by Anna Smucker
Paintings by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
â€œWhen I was little, we couldnâ€™t see the stars in the nighttime sky because the furnaces of the mill turned the darkness into a red glow.â€ So begins the beautifully told and illustrated No Star Nights. This book recollects growing up in a steel-mill town, with its memorable sights and sounds, sometimes glorious and sometimes frightening. Life was marked by the shifts the fathers worked at the mill, and vacation pay, which meant â€œChristmas in July.â€ Special summer days included baseball games in Pittsburgh. A childâ€™s insightful memory of the past.
Anna Smucker www.annasmucker.com
WINNER 1990 - IRA Children's Book Award for Younger Readers
"The story of a young girl growing up within the shadows of a great steel mill is eloquently depicted in this insightful, autobiographical picture book. Studded with vibrant imagery, the story subtly emphasizes the loving, caring, respectful relationships within a steelworker's family. Cleanly executed pages, evocative illustrations, and manageable vocabulary make this a unique purchase for a broad age range."-School Library Journal
About the author:
Anna Egan Smucker is the award-winning author of No Star Nights, Outside the Window, A History of West Virginia, To Keep the South Manitou Light, The Life of Saint Brigid, and Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story. Other titles are forthcoming. She is the recipient of a WV Arts Commission Artist Fellowship Award in Children s Literature and her poems have appeared in several anthologies. A resident of Bridgeport, WV, she enjoys doing author presentations and conducting writing workshops throughout the country.