The Silver Star

The Silver Star

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Two motherless sisters--Bean and Liz--are shuttled to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in their family for generations. When school starts in the fall, Bean easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz becomes increasingly withdrawn. Then something happens to Liz and Bean is left to challenge the injustice of the adult world.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451661545
9781451661507
1451661509
Branch Call Number: Fiction Wal
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 24 cm

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firefly5
Jan 15, 2017

Very disappointed with this book. I loved her The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses, but this book has no substance. None of the characters are believable. I cannot recommend this book.

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UAkat
Oct 25, 2016

While her first autobiographical novel was her finest writing to date, I enjoyed Silver Star. A good book for teens and young adults. So many kids today are homeless, in foster care, or have dysfunctional parents; I think many can relate to this story and find they are kindred spirits with the two half-sisters. Bean & Liz show courage and ingenuity in dealing with their problems. Without fathers or a mentally healthy mother, these two girls connect with other family members and successfully create a home and life for themselves. I also liked all of the other quirky and even dangerous characters in the book. An easy and fun read with life lessons for all.

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wandalynn
Jun 25, 2016

Trite, predictable and blessedly short.

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wordsmith888
Jun 06, 2016

I felt that the plot was engaging and the character development of Liz & Bean was excellent. Parts of the story were not quite as engaging as her previous books, however, it still kept my interest and I enjoyed how it ended. Jeannette is an excellent writer who really knows how to use dialogue well to keep the story interesting and moving along.

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tavkaa
Dec 13, 2015

A real true to life story of the "regular folk" even though some may look at the parenting skills of the parents in this book as dysfunctional at best. The story teller was innocent, yet aware and carries the reader along with her observations and innocence. The dysfunctional family was funny, and relative-- showing how one incident can be viewed from different perspectives and mean so much to a child by the way it is told to them. I liked the way the protagonist was introduced and portrayed, because from the very beginning of his introduction you knew he was up to no good and so you read his scenes with a side-eye view. I didn't like however how it ended because it was just like the writer just got tired.

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22022jane
Nov 11, 2015

I had high expectations for this book based on my enjoyment of the author's previous extraordinary books The Glass Castle and Half-Broke Horses. This book was extremely disappointing to me; many times I was tempted to give up but kept plugging away thinking that it would inevitably get better - it had to! Alas, it did not. I cannot recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed this author's previous works.

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vv8
Jun 01, 2015

The Silver Star echoed many themes found in Walls' previous works; however, this one did not quite carry as much emotional weight and felt cliche at times.

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slarsen
Mar 09, 2015

I am so disappointed in this book. Walls is an excellent author - what happened.

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palaminopony
Dec 07, 2014

“The Silver Star” is about two sisters and their absentee mother. Liz and Bean are only young girls, and when their ‘artistic’ mother once again leaves them to their own device. In their mother’s absence the girls decide to hop on a bus and travel across the United States in order to visit their Uncle Tinsley. The girls arrive safely, and while their uncle is a little less than thrilled to see them, he allows them to live with him until their mother returns. As the novel progresses, Liz and Bean head off to work for a commanding man who ultimately causes more than a few, too many disastrous problems for the girl.

This novel is an endearing, heartwarming read. The characters of the novel are well-rounded, interesting, and believable. Readers will find their hearts go out to Bean, the main character, as she must deal with issues that would normally fall to people much, much older than her. The setting of the novel adds to the story, as it helps to bring the plot alive (the setting is a small town where racism is alive and people side with the villains, giving the novel a ‘man vs society’ feel that is all too realistic). The plot is intelligent and entertaining, and has no dull moments.

Overall, the author of this
review highly recommends “The Silver Star”. It is a unique, lovable novel that will charm readers while keeping them on the edge of their seats. This novel is suitable for ages twelve and up, and is a better pleasure read novel than it is an ‘essay novel’ or ‘book talk’.

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sarajeandavis13
Aug 06, 2014

I agree, not as good as the glass castle. Still it's a nice light summer read. Finished in a day

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