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The Stars at Oktober Bend

WARNING: This review may contain mild spoilers!

Stars at Oktober Bend is an amazing book by Glenda Millard. It tells the tale of a girl named Alice, who has a strange life and self-proclaimed “crazy wiring”.

The thing I love most about this book is all the poetry. After an insinuated accident Alice was involved in, she must learn how to string sentences together all over again. During this process, she began to write beautiful poems about either her injuries or things she had noticed. Alice also repeatedly mentions the fact that she has been twelve for years, (referring to this as “twelveness”), even though she is fifteen in the book.

The text in this book does take a while to get used to; Alice never uses capital letters, and at times writes her sentences
in
a
column. I think this might reflect upon the fact that Alice’s thoughts may be a bit more erratic than our other protagonist’s, (Manny), as his voice/thoughts are shown in bold text with correct punctuation and grammar. This may reflect upon the normality Manny relies upon.
I recommend this book to anyone who is 10+, as it does seem to reference things that younger children may find distressing. I rate this a 9 ½ out of 10.

Posted on: 8th May 2017 at 08:14 pm

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