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A Pocketful of Stars

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Her mum doesn’t understand Safiya’s love of gaming and Safiya doesn’t think they have anything in common.

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When her mum falls ill, something strange happens and Safiya finds herself transported back to her mother’s childhood home in Kuwait, and presented with a magical puzzle to solve. Aisha is so talented at really taking you into a character’s head – picking up on those everyday details, articulating how things really feel and conveying emotion in an immediate and deceptively simple way. Once I got past the immediate hurdle of having just finished a huge edit, only to start all over again, the book started falling into place in a way that it hadn’t done, and A Pocketful of Stars became the story it is now.splitting her time between her two loving divorced parents and trying to figure out the shifting rules of her relationship with her best friend as well as her increasingly fraught relationship with her mum. A stunning and visceral depiction of survival after devastating grief and the potential of music to heal. In some cases, Safiya is helpless to the events around her and is carried along – such as the change in her friendship dynamics will Elle but then she actively pursues her mother’s dream memories which ultimately dealing with her mother’s illness.

A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby - LoveReading4Kids

A Pocketful Of Stars does a really excellent portraying two friends who grow apart, and how one of those friends participates in some really damaging behaviour.About the loving bond of a mother and daughter and how the daughter thinks that they're different with nothing similar between them. The whole way through the editing process – from first draft through to final edits – we have regular chats about the story. After that my editor, Liz Bankes, was instrumental in adding some really crucial moments to the story that counteracted the sad ones.

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