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He's been hiding all his life. That's about to change.

In 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 (JT) while out hunting, results in Egan finding his first friend.

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–but also to try and find JT. But Egan finds that survival among the street kids of Auckland is nothing like living in the bush, and he is unprepared for the tragedy that awaits.

This intriguing, spell-binding read from award-winning author Brian Falkner touches on themes of survival, personal responsibility and domestic violence, all couched in a unique and gripping adventure story.

Suggested Age Range: 12yrs +

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- 50 Best Books for Kids - NZ Listener Magazine - December 2016

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My book of the year so far....

- Bob's Book Blog - October 2016

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An excellent novel, bursting with vitality, deeply moving and full of ideas....

- Trevor Agnew - Agnew Reading - November 2016

Innocence collides fist first with brutal reality in Shooting Stars...

- Fiona Miller-Stevens - The Children's Book Council of Australia - March 2017

If a reviewer can have their best book of the year, this is mine....

- Chris Wright - Bookrapt - March 2017

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A rattling good read ...

- Sarah Forster - Booksellers NZ - November 2016

strong, evocative writing... authentic dialogue... a page-turning plot...

- NZ Children's and Young People's Book Awards - 2017 - June 2017

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A fantastic read....

- Lynne Rance - NZ Book Council - December 2016

One of the BEST reads of 2016!...

- Ann - Goodreads - November 2016

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book, but I actually loved it....

- Val Huggard - Val's Book Nook - August 2017

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I was totally swept away with Egan and his life. ...

- Desna Wallace - booktrailers4kidsandya - October 2016

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Egan will stay with me for a long time....

- Marj - Goodreads - February 2017

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This story has really touched me. One minute I was on a high and the next I was left heart broken....

- Shelly - KiwiReviews - March 2017

Brian Falkner’s Shooting Stars engages from the outset...

- Anna Mackenzie - NZ Books - March 2017

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