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CHARACTERS Stars in the Texas Sky

13 year old Henry Valentine is the school's star pitcher is intoxicated by first love of a young girl and all seems right with his world of 1952 racially separated East TexasThen he is confronted by an unlikely antagonist a colored boy who challenges him in his town bests him in a pitching duel and fights him in the vacant lot outside of town A wary distance becomes an unexpected friendship when they discover a. Henry and Benjamin are two boys growing up in a small town in 1952 Texas They are talented baseball players sharing a love for the game They both fall in love with a girl for the first time and experience the pains of adolescence and trying to find their place in this world They understand each other like no one else does and they share the same dream of making it to the big leaguesIn another time another place Henry and Benjamin would be best friends But Benjamin is a colored boy and Henry is white And the white don t mix with the colored That s what their parents tell them what their teachers tell them and their friends as well That s just how it s always been And you don t wanna change itBut Henry doesn t understand And he starts to uestion his parents and teachers and friends He starts to not simply follow the rules but thinking his own thoughts making his own rules But can a 13 year old boy overcome generations of ignorance and hatred Can Henry and Benjamin become friends and together follow their dreams Can they start something new Is there a chance for changeI had a few issues with this book The chapters are weirdly structured and the pacing is completely off Most of the time it is a really slow read and then something big comes out of seemingly nowhere Other times there is tension building up but then nothing comes of itIt was still a good read because I was invested in the characters Their interactions were interesting as was the environment And the book certainly packs a punch I just felt there was a lot left unsaid

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Stars in the Texas Sky

Common love for Texas beauty He is devastated when a corrupt congressman sacrifices Henry's friend to win re election and receives no sympathy or help from his disapproving family church and town He finds support in the feisty independent minded widow with a taste for liuor in her lemonade who helps him fight against the powerful using only the tools of an innocent and powerless boy In the end he learns the va. Stars in the Texas Sky gives the reader a glimpse of life in a small eastern Texas town in the 1950 s It is not a nostalgic look at a time which easily lends itself to nostalgia and rose colored glasses but an honest well written look at a time when tremendous changes in our attitudes toward euality began to occur The main character Henry has begun to struggle with the cognitive dissonance he experiences between what his parents school authority figures law enforcement and even church and political leaders tell him is the right way to treat Blacks and the way he realizes is the right way Through a developing friendship with a Black boy his age who is an even better baseball player than he is Henry begins to see the world the way it should be He begins to see the hypocrisy of the adults he respects and of his friends and moves toward making significant changes in his lifeThe author s descriptions of setting wonderfully capture the look and feel of the town the cadence of daily life the dryness and the scent of the air and sights and sounds of the surroundings Everything from political corruption and scandal to murders to natural disasters move the story from a time of Henry s innocence to a realistic awareness of the life he wants to live

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Lue of standing for what he believes in face of opposition and discovers that there is nothing powerful than a boy or a man who knows who he is Note Contains scenes and language appropriate for the time and charactersThis book is a 2012 Breakthrough Novel Award ABNA uarter finalistBen and Henry the touchstones of the story are charismatic and nuanced individuals Publishers Weekly review from the ABNA submission. Stars in the Texas Sky is not a light hearted romp through the idyllic 1950s It is a very well written down to earth book that shows the personal growth of the main character through pain reflection and self sacrifice It is one of the few books concerning race relations that felt true to the time period and didn t hedge the reader s emotions on making things sugar coated The main characters Henry and Benjamin are both well written and whose moral dilemmas are a product of their upbringing The author has captured the mentality of growing up in East Texas when it was racially separated and uses the American tradition of baseball to present a well crafted story Great book and one that will be put in my classroom library


10 thoughts on “Stars in the Texas Sky

  1. says:

    Henry and Benjamin are two boys growing up in a small town in 1952 Texas They are talented baseball players sharing a love for the game They both fall in love with a girl for the first time and experience the pains of adolescence and trying to find their place in this world They understand each other like no one else does and they share the same dream of making it to the big leaguesIn another time another place Henry and

  2. says:

    This book was one of the best I have read this yearAll starts when Henry a white boy which helps people at the cross walk meets Benjamin In the beginning their relation is not the best but as the times goes by they start to be really good friends The problem arises from the social conventions at the time it was not acceptable for a white b

  3. says:

    I not only enjoyed Stars in the Texas Sky but my 13 year old son loved it as well I have passed it on to the local school to add to their books as I think other students would enjoy and learn from reading this book Would like to read from Stephen J Matlock 4 stars from meMy rating system is as follows5 stars Excellent Worth Every Penny Made It Into My Personal Library4 stars Great book but not a classic 3 stars Good overall generally well

  4. says:

    I was happy to win the giveaway for Stars in the Texas Sky I don’t usually read historical fiction but I do sometimes find it interesting This book takes place in the 1950’s with very strong discrimination going on I

  5. says:

    This is a very fine young adult novel that whisks us back to what for most of us is a faraway place isolated and

  6. says:

    Stars in the Texas Sky gives the reader a glimpse of life in a small eastern Texas town in the 1950’s It is not a nostalgic look at a time which easily lends itself to nostalgia and rose colored glasses but an honest well

  7. says:

    Stars in the Texas Sky is not a light hearted romp through the idyllic 1950s It is a very well written down to earth book that shows the personal growth of the main character through pain reflection and self sacrifice It is one of the few books concerning race relations that felt 'true' to the time period and didn't hedge the reader's emotions on making things sugar coated The main characters Henry and Benjamin are both well writt

  8. says:

    My students have always been amazed when I tell them how much the world and society has changed since I was in school As a Texan that grew up during this period in our history I found the characters in this book to be not only authentic but characters that I understood While my students may not identify with the race issues of the t

  9. says:

    I had gotten this book for free through Goodreads First Reads I Really liked this book They were Very real problems in that time period and the characters were excellent I thought since this book was about a 13 yr old that I wouldnt be able to get into this book but really it is for any age level I like how it was a nice paced bo

  10. says:

    A very nice book by a very nice man Texas in the 50's is about as far from my experience as the moons of Jupiter but Matlock writes human characters with realism and heart and makes you feel like you're there