• Book Review,  Reviews

    Looking at the Stars – Jo Cotterill

    “The day the soldiers came, we cheered. We weren’t supposed to, of course; if Potta had seen us, he would have been furious; but we couldn’t help it. Jenna and I were on our way back from the reed beds, our arms full of plants for use at home, when we saw the dust rising up in the distance.” For Mini life hasn’t been great for five years, since the Kwana came into power. Women were stopped from working, girls were kicked out of school and made to wear headscarves denouncing their age for the world to see, until they were married. Mini wants nothing more that for things to…

  • Guest Post

    Looking at the Stars blog tour: Where Do I Belong? By Jo Cotterill

    “No man is an island,” said John Donne, and I absolutely believe that. We need other people; it’s built into our genes. Being alone for too long can do peculiar things to our brains, and I say that as an introvert! It’s a strange thing but all of us, at one time, feel that we don’t ‘fit in’ – and the feeling is uncomfortable. Even those of us who like to stand out and make our mark on society need a group of people who understand our passions and share them. In my new book, Looking at the Stars, Amina is frustrated because she isn’t allowed to go to school…