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Zhirinda, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

This is a truly moving story that celebrates life, love, family and friendship. Alice is fifteen, but due to an awful attack her brain is damaged and, as she says, her electrics go haywire. Her younger brother Joey and her grandmother hold the family together. Alice has trouble speaking but she doesn’t have trouble writing, drawing or making the most beautiful fishing lures. When she starts leaving anonymous poems around town, the one person who notices them is Manny. Manny is from Sierra Leone and is learning about life in Australia. When Alice and Manny meet, sparks fly and trouble follows. Will Alice be able to follow her dream?
I love Glenda Millard’s writing and this story is no exception. She keeps the reader enthralled as she takes us on a journey of courage and love. She highlights the best and worst of the human spirit and that makes this a book that is hard to put down.
I recommend this book, it’s a perfect story for teenagers, and it would make a wonderful addition to any classroom reading list.

Posted on: 23rd April 2017 at 08:27 am

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