- Paperback: 332 pages
- Publisher: Red Deer Press (July 11 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 088995562X
- ISBN-13: 978-0889955622
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 19 cm
- Shipping Weight: 331 g
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer rating
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #695,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Talking to the Moon Paperback – July 11 2018
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"It's hard to pinpoint the charm of this book. Partly it is Katie, herself, her precision and her colour sense, her need for her personal space; partly it is Catherine Marguerite's letters, or bits of them, that we get in fits and starts, finding out about how life was back when, and partly it is the mystery of Katie's background that the reader will probably figure out before Katie, herself, does. All in all, Talking to the Moon is a book with a mystery, an interesting protagonist, and good background material. It also has a moral: don't despair over information that you have only heard as an eavesdropper; you may have it, or its context, completely wrong!
— CM Magazine
"Told from Katie's point of view Talking to the Moon offers the young reader insight into the often confusing and also awesome clarity experienced by children on the spectrum."
— Canadian Teacher Magazine
"The characters are well developed and easy to connect to. Katie is real and likable even though she is quirky. The history from the 1700s and Catherine is nicely woven into Katie's own quest to find her own story. It connects well to Katie's ability to feel a sense of belonging somewhere. The book is well written and descriptive. . . Overall I recommend this for 10 to 14-year-olds, especially those who like to read stories that look back in time and connect it to those in the present."4 out of 5 stars"
"This is an inspiring work of fiction that any younger reader can appreciate and learn from. It is geared to the eight to twelve age group, but anyone in their teens can also learn and be motivated by the characters in the book.
"The story features Katie who was placed in foster care because her mother Moonbeam did not want to raise her. She did leave her a piece of jewelry and a bookmark with some writing on the bookmark from Lunenburg Nova Scotia. This may be a clue to her mother. Katie would like more answers about the woman who gave birth to her.
"She is glad to leave Montreal because she was bullied there. Now in Lunenburg there is a different atmosphere and people don't treat her as differently because she is on the autism spectrum. She meets another girt, Catherine who feels left out at times. The two find they have much in common and commonalities from the past also.
"The book echoes how many pre-teens and teens feel isolated no matter what sort of upbringing they had. Talking to the Moon might represent a starting point for dialogue in acceptance and learning to cope with what life has given us."
RATING: 4 BOOKMARKS
— Talking Shelf Life
Shortlisted for the 2019-2020 Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
On the Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Best Books for Kids & Teens for Spring 2019 List
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