The Star Outside my Window
Onjali Q. Rauf
WINNER OF THE DIVERSITY BOOK AWARDS, CHILDREN (UK) 2020
‘I’ve always wanted to be a Star Hunter…
But I don’t want to be the kind that looks for old stars that have already been burning for millions of years. I want to find the new ones – the ones that have only just been born and are searching for the people they have left behind…’
Following the disappearance of her mum, 10-year-old Aniyah suddenly finds herself living in foster care. With her life in disarray, she knows just one thing for sure: her mum isn’t gone for ever. Because people with the brightest hearts never truly leave. They become stars.
So when a new star is spotted acting strangely in the sky, Aniyah embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to make sure everyone knows who it belongs to. An adventure that involves the Royal Observatory of London, a mischievous scurry of squirrels and the biggest star in Hollywood…
Told through the innocent voice of a child, this story that explores the subtle faces and endless impacts of domestic violence, and celebrates the power of hope and resilience, from Onjali Rauf, the award-winning author of The Boy at the Back of the Class.
*Parental guidance recommended: issues relating to domestic abuse included*
'The Star Outside My Window' is a lovely story about a girl who wants to be a star hunter when she grows up. * Irish Sunday Independent * Tackled the aftermath of domestic violence with a shining innocence * Guardian - 'The best children's books of 2019 for all ages' *
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