Submitter: I don’t even know why this book was ever in my middle school library! It hasn’t circulated since the early 2000s, and even then it may have been checked out only because it was the best of a really old collection. The kids at my school like reading about horoscopes and things like that, but there are other books on that topic that would appeal to them more than this one does.
Holly: This looks super fun. If I were a middle school student, this is exactly what I would be looking for.
It would be OK for an adult non-fiction collection in a public library, although I’d consider weeding it on condition (see the nice yellowed pages below). Middle schoolers might well be interested in lore of the stars, but I’m sure there are more exciting books to offer them. (Maybe this one, which is from 2001 but still a better choice.)
Verdict: This is an important book in the field, but it isn’t the best choice for a middle school library. If you do have interested patrons, refer them to the public domain online version via the University of Chicago.