Sixth Grade “One Book” Reading of Every Soul a Star

During April 2013, the library is reminding Champaign sixth graders that reading is fun—and writing is pretty cool, too. Working with school librarians, we’re encouraging sixth grade students to read Every Soul a Star, a popular novel by Wendy Mass. Students will then have a chance to talk with the author via four Skype visits—one at each middle school and one at our library. The library event will be on Tue., Apr. 23, 2013.  At 3 pm, all middle school students are invited to a brief book discussion.  Wendy Mass will join the group via Skype from 3:30 to 4:15 pm.

The library provided 100 copies of Every Soul a Star to each Champaign middle school. Purchase of the materials, as well as the cost of the Skype visits, was made possible by a gift to the Champaign Public Library Foundation from Stuart and Mary Cravens. Free copies of the book are also available for homeschooled students. Contact our Teen Librarian, Betsy Su, at 403-2086 or

Betsy says one goal of the “one book” program is to give Champaign sixth graders something in common—one book they can all talk about. “We chose this book because students can relate to its three narrators—a homeschooled girl, an overweight boy, and a popular girl—and the problems they face adapting to new situations," Betsy says.

The book will also interest young scientists, since a solar eclipse provides the climax of the story. To learn more about that aspect of the book, students can attend an interactive program led by a Parkland College astronomy professor at the library on Tue., Apr. 16, at 3 pm.

Wendy Mass

Every Soul a Star, book cover