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Night of the Purple Moon (The Toucan Trilogy #1)

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Abby, 13, is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. She must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her--adolescence.

Colony East, book 2 of the trilogy is available at all major online book retailers.
Paperback, 186 pages
Published May 28th 2012 by Train Renoir Publishing (first published March 25th 2012)
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Melissa (ladybug)
Aug 29, 2013 Melissa (ladybug) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dystopian readers, YA readers
Abby like everyone else on Earth is looking forward to seeing the comet. It will turn the light from the moon purple and the Sunsets/Sunrises would be exceptional. One problem though. The "Space Dust" that is left on the Earth killed everyone who wasn't quarantined (such as Scientists) and children who haven't reached adolescence. Abby and her brother Jordan are left to try and take care of Lisette aka Toucan. Time is running out because when children reach Adolescence they become sick and die....more
Valentina
This is definitely the type of book that I enjoy reading. It has a post-apocalyptic setting that is wholly unique and completely frightening.
Something that really caught my attention from the beginning was the stark writing style the author has. It goes straight to the point, giving the story a good sense of urgency that really helps to set the right mood. This doesn’t mean that the story is lacking in imagination in any way. On the contrary, the plot is fun and different enough to stand out fr...more
Sarika Patkotwar
Night of the Purple Moon was a brilliant read.
Life on Castine Island was absolutely normal, until the night of the purple moon. The space dust killed all the adults on the planet, save for some scientists living in quarantine. The situation leaves kids alone to take care of themselves. The lives of all children on the verge on puberty are in danger as they will be the next victims of the purple moon.
Abby, Jordan and Toucan of the Leigh family take the initiative and bring together all kids of Ca...more
E.A.
I like the cover of this book a great deal. It's disturbing and inviting at the same time while clearly defining its young adult audience.

The premise of the novel (and the series to follow) is solid and interesting - a space borne disease that creates a sudden planet of child only survivors with death perched at puberty's dividing line. Nice! It also featured a strong and admirable female main character. All good things and with a reasonably well thought out plot. The execution, however, as far...more
John Podlaski
I don't normally read dystopia genre books, but with all the free giveaways on Amazon, there is no risk in trying something new. I was pleasantly surprised by "Night of the Purple Moon". The author, Scott Cramer, does a wonderful job in developing his characters in the story - sometimes making it difficult for the reader to comprehend that these are all prepubescent youngsters trying to survive without adults. The kids are not at risk of turning into zombies, but they must eat, find shelter and...more
Angie
Night of the Purple Moon is a very pleasant surprise. I love the idea of seeing a comet, and then having purple sunsets and moons for the weeks following. Of course, not if it would kill me and all of the other adults and older teens in the world! Which is exactly what happens in the novel. Excitement and wonder over the breathtaking sky turned into fear and the struggle to survive in just a matter of hours. The kids of Castine Island must come together and work together in order to ensure their...more
Cheryl Landmark
This was a wonderfully intense, gripping, wholly engrossing dystopian story of children trying to survive in a nightmarish world where all the adults around them have died and they must rely on their own strengths and courage to carry on living. It was heartbreaking, sad and horrific to see them struggling in the new brutal world that was thrust upon them by the germ-bearing comet, but, at the same time, there were amazing examples of bravery, compassion, determination and love.

The characters we...more
Lucinda
A breathtaking imaginative fantasy story that is simply sensational and a scintillating read!

I was delighted to have the opportunity of reading Scott Cramer’s The Toucan Trilogy, as it sounded like something new and exciting. I am delighted to say that book 1 exceeded all expectations as I plunged into a phenomenal storyline filled with originality, creative flair and out-of-this-world imaginative ideas. As a young adult novel I would recommend this for those 13 years upwards to 15/ 16, as the...more
Celine Garcia
After reading this book I am just speechless. I was contacted by author Scott Cramer and was intrigued by his dystopian storyline. Usually books of the dystopian genre consist of a world that has aged after a worldly disaster. In Night of the Purple Moon you read what happens the very next day. I was put into a world where no adult survives an epidemic that comes forth in a blink of an eye, and was emotionally vested in these children who had to learn to survive. You are taken through this journ...more
Rebecca
What to say about this book? I found it stupid, predictable and boring, gosh was it ever boring. Let me explain. The book is about a girl named Abby (grade 7) her little brother Jordan (grade 6) her baby sister Toucan and their next door neighbors Kevin (grade 7) and Emily (grade 6). All the adults die world wide after a meteor goes through the earth's atmosphere and turns the moon purple. The book changes P.O.V's constantly (Abby, Jordan, Kevin, and Emily), then if that's not bad enough the aut...more
Dale
This was a good surprise because you never know what you're going to get with a book suggested by amazon.

Earth passed through the tail of a comet which causes a weird purple fog to form during the days afterward. What happens to the people exposed to this is baffling, but it seems to affect adults only. Abby leads her friends to try and find a cure, but puberty is just around the corner for some.
Jennifer
So....I think there are two things that do this book a disservice before you even delve into it. Firstly, someone went to town with Photoshop on the girl's face on the cover (eyes much?) and also I think anything called the "Toucan Trilogy" sorts of gets off on the wrong foot. Because I know when I think YA Sci-fi I think of the mighty.....Toucan. Actually Toucan just makes me think of Toucan Sam Froot Loops and nothing post-apocalyptic at all.

You find out pretty soon that Toucan is the nicknam...more
Jim From YAYeahYeah
(I was given an electronic copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.)

Virtually everyone on Earth is looking forward to seeing the purple moon they’ve been promised for months. The planet will pass through the tail of a comet, creating weeks of colourful sunsets and sunrises for them to enjoy. What they’re not expecting, though, is the space dust which has a devastating effect, killing off older teens and adults in just hours. Abby Leigh, her brother Jordan, and th...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to give a huge Thank You to Scott for allowing me to read and review his book. I have to say I really have not read to many dystopian books but I really enjoyed this one.

The night of the purple moon is fast approaching and things will never be the same. Everyone is talking about it and the scientists have even predicted it will be bad. The night of the purple moon comes and kills all the adults except for the scientists who live in quarantine.Then Jordan and two other friends...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I won this book from librarything member giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer is about a group of kids that find themselves in the middle of an epidemic that has killed off most of the adult population. The story is mainly about how the kids deal with this situation and band together for survival.

I've been reading a lot of post-apocalyptic novels recently, and when done right, they can be really compelling. One thing I always look for is that the s...more
Waterfall *Daughter of Northridge Earthquake*
I actually liked this book. I'm quite sad it's a series and I'm unable to finish it right now. It's probably not my favourite book, and most definitely didn't leave me speechless, but I'd probably read it again if I came across it a few years down the road.

This book had nice character development and the perfect amount of depressing. However it was kind of strange how adult the kids immediately became; twelve year olds knew how to drive without a single mention of any sort of difficulty, even th...more
sh(e)reader
** Free download on Amazon April2013 **

First I have to ask, who else thinks that the one cover here is SO similar to the movie cover for "The Color Purple" (maybe too much so, as other covers have been introduced)?

While a comet spreading germs that kill anyone who has passed through puberty isn't exactly "normal", I didn't consider this a paranormal read in any way. Everything presented was pretty realistic/scientific (within a fiction realm). I don't know that I really even consider it dystopi...more
Jen Blackham
... when I was a teen, I read a book called "The Girl Who Owned a City" the premise being a virus wipes out everyone over the age of 13, and how the remaining children survive. Reading it as a 13 year old girl, it was compelling, imagining how I would cope in such a horrific situation. I wondered how this book would compare, with an almost identical start to the storyline. Reading this as an adult, instead of imagining myself in the book, I wondered how my boys would deal with it. There was the...more
Captivated
Night of the Purple Moon was quite the surprise for me. Don't get me wrong, just from reading the premise, I figured I would enjoy this book. But, I had absolutely no idea that it would produce the emotional response that it did.

The book starts out normal enough, with 13-year-old, Abby, her 12-year-old brother, Jordan, and her two-year old sister, Toucan. They have just moved to Castine Island with their father while their mother holds a job back in their old hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
The world is full of excitement as the astronomers have predicted that the Earth will pass through the tail of a comet and turn the moon purple. It becomes an event that families have been planning weeks for. But who would predict that the fumes from the space dust would have a tragic effect on all adults, death.

When Abby wakes up to the sound of a car accident out on the street, she notices the weird dust that has consumed the air outside. Their parents have gone missing and the neighbor has c...more
Monica
Night of the Purple Moon is a great read for dystopia and YA fans! Being a huge fan myself, I have to say that this book is one of my top favorites, and I have read TONS of dystopia books. I was offered this book from the author himself and I’m glad that I got the chance to review It because this one was a real page turner.

It’s the night of the purple moon—when Earth enters the comet’s tail, and astronomers predict weeks of colorful sunsets and sunrises, and best of all—a purple moon. The whole...more
Brian
This was a very enjoyable book. The characters were well fleshed out and immediately likable and easy to relate to. The story, while not completely original in premise, definitely had unique elements. Sometimes the author's writing style came across as simplistic, but it was still effective in getting the story across and keeping things moving along. I also think the way the characters behave and interact and express feelings will hit home with a YA audience.

While reading the book I had the impr...more
Katie
Title: Night of the Purple Moon

Author: Scott Cramer

Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Science Fiction

Length: 188 pages

Reviewer: Katie French


THE RUNDOWN

Just like everyone on her small island town, seventh grader Abby Leigh is looking forward to the purple moon, an event caused by the earth being swallowed by a comet's tale. They watch the purple hues filter into the night sky, yawn and go to bed. It is when she awakens that she realizes what has become of the world as she knew it.

Pounding on her do...more
Crystal
First thoughts
The synopsis was so good. The plot was so unique and even though I had no free time really I couldn’t pass it up. This needs to be a movie! Scott Cramer did an amazing with this book and I am sooo glad I accepted the request to review it!

My thoughts
I really enjoyed this book! It was so unique and unlike any other book that I’ve read, especially for a post-apocalyptic book. Night of the purple had me from the very beginning! I loved that I didn’t have to wait long before the story t...more
Autumn
I recieved this book from the author give an honest review.

Night of the Purple Moon was not what I was expecting it to be.
I was amazed on how the plot came together, and how the characters were written.

Imagined waking up one day and watching a comet and knowing that space dust would cover things, but what happens next is not what you expected. You and all other kids under the puberty age are the only survivors, all adults are dead. How would you survive?

Night of the Purple Moon takes you into t...more
Nadège Richards
As the dystopian genre has crept slowly into my heart and made a home there, I've earned myself a deeper understanding of originality and creativity. It absolutely astonishes me to see the many ways our mind can bend around a story, creating it, effortlessly, so that the tale itself is truth. When I think about it, to what extent will we go? Is there no end to creativity? Well, Mr. Scott Cramer himself has resolved my inner waging war. Night of the Purple Moon was unique—for a crowded genre this...more
Aeicha
THREE WORDS: Gripping. Palpable. Well-Developed

MY REVIEW: There is no shortage of dystopian novels available today, but Scott Cramer’s Night of the Purple Moon is unique in that its main characters are middle school age teens and tweens. But don’t think that just because the characters in this book are young that the story lacks suspense, powerful emotions or intense experiences. It doesn’t lack these things at all!

Life for Abby and her family on Castine Island is seemingly normal, until the nig...more
Jill Elizabeth
My review copy of Night of the Purple Moon was graciously provided by the author, Scott Cramer.

The purple moon is a fabulous construct – and one I had to google to determine whether or not it did, in fact, exist (it appears it does not in science – although there are a startling number of things with the name “purple moon”, as you can see here if you are interested – and too lazy, I’m sorry, I mean BUSY, to run your own Google search. Teehee.). Scott Cramer’s purple moon is a phenomenon caused b...more
Angela
Kindle Version (free via author for honest review)


Abby, Jordan, Toucan, and their Dad all live on a little island off the coast of Maine. Abby's Mom is still living in their old hometown until she can find a job on the island and can move. Abby hates the small island and would love nothing more than to move back to where they came from, but that doesn't look like it will happen. Abby comes to hate the island even more the night of the purple moon phenominon. Her brother, Jordan, and her watched...more
Lee (Rally the Readers)
* A copy was provided by the author for review.

Also posted on Rally The Readers.

Night of the Purple Moon is a harrowing dystopian novel that is both inspiring and heartbreaking. It’s hard to imagine waking up the morning after watching a comet streak through the sky and finding out that all of the adults have died. This is exactly what happens to Abby Leigh and her siblings, twelve-year-old Jordan and two-year-old Toucan (real name: Lisette), though, and the ensuing story of survival kept me glu...more
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Scott Cramer has written feature articles for national magazines, published poetry, optioned a screenplay, and worked in high-tech communications. The Toucan Trilogy --Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East, and Generation M-- are his first novels. Scott and his wife have two daughters and reside outside Lowell, Massachusetts.

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