Ginny Moon

Ginny Moon

Book - 2017
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Meet Ginny Moon. She's mostly your average teenager she plays flute in the high school band, has weekly basketball practice, and reads Robert Frost poems in English class. But Ginny is autistic. And so what's important to her might seem a bit... different: starting every day with exactly nine grapes for breakfast, Michael Jackson, her baby doll, and crafting a secret plan of escape. After being traumatically taken from her abusive birth mother and moved around to different homes, Ginny has finally found her "forever home" a safe place with parents who will love and nurture her. This is exactly what all foster kids are hoping for, right? But Ginny has other plans. She'll steal and lie and exploit the good intentions of those who love her anything it takes to get back what's missing in her life. She'll even try to get herself kidnapped. Told in an extraordinary and wholly original voice, Ginny Moon is at once quirky, charming, heartbreaking, and poignant. It's a story about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and about making sense of a world that just doesn't seem to add up. Taking you into the mind of a curious and deeply human character, Benjamin Ludwig's novel affirms that fiction has the power to change the way we see the world.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Park Row Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780778330165
Branch Call Number: FICTION LUDWI...B
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 25 cm


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smc_1 Jan 26, 2018

You won't want to put this first novel down! Ginny is an amazing, engaging, quirky protagonist. An endearing, suspenseful, well-written read!!

Dec 31, 2017

I didn't want to put this down - not only does it provide a fascinating insight into the world of the autistic person, but the story line itself quickly draws you in. An amazing book.

Nov 15, 2017

Ginny Moon gives you a peek into a world not many of us have ever encountered. It was beautifully written.

Nov 02, 2017

In his acknowledgments, Ludwig wrote that one of his hopes in writing the book was to give a voice to people who might have trouble self-advocating. I believe that his hope is realized.
It takes until the middle of the book, p 177, for Ginny to communicate with her Forever Dad an important clue to her childhood. And, it slowly changes things.

Aug 08, 2017

Liked this book about special Ginny Moon who was abused and starved by her mother and was taking care of baby Krystal so her mom could do drug deals, sleep with me and Ginny had to keep the baby quiet. When they found Ginny she was so skinny and malnourished but she kept saying my baby wont' be safe with Gloria. They thought she meant the baby doll from school but didn't realize a real baby. Ginny now lives with a family in a blue house and they have a new baby and are scared what Ginny will do to it. All she can think is how she can help save her baby doll. Crystal with a C is Gloria's sister and she takes Ginny one day and then is arrested and put in jail. Now Ginny is worried how she's going to get to Canada to find her baby doll. It's been 5 years now though and she keeps trying different ways even though she's a gifted child herself. Gloria keeps trying to take Ginny too and her forever parents are worried what she might do next. Meanwhile Ginny hasn't realized her baby doll is now 6 and as the authorities have realized she isn't just talking about a fake baby but a real one. They visit Gloria and find the 5 year old who is also malnourished and undocumented. Now her for real dad, who didn't know about Ginny is on the scene too and he wants to help her see her mom and baby Krystal with a K not C. Fun out there book and you could see how it affects families who don't understand troubled and different kids. A really good book, I enjoyed.

alaude Jul 24, 2017

Ludwig has offered up a rare debut, told from the perspective of an autistic teen in foster care. After finally being placed in a forever home, Ginny becomes obsessed with finding her way back to her mother, despite the years of abuse she endured. It is only midway through the year, but I am certain that this book will be a favorite of 2017.

GCPL_Angela Jul 01, 2017

This book hooked me from the very start, and I finished it in almost record time. Ginny Moon's voice feels authentic and raw, and while I feared that her single-minded obsession with her Baby Doll might become tedious, as the layers of the onion peel away, you begin to understand more and more why this particular subject in many ways defines and dominates who Ginny is. Her story is affecting without ever being cloying or maudlin; because Ginny's voice is so spare, we are able to feel the heartbreak of neglect and the hardships of the foster care system without ever feeling as if we are being pandered to or emotionally manipulated by the author. You will root for Ginny and be frustrated by her at the same time -- much as the adults in her life are. You may even be a touch sad, as I was, when the novel is over -- not because the conclusion isn't satisfying (because it is), but because you enjoyed the time you spent with Ginny so much. Recommended -- a very engaging look at an important subject.

Jun 26, 2017

I don't know how to rate this - it was good and kept me turning pages, but I didn't enjoy reading it because of the choices and actions of the people in Ginny's life. The strength of this novel is Ginny's voice; it feels authentic and seeing things from her point of view helps the reader to understand her and feel invested in the outcome of her story.
Perhaps a good choice for a book club or a buddy-read with a friend as there is a lot to talk about in this one.

Jun 22, 2017

My favorite book of the year! Mesmerizing, heartwarming, and a total page-turner. Ginny, a 14-year-old girl with autism and developmental disabilities, narrates life with her "forever family" after being taken from her birth mother. It stretched my understanding, perspective, and expectations. Can't recommend it highly enough.

Cynthia_N Jun 13, 2017

Wow! Ludwig put me inside Ginny's head and it felt so real! It's difficult to get across how powerful this story was without spoilers but I'm going to try! Ginny is autistic and was abused/neglected by her birth mother. She was removed from the home when she was nine. I started to despise her Forever mother and father (mostly the mother) but understandably because I could see inside Ginny's head and they couldn't. Emotional ending that wasn't what I would have chosen but fit perfectly. Highly recommended!

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Nov 02, 2017

p 135, LOL: "...Michael Jackson is my favorite singer-dancer in the whole world. I have a picture of him on my wall in my room plus the calendar. He is my biggest fan."

Nov 02, 2017

p 177: "Gloria named it Krystal with a K to tell the difference from Crystal with a C."
Everything stops. Everything freezes. Because they get it. They finally, finally understand.


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