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Cath Crowley is the author of the multi–award-winning Graffiti moon as well as several other books for young adults and children.

The life and times of Gracie Faltrain


Star noun: any large body like the sun, intensely hot and producing its own energy by nuclear reactions;

Soccer star noun: Gracie Faltrain

If I could have three wishes, I’d use the first one to win the Championships. Then I’d ask for Nick. When I first met him it made me smile to think we might talk. Think that I might tell a joke and he might laugh. Know that we might touch. Kiss. Every time I see him I get this feeling on my arms and in my chest. It’s sugar mixed with heat…

Gracie Faltrain is on her way. To the National Championships. To Nick. To everything she’s ever wanted. Or so she thinks. Gracie’s about to find out that life is messy. And hard. And beautiful.

Then her best friend moves away, the soccer team want her off the field, and, after an unfortunate incident at the movies, Gracie has become a social outcast. And that’s when Gracie’s parents hit her with the worst news of all…

Before she has time to take a breath, Gracie’s rushing headlong into screwing up, making up and trying to keep it all together. Welcome to the life and times of Gracie Faltrain.


  • Notable Book, 2005 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards (Older Readers)


The life and times of Gracie Faltrain (Crowley’s) rapid shifts of perspective spin us around, just like the best children’s books have always done, and hopefully, will always do” Weekend Australian

“Cath Crowley’s first novel also sparkles with humour and the confident use of metaphor” The Age

“Teenage girls will love this book… a resounding success” Courier Mail

“Touching and hilarious, you’ll love it” Girlfriend Magazine


Published by Macmillan Publishers Australia

Teachers' notes

Book cover of 'Graffiti moon'; illustration of yellow spray can on plain black background

Graffiti moon is out now from Pan Macmillan Australia.

Find out more about Graffiti moon

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