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Exchange Exemplar: "Stella By Starlight"


Sharon Draper inherited the last of her grandmother's journals from her own childhood. 

And what Sharon read in that journal became a central part of her novel Stella By Starlight

It's about a girl entering her teen years, in a North Carolina not terribly friendly to people with skin as dark as hers. 

Sharon Draper joined us in January 2015.  We happily replay that interview here. 


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.