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The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars at Oktober Bend is a really thoughtful book. It is the same story, but coming from two different points of view. Alice Nightingale is 15 years old, but had a brain injury at 12. Manny is a runner and sees Alice on her roof, dazzled by her poetry.
To be honest, I found this book hard to get into and I didn’t really feel the storyline was as interesting as some other book, but I quite enjoyed it! It is sweet to see the relationships between Manny, Alice and Joey as the story progresses and it is inspiring to see how a serious setback does not stop Alice from doing what she enjoys, writing. It is a powerful book with a unique style and it shows that whatever your background, past events and any struggles you may have, you can achieve things if you try.
I rate this book as a 6/10, mainly because of the storyline as I mentioned above. Also, before you read it, Alice, as she has had a brain injury, has got her POV in the chapter written as she would speak so there are no capital letters or much punctuation. I think this is quite clever how Glenda Millard has done this, but it might throw other people. I recommend this again to Year 7+. This was a really nice book and I hope you enjoy reading it!

Posted on: 10th May 2017 at 02:24 pm

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