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I can't believe this theme is deemed suitable for children. Reviews from KS1 and KS2 children were included.
The theme? Domestic violence resulting in the murder of the main character's mum.
I just cannot believe that this is okay to write about for a general audience of children, thus introducing them to ideas that children don't need to know about. I understand that it may be a helpful therapy tool for children who've sadly experienced domestic violence. However, for anybody else, I don't think corrupting the innocent is a good idea.
I was personally very moved by the book. But I'm an adult (a primary teacher) and I'm aware of such things. But would i want kids in my class to read it? Absolutely no. My copy is in the recycling bin lest my own children should find and read it.
My daughter loves this book and has gone through the whole series of Onjali Rauf’s works. Her talent of writing and capturing the imagination of young people in a world full of crisis nurtures the emotional intelligence for those less fortunate than us, especially those that have come from unfortunate backgrounds. The humanising through the characters introduced in her book inculcate a very much needed togetherness and realisation of the common good that many youngsters need to grow up in and around especially on topics of what are acceptable and not. My daughter has read all of her books, and the virtue she is now learning is patience as she awaits the next book by Onjali. Congratulations Onjali.
Beautifully and sensitively written story. Aniyah's story is brave,tender and utterly heart breaking . Yet The Star Outside My Wdow shines with the strength of its characters and with their love,hope and determination. A moving,compelling story of children dealing with trauma and loss and still having the courage to follow their hearts. A powerful and meaningful story.
I previously read and admired The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Raúf, and I was keen to to read this next book by her, though I put it off a little while partly due to worrying that for me personally the themes and subject matter might be upsetting, so waiting until I felt stronger to read it. It's a very compassionate novel, written with warmth and heartfelt understanding of the themes and events and emotions involved, as evidenced by the author's note at the back of the book, where we learn that the seed of the story is very personal to her own life. We meet ten year old Aniyah and her little brother Noah, as they have arrived at a foster home where several other children live with a kind foster mother. Aniyah is convinced that her mum isn't gone forever, but that she has become a star in the sky. The book takes us on an adventure to the Greenwich Observatory as Aniyah is determined that her mum's name will be remembered. There's a note before you start reading to warn that the story may be distressing to anyone for whom the themes of domestic abuse and losing family may be very close to home, and there is advice at the back of the book to offer help to anyone dealing with this who needs it. There are two lovely maps so that as you read you can follow the epic journey that the children undertake. The star theme is threaded throughout the book, with drawings of constellations at the start of each chapter, and these are named in an index at the back, with encouragement for readers to find out the stories of these constellations and how they tie in to the story. The writer really captures Aniyah's voice, the courage, determination and spirit of her character, but also terrible sadness, fear and grief she is enduring.
This is a wonderful book filled with many plot twists and I believe that this is an inspiring book for many people young and old. This book has taught my son so many excellent things. I would strongly suggest people read this book. 👍👍👍 😀😀😀
My 11 year old couldn’t wait to read this book. She’s loved the authors previous books so this was high on her wish list. She said it was great. Sad in parts and thought provoking. She really enjoyed it and read it in a couple of days. She’s now eagerly awaiting The Night Bus. Thank you Onjali for creating such fabulous books which really capture imagination and make our children think about wider issues.
My nine year old adored it making it one of her favourite books and I did just as much. She said she loved how descriptive it was and could imagine everything about them and their surroundings and it was sad and funny too. She suddenly wants to learn more about the star constellations in the book and was good for helping her understand such issues.