Shortlist year: 
2020
Shortlist category: 
Children's literature
Published by: 
Walker Books

About the book

'Catch a Falling Star' by Meg McKinlay

It's 1979 and high above Frankie Avery, one of the world's first space stations is tumbling Earthward. Rushing back with it are old memories. Things Frankie thought she'd forgotten. Things her mum won't talk about, and which her little brother Newt never knew. Only ... does he? Because as Skylab circles closer, Newt starts acting strangely. While the world watches the sky, Frankie keeps her eyes on Newt. Because if anyone's going to keep him safe, it's her. But maybe this is something bigger than splinters, spiders and sleepwalking. Maybe a space station isn't the only thing heading for calamity.