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Ms McCabe, Brooke Weston Academy

The Stars at Oktober Bend

A beautifully written book about a girl called Alice who suffered a trauma when she was 12 years old and has been left brain damaged. Alice is a smart girl but finds it easier to put her words on paper than to speak so she spends her time writing poetry and leaves her poems in places for people to find. Manny, a young refugee from Sierra Leone, who was once a child soldier, discovers Alice's poetry and together they share their darkest secrets and learn to love and trust one another. We aren't told at the beginning of the story what happened to Alice when she was 12, but as the story unfolds the true horror of the assault is revealed. A book with a unique style of writing, full of interesting characters and with a heart warming end.

Posted on: 9th May 2017 at 03:34 pm

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