Wandering Star is the story of Esther, a young Jewish girl who has been displaced by the war in Europe during WWll. Eventually, after the war, she emigrates to Palestine, which is soon to become the nation of Israel.
It is also the story of Nejma, a young Palestinian girl who has been uprooted by the conflict that was created by the founding of a new nation in that region.
Even though Esther and Nejma have met only for a brief moment, and were unable to communicate, that moment remains important to both of them for the rest of their lives.
Le Clézio's writing is strong. He does not focus on placing any blame, and tells each girl's story in a straight-forward manner without being overly sentimental. Those factors, IMO, make the novel even more powerful than it might have been in the hands of a less skillful writer.