The Star Outside My Window: Onjali Q. Rauf
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I loved all the book but you need a wider understanding of their circumstances to get you going and some could be put off quite early on. Keen on astronomy, when Aniyah learns about the naming of a newly discovered star by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she's convinced it's her mum and that's the only name the star should have. What follows is a sweet little adventure, full of heart in mouth moments till it all comes to a culmination bringing the kids happiness, smile and some closure.
The author’s reason for writing this book is nothing if not admirable and while she makes the foster system seem cheery and bright when it is not always the case I am sure her heart was in the right place. 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. She was named as one of the BBC 100 Women, a list and multi-format series of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world, for 2019.  In December 2019 she talked about "Why children are our most powerful hope for change" at TEDxLondonWomen event. The Night Bus Hero written by Onjali Q. Rauf and has been published by Hachette UK this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2020-10-15 with Juvenile Fiction categories. Reading this as an adult was probably quite a different experience to that of the target audience. Much is hinted at and the details are sparse, but they offer enough to firmly place you on the side of these kids and others like them.
When hearing about a new star just appeared in the sky she decides that it must be her mother. Being a ‘star hunter’ Aniyah knows all about this and when the Royal Observatory posts a contest to name the new star Aniyah must get there so that they correctly name the star after her mother. Shortly after Aniyah's mother's 'disappearance', astronomers observe a huge star hurtling across the solar system travelling closer to Earth than any star has before. When Aniyah and Noah see a news report on the star, they realise it must be their mum making her way up into the sky. And so begins an adventure to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich as the children journey to see their mum through the Great Equatorial Telescope and try to convince the astronomers to name the new star after their mother, Isabella. As a result, this book review is going to take a slightly different approach. So without further ado...
Alongside the fun, there are the very real and painful mentions of experiences at home for Aniyah and Noah - the games they were to play to try to keep quite, not flip Dad's switch, and now, the longest game of hide and seek. The reality for far too many children in families where violence is present. The Light Jar written by Lisa Thompson and has been published by Scholastic Inc. this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2019-02-26 with Juvenile Fiction categories.
I have even talked the head into a little revamp of the library so that we can display them properly!As the central theme of the book, domestic violence and the loss of a parent features heavily, albeit sensitively and through the eyes of a child. Aniyah and her brother, Noah, have gone to live with Mrs I and the children she fosters. We know very little about their circumstances but can glean something major has happened. Both are traumatised by their experiences and talk of their mum becoming a star hint at what might have happened. What Aniyah recalls about her life before raises the ugly sceptre of domestic violence;a truth that she is too young to understand but one that as adult readers we can. 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. To make sure this happens, she sets out on an adventure to London with Ben and Travis, two other foster kids at the home.