The Starplace

The Starplace

It's the early 1960s and Frannie has never given much thought to the color of her skin -- until an African-American girl named Celeste moves to town.

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Frannie has 3 other friends, who each have their own fun personalities as well and it is so easy to connect to and like all the charachters in this book.

Thirteen-year-old Francie is worrying more about entering 8th grade and how to act and what to think about boys than the Berlin Wall or whatever else her parents see on the news. I didn't like Francie at first but once she starts paying attention to current events, she becomes more likable and the story gets more interesting. The girls are not all that appealing at first, especially Francie's friends. Francie is a typical teen girl worried about what others think. Then the characters, especially Francie, had to figure out what they thought and what they were going to do about Celeste. I especially like how she deals with others' treatment of Celeste and how she learns to think about how events in far off countries affect her.

There were many disadvantages of being a colored person in a town like Quiver, Celeste only has one way of solving that problem towards the end of the book.

The Starplace by Vicki Grove Quiver, Oklahoma, is a pretty town with an ugly past (Grove) is maybe the biggest understatement that Ive read about a book. This book digs deep on the strong hatred and racism against African-Americans in the 60s, but also lets you see the story through the eyes of youth. This book is the story of two young girls and how they become friends. Through this starplace, and in other places in the town, the two girls experience immense amount of hardship, racism, and a startling truths. Should Frannie still remain friends with Celeste, even though society and all of the people she know think that it is wrong? Vicki Grove is a female author who has written articles and stories for young adult magazines such as Teen Magazine and American Girl. Many of her stories also take place in history, showing that young girls throughout time have also struggled through very similar troubles as they do. Celeste and her father are the first African-Americans to live in Quiver, and many people think that they dont deserve to live in the town because of the color of their skin. The story features two strong female protagonist, who break out from societies views in order to become friends and really be happy.

I dont know exactly what I was expecting when I read The Starplace by Vicki Grove again after so many years Its aged pretty well for a book about two girls whose friendship helps expose the history of the Ku Klux Klan in a town long segregated. I think it owes something to both women that the truest moment of brilliance comes out near the end: after their encounter in the bowling alley, the infamous refuse service sign, Frannie blunders into another situation where Celeste is all too clear on the real reason. This time, however, Celeste refuses to be forced to be humiliated again and pulls out of Frannies grasp saying: Didn't you learn at the bowling alley that there are huge gaps in your understanding of what it's like to be me? I think I owe a lot to my own understanding of racism, growing up in a mostly white town, to this book.

Because its not such a huge time and energy commitment, writing a short story is kind of like eating popcorn, she says. Vicki writes every day in a tiny white office her dad built in her hayfield. A purple clematis vine snakes up the side of the office, and beneath it grows a white peony bush Vicki transplanted from her grandmothers farmhouse in Illinois, the setting for Rimwalkers.

  • English

  • Historical

  • Rating: 3.86
  • Pages: 224
  • Publish Date: December 28th 2000 by Puffin
  • Isbn10: 0698118685
  • Isbn13: 9780698118683