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Catch a Falling Star - Meg McKinlay

Catch a Falling Star

Paperback Published: 1st March 2019
ISBN: 9781925381207
Number Of Pages: 256

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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.

Based on an international media event, this is a story that straddles the intersection between science and belief, between logic and magical thinking. Will appeal to fans of Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo and Plenty by Ananda Braxton-Smith.

About the Author

Meg McKinlay is the author of numerous books ranging from picture books and middle grade fiction through to poetry for adults. Her work includes the much-loved No Bears, Once Upon A Small Rhinoceros and the critically acclaimed A Single Stone, which won the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, among other prizes.

Raised in central Victoria, in a TV- and car-free household, Meg was a bookish kid, in love with words and excited by dictionaries. A former academic at the University of Western Australia, where she taught Japanese, Literature and Creative Writing, Meg is now a full-time writer and lives near the ocean in Fremantle, where she is always busy cooking up more books.

Industry Reviews

"A witty and tender story mapping the marvels of science and the human heart."
Anna Fienberg

"Endearing characters and stellar storytelling."
Glenda Millard

ISBN: 9781925381207
ISBN-10: 192538120X
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 2019
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.23

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Meg McKinlay

About the Author


Meg McKinlay grew up in Bendigo, Victoria, in a book-loving, TV- and car-free household. On the long and winding path to becoming a children’s writer, she has worked a variety of jobs including swim instructor, tour guide, translator and teacher. She has a PhD in Japanese Literature and was formerly an academic at the University of Western Australia, where she taught Australian Literature, Japanese, and Creative Writing. These days, she lives with her family near the ocean in Fremantle and spends most of her time cooking up books.

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