A Galaxy Full of Sea Stars

By Olive, Age 12

What book makes me feel finally seen is A Galaxy Full of Sea Stars by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo. The main character, Izzy, has very outgoing friends who are willing to do anything, even speak in front of the whole school so they can be in a class together. Izzy is very shy and gets very anxious in school. I used to get very anxious in school. I didn’t know how to stand up for my friends, even though I knew I wanted to and needed to. I didn’t know how to raise my hand in class, even if I knew the answer. In the book, Sitara helps Izzy stand up to people and be more brave. My best friend, Amelia, helped me. We both had the same anxious feelings about school, so we talked about them. But now I’m lucky enough to be Homeschooled, for the time being and am working on being less anxious and shy.

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