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Publication Date: 7 Oct 2019
Subject: Children's novels
Suitable for: Primary (Year 5, Year 6, Year 7)
AR: 5.3 MY+
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A girl runs away from her foster home to get to the Royal Observatory of London to try and name a newly discovered star after her mother who was murdered by her father.
I've always wanted to be a Star Hunter. Grown-ups call them astronomers, but I think Star Hunter sounds much better. I was going to become one when I finished school, but I can't wait that long any more. You see, I have to find my mum.
Everyone says she's gone, but I know that's not true - I know she's turned into a star. She's breaking all the rules of the universe to find me again. And I'm going to break all the rules I know to help her do it.
NOTE : The main character's mother was killed by her father. This has happened before the book begins and she lives in foster care with her younger brother as a result. The back of the book gives contact information for related support as well as the story of the author's aunt who was murdered by her husband.
NOTE : Shortlisted for the British Book Awards 2020
NOTE: Empathy Lab 2021 - Primary List
NOTE: UKLA Book Awards 2021 - Longlist
Sensitive, moving portrayal of a very tricky topic which manage a lightness of touch and touches of humour despite the heavy subject material. Useful support but also a wonderful leisure read.