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Eliza, St Helen and St Katharine

The Stars at Oktober Bend

Alice. A 15 year old girl with a tragic past that has left her scarred for life. She has brain damage caused by a vicious assault but that doesn’t stop her writing. She writes beautiful poems and leaves them in unexpected places around her town.

Manny. Once a child soldier who has lost all of his family. He runs at night barefoot, to calm himself down and to get away from his past. He discovers Alice’s moving poems and decides to find the girl who wrote them. When he finds Alice, she is sitting on the roof of her river side house gazing up at the stars. He knows that this is the girl and he is determined to find her again and talk to her. When Manny and Alice meet, they fall in love and find hope and happiness in their relationship.

I found the story quite confusing especially when the author, Glenda Millard was writing one of Alice’s chapters because of Alice’s broken words and bad grammar. The general layout of the book with the focus changing in every chapter to a different character also made the story more difficult to follow. However, when I did understand what was going on I found the poetry beautiful to read and the story more interesting.

This story is a moving tale about young love and I would recommend it for 11 – 13 year olds.

Posted on: 25th April 2017 at 08:55 am

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