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Because of the Moon [Paperback]

C. J. Cutayne
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Book Description

Nov. 12 2011
A very funny teen novel. "Obedience is for dogs," spouts Jay; an out of control thirteen year old. Arrested for being at a chop shop, Jay can either go to juvenile detention or move to the poor Indian reservation his mother shunned fourteen years ago where his estranged grandfather will oversee Jay's penance. Jay's latest prank,'rat day' and his unique way of dealing with a bully make "Because of the Moon" a book you won't soon forget. A humorous, clever and fast-paced story. The reader will be taken on a journey with a boy who rules his own world. Freedom to roam the city, staying out late, tagging, and pulling pranks at school. Jay loves his life until he gets caught. Not understanding that he even had First Nations blood in him has come as a shock. Learning he has a Grampa in a remote village is even more shocking. Having to go live with him for six months is devastating. Moving to a new school and a new town is not how Jay envisioned spending his summer. His grampa is a task master and has Jay working evenings and weekends. The time they spend together is not all drudgery as Jay learns about his First Nations heritage and even how to carve a totem pole. Being the new kid in town draws attention from whole village. Jay gets to know and appreciate the quirky villagers such as the crazy cat lady who won't stop making Bannock, the "witch" doctor, the roving band of dogs and the artist turned alcoholic, Johnny Walker. If Jay can survive the bully, the villagers may also learn to appreciate him, too.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer read for young adult June 17 2012
Because of the Moon was a great read. It thoughtfully brings the reader into the world of the First Nations people without dwelling on the struggles and stereotypes. Jay, the thirteen year old boy, and the other characters are well defined and rich with a quirkiness that will keep readers of any age entertained. The action moves along quickly and it is an easy read. Some parts are moving but mostly it is funny and original. I liked the way the myths of the First Nations are woven into the novel. Quite creative that way. And no one gets attacked by a bear.
A fun summer read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting discussions could ensue Aug. 26 2011
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I enjoyed Because of the Moon very much. The beginning drew me in and immediately made me feel that Jay was a believable character. The author has a real feel for the plight of the adolescent and the touches of humour and insightful descriptions were appealing. Jay's problems fitting in to his new community were handled sensitively and I enjoyed his interactions with Grampa and all the other characters. Grampa shared some wonderful First Nations stories with Jay and the projects they worked on together were educational for the reader as well as Jay. Jay's meeting with his city friend Anthony as well as facing his Grampa's hospitalization, and finding out the truth about Gordon helped Jay gain some perspective on what's important and true for him. I think this book could lead to some interesting discussions in highschool English or Social Studies classes. The potlatch at the end of the book and the community's inventive solution to their financial woes helped the book end on an upbeat, hopeful note. I look forward to reading more books by Colleen Cutayne.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Any Young Adult Will Enjoy May 29 2012
By My Book Addiction and More - Published on
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BECAUSE OF THE MOON is a story about Jay, a graffiti artist, that is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is caught in a chop shop when he is hauled into the NYC police station. Jay's mother calls his grandfather that he has never met to help keep him out of legal trouble. Instead of going to a juvenile center, Jay is forced to live on his families Indian reservations, The First Nations. Jay has trouble adjusting to his new family and friends, but soon learns to love his grandfather, his stories and the land. This book is filled with tales of the First Nation and is a beautifully written book about the culture of the First Nations. It is a coming of age story and I feel any young adult or adult will enjoy it. This book was received for the purpose of an honest review.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story May 10 2013
By Pam Wyatt - Published on
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Easy read, good story, more for younger readers (teens). I would recommend this book to someone looking for light reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars unusual Feb. 19 2013
By no maintenance - Published on
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Loved this one but not really sure why. Perhaps it was the point of view. Anyway well worth reading. Highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Enlightening Read March 8 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. The characters were loveable and believeable and the problems they encountered were very true to life. This book touched on so many aspects of everyday life... and it shed light on all sorts of subjects from the senseless bully at school to the wisdom of the elderly grandparent. The reader feels a sense of pride and belonging as they learn about the First Nations with Jay.
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