A magical middle grade book about family, friendship and finding out who you are, full of emotion and a secret fantasy world to discover.
This place is magic . . . but it's not the sort of magic that comes from wands and spells . . .
Can piecing together the past help you change the present?
Safiya and her mum have never seen eye to eye. She struggles to fit in at school and Safiya often wonders if her mum wishes she was more like her confident best friend Elle. But when her mum becomes ill and falls into a coma, something mysterious happens. Saff finds herself transported back in time to her mother's childhood home in Kuwait. And it becomes clear that this isn't just a magical place: it's a game.
As Saff tries to figures out how to play the game, she realizes that opening her heart to the past is the key to changing the future.
Perfect for fans of Jacqueline Wilson, Ross Welford, Kiran Millwood-Hargrave and The House with Chicken Legs. From a rising star of children's books.
Aisha Bushby was selected as one of only four previously unpublished authors in the Stripes anthology for BAME writers, A Change is Gonna Come, alongside writers such as Patrice Lawrence, Tanya Byrne and Nikesh Shukla. The anthology was awarded a YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award. A Pocketful of Stars is her debut novel.
“Bushby's debut is poignant and atmospheric.” —The Guardian
“A gorgeous story of friendship and growing up.” —Cathy Cassidy, author of Dizzy and Driftwood
“Moving and heartfelt.” —Anna James, author of Pages and Co
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own. This book was so much more than I ever thought it would be. I enjoyed every second of it, despite it ripping my heart in half. As both a mother and a daughter this story rang so familiar to me. It takes a common situation between a parent and child and gives it a unique life. The blurring of the fantasy world and the real world is done wonderfully. It's able to convey the desperate feelings of Safiya in a way that is both effective and hopeful. A Pocketful of stars is well written and beautiful. It's story is one that will leave you heartbroken and in love.
This is one of the books that I wish I had when I was growing up. It would of helped me a lot! I recommend this to any teenager or middle schooler who is going through a hard time in school. You are not alone and this book will make you feel heard. Aisha writing is so beautiful and I read this in one sitting. I will read anything and everything this author comes up with. Pocketful of stars is about finding yourself and not being what everyone wants you to be. I loved saf’s story and please please please read this book.