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Amelia, St Helen and St Katharine

The Stars at Oktober Bend

Stars at october bend is a charming and slightly challenging book to read. It's challenging only in the random sentence stops that reflect Alice's condition. I also wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 10 minimum purely because they wouldn't understand some of the content in it.

Stars at october bend is about a girl called Alice who lives with her brother Joey and granma -affectionately known as gram- in a small stilted house in Australia. Alice's story is built up around a terrible thing that happened to her when she was 12- a terrible thing that caused her condition, her grandfather's inprisonment, her mother leaving her and Joey... and her father's death.

But suddenly a boy from Sierra Leone arrives and starts to read Alice's work- poems left in bus shelters and training stations - and has a mysterious urge to find the poet who signs themself anon. When Manny and Alice finally meet they have an instant bond to each other. But when the river floods, gram's breathing gets worse and people start threatening to hurt her will Manny manage to protect Alice from harm?

I have to admit that I did not overly enjoy reading stars at october bend but instead found it confusing and hard to know what was what and who was who especially at the beginning of the book. It's also a very thought provoking book and I know that's often said of many books but this is the only book I've ever read that has REALLY made me think.

I hope that you found this review helpful in your search for a new book to read. Thank you.

Posted on: 24th April 2017 at 09:59 am

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