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Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
  

Ginny Moon

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June 2017 Debut of the Month.

A dazzling debut about a fostered autistic girl’s poignant search for her Forever Home, and her acute need to be needed. Truly a gem that will satiate an abundance of literary tastes, this is surely set to become a must-read sensation.

Ginny Moon is almost fourteen, and has autism. After years of neglect and abuse at the hands of her Birth Mother, followed by troubled spells with a succession of foster families, she’s now much more settled with her Forever Parents, Maura, and Brian. But something is playing on Ginny's mind. Really playing on it. Someone needs her, much more than Maura, Brian and new Baby Wendy do, and so Ginny becomes desperate to find her Birth Mother so she can take care of the Baby Doll she left in a suitcase in her mother’s apartment all those years ago. Ginny will do anything to reach her goal - lie, scheme, steal, set up her own kidnapping. There’s tremendous tension, shock, horror and heartache, and you feel desperately for both Ginny and her Forever Parents, to whom the search feels like rejection. Ginny's journey will break your heart, but it will also heal it, for there are many moments of love and kindness along the way, and humour too. Ginny’s Michael Jackson obsession brought many smiles, as did Larry, her adorable classmate and not-so-secret admirer.

While Ginny’s worldview is uniquely her own, we can all identify with her deep-rooted desire to be needed. Her unforgettable voice is conjured with tender authenticity, and the shifting, increasingly on-the-edge family dynamics are incisively evoked. This is a wondrous page-turner, with all the appeal of books such as The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time and The Rosie Project. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Sue Burton - 'Wonderfully well written heartfelt novel, you will fall in love with Ginny and her special quirks.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'Your heart will ache for Ginny. She will make you laugh, she will make you cry, you will be rooting for her all the way and you won’t forget her. A really moving read.'
  • Sabine Little - 'This is a tender and loving book, which nevertheless pulls no punches when it comes to the difficulties in patching a family together. After reading it, I recommended it to everybody I know.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'I have been greatly touched by this book.  Disturbed and troubled by the fictional account of an abused child trying to make sense of a world, confusing enough but made more so by her autism.'
  • Emily Wright - 'I found myself immersed in Ginny’s intense story and felt like I was cheering her on from the side-lines.'
  • Emily Curnow - 'Beautifully written by Benjamin Ludwig, his first novel is a success, and I look forward to reading more from him.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was a very touching story about a young girl called Ginny...Seeing the world through her eyes was very special, the way she perceives others and situations and stress.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Ginny Moon is a beautiful inspirational story that will stay with the reader for a long time.'
  • Sharon Wood - 'Well-paced and never too predictable. A great portrayal of the frustrations of autism from all points of view.'

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Synopsis

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

The story of a lost girl searching for her forever home. Everyone tells Ginny that she should feel happy...After years in foster care, fourteen year old Ginny is finally with parents who will love her. Yet despite finding her forever family, she knows she will never stop crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape. Because something heart-breaking happened a long time ago - something that only Ginny knows - and nothing will stop her going back to put it right...A fiercely poignant, inspirational story of a lost girl making sense of a world that just doesn't seem to add up - Ginny Moon will change everyone who spends time with her.

Reviews

'Brilliant' -- Graeme Simsion author of The Rosie Project

'Complex, clever, original, charming and moving. I loved it.' -- Sarah Morgan

'Benjamin Ludwig's novel is a genuine and touching debut; Ginny Moon is a wonderful and memorable heroine.' - Dan Chaon, National Book Award Finalist, author of Await Your Reply and Ill Will

'Ludwig creates a startling, powerful voice in Ginny Moon, a character who lingers well beyond the pages. This is gripping work.' - Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation

'Artfully rendered, heartbreaking, funny and suspenseful, The Original Ginny Moon is a veritable smorgasbord of a read that will stay with you long after you've consumed the final page. Excellent!' - John Lescroart, New York Times-bestselling author

About the Author

Benjamin Ludwig

A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism. Ginny Moon is his first novel, which was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.

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Publication date

1st June 2017

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Benjamin Ludwig

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Publisher

HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
384 pages

Categories

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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781848455429

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