By Carless, Victoria
Sometimes when you are searching for a place to belong, you might just find it where you least expect. When eleven-year-old Gus Able and her family head north on a family road trip, they end up in a small town called Calvary running an old drive-in movie theatre called The Starli...ght. This is where the family hopes to make a fresh start. But things aren't what they seem ... The car is 'borrowed', the town is as far away from their previous home as possible, and they're really on the run - from ghosts. Despite living in a smelly old caravan at a drive-in the locals say is haunted, Gus's new life, and the chance to choose which movies to screen, could end up being the best thing that's happened to her in a long time. Always wary of making friends, Gus finds herself unwillingly drawn to Nicole, a girl from school, and a strange boy called Stevie whose past is a mystery. As the Able family work hard to make The Starlight a success, Gus wonders if this town will become their forever home. From talented storyteller Victoria Carless comes a book about what it means to belong.Read more
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Victoria writes works of fiction and for theatre. Her novel for young adults, The Dream Walker, was nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards and the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards. Recently Victoria was commissioned by the Museum of Brisbane to write a work for The Storytellers, an interactive exhibition celebrating the layers of the city's history. Victoria lives in Brisbane with her family and a blue heeler who is 98 in dog years. She often googles rescue cats, even though she is allergic. When not writing stories Victoria works as a communications nerd. Gus and The Starlight is her first book for Middle Grade readers.
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