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“A flawed but beautiful and tragic story of hope.” –Kirkus Reviews

The Stars at Oktober Bend

Written by Glenda Millard
Published by Candlewick Press

Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone. Something inside Alice is broken: she remembers words, but struggles to speak them. Still, Alice knows that words are for sharing, so she pins them to posters in tucked-away places: railway waiting rooms, fish-and-chips shops, quiet corners. Manny is sixteen, with a scar from shoulder to elbow. Something inside Manny is broken, too: he once was a child soldier, forced to do terrible, violent things. But in a new land with people who care for him, Manny explores the small town on foot. And in his pocket, he carries a poem he scooped up, a poem whose words he knows by heart. The relationship between Alice and Manny will be the beginning of love and healing. And for these two young souls, perhaps, that will be good enough.

Primary ISBN: 9780763692728

Available As: Hardcover, Audiobook
Middle Grade, Age 12 or older

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Setting: United States

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee

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