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Keeping Safe the Stars
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When crisis hits, a young girl becomes the only one left to take care of her family

Pride, Nightingale and Baby are the Stars. 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.

A poignant story about family and love, Sheila O'Connor has delivered another extraordinary and mesmerizing tale.

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9781101591215
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Sheila O'Connor. (2012). Keeping Safe the Stars. Penguin Young Readers Group.

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Sheila O'Connor. 2012. Keeping Safe the Stars. Penguin Young Readers Group.

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When crisis hits, a young girl becomes the only one left to take care of her family

Pride, Nightingale and Baby are the Stars. 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.

A poignant story about family and love, Sheila O'Connor has delivered another extraordinary and mesmerizing tale.

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      • content: xxpish - Pride, Nightingale, and Baby live on a small farm with Old Finn, who took them out of the orphanage. They are the Stars, Old Finn is their grandpa whom takes care of them. They live a low life without anybody knowing much about them; self-reliance is Old Finn’s way of life. When Old Finn gets ill and taken to the bigger hospital in Duluth, the Stars start worrying. They open a business where they do pony rides and sell popcorn and souvenirs, so they can get enough money to go see Old Finn. When they get a regular customer who writes in magazines, they start to grow suspicious of him, and they get enough money to visit Old Finn, but when they get there, he can barely say anything. As the Stars start worrying and fearing going back to the orphanage, they need a miracle to happen. In a heartfelt novel, Sheila O’Connor makes readers want to read more books of hers. My thoughts: I thought this was a really great book. The storyline was perfect, and the way she writes is really enticing. It was almost like I was there when I read it, going through the troubles with them. I love the cover, and how it is narrated by Pride, the oldest. I can’t wait to read more books by Sheila O’Connor, and I think she set this story in the perfect year; 1974. I enjoyed this book very much, and I think that you will too. Overall: 9 out of 10 Stars
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        Starred review from September 17, 2012
        Choosing an unusual setting—the 1974 summer of Nixon’s resignation— O’Connor (Sparrow Road) skillfully tackles complex issues of truth and loyalty in a story filled with adventure, suspense, and family drama. Pride, Nightingale, and Baby Star, having lost their parents, are being raised by their grandfather, Old Finn, to live self-sufficiently on his farm in rural Minnesota. With Old Finn suddenly hospitalized, 13-year-old Pride struggles to keep her younger siblings fed, while maintaining their independence and hiding their grandfather’s absence from increasingly suspicious adults. The strong-minded siblings frequently clash over what is right and wrong, even as their predicament bonds them ever more strongly. Through Pride’s conflicts regarding ethical behavior, love, and survival, O’Connor brings to life the murky territory of morality. In one poignant scene, Pride empathetically watches Nixon’s resignation speech: “when he said, ‘I have always tried to do what was best for the nation’... it made me think about the lies I’d told to try to help my family. I’d say the same, I tried to do the best.” A thought-provoking page-turner. Ages 10–up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio.

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        Starred review from September 1, 2012
        Left in a Minnesota cabin when their grandfather is hospitalized with encephalitis, 13-year-old Pride and her younger siblings struggle to be self-reliant, but after a bus trip to Duluth to see him, they realize they will have to seek and accept help. When their grandfather went off to see the doctor, the orphaned Star family--Pride, Nightingale and Baby--had just become accustomed to life with reclusive Old Finn, so different from their commune in New Mexico. They knew he wouldn't want anyone to learn they were on their own. To make money for food, they sell crafts and pony rides to tourists, attracting unwanted attention. Against the backdrop of the last few days of Nixon's administration in 1974, narrator Pride compares her own need to lie to Nixon's self-justification even as Nightingale insists on honesty. Unusually, this family survival story is also a story of love between two older adults. Through letters Pride reads, readers learn that before he became a surrogate parent, her grandfather loved someone named Justine. Courageous and resourceful, the children track her down. More realistic than many children-on-their-own adventures, the resolution may strain adult credulity. Compelling character development (in adults as well as children) and authentic language fitting the setting add to the strength of this story. Family loyalty, stubbornness and love in an implausible but totally satisfying blend. (Historical fiction. 10-14)

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        December 1, 2012

        Gr 5-8-Pride is only 13, but when her grandpa, Old Finn, is admitted to the hospital, she is left to take care of her younger sister and brother, Nightingale and Baby. Smart and resourceful, the siblings construct a plan to maintain normalcy at all costs, earning money to buy groceries and even continuing on with their homeschooling. Soon, though, youthful gumption isn't enough. And then Old Finn is moved to a bigger hospital miles and miles away. Desperate to stay together and avoid a group home like the one they were placed in after their mother died, the children learn to face the truth, accept help from the various adults they meet along the way, and set out to find the woman who wrote Old Finn love letters. Smart kids who fend for themselves is an interesting premise, but it's hard to read the adult characters who end up watching over these youngsters; none of their motivations for wanting to help ever seem clear. While the story is filled with charm, the one-dimensional characters, 1974 setting, and slow pacing feel forced.-Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA

        Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        October 15, 2012
        Grades 5-7 Three orphaned childrenPride, Nightingale, and Babylive with their grandfather, Old Finn, in a remote cabin in Minnesota. But when he becomes seriously ill and is shipped off to a hospital in Duluth, the kids, raised to be independent and keep the outside world at bay, must stick together to prevent the state from meddling. At 13, Pride is the oldest and steps up with various money-making schemes, from selling craft souvenirs at the cabin to offering pony rides for a quarterall in an effort to procure round-trip bus tickets to Duluth. What O'Connor (Sparrow Road, 2011) has done exceedingly well here is give readers three fresh, authentic kid voices; Nightingale, the truth-abiding, nightgown-wearing future librarian, is particularly memorable. O'Connor also manages to make the credulity-straining kids-on-their-own theme mostly believable as concerned adults weave in and out of the action. Background events involving Richard Nixon's resignation set this story in the 1970s, but the suggested parallel between his lies and Pride's white lies feels somewhat far-fetched. Overall, a compelling story about what it means to love fiercely.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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When crisis hits, a young girl becomes the only one left to take care of her family

Pride, Nightingale and Baby are the Stars. 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.

A poignant story about family and love, Sheila O'Connor has delivered another extraordinary...

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