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A Bridge to the Stars
Originally published in Swedish as Hunden som sprang mot en stjärna in 1990.

Part of the Joel Gustafsson series for children 14 years of age.

From Andersen Press:
12 year old Joel lives with his father in the cold northern part of Sweden. At night he often sneaks out of his father's house to look for a lonely dog he has seen from his window. On the bridge across the icy river he starts a secret society and has adventures. But one night he discovers that his father's bed is also empty and will have to come terms with his fathers new found love. The harsh reality of Joel's world comes vividly to life and leaves the reader spellbound.

Based on the stage adaptation by John Retallack:
This adaptation is a story about a boy and a town. Joel is 11 and lives alone with Samuel, his dad. Joel has no friends. So he forms a secret society. All his adventures happen in the middle of the night while the town sleeps.

He searches for a dog he has glimpsed, a dog that is ‘headed for a star’. He never finds the dog but he finds Tomas instead. Tomas is new to the town and has very different ideas to Joel. Tomas believes a secret society must create fear and he sets out to terrorise a lonely woman. Joel finally has the courage to defy Tomas but he risks his life to do so. In a gripping climax, Joel is stranded 100 feet up on an icy railway viaduct in the middle of the night…

A Bridge to the Stars is a strong psychological drama told by an ensemble of nine who are on stage throughout.


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Film Information
The British National Theatre commissioned John Retallack to adapt A Bridge to the Stars as a stage play for the Connections programme in July 2007.

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Product Thumbnail A Bridge to the Stars Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 1842704397
Released: 2005
Status: In Print
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