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What to read next: The Girl Who Sailed the Stars

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Who doesn’t like a swashbuckling tale of wrecked ships, soothsayer predictions and a plucky protagonist who defies her father for a life on the high seas? My strong guess is that everybody likes those things. Which is why there is no doubt you will love the tale of Oona in "The Girl who Sailed the Stars." 

Oona is the plucky protagonist who lives with her sea captain father, uncaring mother and six sisters — who aren’t the nicest big sisters around. More than anything, Oona wants to find adventure and excitement on board her father’s whaling ship. However, her father can’t come to terms with Oona being a girl when she was supposed to be a boy (well, according to a soothsayer who predicted she would be a boy), and doesn’t believe girls belong anywhere near ships. Oona defies her father and family and stows away on her father’s ship before it sets sail. Oona is a true underdog and will, no doubt, have all readers cheering her on as she blazes her own trail on the open seas.

It is easy to fall in love with Oona and the characters of "The Girl who Sailed the Stars." If that character development is what interests you, The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker is exactly the book you need to read next.

Written by the same author, Matilda Woodsthe characters are friendly, compassionate, interesting and deep. An old man man becomes a town’s coffin maker after a plague wiped out a good portion of his town and his family. One day a boy shows up and starts stealing food. The two develop a strong bond and begin to look at each other as father and son.  

Overcoming incredible odds and defying expectations is a trait of a great character. Much like Oona in "The Girl who Sailed the Stars," Lalani Sarita confronts prejudices and insurmountable circumstances when she travels to Mount Isa in Lalani of the distant sea in "Lalani of the Distant Sea." Boys and men have died trying to journey to Mount Isa, but Lalani is different. She is the smallest and the least imposing. Readers will cheer on Lalani as she reaches her goal.  

Each of the books previously mentioned include a magical element to them. Although not essential to the main plot, the magic is part of the world and incorporated into the character struggles. If magic and magical elements is something you adore, "A Snicker of Magic" or "The House with Chicken Legs" may well be your next ideal read. 

"A Snicker of Magicfeatures a female protagonist, Felicity, who moves to a new town in Tennessee. A town that used to feature magic but has since lost all its magical wonder. Over the course of the story, Felicity discovers her own magical ability and discovers the secrets the town is hiding. 

"The House with Chicken Legs" is about a 12-year old girl, Marinka, who wants a friend. The problem is her grandma is Baba Yaga, and Marinka is next in line to be the gatekeeper between the living and the dead. You will truly be moved as you travel with Marinka across the world in her house on chicken legs.