The Star Outside My Window

Author(s): Onjali Q. Rauf

Middle Fiction 8-12-year-olds

'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 brand new ones - the ones that have only just been born and are searching for the people they've 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 is sure it's her mum, and she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to make sure everyone else knows too -- an adventure that involves breaking into 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 is a 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.

Kathleen's review - Don't look for astronomical accuracy, but do expect to enjoy this adventure. This book brings in the politics of children in foster care (jealousy, fear of losing privilege or love), and it's strong in determination. It looks at friendship and the extent to which friends go, simply because that's what friends do.


Can determination help them achieve Aniyah's goal? Can the example of friendship win over the bully? I really enjoyed this book.

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General Fields

  • : 9781510105157
  • : Hachette Children's Group
  • : Orion Children's Books
  • : September 2019
  • : ---length:- '19.8'width:- '12.9'units:- Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Onjali Q. Rauf
  • : 256
  • : English
  • : 1910
  • : Paperback