A Pocketful of Stars A Pocketful of Stars
A Pocketful of Stars A Pocketful of Stars

A Pocketful of Stars

By Aisha Bushby


Publication Date: September 5, 2023

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Ages 10 to 14, Grades 5 to 8

A heartfelt, magic-inflected story of a mother-daughter relationship that deals gracefully with both huge loss and the everyday challenges of growing up

Safiya and her mother have never seen eye to eye. Her mother doesn't understand Safiya's love of gaming, and shy Safiya doesn't think she has anything in common with her vibrant, sometimes volatile mother. But when her mother falls into a coma, Safiya's whole world shifts. She finds herself dreaming about an unfamiliar setting and a rebellious girl who's distinctly familiar. Gradually she realizes that she's experiencing her mother’s memories of her childhood in Kuwait. As Safiya unlocks these memories the way she would unlock levels in a game, she finds a path to accepting loss and embracing who she is—someone not so different from her mother after all.

About the Author

Aisha Bushby was born in Bahrain to Kuwaiti-Canadian parents and has lived in Kuwait, England, and Canada. The first novel she ever worked on was a piece of fan fiction which she stayed up all night to work on when she was thirteen. She now writes magical children's books from her home in England, where she lives with her husband and two curious cats. She is the author of several children's books including A Flash of Fireflies and A Pocketful of Stars which was longlisted for the Carnegie medal and shortlisted for the Branford Boase award.

Format: Hardcover with printed dust jacket

Length: 248 pages

Publisher: Carolrhoda Books ®

Publication Date: September 5, 2023

ISBN: 9781728450698

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