A Bridge to the Stars

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Delacorte Press, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 164 pages
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This poignant novel explores how a unilateral decision can change a life.

Two things are hard for Joel Gustafson to cope with: not knowing why, and not being able to do anything about it. Joelís father was once a sailor who lived by the sea. Joelís mother once lived with them. Joelís father abandoned the sea. Joelís mother abandoned Joel and his father.

While looking out his window one night, Joel sees a lonely dog on the street. Joel spots the animal again and begins sneaking out night after night, trying to find it. During these nocturnal outings, Joel discovers aspects of life he has never imagined. And then one night he discovers that his fatherís bed, too, is empty.

As Joel investigates his fatherís mysterious absences and continues to search for the dog, he discovers his own inner strength and learns about adult disappointments and needs.

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Review: A Bridge to the Stars (Joel Gustafsson #1)

User Review  - bookczuk - Goodreads

I love Henning Mankell's writing, and his ability to craft characters and situations that draw you into a story. This one's a bit different from many of the books of his that I've read, in that it is ... Read full review

Review: A Bridge to the Stars (Joel Gustafsson #1)

User Review  - Sasha L - Goodreads

I also thought this was a Kurt Wallander mystery novel. I kept waiting for the plot to unravel and then realized it was about Joel and his journey through life. Initially, I thought to cease reading ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Henning Mankell is the prizewinning and internationally acclaimed author of novels for both adults and young people. His adult novels dominate bestseller lists across Europe. Born in a village in northern Sweden, Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Africa, where he works with AIDS-related charities. He is also director of Teatro Avenida in Maputo, Mozambique. Mankell's companion novels about Joel and his father areShadows in the Twilight,When the Snow Fell, andJourney to the End of the World.†

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