Updated: Jan 30, 2020
TITLE: Ginny Moon
AUTHOR: Benjamin Ludwig
PUBLISHER: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
PUBLISHED DATE: May 3, 2017
This book has a lot of heart. It's a familiar story, but told with enough empathy and suspense to still make it feel fresh and heartbreaking.
Ginny is a 14 year old with autism who is living in foster care after being taken from her mother who was a drug addict. Details of the abuse Ginny suffered unfold throughout the novel. The high tension between Ginny and her new adoptive parents - particularly as they welcome a new baby - are revelatory. This, along with Ginny's strong desire to reconnect with her mother make this story very compelling and a quick read.
It is clear that the author wrote this novel with great care. Ginny is insightful, a clear unreliable narrator, and such a complex character. I think this was one of my favorite reads of the year. Very well done.
Recommendation: Read it!!!
Audience: This is not marketed to Teens, and I'm not sure why. I think a lot of teens would like this book.