Ku Klux Klan, blacks attempting to vote in the South,and racial tensions, all things that make a teacher/parent hesitate in reading this book. Stella by Starlight is that but so much more, a girl who struggles in school, familial love, and perseverance are also present.
One night Stella and her little brother see a KKK meeting and her community rallies together to fight racism as best they can. This includes her father registering to vote, Stella writing about the racism she is facing and white and black neighbors coming together in solidarity. Recommended for ages 8-12. I read it to my 6 year old and we had an age appropriate conversation. Read Brightly has a great pdf to help navigate the conversations needed when reading this novel.