The Girl Who Sailed the Stars by Matilda Woods. 260 pages. Philomel Books (Penguin), 2018. $17
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL - OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
On the night Oona Britt was born the whole town was excitedly waiting. Her dad, a famous sea captain, had been promised a strong son after seven girls. However, Oona Britt was a girl anyway. She was not wanted by her parents or her sisters. they all just tried to forget she was there. Small for her age, unwanted and unloved she wanted to just like her dad; strong and fearless and a sea captain going on whale hunts in the great north. Oona sneaks aboard her dad's ship all ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Her dad is furious when he finds out and her bravery is tested almost right away.
Oona Britt's story is full of adventure, hardships and even magic. Kindness and acceptance comes from the most unexpected place. I enjoyed this book and it was a fast read. I felt for Oona having to fend for herself. My heat ached every time she was rejected and I felt her joy when she finally found what she was looking for. I will book talk this book and I hope the students at my school will enjoy it, too."