By: Victoria Carless
Genre: YFN - Family & home stories
Published by: Harper Collins Publishers
Published: 4 May 2022
ISBN: 9781460760642


A spine-tingling and heart-warming story about friendship and finding your special place in the world.

Gus doesn't want to make friends. She also doesn't want to be intrigued by the cat-lady teacher at her new school, or the Riley's Comet project that she and her seaweed-eating science partner are working on together.

And she definitely doesn't want to fall in love with her job as the projectionist at the Starlight, a drive-in movie theatre that her family is reviving.

Because, knowing Gus's luck, she and her family could be moving on in a day, or a week, or a month. When the ghosts that haunt Mum catch up with them. Or if the Starlight doesn't succeed.

Then she'll have to say goodbye. Again.

And saying goodbye is too hard.

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Gus’s Mum is a psychic. But this ability doesn’t help her life choices and they are now fleeing her Mum’s latest partner, Troy, in his car - destination unknown!

Together with her Mum, her older sister Alice and younger brother Artie, they find themselves in a little town in far north Queensland. They are quickly given the job of reopening and revitalising the drive-in theatre, and living in the small on site caravan.

Finally things seem better for everyone, and Gus even makes a friend - something she has always steered clear of, because the next move is just around the corner. The drive-in customers are increasing, but sinister motives are at play to ensure that they are never successful.

Can they overcome the odds and finally stay in one place?

This is a heart-warming story of family, belonging and finding your place in the world, and readers in lower secondary will love Gus’s story.

Reviewed by Rob