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When The Stars Came Home



Publisher & Publication Year

Little Brown, 2023

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Brittany Luby (Anishinaabe-kwe)

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Natasha Donovan (Métis)



When Ojiig and his family move to the city, Ojiig misses the home they’ve left behind. He especially misses the night sky and the stars that would watch over him. His parents try to find alternative ways to comfort him. They try glow-in-the-dark star stickers—and even a star nightlight. Nothing works until they make him a quilt. The stitching weaves family stories into the quilt, which reminds Ojiig of home. Ojiig learns that, as long as he carries his traditions and stories with him, any place can feel like home.

Notable Achievements


Publishers Weekly: “Anishinaabe author Luby’s observational, yearning-tinged prose aligns with Métis illustrator Donovan’s art, in which a golden-hued palette and rich purples and indigos echo starlight and velvety night.”

The Horn Book: “Luby’s lyrical text and Donovan’s vibrant colored-pencil and digital illustrations combine to powerfully convey universal themes about change and the strength of family.”

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