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Leni, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

This book is about Alice Nightingale, a fifteen year old girl who lives with her grandmother, her brother, Joey, and her dog, Bear.
Alice *SPOILER ALERT* has suffered from brain damage and so does not go to school.
Manny James was a child soldier who has now escaped his dangerous life to live in England. To forget the memories of his past he quite literally runs around the town.
One night out running, Manny sees Alice on the roof of her house and then later discovers a poem in a train station. Although Manny does not know Alice wrote the poem, he connects her to it and assumes she wrote it (which she did).
To start off I found this book a bit boring mainly due to the fact of no capital letters. It felt like the author was only doing this to make the book seem special. Also, I found the poems on every few pagers irrelevant and confusing!
Furthermore, (I know this sounds stupid) I found it hard working out what was actually wrong with Alice; was she a rag doll? (As it describes her a the start of the book) Or a broken robot (she often mentioned that her wires got mixed up).
However, (apologies for all the moaning) after finishing this book I found that I really enjoyed it; it had a really satisfying ending and I think that Alice's character had really changed in a good by the end and that she had become more thoughtful and caring, with more friends.
Overall, it wasn't a very believable story but I think the writer worked really well to convince the reader that the story could happen in real life.

Posted on: 25th April 2017 at 08:51 am

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