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The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend is an interesting book that strives to make you think.
One of the first things you'll notice is the lack of capital letters. Whenever the story is being told through Alice's point of view, the type is uncapitalised and sometimes strangely worded. It is the first hint you get that Alice is not 'normal'. Partway through, we get introduced to Manny, a boy who moved to the town from war-torn Sierra Leone. His chapters are punctuated correctly but you can still pick up on how his English is not natural.
Both characters have problems, and both are outsiders. It makes you think about how we see others without knowledge of their private lives and thoughts; are we too judgemental about those with differences?
Overall, this book is charming and thought-provoking. The characters are clear, despite mysterious pasts. I would recommend this book to people of ages 12 and up.

Posted on: 2nd May 2017 at 01:09 pm

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