Stella by starlight Sharon M. Draper.

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      Summary: Stella lives in the segregated South, in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can't. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. The Klan hasn't bothered them for years, but one late night, while wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they're never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination.
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      Read by Heather Alicia Simms.
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Booklist Reviews - Audio And Video Online Reviews 1991-2018

Bookended by a gospel choir singing "Go Tell It on the Mountain," Simms' soft, southern-accented reading evokes the close-knit African American community in the segregated small town of Bumblebee, North Carolina, in 1932. The Ku Klux Klan's presence is growing, and 10-year-old Stella wants to write about the injustice she sees. In a lilting soprano laced with poignant humor, Simms voices Stella's attempts to improve her writing with frequent "uh-uhs" as she corrects her spelling. Despite her young age, Stella speaks with passion and growing understanding when she stands up to a cruel-voiced white doctor and the sneering registrar when her father signs up to vote. Simms ages her voice for Stella's kind teacher and deepens it to capture the cadence of the riveting storyteller, Spoon Man. Simms convincingly portrays a range of characters' voices and the strong emotions that reveal the warmth and support of a loving community in this intimate yet universal story. Grades 4-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.