A Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2) by Linda Williams Jackson

A Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2)

After the murder of Emmett Till, thirteen-year-old Rose is struggling with her decision to stay in Mississippi. Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peaceful protests, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope. But when Rose helps Aunt Ruthie start her own business, she begins to see how she can make a diff...

Details A Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2)

TitleA Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2)
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction, Juvenile, Cultural

Reviews A Sky Full of Stars (Rose Lee Carter #2)

  • Linda Williams Jackson
    I really love this book. I hope others will too. :)
  • Amy
    It’s a tad premature to think about Newbery 2019 when we haven’t had Newbery 2018 yet, but I’ll say it now: this book is a contender for a year from now.I knew it was Newbery material from the first pages, where I heard Rosa’s distinctive narrator voice and Ma Pearl’s high-quality admonishments. I picked up this book before I read the first book in the series, Midnight Without a Moon, which is a bit of a shame, because, well, MIDNIGHT W...
  • Jana
    I had the opportunity to read an ARC of this book that was shared with my #BookRelays group by the author. I was thrilled that I would be able to keep reading Rose Lee’s story. A Sky Full of Stars is the sequel to last year’s Midnight Without a Moon. Set in Mississippi in 1955, it tells the story of Rose Lee and what it must have been like to be raised by black sharecroppers at a time when racial tensions were increasing with gruesome crimes ...
  • Brandy Painter
    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.I waited all the way until February 1st to finish my first 5 star read of 2018. There was no need for me to wait that long. I had A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson in my house the whole month of January. But reader, sometimes I get scared about reading highly anticipated sequels to books I've loved. There was no need to worry though. A Sky Full of Stars is the perfect second ha...
  • Kester Nucum
    Disclaimer: I received a free ARC copy of this book from the publisher HMH in exchange for an honest review.It is a hard feat to write a sequel that is as great–and even rarer, better–than the original, but Jackson pulled it off. A Sky Full of Stars is much more impactful and heart-wrenching than Midnight without a Moon, that I just could not put it down. A powerful coming-of-age tale that examines Rose’s life during the aftermath of the ...
  • Karina
    This book is the sequel to MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON but can also be read as a standalone. Thirteen year old Rose Lee Carter chose to stay at home in Mississippi instead of taking her aunt's offer to go to St. Louis, but recent violence against the black community is making her question her decision. Set in the 1950s when Jim Crow laws dominated the south, Rose witnesses terrible injustice when black community members are harassed, shot at, and hav...
  • Katie Reilley
    I received this book in ARC form through my #bookexpedition group. Having not read Midnight Without a Moon, I was unsure what to expect in this sequel. After getting to know Rosa and her family, I'll definitely go back and read the first book. Set in 1955 Jim Crow Mississippi, Rosa is torn between the opinions of her cousin Shorty, who wants to answer the growing violence with violence, and her good friend Hallelujah, who believes in peaceful pro...
  • Arlene
    I love Rose, I think she is such a great character that really embodies what it is like to be a young girl, working on a cotton farm with her family in 1955 Mississippi where she's unsure of what she should do as a young person wanting and needing change, but not knowing how to go about it without bringing dishonour on her family, because let me just say, Ma Pearl is no joke. In this book, we follow Rose and Hallelujah in the aftermath of the cas...
  • QNPoohBear
    Nothing much has changed for Rosa (Rose Lee) Carter since she made the decision to stay in Mississippi instead of moving north to St. Louis with her aunt. Rose wants to help her people but how to do it is the question. When more black men end up dead, Rose is concerned. Hallelujah is full of stories about his idol Dr. Howard and the non-violent resistance movement. He stirs up trouble in the classroom with his impassioned speeches. One student is...
  • Angie
    Rosa is dealing with the aftermath of the Emmet Till trial where the men who killed him are let go. She sees the injustices happening all around her in Mississippi. She sees how blacks are treated by their white neighbors and she wants to do something about it, but she is afraid. She is afraid because black people are being killed all the time. They are being killed for trying to register people to vote and simply for being in the wrong place at ...
  • Barbara Senteney
    I enjoyed this story inspired by the author's life and surroundings. The tale is set in 1955 in Stillwater Mississippi. Rosa her friend Hallelujah and cousin shorty have heard of ll the bad things happening to people of color all over the south, and even though they are frightened they want to stand up and make a difference. Reverend Jenkins, Hallelujah's father has told them they can't sit around and wait for negroes up north to save them.It's u...
  • Dawna
    Note: This is the sequel to “Midnight Without a Moon,” which I have also reviewed. These books are absolute treasures. This is the kind of middle grade fiction that transcends age and should be enjoyed by all. In addition to providing an educational timeline and authentic perspective on mid-50’s civil rights, from Emmett Till to Rosa Parks, author Linda Williams Jackson weaves in honesty and nuance rarely touched in books written even for a...
  • Cathy
    Upon finishing A Sky Full of Stars and having read Midnight Without a Moon, I realized that this is the start of a saga like Wilder's "Little House" books. Set in 1955 in Mississippi, the 2 books are bringing us deep into another time and place with complex characters and characters that we love. As a child, I loved the Little House books which happened 80 years before I read them. Jackson's books are taking place over 60 years ago, which probabl...
  • Ruth Lehrer
    “Bravery is when you’re scared but you do the job anyway.” We’re so lucky. After her wonderful debut novel, Midnight Without a Moon, Linda Williams Jackson brings us more of Rosa’s life in 1950s Mississippi. I read this sequel with the joy of catching up with an old friend, plus the absorbing immersion in a period of time we all should be reacquainting ourselves with. I so emotionally identified with Rosa and her inner struggle between ...
  • Jessica Lawson
    I loved the first book about Rose (now Rosa) Lee Carter, MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON, and this one builds so nicely on the existing character development. I found the characters to be earnest and authentic and inspiring, and the time period allows for so many important moments and events in the civil rights movement to be incorporated.Rosa's self-doubt and courage are both palpable. There's got to be another book coming~ I can't imagine not having an...
  • Rebecca Carvalho
    I didn't want to finish this book. I didn't want to say goodbye to Rosa. I fell in love with Midnight Without a Moon last year, and when I found out about A Sky Full of Stars I was so happy to have Rosa again in my life. I could follow Rosa's life forever. I love her friendship with Hallelujah, and I loved watching her voice become stronger and stronger. Speaking of which... Anyone know if we're getting a third book in the series?This is an impor...
  • Mississippi Library Commission
    Linda Williams Jackson is one of the best things to happen to kid lit in Mississippi in ages. You don't have to read her debut middle grade novel Midnight without a Moon to enjoy A Sky Full of Stars, but you're really going to want to! Protagonist Rosa's fight for a better Mississippi continues in ASFOS and it is achingly beautiful. Williams Jackson has a way of depicting exactly how life would have been for this 13-year-old heroine that makes yo...
  • Aterra Lowe
    Another hit with this one! Loved the character development of Rosa Lee! I have so many questions about Ma Pearl after this one! Would love her perspective and maybe it will explain her Behavior. Hope to see a book 3!!
  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
    How does the community react to the acquittal of Emmett Till's murderers? How does Rose change? Powerful sequel to Midnight Without a Moon.
  • Caroline
    This historical fiction novel is just as powerful as Linda's first. As with MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON, this book weaves so much truth (and real events) into the world around Rosa's (not Rose anymore!) area of Mississippi. The reader is pulled into Rosa's plights, hopes, fears, and dreams. We read and feel what happened with the power structures of racism that plagued our country then and that we're still standing up against now. Heavy, powerful, tr...
  • Neva Womack
    I would like to thank Goodreads and author Linda Williams Jackson for the ARC I received in a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the author's notes in the pages of the book. I grew up in the '60's and '70's in Houston. Being white, I never experienced the racial discrimination that the author and heroine in this book experienced. I did, however, experience discrimination because we were "poor folks." Our houses weren't always in the best condition nor...
  • Elisabeth
    This is a book about faith: faith in yourself, faith in your family, faith in your God. This is a book about Mississippi: Jim Crow Mississippi, early Civil Rights Era Mississippi, my crazy, beautiful, depraved, beloved Mississippi.A Sky Full of Stars does a stellar (sorry, couldn’t help myself) job of capturing how life would be for a girl living in the war zone that was 1955 Mississippi. Rosa questions her bravery and her faith; she struggles ...
  • Debbie
    "A Sky Full of Stars" is a middle grade/tween novel set in November and December 1955 in Mississippi. It's the second book in a series, but it works fine as a stand-alone (though now I'd like to read the first one).Rosa is a dark-skinned 13-year-old who's smart enough to go to college, but her own grandmother doesn't want her to get ahead because of that darker skin. Her mother left her and her brother behind for a new life in the north, and her ...
  • Czechgirl
    Loved, loved this book! I read the first book, Midnight Without a Moon, in this series. I felt Rose was strong, but I love how Jackson made her an even stronger person in this book. I absolutely loved Midnight Without a Moon, but I had a few fellow teachers express their concerns about reading it aloud to their students due to the graphic detail of the killing of Emmitt Till and the pregnancy of Rose's cousin. This book provides a window into the...
  • Amber Webb
    A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Jackson was one of those books I couldn't put down and didn't want to finish at the same time. Jackson gives such depth to her characters and setting that you feel as though you are in Mississippi in the 1950's living through these stories in the shoes of Rosa, Hallelujah and their families. Thanks to Jackson I learned about events that I never knew occurred and felt and saw this time period through different eyes. I ...
  • Leigh Anne
    Rose Carter is one of those characters who you know is going to go on and do amazing things with her life. I loved Rose in Midnight Without a Moon, and I am so glad that Linda Jackson continued with Rose's story in A Sky Full of Stars. The civil rights era captures my students' attention, and this book will continue to teach them what a difficult time period it was. I can't wait to purchase this one to place on the shelf along with Midnight Witho...
  • Sofia Aguilar
    "A Sky Full of Stars" by Linda Williams Jackson follows the story of Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old in the fictional town of Stillwater, Mississippi during the aftermath of the Emmett Till's murder. She's conflicted about to help her small town, torn between her two friends Hallelujah and Shorty. Hallelujah, the preacher's son, wants peaceful, silent protest, while Shorty, Rose's cousin, wants to violently fight back against the white peopl...
  • Maria
    I don't know where to start with this book...I read the first in the series, Midnight Without a Moon, earlier this year and while I liked it, I thought parts of it were a bit problematic. I think A Sky Full of Stars is a stronger novel than the first book, but I still think it had some issues.Namely, Ma Pearl. What the hell is wrong with Ma Pearl?! I said this in my review of the first book, but I don't understand why Jackson decided to write Ma ...
  • Clarissa
    This book is the sequel to Midnight Without a Moon, but stands on its own. I had not read the first book, but had no problem following this book. This book takes place in rural Mississippi shortly after Emmett Till's murder, and at a time when other black people are being murdered with impunity by the local whites. Black businesses are also attacked by arsonists, and daily life is a struggle for the impoverished black community, who are mostly sh...
  • Lisa
    This book picks up where Midnight Without a Moon left off. Rosa is living with Ma Pearl and Papa (her grandparents) and a slew of cousins and her Aunt Ruthie. Ruthie has left her alcoholic and abusive husband and moved back in with her kids. Ma Pearl rules the roost with a ruthless and often mean disposition. They are sharecroppers for the Robinson's and life is hard for people of color in the Mississippi Delta region.When things start to heat up...