The Star Outside My Window – Onjali Q. Rauf

Stars: *****

After reading ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ I knew that Onjali’s next book was bound to be full of emotion. And it was. Following the story of Aniyah and her brother Noah as they join their foster family, we see a background story of domestic abuse that is written in a way that is sensitive to children.

Each of the characters felt like real people, rather than just a person in a book. They each had traits which made them feel more human which only added to the empathy you felt for each of them.

Throughout the book, each chapter started with an image of a constellation (pictured below is Leo – to match my star sign!) which I really loved. Not only was there an emotive story which enhanced empathy, but also there were elements that children would see and want to learn more from.

This is the first book in a long time that I read in one day. I couldn’t put it down.

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