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The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend is a book about a young girl called Alice and a young boy called Manny. Alice has wiring so she can speak, but it has gone crazy. This leaves Alice with slurred speech, meaning that poetry is her on only hope. Manny, a young boy who ran away from his home country to escape war, finds her poems. When he sees a girl standing on the roof of the house at Oktober Bend in the moonlight, he decides that he will find her and hear her tell him the poems. However, when Alice's brother falls in love with a young girl everyone is in danger!
I really enjoyed the book because it was peaceful but powerful. It was written as two different people and there views and thoughts. The book is set in Australia. The story is a great representation of diversity as Manny is black and from Sierra Leone and Alice has a speech disability and often has seizures.
Alice's parts are written in lowercase and can sometimes be a bit hard to understand. However, once you re-read the sentences they make sense. Alice's poetry which see writes is included and is sometimes used to express her feelings:
we strange birds are safe
in our rust-chewed nest perched
on deep-driven bridge
piles on the mudflats of oktober
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I hope you will too! I give it 9/10 star rating. Thank you for your time.

Posted on: 27th April 2017 at 10:40 am

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