Stardust – We Always Share the Same Sky

A girl whose mum lives far away sends her a letter with a magic gift inside. But the true magic was inside the girl – all she had to do was believe.

Stardust explores the emotions that come with having a parent in prison and not being able to see them on a regular basis.

While the girl and her mum cannot see each other, they find a unique way to feel connected through the sky and stars, which creates a sense of safety and love that allows the girl to focus on positive memories she has of her mum.

This book aims to give children hope, and the self-belief that they can achieve their goals and dreams despite the challenges they face.

Written by Ivana Mlinac and illustrated by Porsche Tiavale

$20.00 incl. GST

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NZ Booklovers ~ On any given day in New Zealand some 23,000 children are affected by having a parent in prison. These children are among some of the most vulnerable children in our community. These children, the “invisible victims of crime,” are in a situation that they didn’t create or choose, yet they face a sentence of their own. University of Auckland researcher Ivana Mlinac’s goal is to change the discourse around how we speak about and to these children.  Stardust is her creative story, born from her 2016 research about parental incarceration. Written with the child in mind, it aims to give them hope and self-belief; that despite the challenges they face, they can achieve their goals and dreams. Read the full review.

Booksellers NZ ~ I was drawn to this book because of the children in my class that have had a parent in prison. It is refreshing to see different life experiences honestly portrayed in a children’s book. It gives the words which young children and their carers need to express complicated feelings and the situations that develop from having a parent in prison. Read the full review.

The production of this book was supported by the Wright Family Foundation.

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Mary Egan Publishing

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