Emily Mae, Glossopdale Community College
The Stars at Oktober Bend
'The Stars at OKtober Bend' is an amazingly beautiful book about Manny and Alice trying to find them selves, connected by one of Alice's powerful poems.
Glenda Millard's novel is very unique with two points of view; Manny's and Alice's. This way you get to see the story from two different points of view. When you are reading it from the point of view of Alice, it is written in short and blunt sentences and poems, without capital letters. However, when you are reading it from Manny's point of view it is written in normal sentences with correct grammar. I enjoyed reading this book because you could really see the differences between the two characters.
Alice is a 15 year old girl who is trapped in an 'eternal twelveness,' after being in a horrible accident when she was twelve years old. She can't speak, read or understand words; that is why Alice expresses herself through poems. Without the poems though, she would not know Manny.
Manny suffers from horrid memories of the past because he has seen and experienced things that no child should ever have to. He is a refugee child soldier running from his past, trying to start a new life in Australia.
My favorite character in this book has got to be Alice because of the way her parts of the story are so beautifully written.
To conclude this review, I would rate this book a 7 out of 10 and would recommend it to anyone who loves a challenge.
Posted on: 3rd May 2017 at 11:32 am
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