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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.
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June 01, 2017
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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...
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...
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...
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...
June 09, 2017
This novel is set in South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. Fourteen-year-old Lettie Venter is the narrator. Her Oupa Gideon, Vader, and older brother (Schalk) are off fighting when the British arrive and burn down their farm. Lettie, her Moeder, younger brother (Willem), and baby s...
August 25, 2017
I stand in awe of Dave Boling's ability to tell this story from the perspective of a fourteen year old girl. He captures her inner thoughts and feelings while chronicling the Boer War in South Africa. And he does so with such tenderness and insight. Bravo, Mr Boling! This book is a must read.
February 02, 2017
I had heard of the Boer War, which took place at the turn of the 20th century, but never did understand exactly what it was all about. In this intense novel, the day-to-day experiences of Dutch Afrikaners forced into "concentration camps" [walls of concentration against the invasion of thoughts]...
June 29, 2017
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Presenting life from a child's perspective is a challenging task for a writer. A child's first person perspective is the most unreliable narrator but, it is the kind of subjective narration that reaches the reader's heart and s...
July 13, 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."
In this historical fiction novel by Dave Boling, Lettie, a thirteen year old Dutch-Africkaner gi...
June 23, 2017
3.5, but I rounded up for the ending. This was difficult to get into at first with the constant switching between years and locations, but once I got over that it became a good read. Set in South Africa during the Boar War, this book focused on Lettie and her family while they are sent to a refug...