What Stars Are Made Of by Sarah Allen was published earlier this month via Penguin Random House UK Children’s and it is a beautiful novel.
Libby is 12 years old. She loves science, will do anything for her family, and was born with Turner Syndrome.
When her big sister tells Libby that a brand new baby is on the way, Libby is worried that the new addition to their family will be like her. However, she soon realises that being different is exactly what the world needs.
Turner syndrome is a female-only genetic disorder that affects about 1 in every 2,000 baby girls.
A female born with Turner syndrome only has one normal X sex chromosome, rather than the usual two.It happens randomly when the baby is conceived in the womb. It can lead to the lead females with being shorter than average as well as having behavioural and emotional effects too.
Sarah Allen combines her experience with Turner Syndrome and combines it with STEM to create the perfect read for times like the world are currently facing.
There is no other way to describe this novel than lovely. It’s a beautiful story about love, family and not being defined by a disability. Libby is one of the strongest and well-written characters that you feel nothing but love and empathy for her. Yes this book is aimed at children but it is a novel that will also claim the hearts of adults.
You can get a copy of the book here.