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A Pocketful of Stars

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This book is a beautiful, wistful fantasy about mothers and daughters and the excruciatingly painful tangles that can grow up between them - and it's also about finding yourself and your own purpose even when it's not what your mother or your friends you to be. It's a book about growing up, and the way that the magic mixes with Safiya's contemporary London life (in an almost magical-realist way) is just perfect.

A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby | Waterstones

The striking difference in star colours is illustrated beautifully in this image, which combines two different types of light: blue stars, shining brightest in near- ultraviolet light, and red stars, illuminated in red and near- infrared. Space telescopes like Hubble can observe in the ultraviolet because they are positioned above Earth’s atmosphere, which absorbs most of this wavelength, making it inaccessible to ground-based facilities. To sum up, I must say that I really enjoyed reading this book and I would surely recommend it to all There’s a nervous energy in Safiya – we see her we see an uncertainty in her around school friends but a steady strength in her as a gamer. Her dealings with a certain less than helpful nurse in the hospital and the constantly bottling of her true emotions around Elle’s crass boyfriend are very real. Those emotions are very relatable for teens and adults. The scene in McDonald’s where she spoke up and out for the first time left my cheeks bright red – I was equal part thrilled and anxious for her. How do you see Safiya? Why do you think she may appeal to readers?I mean Cathy Cassidy said on the cover ‘A gorgeous story of friendship and growing up’ and yeah sounds about right.

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Abir and Izzy widen their eyes at one another, as if to say ‘how immature’, but I catch Izzy grinning at me. Alongside that, I wanted there to be one constant in Safiya’s life, something to ground her and make her feel safe: Dad. A lot of Safiya’s strength comes from her father’s stability, even though her fire comes from her mother. Liz: I love getting to have long chats with authors where we can spend ages talking about their characters and the details of the world and the story. You basically get to go and live in people’s imaginary worlds for bit, and nose around that world and ask lots of annoying questions, which feels like getting to go behind the scenes! Getting to work collaboratively with authors, and help the story they want to tell shine through in the best possible way is, as Sarah says, a huge honour.Safiya and her mum have never seen eye to eye. Her mum doesn't understand Safiya's love of gaming and Safiya doesn't think they have anything in common. As Safiya struggles to fit in at school she wonders if her mum wishes she was more like her confident best friend Elle. But then her mum falls into a coma and, when Safiya waits by her bedside, she finds herself in a strange and magical world that looks a bit like one of her games. And there's a rebellious teenage girl, with a secret, who looks suspiciously familiar . . . Rating this is very weird for me because I know the story is better and I should rate it about a 4/5 but I just didn't vibe with it. It wasn't for me and I would rate it maybe a 2.5/5 if I was honest.

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