A Pocketful Of Stars has featured in more than one awards shortlist and it is easy to see why. Safiya is just an average school girl trying to navigate her way around friendship issues and her parents being separated. She and her mum may not always see eye-to-eye, but they love each other and Safiya knows that her mum only has her best interests at heart. However, when her mum has an accident and falls into a coma following a particularly bad argument, Safiya feels responsible and desperately wants to make amends for her actions. What follows is a race against time to uncover secrets from her mum’s childhood and discover the objects which may help bring her back.
This book is unique because it incorporates a beautiful story about family, friendship and finding yourself alongside a highly imaginative gaming/ dream-sequence thread.
The strong quest element to this story and the clever use of flashbacks to mum’s childhood would make this an interesting text to study with pupils. The setting descriptions (based on memories from the author’s childhood) are vividly composed and give a fantastic sense of place – something children could try and imitate in their writing.
I would use A Pocketful Of Stars across in the upper juniors, either as a class read or as a novel to study in greater depth.
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