Publisher description for The same stuff as stars / Katherine Paterson.
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Angel Morgan needs a lifesaver--not the candy kind but a real one, one that will bring her daddy home from jail and her mother back from wherever she's gone, so that the family can be together again. Living with Grandma, who is her poverty-stricken great-grandmother, means having to go to the fourth school that she's attended in six years, taking care of Bernie, and worrying about what is going to happen to them. Then she meets the Star Man, a gentle, mysterious man who teaches her to watch the stars through his telescope and tells her about Jupiter and the other planets around the sun as well as about the countless stars in the sky. "We're made out of the same stuff as the stars," he tells her. Snubbed by her classmates, Angel seeks out the sympathetic town librarian, who gives her books about the stars, which she finds solace in studying and reading. But then events take a downturn: Daddy comes back one night, but is a stranger who wants her to leave Grandma and accompany him, Bernie runs away, and the Star Man ends up in the hospital, where he dies. This story of throw-away children reminds us once again of the resilience of childhood, and of the unquenchable spirit that, in spite of loss, struggles to new beginnings.