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Ceiling Stars

By Sandra Diersch

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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Christine and Danelle have been best friends forever, a relationship as seemingly infinite as the glow-in-the-dark stars they have affixed to their bedroom ceilings. Lately, though, the girls have been drifting apart, as Danelle's quirky moods turn into wild and reckless acts. At first Christine wonders if her friend is on drugs, but what kind of drugs make you climb a rooftop one moment and send you into the depths of despair the next? The truth behind Danelle's ups and downs is far more complex and dangerous than Christine ever could have anticipated. Ceiling Stars is a moving story about the strength and limits of friendship in the presence of mental illness.

[Fry Reading Level - 4.8

"This eye-opening book takes a look at mental illness and the toll it takes on teens...Anyone who has ever suffered from depression or dealt with someone who was depressed will be able to relate. Recommended."

- Kliatt

"A sensitive exploration of teen relationships."

- Roberta Rogow Infolink

"Diersch does not allow her characters to wallow in despair; the writing is reflective, simple and fast paced."

- Resource Links

"[Ceiling Stars is fast-paced and has good character development and natural dialogue. The theme of friendship is incorporated into the story in a realistic way without being too obvious. Suitable for reluctant readers."

- School Library Journal

"Diersch navigates the uncomfortable subject of teenage mental illness in a realistic manner that can be easily understood by young readers.... For a short novel, Ceiling Stars covers a lot of ground. Parents, teachers and teenagers can be both entertained and informed by Diersch's straightforward and sometimes amusing handling of this sensitive subject."

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Sandra Diersch's novel Ceiling Stars is not to be missed. It is true to life, with highly appealing characters, authenticity and insights, but also humour and warmth. Highly recommended."

- Hi-Rise

"[Teens will love this realistic novel about friendship, betrayl, and romance. It is an excellent tool to demonstrate the destructive effects of bi-polar and depression. This current novel will keep the readers in suspense up to and through the climax of the story."

- The SouthWestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9781550288346
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9781550288353
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 4th January 2011
ISBN: 9781552776018
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV039050, JUV039060
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 14 To 18


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  • Page-turning novels that engage reluctant readers
  • Presenting real-world issues in real ways
  • Award-winning, knowledgeable authors
  • Diverse characters and settings

"Sensitive and effective, these small, short books are explicitly aimed at reluctant readers." —Kirkus Reviews

"The quality of writing is excellent, and this book should be in every junior and senior- high school library...highly recommended."
—Canadian Book Review Annual

Sidestreets are edgy, fast-paced novels, that combine real-world themes and believable characters to make for short heart-stopping books - sure to engage the most reluctant reader.