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Trim: 8.5 x 10.5
Format: Paperback

No Star Nights

Anna Smucker; paintings by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher

“When I was little, we couldn’t see the stars in the nighttime sky because the furnaces of the mill turned the darkness into a red glow.” So begins the beautifully told and illustrated No Star Nights. This book recollects growing up in a steel-mill town, with its memorable sights and sounds, sometimes glorious and sometimes frightening. Life was marked by the shifts the fathers worked at the mill, and vacation pay, which meant “Christmas in July.” Special summer days included baseball games in Pittsburgh. A child’s insightful memory of the past.

WINNER 1990 – IRA Children’s Book Award for Younger Readers

About the author:

Anna Egan Smucker is the award-winning author of No Star Nights, Outside the Window, A History of West Virginia, To Keep the South Manitou Light, The Life of Saint Brigid, and Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story. Other titles are forthcoming. She is the recipient of a WV Arts Commission Artist Fellowship Award in Children s Literature and her poems have appeared in several anthologies. A resident of Bridgeport, WV, she enjoys doing author presentations and conducting writing workshops throughout the country.

Anna Smucker http://www.annasmucker.com


“The story of a young girl growing up within the shadows of a great steel mill is eloquently depicted in this insightful, autobiographical picture book. Studded with vibrant imagery, the story subtly emphasizes the loving, caring, respectful relationships within a steelworker’s family. Cleanly executed pages, evocative illustrations, and manageable vocabulary make this a unique purchase for a broad age range.”
– School Library Journal

Pages: 40