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The Star Outside My Window: Onjali Q. Rauf

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Told through the innocent voice of a child, this is a story that celebrates the power of hope and resilience, from the author of The Boy at the Back of the Class. I found the idea that the stars in the sky are our loved ones watching over us a really comforting way of helping children come to terms with the idea of death. While their adventure getting to London is often unrealistic it is none the less a terrific read about childhood loyalty, friendship and determination in the face of overwhelming odds. Although she's not a particularly prominent character, Mrs Iwuchukwu's presence is felt throughout the novel and she acts as a sort of moral compass guiding the children on their journey; Aniyah often finds herself contemplating what Mrs Iwuchukwu would do in her shoes and spends a lot of time agonising over what she would think of her decisions. Yet when astronomy-mad Aniyah learns about a new star that has been behaving strangely in the sky, she assumes it must be Mum, who has told her that the brightest hearts become stars and stay with us forever.

Children from all backgrounds need to see their lives reflected in the literature they read and it's important that this representation is more than just surface-level. Maybe it's just that as adults we're overprotective and don't like the idea of children knowing about violence and abuse.Sentenced to a brutal juvenile detention camp for a crime he didn't commit, a wimpy teenager turns four generations of bad family luck around in this sunburnt tale of courage, obsession, and buried treasure from Sachar ( Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, 1995, etc. The loss of a parent as a young child, is a permanent feeling of being cheated that never really goes away even if you learn to bear the pain and move on.

When the news channels report a previously-undiscovered star that seems to be moving across the skies, Aniyah knows that it's her mom trying to reach out to her. In spite of sitting on the bus reading I had tears rolling down my face and found myself needing a moment to digest what, for me, was a sensitively told story but what, for many, will be a grim reality. Yourself and Bob are much cherished in our booky world and I personally really appreciate everything that you do. The book which is told in the voice of Aniyah is written in a very simple language which is apt for the kids. How can they make their way to Greenwich to make sure this star receives the right and only name it must receive?Educating parents, teachers, caregivers, and those who work with children, youth and traumatised adults about the stress model allows for therapeutic, compassionate and helpful conversations that remove blame and shame.

The story although at times funny, is also emotional and heart breaking as Aniyah and Noah begin to come to terms with what actually happened to their mum, their loss, bereavement and their new reality. Even though Ben and Travis know what really happened to her Mum they are wonderful steadfast friends and they vow to help the mission and not let the awful Sophie ruin the plans. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file.Aniyah is a little 10 year old girl who finds herself, along with her 5 year old brother Noah, in foster care.

You guys were so fab and Dawn was such a lovely presence in the schools - I will absolutely be in touch next time I'm in your neck of the woods. Holding onto the belief that her mother's heart has turned into a star is all that Aniyah has and so when she hears of the new, unique star that is moving across the sky and is so special that a competition is being held to find a name for it, she is convinced that it is her mother looking out for her and Noah and that the star must be named for her mother. Raúf takes the delicate subject of domestic violence, and handles it with all the sensitivity, warmth and sincerity that it needs. Both are traumatised by their experiences and talk of their mum becoming a star hint at what might have happened.Accompanied by Noah and fellow foster kids, determined, clever Aniyah races from her new home near Oxford to London, hoping to convince the Royal Observatory to name the historic star after her mother. Thankfully, stories like Onjali's are teaching children values that those in charge have forgotten - values like compassion, love and tolerance.

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