Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Trouble with Shooting Stars” as Want to Read:
The Trouble with Shooting Stars
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Trouble with Shooting Stars

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Twelve-year-old Luna loves the nighttime more than anything else. It’s when no one gives her “that look” about the half mask she has to wear while healing from a disfiguring car accident. It’s also the perfect time to sit outside and draw what she sees. Like the boy and girl from the new family next door…zipping out of the window in a zeppelin and up to the stars.

At first
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Trouble with Shooting Stars, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Trouble with Shooting Stars

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.16  · 
Rating details
 ·  116 ratings  ·  30 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Trouble with Shooting Stars
Hannah Greendale
May 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
The Trouble with Shooting Stars beckons with the premise of twelve-year-old Luna befriending her peculiar neighbors who take her sailing through the night sky to sweep the moon, tidy the constellations, and nurse baby stars, but the entire narrative languishes in mundane trivialities. This book is in desperate need of momentum or narrative incline. Nearly DNF'd several times throughout. ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was an intriguing fantasy combined with a difficult reality. It had wonderful lessons, but I didn’t feel like I was being taught or lectured.
Lucas Garner
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meg Cannistra’s debut novel, The Trouble with Shooting Stars, feels a bit anachronistic to me, in that it feels like a book that I would have read and adored as a child, but yet I get to experience this perfectly magical and emotional tale as an adult instead, looking intrinsically, finding that childlike wonder still buried in myself.

Cannistra weaves two tales together masterfully; one side carries the personal and family drama the main character, Luna, must endure, the other the mysterious and
Kathy Stone
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story about accepting trials in life. Luna and her father were involved in a car accident just before the start of seventh grade, As a result Luna does not start school at the beginning of the year, but has a classmate bring her work to her each week.. She is afraid to talk to her best friend as she is burnt and her nose is broken, forcing her to wear a compression mask.. The word "ugly" hangs in the air.

During this time of isolation, Luna meets the spacitricci, star sweepers,
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a journey. If you asked me what I would rate this 100 pages in, it would have been 5/5 stars. But some of the middle sections were very hard to get through, ad the beginning is kind of like: Luna, just figure it out already!" which was kind of frustrating. But, the good parts were very good. There were some great quotes, cool magical moments, and even some deeper moments, which is why I enjoyed it. Over all, it's a good read, but just be careful because you might be very bored in s ...more
Rachel | The Tea Cup Half Full
What a beautiful children’s/middle school coming-of-age tale about overcoming obstacles and growing up. Hands down: I’d hand this out to anyone I knew around that age to read and enjoy. Heck, I’m an adult, and I enjoyed it. This book reminded me of what would happen if Ramona Quimby stumbled upon Italian magic. Everyone needs a little twinkle of stardust and moondust in their life. ⭐️🌕⭐️
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Trouble with Shooting Stars by Meg Cannistra, 321 pages. Simon & Schuster, 2019. $18.

Language: G Mature Content: G Violence: G



Luna is having a hard time accepting the facial scarring she’s had since the car accident. The mask she wears doesn’t help. She doesn’t want to go to school and won’t return her friend’s calls. Then a new family moves in next door and they are anything but ordinary. Luna sees them playing with stars and before lon
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Luna has had a rough time since a car accident landed her father in the hospital, and landed her with severe facial burns and damage requiring she wear a compression half-mask all the time. She's stopped going to school, stopped responding to her best friend, and hates going anywhere at all because people just stare and say things that further break Luna's heart. Plus her father is furious at his own condition and his inability to help at the family deli, and the relationship between her parents ...more
Valerie McEnroe
One of those books I wanted to love but couldn't fully get there.

Luna and her father are trying to deal with the physical challenges following a car accident. Luna has facial scarring and wears a Phantom of the Opera type mask. Her father is recovering in a wheel chair. Both of them have become rather reclusive, not wanting to deal with people and their stares. Luna has avoided her best friend despite her efforts to visit.

Not long after the accident, a family with magical powers moves in next do
Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
Unpopular review here:

This one was a flop in my eyes. The premise sounded amazing and the book was touted as a fantastical middle grade coming of age story which it did hit upon but again, ultimately, fell flat. I almost put it down and left it on the shelf for good but I felt that I needed to put my heartfelt (yet unpopular) review out there so people who are debating on whether or not to pick up this read could see that it didn't vibe with everyone. There are a bunch of glowing reviews and I r
Frank Frank
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
C. S.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, fiction
This was an okay entry in my furthering quest to read more middle grade. It started very slow and took me a while to get into it, but it brought up some interesting ideas.

It was a cute concept in the flying ship and stars as metaphor category. I also thought it was interesting to see Italian-American rep with part of the magic supposedly based on Italian folklore, although I suspect some of the Italian words are not quite on the money.

The story has disability and disfigurement rep, and while I l
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After Luna’s car accident she struggles to regain her old life and her old self. Then the neighbors move in and she magically escapes with them on journeys to release baby stars and shine the moon. If she can only catch a shooting star she may be able to change things. From the beginning to the end we struggle along side Luna, hope, pray and cheer for her. This wonderful story of turning tragedy into triumph will touch the hearts of young readers aged 8 to adult. I loved this uplifting book that ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
After a car accident, 12-year-old Luna struggles to come to terms with the mask she wears while her facial injuries heal. She is enjoying drawing things she sees through her binoculars in her neighborhood. This is how she first notices the Sapienti siblings, her new neighbors who secretly watch over infant stars. As Luna gets to know the Sapientis, she enters a world of magic, adventure, and history.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, but I didn’t think I would. I would have never found out about this book, but i just happened to find it a Barnes and Noble. This book is about a 11 or 12 year old girl who was in a car accident and her face got burned really bad. She now has a hard time going out in public or looking at herself. This book is all about her journey to healing inside and out and the friends who help her along. The book is imaginative and sweet and I enjoyed it 😊
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
This is definitely an unusual and interesting story. I really felt for Luna and all that she was going through and dealing with. The magical aspect of the story was certainly different. That wasn't my cup of tea but others will likely enjoy that. I did like the end a lot, things improved for Luna and there was definitely hope for better days ahead for Luna and her family. Quick and easy and good read. ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bruno wears a half mask because she is healing from the side effects of a terrible car crash. She does not like going out in the day but loves staring at the stars out her window at night. A curious family moves in next door and The children befriend Luna and take her on incredible adventures. Along the way she learns to heal inside, and helps her family heal as well. A great book!
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please read The Trouble with Shooting Stars. This novel was the first thing I have finished in months, and I am so glad for it. You can’t help but feel personally invited into Luna’s little world, and we are all the better for it.

P.S. - if you cry often, make sure you have tissues nearby.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Emily Masters
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely magical
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone needs this book for one reason or another! Luna’s story will stay with you for a long time. And you’ll never look at the stars the same way.
Tasslyn Magnusson
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and magical. I really loved it.
Lindsey Haderlie Boulier
If you love Wonder and A Monster Like Me, than you will love this book as well!
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the book was very fun to read.
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booktalks-2020
Read for work. A book that mixes magic with the heartache of real life. A lot more somber than I expected, but very well written.
Kim Piddington
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the unique magical elements of this book as well as Luna, the main character-who is realistic and plucky.
Interesting blend of gritty family story and magic realism.

Lovely narrative voice.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Easy story for children to read and have a great conversation with about the story.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Planet Earth Is Blue
  • Roll with It
  • Class Act (New Kid, #2)
  • The Simple Art of Flying
  • Because of the Rabbit
  • Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
  • Count Me In
  • Tune It Out
  • Efrén Divided
  • Starfish
  • It's the End of the World as I Know It
  • Alone
  • Fighting Words
  • City Spies (City Spies, #1)
  • The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA
  • The Memory Keeper
  • Lifeboat 12
  • Here in the Real World
See similar books…

Related Articles

  Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. As a teacher, she made...
45 likes · 65 comments
“Shooting stars ignite a spark within a human’s soul.” He spins around in front of us. “When a person wishes for something, we give them the urgency to act to make their wish come true. You, Luna, lit your own spark. You don’t need me.” 0 likes
More quotes…