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Looking at the stars

Looking at the stars

About the Book

Author: Jo Cotterill

Age Range: 11-14 Years 14-16 Years 16 + Years

Publisher: Random House Children’s

Price: £12.99

Review

Utterly believable from the opening paragraph to its heartbreaking yet hopeful conclusion, this is a powerful tale that celebrates human resilience in the face of human cruelty, confusion and conflict. Set in an unnamed country that is simultaneously horribly familiar and yet distinctly new, it follows the experiences of Amina, a young girl who is forced to leave her home town with her sisters and her mother, and flee to a refugee camp, after the arrival of a ‘liberating force’ proves to be far from the signal of freedom for which her community had been hoping. As life becomes increasingly, unthinkably tougher, Amina sustains herself and her family by drawing on her imagination and telling stories inspired by the night sky that enable all of them to picture a possible future. Cotterill’s writing is sure, confident and moving without excess sentimentality, allowing her characters, and the circumstances in which they find themselves, to speak for themselves in a way that crosses cultural and geographical boundaries with ease.

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