We See the Stars by Kate Van Hooft – Our Review
We See The Stars’ by Kate Van Hooft
Simon is an eleven-year-old boy who lives with his father, grandmother and brother in a small Australian country town in the 1970’s.
He lives in a super sensory world of silence, lists and numbers. He hasn’t spoken for years and at times lives in a fantasy world where he perceives the world differently from most of us. Narrated by Simon, the story he has to tell us is shaped by those perceptions.
Being different makes Simon a target at school and his only friends are his younger brother Davey, Superman (who only he can see), the ‘weird’ girl from his class, Cassie, and his beloved teacher, Ms Hilcombe. Yet when Ms Hilcombe mysteriously disappears from town, Simon is adamant he is the only one who knows how to save her and he begins a search for her on his own.
Although the ending does not answer all the reader’s questions and we are left with a puzzling and open ending, if you allow yourself to see the world through Simon’s eyes then you can put together all the pieces and it will all makes sense.
This beautifully written, haunting, touching and heartbreaking story pulled at my heart strings and I couldn’t put it down. It will stay with me for a very long time.
Review by Jenny @ Great Escape Books.