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The Star Outside My Window

Onjali Q. Raúf


  • Friends & Family - tears and laughter, and happy ever after
  • Action Adventures - chills, thrills and plenty of spills
  • Funny Stuff - rib ticklers to make you fall off your chair

Average rating

5 out 5

WINNER OF THE DIVERSITY BOOK AWARDS, CHILDREN (UK) 2020 '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 new ones - the ones that have only just been born and are searching for the people they have 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 embarks on the adventure of a lifetime to make sure everyone knows who it belongs to. An adventure that involves 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 story that explores the subtle faces and endless impacts of domestic violence, and celebrates the power of hope and resilience, from Onjali Raúf, the award-winning author of The Boy at the Back of the Class. *Parental guidance recommended: issues relating to domestic abuse included*


A wonderful book that had me very close to tears about a girl whose mum has been murdered by her dad (though she doesn’t realise that) & races to Greenwich to have a star named after her. It has all the thrill of adventure & racing against time that The Boy at the Back of the Class had & great characterisation of the different foster children.

Judith Beazley

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