Star lives with her mum and her mum’s old university friend, Charlie, who has broken up with his wife. Star doesn’t always like Charlie - and she certainly doesn’t like his two kids, Talia and Gabe. So when Star’s mum, Nell, begins to fall in love with Charlie and he moves in properly, Star isn’t sure how she feels about it. Charlie hates the way his kids just want to eat Maccas and have mobile phones, so he proposes a complete change of lifestyle. But will anyone listen to what Star wants?
Catherine Bateson is an award-winning Australian writer of poetry, verse novels and novels for both younger readers and young adults.
by Emily Gale
Star and her mum try to get on with their lives after her dad dies, but it’s not easy with unpredictable artist Charlie and his bratty kids hanging around. Star desperately wants a best friend, and for most of the story the reader fills that role, making this a gorgeously intimate book.
While Star’s grief is genuine, it’s not oppressive and the story is fun as well as moving. She needs someone to listen to her thoughts and I was very happy to, but as she already has plenty of grown-ups in her life, give this lovely book to girls ages 9 and up.
Emily Gale is a Children’s & YA Specialist at Readings Carlton, and a Children’s & YA writer the rest of the time. Her other title is ‘Mum’, or more accurately ‘Muuuuuuuuum!’
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