@@Hoshi ni Kaetta Shôjo is a full-length fantasy novel by Sueyoshi Akiko (1942- ). The protagonist is a girl named Mamiko who wanders into a strange town and meets a girl. The passage to another world is unique and the theme of exploring parent and child relationship through contacts with a mysterious girl is notable.
@@Mamiko is living with her mother. Her parents have divorced and although she does not remember her father, she is living happily with her reliable mother. However, her motherfs present on her twelfth birthday is a faded worn-out overcoat. Meanwhile, Mamiko cannot easily get accustomed to attending a cram school. Gradually, she begins to rebel against her mother. One day, Mamiko uses an old bus ticket by mistake which was in the pocket of the old overcoat and she gets off in a strange town. There she meets a girl named Kyôko who also has some family problems to confront and Mamiko becomes attached to her. Mamiko goes back to her own world once but ,confused by the possibility of her motherfs remarriage, she uses the ticket again and meets Kyôko. They set out to search for Kyôkofs mother who has abandoned her. During the short trip, Mamiko realizes that the strange town is postwar Shizuoka, and that Kyôko is Mamikofs mother in her girlhood. Through contacts with Kyôko, Mamiko recognizes her mother as a person of sorrow and weakness, and she accepts her way of living including her remarriage. Her mother lets Mamiko read her old diary in which Mamiko herself is mentioned as ga girl who returned to the star.h
@@Going into another world and coming back is described thrillingly. The method of time fantasy is also utilized. At the same time, the work deals with divorce and the remarriage of parents \ a theme beginning to be acknowledged in late 1970s childrenfs literature. The work was valued as describing mutual understandings between parent and child by the sharing experience of a parentfs childhood. Theme and method are successfully combined.
@@Hoshi ni Kaetta Shôjo received the Japanese Association of Writers for Children Newcomer Prize. In 2003, Kaiseisha published a revised version with illustrations by Komine Yura.