Catch a Falling Star
This coming-of-age story by multiple-award-winner Meg McKinlay is about loss and grief, dealing with change and fighting to hold on to what you can, while letting go of what you can't.
It's 1979 and the sky is falling. Skylab, that is. Somewhere high above Frankie Avery, one of the world's first space stations is tumbling to Earth. And rushing back with it are old memories. Things twelve-year-old Frankie thought she'd forgotten. Things her mum won't talk about, and which her little brother Newt never knew. Only ... did he? Does he? Because as Skylab circles closer, Newt starts acting strangely. And while the world watches the sky, Frankie keeps her own eyes on Newt. Because if anyone's going to keep him safe, it's her. It always has been. But maybe this is something bigger than splinters and spiders and sleepwalking. Maybe a space station isn't the only thing heading straight for calamity.
by Isabella, 13 Years, Wonder Club member
This book is based on Frankie re-telling her past & present childhood experiences. Frankie is a regular everyday girl, living with her parents in a country town. Sadly her father was in a plane crash, & not heard from ever again. Frankie’s past childhood experiences were happy however after the loss of her father, her experiences were extremely sad. I found Frankie to be an interesting character as she was having a difficult time in her thoughts and at home, but Frankie’s kind & bubbly personality shone through at school. I would recommend this novel to 10 to 14yo readers who have an interest in adventure stories.
Publication Date: 01-Mar-2019
Publisher: Walker Books Australia Pty, Limited