupting the normally easy flow of the Sea Star Posse. But as Izzy gets to know Sitara, she can’t help but admire her self-confidence and pride in her Muslim faith. Little by little, Izzy begins to realize there exists a world much larger than her safe but insulated harbor in Seaside.

When hate messages start showing up at the girls school and at the marina, Izzy and Sitara team up to discover the source of the vandalism. But what Izzy ultimately learns, will force her to make a choice: remain silent and betray Sitara or speak up for what she knows is right – even if it means losing the Sea Star Posse forever.

A GALAXY OF SEA STARS is about family, loyalty, and the hard choices we face in the name of friendship.

Title:A Galaxy of Sea Stars
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374309091
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    A Galaxy of Sea Stars Reviews

  • Jeanne Ferruolo

    I wanted to share some background on the writing of A GALAXY OF SEA STARS with you. The original inspiration for the story began through my volunteer work at IRIS-Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Serv...

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusIzzy loves livign in Seaside, Rhode Island, but there are challenges. Her father has returned from military duty in Afghanistan with some injuries as well as PTSD, and ...

  • Madison

    A Galaxy of Sea Stars is middle grade fiction at its finest. These young girls are just discovering their independence but with these changes come challenges to long-held friendship, discovering thing...

  • Melissa Thom

    “Let your courage be bigger than your fear.” This is a touching story about what happens when you go to middle school & everything changes. It’s about figuring out how to handle life‘s tough s...

  • Cassie Thomas

    Thank you MacKids for an ARC. As I progressed through this story my lens became heavily teacher based as I continued reading. I think this might be my next read aloud after break due to so many infere...

  • Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)

    I was sent a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Overall rating: 3.5 stars TW: PTSD, IslamophobiaRep: Muslim, Czechoslovakian_____________________________________________________...

  • Amy

    Many thanks to EdelweissPlus and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review purposes. All opinions are my own.This was a lovely middle grade story about family, friendship, and...

  • Gina

    This is a very important book with a great message of seeing someone who is of a different culture and getting to know them and standing up and finding your voice. I hope those who read this will come...

  • Donna Dobihal Smith

    This tender, middle grade story will resonate with middle grade readers, especially those facing changes in their lives, friendship struggles, family and cultural issues, and school challenges. A seri...

  • Shari

    A Galaxy of Sea Stars is full of heart and love. After a summer of so much change, Izzy is nervous about middle school, but at least her two best friends will be with her. But when school starts, even...