Callie does not know what a family means, how it feels like to be surrounded by your grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts. She is unaware of the glue of affection, care, protection and trust that holds a family together. She does not know how wonderful it feels to fall asleep in grandma's lap, or to take a stroll holding the finger of grandpa. She is blind to the beauty of the world, deaf to the songs of birds. Callie does not know what life means. For years she has been on the run with her mother. She has had no home, no bed, no room. Her world is dark, darker than the black hole that is presumably deep enough to swallow the entire universe. Where the Stars Still Shine is the story of a little girl whose childhood has been stolen by her mother. This novel by Trish Doller is a wonderful read for readers of all age groups.
Trish Doller writes mainly for teens. She writes about love, trust, and betrayal. The angst, madness, passion, and recklessness of a teenager's life is wonderfully described in her novels. She is a simple storyteller. This simplicity is her strength, the beauty of her works. She describes even the most complex emotions effortlessly, writes about the most complicated issues easily. Many of her books are available for online purchase in India. Before you buy this book on the internet, take the assistance of Junglee.com to know which online retailer sells your chosen book at the most affordable price.
Callie, the protagonist of this novel, has been deprived of all the happiness of life. She cannot read, cannot write. How could she? She has never attended a school. She has no friends. She has never enjoyed any of the meals she has ever had. Sometimes she thinks it would have been better if she had never been born. She can't love her mother, for she is the woman who has killed her childhood, taken her away from her extended family, her father. Then one day her mother gets arrested. She is returned to her father. She cries like a baby. She cries like she has never cried. She cries her heart out, to let all the pain, agony, anxiety, depression and frustration out. Her father drives her back home, a little house stashed in a nook of Florida.
In that small house she starts life anew. Initially she is timid, queasy, afraid to open up, to explore, to step out, to meet people. But slowly she recovers. The little Callie opens her arms to embrace life. She welcomes the blessing of God, she absorbs the sweetness of life. And, for the first time in life, she becomes aware of love_a feeling she had been oblivious of, for so many years, so many springs. And she falls in love. Falls for a person who is not her type. Callie realises that she has grown up. She has grown old enough to love someone, and plan to spend the rest of her life with. This is her story, a tale of life that blossoms late, but blossoms fully and becomes complete. Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, this 352-page book has the ISBN 10 number 161963144X and ISBN 13 number 9781619631441.