Are you looking for a quiet, heartfelt story about a very different sort of friendship? Then you will like The Boy Who Ate Stars, by Kochka. Twelve-year-old Lucy has just moved to a new apartment in Paris and met someone who changes her life–little four-year-old Matthew. He’s so different, he behaves differently and he communicates differently. Lucy finds out that this is because he is autistic. As Lucy says, it’s like he’s his own little planet, spinning around in his own little universe. They are an unlikely pair of friends. But, as they spend time together and share experiences, they develop a trust and understanding that connects their two different worlds in a very unique way.
Book reviewed by Mary Ann S., Assistant Head of Youth Services