The Lost History of Stars by Dave Boling

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In turn-of-the-century South Africa, fourteen-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie’s father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions.

Brave and defiant, Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather, in her plan to be a writer, and in surprising new friendships that will both nourish and challenge her. A beautiful testament to love, family, and sheer force of will, The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling’s grandfather’s own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.

Title : The Lost History of Stars
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ISBN : 1616204176
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Mischenko rated it ★★★★★

June 01, 2017

To see this review and others please visit The Lost History of Stars by Dave Boling is a powerful and shocking story about a family during The Second Anglo-Boer War during the early part of the 20th century in Africa. It's a work of historical fiction inspired by true e...

Fran rated it ★★★★★

August 11, 2017

The Boers were Dutch descendants, many settling on farmlands in the remote interior of South Africa. The discovery of gold and diamonds pitted the Boers against British colonial interests in the Boer War (1899-1902). While husbands, fathers and sons joined the Boer commandos, women and children s...

Tania rated it ★★★★☆

June 04, 2017

It was only when everything was taken away that you got to see what was at your core. And if you could hold on to that, that singular meaning, you went on; if you couldn't, the collapse was complete. So I'll start of by saying that I'm probably a bit biased in my rating, as I'm Afrikaans this book...

Margitte rated it ★★★★★

December 14, 2017

This was such a phenominal, beautiful story. I need to congratulate the author on the accurate portrayal of the people and history of the Anglo-Boer war of 1899 to 1902. The protagonist is thirteen-year-old Lettie Venter, who recorded the circumstances and experiences in the British concentration...

Marianne rated it ★★★★★

March 07, 2018

This is a wonderfully written coming-of-age story about the consequences of the Boer War on a family of farmers particularly from the POV of the fourteen year old daughter. I had no idea going in that the descendants of the original Dutch settlers to South Africa were rounded up by the British an...

Eileen rated it ★★★★★

March 22, 2017

An absolute Must Read...As has been proven, history is destined to repeat itself. Although this historical novel takes place in an internment camp in South Africa during the Boer War, unfortunately the circumstances ring true today as people struggle to survive in refugee camps all around the wor...

Leslie rated it ★★★★☆

March 05, 2018

A very good story, very sad, it was heartwarming, the relationship the family members had with each other. I had never heard of this war before and I am sadden to think of how many children died in these camps. The lack of food and soap provided by the British, and the sheer waste of their livest...

Julie rated it ★★★★☆

February 27, 2018

I enjoyed reading this author's novel about the Spanish Civil War (Guernica), so decided to read The Lost History of Stars also. The story is told by a 14-year old "Boer" girl in about 1900, and alternates between chapters of life in a British "concentration camp" in Africa, and chapters about li...

Kelli rated it ★★★★☆

February 27, 2018

This was an awesome book that tells of a slice of history that I had never heard of before. I did wish it told a little bit of more of what was going on in the country and not focus quite so much just on the one girl’s experience but I really did like it.

Tuck rated it ★★★★★

December 16, 2017

Affecting novel of the British run concentration camps set up to hold boer women children and “giver uppers” . Readers gain some insight into why the boer felt so embattled and a chosen people. And how local tribes were caught in a pincher of western exploitation and out of hand cruelty. From aut...

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