Article Title

Rules for Stealing Stars


Carlie Smith


Excellent, Intermediate, Corey Ann Haydu, Magic, Family Problems, Mothers And Daugthers, Sisters, Sickness

Document Type

Book Review


A dreary summer in New Hampshire becomes exciting for Silly and her three sisters when they discover magical closets inside their bedrooms. The closets transform into elaborate new worlds according to the girls’ needs and imagination. The girls spend an increasing amount of time in the closets to escape the sadness and stress of their mother’s alcoholism. Silly is especially happy about the closets because the magic helps her to feel both united with her sisters and like she has a special gift. However, the temptation to remain in the closets grows as Mom’s condition worsens. Marla is especially susceptible because she searches the closets for things to cure her mother. Silly finds her place in the family as she leads her sisters in efforts to rescue Marla and persuade her to rejoin the real world. Together the girls discover that magic and beauty surround them. Small things like pancakes on Sunday mornings, sunsets, and stargazing are enough to bring happiness to help them overcome, but not cure, the sadness of life.