Keeping Safe the Stars (Hardcover)
In 1974 in the Midwest, after their grandfather becomes ill, Pride attempts to keep her family together and avoid a return to foster care. (10-13)
— From Coming of Age
When crisis hits, a young girl becomes the only one left to take care of her family
Pride, Nightingale and Baby are the Stars. Orphaned and living with their grandfather, Old Finn, in rural Minnesota, the children, like their grandfather, are wary of outsiders. They believe, as Old Finn taught them, in self-reliance.
But then Old Finn falls seriously ill and is taken to the hospital all the way in Duluth, leaving the children to fend for themselves. Pride, as oldest, assumes the lead. Though she makes mistakes, she keeps them afloat; they even earn money for the bus trip to Duluth. But when they finally see Old Finn, he can't walk or even say his own name, and Pride knows her days of keeping safe the Stars are drawing to a close. Self-reliance can't make Old Finn well again. But maybe, just maybe, a secret from Old Finn's past might make a way for them to stay together after all.
A poignant story about family and love, Sheila O'Connor has delivered another extraordinary and mesmerizing tale.
About the Author
Sheila O'Connor lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
“A touching middle grade novel.”—New York Times Book Review
-New York Times Book Review
“Family loyalty, stubbornness and love in a…totally satisfying blend.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A thoughtful page-turner”—Publishers Weekly, starred review