MG Takes On Thursday – The Star Outside My Window

Welcome to another MG Takes On Thursday. This meme was created by Mary at Book Craic so please go and check her blog out.

How to take part

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle-grade book which you have read and would recommend to others with details of the author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence. 
  • Write three words to describe the book.
  • Either share why you would recommend this book, or link to your review.

This week I am showcasing the gorgeous The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q Rauf.

The Star Outside my Window: Onjali Rauf: Books

Favourite sentence from page 11

Every morning, she comes into our room and says, “Rise and shine!”, sniffing the air like a rabbit.

The book in three words

Stunning, poignant, moving.

The Star Outside My Window was just phenomenal and had me in floods of tears. The writing was so poignant and really did stick with me even after I’d finished the last page. It touched on some issues that could be very tricky to portray in a piece of Middle Grade, but Onjali did it with such care and sensitivity in a way that wasn’t too heavy for children and I applaud her for that. To write about such troubling topics such as domestic violence and foster care took such bravery and even I learnt things about it that I hadn’t known before reading. The adventure that the book takes us on is also utterly brilliant and I was so absorbed in it and rooting for our protagonist to get to her final destination. Overall just a simply stunning book, and I am in awe of Onjali.

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