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Catch a Falling Star

Book cover for Catch a Falling Star by Meg McKinlay

Catch a Falling Star

Author: Meg McKinlay

Publisher: Walker Books

Published: March 2019

If the mark of a great book is that it makes the reader laugh, makes them cry, makes them think, and teaches them something new, then Catch a Falling Star by Meg McKinlay ticks all the boxes. Set in 1979 around the time when Skylab – one of the world’s first space stations – was falling to earth, it also brings history to life in a most accessible way and the book readily lends itself to class study in schools. From the very first page the reader is drawn into Frankie’s orbit and begins sharing her worries and feelings of confusion as she negotiates the delicate time between a carefree childhood and the responsibilities of adolescence. We explore Frankie’s relationships with friends, her feelings about her absent father, her fears for the future and her loving concern for Newt, her science-obsessed younger brother. Peopled with funny, warm, realistically drawn characters the book delicately explores themes of grief, friendship, families and loss and seamlessly brings to life an overlooked period in Australian history.

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