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As Stars Fall

Christie Nieman



Children's & Educational;
General fiction (Children's&YA)


320 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Robin has been forced to leave her beloved home in the Victorian countryside when her father decides to take off with another woman, and her teacher mother accepts a post in Melbourne. She hates the city, the school, and being the new girl. Seth is alienated and angry and spends his days in a drug-induced haze, having dropped out of school when his mother (a scientist studying bush stone-curlews) died in a bushfire. His sister Delia, highly intelligent and principled, is struggling with her nightmares and grief, but as their father is a selfish drunk stuck in his own loss, has to be the grown-up of the family. Each of these lost teenagers are drawn together, united by a misplaced stone-curlew, and eventually learn how to cope with what life has thrown at them. A strong novel for readers 14+ Lindy


The fire was fast and hot ...only days after it went through, there were absolutely no birds left. I should have seen it as an omen, the birds all leaving like that. Robin is a self-confessed bird-nerd from the country, living in the city. On the first day at her new school, she meets Delia. Delia is freaky and definitely not good for Robin's image. Seth, Delia's brother, has given up school to prowl the city streets. He is angry at everything, especially the fire that killed his mother. When a rare and endangered bird turns up in the city parklands, the lives of Robin, Seth and Delia become fatefully and dangerously intertwined ...An intricate love story about nature, grief, friendship and life. 

By:   Christie Nieman
Imprint:   Pan
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   233g
ISBN:   9781743517697
ISBN 10:   1743517696
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   July 2014
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christie Nieman is a Victorian writer, editor and playwright. She co-edited and contributed to Just Between Us (Pan Macmillan, May 2013) and has had playscripts and fiction published and professionally produced. Her play Call me Komachi, about teenage girls and sponsored relationships in Japan, was nominated for a major Green Room Award and played to sold-out audiences up and down the east coast. She is currently working towards a PhD in Creative Writing and Ecocriticism through La Trobe University, which she will finish if and when she can stop watching birds and animals long enough to write about them.

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