A young Jewish boy and a Muslim girl meet on their street, in the Mile End, a popular district of Montréal. They soon realize that they share a deep passion for stars and constellations, dreaming of one day of becoming scientists or astronauts and explore the infinity of the sky.
The Stars is a story about dreaming, sharing and exploring what’s bigger than us, beyond religious issues.
Books by Jacques Goldstyn
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- "Kinetic. . . engaging, and readers can’t help rooting for the star-crossed lovers. . ."—The Wall Street Journal "Two children of different backgrounds but complementary interests are forced apart and then reunite years later in this sweet love story. . . cozy and cosmic." —Booklist STARRED Review "Goldstyn's light, humorous illustrations. . . provide rich detail and serve to deepen reader understanding of the religious and cultural context and setting. . . quirky, hilarious details. A perfect opportunity for a quick read aloud for older students. Recommended." —School Library Connection
Winner of Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse 2020
The jury's motivation:
"In this beautiful homage to childhood, Goldstyn explores the importance of recognizing and accepting the differences of others. Filled with subtle literary references, Les étoiles makes us laugh, touches our hearts and make us reflect all at the same time… This book delivers a universal message that is timely and relevant: love knows no barriers, whether religious, cultural or social. With his own unique style, Goldstyn tells us a sweet and hopeful story with delicacy and finesse."