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Alexandra , Chobham Academy Book Group

The Stars at Oktober Bend

This book follows the story of two young people, each leading unusual lives and leaving behind pasts they want to forget. Alice I a girl stuck in permanent 'twelveness' after a head injury when she was young, and Manny is a boy ,from a war stricken country, who has seen terrible things. When I first picked up the book I wondered if there had been a mistake while printing as there were no capital letters and some of the wording was not quite right; however,after reading on, the style of writing works perfectly for the main story of the book and Alice. I spent the whole time reading it engaged and didn't want to put it down until I found out whether Alice and Manny were safe. Overall I believe that the author did have control of the plot and that the story was well thought through. I particularly enjoyed the poems that Alice wrote. After reading this book I would recommend it to anyone who liked reading about teenage romances with a twist. I'm now hoping the rest of the books are as good as this one and the last book I read!
"and more about words, how they caught me by surprise, raised me in their rushing updraft, lifted me from pen and paper into the clear mid-air, gave me a bird's eye view"
Alice's book of flying (chapter 4, page 11)

Posted on: 1st April 2017 at 05:29 pm

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