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Zoe A., Impington Village College

The Stars at Oktober Bend

The Stars of Oktober Bend is a beautiful book about overcoming differences and gaining courage in facing the world.
It tells the story of Alice, a fifteen year old girl who finds it hard to speak after a life-changing tragedy which happened when she was 12. Her preferred method of communication is through poetry - she pins up her poems around town and nobody ever takes time to read them or take them seriously - until Manny James comes across one of them.

The two learn to love and trust each other, guiding each other through life which both have struggled with - Manny was originally a child soldier, who is adjusting to his new life and family.

The lack of capital letters in Alice's writing was distracting at first, but I soon learnt to understand her weird and wonderful language. There is a mixture of writing and poetry in the book, which is extremely effective. Alice's courage and strength is not only admirable but emotional, and is extremely important in helping Manny to settle in.

I think the moral of this novel is to not judge a book by its cover - what's on the inside is just as important as what's on the outside.

Posted on: 22nd May 2017 at 06:21 pm

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