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Rising Star is a novel about appearances. Thailand Allen is a girl who thinks she understands what she sees. But when what she sees are cracks in her perfect world, maturation and new sight are not far off. Before growth can occur, Thailand must undergo a painful process of learning that carries with it embarrassment, sorrow, anger and confusion. Thailand lives with her mother in a small Texas town called Rising Star. Rising Star is like every other small town with its community gatherings, quirky characters, lavish holiday festivals and wizened elders. But in one way, the town is different. The children of Rising Star can fly. Thailand and her friends are nearing the age of Dreaming, a part of the painful process of maturity that exchanges flight for vivid dreams and at times, prophetic visions. The knowledge that she will soon be grounded brings Thailand a great deal of fear and embarrassment. But these things are soon complicated by a seemingly unconnected mystery. After the discovery of a lost safe deposit key, Thailand and her friends explore record rooms and a Newspaper Office, uncovering mysterious letters and long forgotten newspaper articles that have some connection with the school bully, Paul Rampling. But Thailand soon learns there is more to this discovery than mere intrigue. Her search for answers will take her to an unexpected place, a place where her mother is not who she thought she was, and where her own identity is brought into question.
Thesis, PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Embargo Date: Electronic version restricted until 2nd May 2017
Embargo Reason: Thesis restricted in accordance with University regulations
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