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The stars at Oktober Bend

Author: Glenda Millard
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone, but something inside her is broken. She has acquired brain injury, the result of an assault, and her words come out slow and slurred. But when she writes, heartwords fly from her pen. She writes poems to express the words she can't say and leaves them in unexpected places around the town. Manny was once a child soldier. He is sixteen and has lost  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Teen fiction
Domestic fiction
Fiction
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Glenda Millard
ISBN: 9781743315897 1743315899
OCLC Number: 944204919
Notes: A powerful, captivating story about Alice, who is reaching out to express herself through her beautiful-broken words, and Manny who is running to escape his past. When they meet they find the tender beginnings of love and healing.
Awards: Short-listed for Queensland Literary Award - Young Adult Category 2016 (Australia)
Short-listed for Carnegie Medal 2017
Short-listed for White Raven List 2017 (Australia)
Long-listed for ULKA Book Awards 2017
Description: 266 pages
Responsibility: Glenda Millard.

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Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone, but something inside her is broken. She has acquired brain injury, the result of an assault, and her words come out slow and slurred. But when she writes, heartwords fly from her pen. She writes poems to express the words she can't say and leaves them in unexpected places around the town. Manny was once a child soldier. He is sixteen and has lost all his family. He appears to be adapting to his new life in this country, where there is comfort and safety, but at night he runs, barefoot, to escape the memory of his past. When he first sees Alice, she is sitting on the rusty roof of her river-house, looking like a carving on an old-fashioned ship sailing through the stars. He has a poem in his pocket and he knows the words by heart. He is sure that girl has written them. Alice longs to be everything a fifteen-year-old girl can be. And when she sees the running boy she is anchored to the earth by her desire to see him again.

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