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Shooting stars

by Brian Falkner

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Brian Falkner’s novels are always unpredictable and exciting. Shooting Stars is his best work so far. It takes a classic theme that dates back to Swift and Voltaire – an idealistic innocent thrust into a society that is less than innocent – then gives it a modern New Zealand setting. The result is intriguing, exciting and amusing....This is an excellent novel, bursting with vitality, deeply moving and full of ideas. The characters are all interesting and their reaction to Egan’s philosophy is both amusing and thought-provoking. Vida Kelly’s illustrations show another facet of Egan’s personality.

Shooting Stars is my pick for the Best Young Adult Novel of the year.
 
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In all his 15 years, Egan Tucker has spoken to
no one but his mother …

Escaping from an abusive husband, Moana (Moma) took baby Egan to live in the Coromandel bush. For 15 years, Moma taught Egan to survive, and instilled in him her code for a good life. A chance meeting with a DOC deer culler (J.T.) while out hunting, results in Egan finding his first friend.
And when Moma goes to get supplies one day and never returns, Egan decides to head to Auckland to get help from his mother’s friend – and also to try and find J.T.
But Egan finds that survival amongst the streetkids of Auckland is nothing like living in the bush … and he is unprepared for the tragedy that awaits.
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