The Stars Just Up the Street


The Stars Just Up the Street
 by Sue Soltis, illustrated by Christine Davenier 

A grandpa’s memories of brilliant night skies inspire a little girl to take action in a tale for budding community organizers and star lovers alike.

Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see thousands. Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars — only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky? Sue Soltis’s tale of a young activist and Christine Davenier’s luminous illustrations will leave readers curious about the dark-sky movement — and the wonder that is waiting for them just up the street.   (Description from the publisher)

"It takes a village to control light pollution…gently inspirational." ― Kirkus Review 

Published by Candlewick 
Mar 17, 2020 | ISBN 9780763698348 | 4-8 years


Sue Soltis’ newest picture book,The Stars Just Up the Street, illustrated by Christine Davenier, comes out March 2020 (Candlewick Press). Her Nothing Like a Puffin, illustrated by Bob Kolar (Candlewick Press, 2011), was cited as a Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title (2012) and selected for “The Schoolies—Best Picture Books of 2011” (Top Teaching blog, Scholastic). A published poet with an MA in English from Binghamton University, Sue grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons (and two cats). Much of her picture book work centers on science and/or logic, imaginatively—stay tuned for more!