Results of the Golden Kite Award in the year 2001.
We have a multitude of obstacles to overcome here. We’ll begin.
When LaVaughn was little, the obstacles in her life didn’t seem so bad. If she had a fight with Myrtle or Annie, it would never last long. If she was mad at her mother, they made up by bedtime. School was simple. Boys were buddies. Everything made sense.
But LaVaughn is fifteen and the obstacles aren’t going away anymore. Big questions separate her from her friends. Her mother is distracted by a new man. School could slip away from her so easily. And the boy who’s a miracle in her life acts just as if he’s in love with her. Only he’s not in love with her.
Returning to the characters and language she explored so profoundly in Make Lemonade, Virginia Euwer Wolff rises to the occasion in this astonishing second of three novels about LaVaughn, her family, and her community.
Kristin Folger feels like she’s on another planet. Her body keeps changing shape. Her mother wants her to dress like a girl. Her best friend’s dating a weirdo. Her grandmother seems to be getting younger. And there’s a ghost in the family’s attic whom no one wants to talk about.
In the era of Watergate, the Vietnam War, and David Bowie, fourteen-year-old Kristin navigates the external and internal changes that come at top speed. Set in California in the early 1970s, The Life History of a Star is Kristin’s sometimes comical, sometimes cynical, always thoughtful diary about what her life has been like since the ghost arrived. It takes a lot of time and an unforgettable family therapy session for Kristin to begin to learn who the ghost was—and who he still is. And where on earth she fits in.
Caught up in the politics of her time and in the middle of a family who doesn’t always understand her, Kristin makes a memorable journey through the byways of adolescence—all the way to the stars and back again.