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The stars at Oktober Bend – Glenda Millard


This is about fifteen-year-old Alice who has an acquired brain injury. She has difficulty voicing her thoughts but writes them beautifully in poems, which she leaves around her small Australian town for strangers to find. Manny finds them. He is a refugee, a child soldier who is trying to establish a new life in Australia.

The book is written entirely in lower case, as we see everything through Alice’s eyes, with small sections of the book in Manny’s voice.  The lower case writing draws us immediately into Alice’s way of seeing – might not be correct grammar but it expresses Alice’s voice authentically. A perfect pairing.

I enjoyed this book as Alice you see becoming her own person and she makes small careful steps towards being more independent.  It is a tender story well told
The Stars at Oktober Bend | FRONT COVER (20 October 2015)

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