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Ms Chumbley, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

I read this in one sitting which I recommend. The voice of Alice, one of the two first person narrators, is a little strange to start with, and the threads of the story necessarily don't hang together at the beginning. This means you need to have a run at the novel to get into it - once you do, you won't be able to stop reading. It is beautiful, moving and important. All you need to know to get you started is that Alice is the victim of a horrible incident that has left her with an injury to her brain and a problem with speech. She lives in near-poverty with her brother Joey and her elderly aunt. It's a story of survival, love, language, identity and courage. I think it might be my new favourite.

Posted on: 22nd April 2017 at 02:06 pm

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