A tale of suffragettes and heroes, courage and survival, as war ends, flu sweeps the land – and women get to vote!
Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2017 – Children’s Book of the Year
Winner of the Honour Award for Fiction at the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2018.
It’s 1918 and Stella has lost her suffragette mother to the terrible flu pandemic that is sweeping Europe. The Great War is finally coming to a close, and women are going to be able to vote for the first time.
Stella wants to change the world – but she can’t do it all by herself. Just as stars come one by one to brighten the night sky, so history is made person by person, girl by girl, vote by vote.
Category: Young Teens 12+
PRAISE FOR STAR BY STAR
‘Stella is a deeply feminist heroine – confident, outspoken and kind. This is a book to educate both historically and emotionally. It has the assured tone of a classic, and is so good on what history, and neglected women’s history, has to teach us.’ – Deirdre Sullivan, author of Tangleweed and Brine
‘This is a well-constructed, taut novel and you are drawn in immediately… The message underpinning the novel that individuals can do something to bring about change is powerful and life-affirming. A heart-warming gem of a book.’ – Jane Churchill, Books for Keeps Magazine, five star review
‘Both true to her time and timeless, Stella (and this book) are absolutely bang on the zeitgeist in this centenary year of celebrating women’s suffrage in a world where we are still fighting for change, girl by girl, woman by woman, star by star.’ – Myra Zepf, Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland at QUB Seamus Heaney Centre
‘I read this book in one heady gulp, captivated by its teenager narrator, Stella and her longing to be someone and do something important, something young teens will deeply relate to.’ – The Irish Independent from their list of best children’s books of 2017
‘Stella is Wilkinson’s most endearing heroine yet, and her narrative offers up an insightful look into the losses and traumas of the era, with pitch-perfect period details woven throughout.’ The Irish Times