"Saskatchewan Book Awards Shortlist - Children's Books, 2007" Staring across the street the day after his alcoholic father disappears, eleven-year-old Billy Ray is startled to see one of his schoolmates, an adopted Romanian girl, gazing at the sky and then writing in a notebook. She is keeping a Moon Journal, cataloguing the phases of the moon to keep alive a secret memory"Saskatchewan Book Awards Shortlist - Children's Books, 2007" Staring across the street the day after his alcoholic father disappears, eleven-year-old Billy Ray is startled to see one of his schoolmates, an adopted Romanian girl, gazing at the sky and then writing in a notebook. She is keeping a Moon Journal, cataloguing the phases of the moon to keep alive a secret memory that, eventually, Billy is the first to discover.Although he has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and struggles with many things that typical kids take for granted, Billy's curiosity and warmth intrigue Natasha, and the two children develop a friendship that gives them the strength and courage to reveal their deepest secrets and to reach for their dreams.One of Billy's dreams is to enter a talent contest at the local park. He has been practicing yo-yo tricks over and over again, hoping to impress his father. Things don't turn out as planned, but under unfair circumstances that would make other children give up, Billy proves himself to be a steadfast example of the way hope elicits the power to carry on....
|Title||:||The Moon Children|
|Number of Pages||:||140 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Moon Children Reviews
Its summer vacation and two children are about to become friends. They are both eleven years old and live across the street from each other. Billy has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, can't read, and his father has just left the family. Billy does have a goal - to win a local talent contest in the park. Billy received a yoyo for his birthday and a book of 21 yoyo tricks. Not exactly what he wanted but he is making the best of things by practicing hard to learn the 21 tricks. At first Billy and his father decide to enter the talent contest. When his father leaves, Billy still hopes his father will come to the contest, but it is Billy who must figure out how to enter the contest, find a sponsor and deal with a bully. Natasha, Billy's neighbour, is a Romanian orphan adopted by a Canadian couple. Natasha keeps a moon journal in which she has hidden a secret. Even though Natasha won't speak to anyone, Billy learns to "listen" to her and helps her communicate with her parents. This book is about relationships and the difficulties a young boy with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder encounters as he tries to understand his world. It is a simple compassionate story with well-drawn characters and a well realized setting.
This book reminded me of one of my favorite middle grades novel, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. Mockingbird, a story about an autistic girl told from her point-of-view, provides a window into how someone who is different thinks. Moon Children is similar, except that the narrator of this book, Billy, was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, so he has not learned to read and sometimes has difficulty remembering things. He meets a Romanian girl who had grown up in a Romanian orphanage and was adopted by a wealthy American family. Billy and the girl form an unlikely friendship. I read Mockingbird aloud to my class this year and managed to not get emotional too much. But there are places in The Moon Children where I would probably not be able to continue reading.
This book was amazing. It’s about two neighbors/schoolmates who become great friends, and how they deal with their problems. Billy was born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorder, and so he struggles with typical day stuff; and Natasha is an adopted Romanian child who never speaks. I wouldn’t say that I really liked the characters, but the storyline was great. There’s this lingering feeling when you’re reading the book, like you want to put the book down, because you don’t want to know what’s going to happen next for you’re afraid of what’s coming, but you just can’t. For both of the children they just have so many feelings inside, but they can’t express them or let them go, but finally when they meet they can just let it go. They both live a difficult life, and how they come through is what really gets you into this book.
Interesting book about two young children, one with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and the other with a form of depression, they are able to understand each other and help each other. It was refreshing to read this book as it lets people know that even with a disability of any kind each person has a purpose in our world.
This book is very well-done. About a middle-grade reading level, I'd say. The main character, Billy, has FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) and his characterization was very good. The story is sweet and while it does fall into some of the usual tropes the characters are unique enough that it's not a bad thing.
Interesting friendship between a disabled boy and an oversees adopted girl. Not everything is resolved though but the ending is unexpected. Reviewed for the Dolly Gray Award.
Depicts sweet boy with fetal alcohol syndrome who helps adopted girl from Romania to cope.