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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Moose Publishing (Nov. 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987689312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987689313
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 572 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,019,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

C.J. Cutayne has been writing kids books for five years. This is the first novel for teens. C.J. was born and raised in BC, the land of the first nations, and wanted to write about their struggles, their talents, their humour and their resiliency. Hopefully BC teens will have a fun time learning more about the people whose land we all live on.

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa73b3d2c) out of 5 stars Interesting discussions could ensue Aug. 26 2011
By Lynus - Published on
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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
HASH(0xa73b3f78) 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.

Reviewed by Rae

Rating 4.5

Heat rating: sweet
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa72b11d4) out of 5 stars An Enlightening Read March 8 2012
By Rhodora M Fitzgerald - Published on
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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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa72b1378) out of 5 stars Beautiful and well-worth reading! March 28 2013
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Because of the Moon is a beautiful and inspiring book. It gives an inside look into Reservation life and conditions, contrasting with urban living. The characters really come to life and you care what happens to them, plus Because of the Moon has some really great ideas in it (you have to read it to see what I mean).

I have worked with First Nations (or "Native American") youth teaching music and art and they are a tremendous resource that we are missing out on. Very few people realize that the Native peoples are by FAR the most impoverished and forgotten of all those living in North America, and action must be taken NOW so that not all traditions are lost.

Wonderful books like Because of the Moon can make a difference with this - read it for that reason, or read it simply because it is a joy to read from beginning to end, but - read it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa72b124c) out of 5 stars Good Story May 10 2013
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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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