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Ginny Moon
by Benjamin Ludwig


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“ A] brilliant debut... This novel has all the elements for critical and popular success " --Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project
“Ludwig's excellent debut is both a unique coming-of-age tale and a powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families."-- Publishers Weekly , starred review
“This stunning debut novel grabs readers by the heart and doesn't let go.., .  Read more...


 
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Overview

“ A] brilliant debut... This novel has all the elements for critical and popular success " --Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project
“Ludwig's excellent debut is both a unique coming-of-age tale and a powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This stunning debut novel grabs readers by the heart and doesn't let go.., . a] triumphant achievement."--Library Journal, starred review
“ E]nlightening...compelling...remarkably engaging...A heartwarming and unforgettable page-turner."--Booklist, starred review
See the world differently.
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.
“Brilliant." --Graeme Simsion
"Illuminating." --Adriana Trigiani
“Remarkable." --Melanie Benjamin
"Surprising." --Eowyn Ivey
“Touching." --Dan Chaon
“Heartwarming." --Rumaan Alam



From our buyer, Margaret Terwey: "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. 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." Ginny Moon is a powerful coming of age novel that you won't be able to put down and won't be able to forget.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780778330165
  • ISBN-10: 0778330168
  • Publisher: Park Row Books
  • Publish Date: May 2017
  • Page Count: 368
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Coming of Age
Books > Fiction > Family Life

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-02-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Ludwigs excellent debut is both a unique coming-of-age tale and a powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families. We meet 14-year-old Ginny, who has autism, as she settles into life with a new forever family and unexpectedly reconnects with Gloria, the abusive, drug-addicted mother from whom she was taken away at the age of nineand Rick, the father she never knew. The rediscovery unsettles the tentative bond Ginnys forged with adoptive parents Maura and Brian, exacerbates the teens heartbreaking fears for the baby doll she left behind, and ultimately triggers a wildly heroic, secret plan to run away to Canada with Gloria and Rick. Ludwig brilliantly depicts the literal-minded and inventive Ginnywhose horrifying past and valiant hope for the future are slowly unveiledand the alternately selfish, sympathetic, and compassionate adults who would do anything to get Ginny to choose their love. I just wish someone would talk about what a delightful young lady she is, a frustrated Rick says. Were trying to keep her apart from everything... but I think what she needs is to be closer to people. (May)

 
BookPage Reviews

An autistic teen struggles to settle into her new family

It is the rare debut novel that reveals a writer of such immense talent as to achieve a dazzling literary home run the first time up to bat. Such is the case with Benjamin Ludwig’s Ginny Moon, an extraordinary coming-of-age story told from the perspective of a 14-year-old protagonist with autism.

Ginny’s disability isn’t even the most formidable challenge facing this plucky young heroine, who has survived the horrors of living with her violent, drug-addicted mother, Gloria, as well as a sad trail of failed foster care placements.

Ludwig’s novel begins as Ginny has finally found solace in the “Blue House” with her “Forever Parents,” a courageous young couple who, despite their determination to be the teen’s salvation, soon realize that they have signed up for more struggles than they anticipated. When Ginny becomes obsessed with reuniting with her birth mother and her beloved “baby doll,” her adoptive parents and school officials alike must struggle to keep the teen safe from her impulsive and methodical, albeit well-intentioned, behavior.

Despite the novel’s sobering subject matter, including child abuse, kidnapping and the realities of living with an autistic child, Ludwig has interjected his often-heartbreaking narrative with laugh-out-loud observations from Ginny, who loves Michael Jackson and displays a wicked sense of humor.

In a letter to his readers, Ludwig explains that he and his wife experienced similar, although less dramatic, challenges after adopting an autistic teenager, who helped inspire this tremendous debut novel.

This article was originally published in the May 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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