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Northward to the Moon (My One Hundred Adventures #2)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  381 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
In this beautiful follow-up to the highly acclaimed My One Hundred Adventures, Jane and her family have moved to Canada . . . but not for long. When her stepfather, Ned, is fired from his job as a high school French teacher (seems he doesn’t speak French), the family packs up and Jane embarks on a series of new adventures. At first, she imagines her family as a gang of out ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Schwartz & Wade (first published January 1st 2010)
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Bobby Simic
Mar 27, 2010 Bobby Simic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something about Horvath's more dramatic books that I just love. Quirky, observant, sometimes acid-tongued, and always cerebral. There's a calming, hushed wisdom to her beautiful way with words, but she's also wickedly funny too(a scene with a magician's assistant had me laughing aloud on the subway train).

In this follow-up to 2008's "My One Hundred Adventures," (I had no idea it was a sequel when I started it by-the-way), we find Jane and her family moving from Saskatchewan after her ste
Mar 18, 2010 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I didn't know this was a sequel to "My One Hundred Adventures" when I picked it up. I did not care much for the first book. I found it a misstep from an otherwise reliable author (and before you raise the specter of "The Pepins and Their Problems", I liked that one, so there). "Northward to the Moon" resonated more with me. Jane's introspective streak is compelling, and it's always difficult to read about child characters who are called upon to stand in for the adults in their lives. I also felt ...more
May 08, 2010 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-girl, j-humorous
I normally love Polly Horvath's stories for their quirkiness but this one was too disjointed..where was the story going? I still loved the humor and the characters but when I recommend her, it will be for Everything on a Waffle or The trolls.
Jul 07, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this story. I didn't realize it was a sequel so I am listening to the first book now, however, the nice thing is that it can stand on its own without the first book. This book is the story of a unconventional families adventures, with the biggest message/moral being that sometimes people do things for which you may never know the reason, and what's more they may not really know or have a reason themselves, but you can't control them and you can't let the wondering control you ...more
Bonnie Stottlemyer
This was a 4 star book for me until the last line. What the heck?
Brenda Priebe
My second Polly Horvath book! My first, My One Hundred Adventures was a breath of fresh air. I have been a cozy mystery reader for sometime. I still enjoy them, but need something different. I love the main character Jayne. She reminds me of me that age. Worrying about things I probably shouldn't, and some what of an old soul at the same time. The mom seems like a artsy, pot head living in the moment. Although not stated, but heavily implied, she ( the mom) must have had her rounds of fun with d ...more
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Jane Lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her stepfather Ned, her mom , her sister and her two little brothers. If you look at a map, Saskatchewan is above Montana…right in the middle of land. Jane used to live in a beach house in Massachusetts, now she’s stuck in a crummy little house in the middle of the never-ending prairie. It’s dry and it doesn’t feel at all like home.

After living in Canada for a year Ned gets fired from his job teaching French at the local high school, the job that brought t
Apr 27, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes it is good to have things happen to you outside of your control. There are parts of yourself you would never discover otherwise."

Northward to the Moon, PP. 53-54

That quote encapsulates much of what Northward to the Moon is about. The plot is a series of almost random events coming together to make up the childhood of Jane and her three siblings, as life takes them on the kind of wild ride that could only happen in a story.

After the ending of My One Hundred Adventures, to which th
Mar 05, 2010 LauraW rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween, middle-grades
The best thing about this book is that I was able to read it in less than 24 hours. I still haven't quite figured out which books pique my interest enough so that I actually sit down and read them through and which books don't. It isn't always, or even usually, a matter of quality. Perhaps accessibility is a better idea.

This book was accessible, but in the end, it seems too rambling and unfocused to be at the top of my lists. There were some exquisite turns of phrases and insights into people,
Kristen Jorgensen
Polly Horvath wrote Northward to the Moon and I must say I was disappointed. I loved her other books Everything on a Waffle and The Trolls so I wanted to enjoy this one but it just didn't happen for me. I expected more from a previous Newbery winner. In fact this is one of those books where when I was done I wondered "what was all that about?" And it makes me wonder if I'm just not smart enough to "get it." This book just rubbed me the wrong way especially the very end. Nothing more annoying the ...more
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Reviewed by Rachel Seigel

Picking up one year after My One Hundred Adventures, author Polly Horvath revisits Jane Fielding and her family, now living in Saskatchewan, where her stepfather Ned is teaching French. When Ned gets fired from his job (for not actually knowing French), Jane’s imagination runs wild with all of the possibilities for adventure. She also senses Ned’s restlessness and sees him as a kindred spirit. The family leaves Saskatchewan and sets off on a quest that takes them from a
Aug 02, 2010 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fic
Maybe three and a half, even, just for the lovely, lovely description.

This book continues the story of Jane (My One Hundred Adventures) and her family. First they're in Canada and then they head south. Why? You'll have to read to find out.

Some Favorite Quotes
"Let me tell you something, Jane, everyone is responsible for his own education. You can't teach anyone who doesn't want to learn and you can't stop a person who does." (14)

"I regard it as being like reading a good fantasy novel without havi
Eva Mitnick
Dec 09, 2010 Eva Mitnick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This is the sequel to My One Hundred Adventures, which was one of my favorite books of 2008. Jane is now 13 years old or so, and is at the tail-end of a so-so year up in Canada, where her step-dad Ned has just been fired from his job as a French teacher (it took the school almost an entire school year to figure out that Ned can't speak any French) and in general, no one is very happy.

Therefore, it's excellent timing when Ned gets a phone call from some folks he knew for a brief time 20 years ago
Jane and her family high-tail it out of Saskatchewan after her step-father loses his job teaching French at the local school. They head out on the road, but along the way, they come across a bag full of money supposedly left for Ned by his long lost brother, John. Apparently, Ned's mom, Dorothy, has some knowledge of John's doings and they head out to Nevada to talk with her. When the family finally reaches Nevada at Ned's mother's ranch, they find that John's left their mother quite a tidy sum ...more
Sarah Sammis
I saw Northward to the Moon by Polly Horvath on the newly acquired shelf at my library. Before even realizing that it was the sequel to My One Hundred Adventures I realized I wanted to read it.

The book begins with the family being forced to move from Saskatchewan when the school Ned's teaching at figures out he doesn't know a word of French. They had moved the summer before when Jane's mother had married Ned but Jane isn't happy with her new life and is thrilled to be hopefully on the way back t
Monica Edinger
Feb 06, 2010 Monica Edinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I delighted in My One Hundred Adventures and so went into this sequel a bit wary. So far I don't think of Polly Horvath as staying with characters beyond one book. But here she is sticking with Jane, her unflappable-poet mother, her younger sister, and brothers. And, let me tell you, she makes it work. This book is definitely as good, if not better, than the first one.

Jane and her family have just spent a year in Canada and, as the book begins, are setting off on a road trip due to various circu
Jazlyn Unbedacht
This was just not an enjoyable read. Not much real conflict except right towards the end and an annoyingly abrupt ending. I understand that this is supposed to be a literary piece and maybe some would enjoy trying to find symbolism and the like in it, but I certainly didn't. I think it's possible to create a GOOD read AND a literary masterpiece. Just saying.
I loved Horvath's novel "Everything on a Waffle" and though this was a good story, it did not quite match up to what I was hoping. Jane's family dynamic was quite eclectic - not only does she not have a relationship with her biological father, she is unsure of who he is. Nor is she aware of the father of any of her siblings. At the beginning of the book, Ned, her stepfather, is fired from his job teaching French since it is discovered that he does not speak French. Her mother, a poet, seems cons ...more
Carol Anne Shaw
Beautiful writing. Haunting imagery. Well-developed characters. Fabulous storyline. But...the last sentence? Wha...???? I feel as though I were out riding my bicycle down a gorgeous moonlit road; feeling like poetry in motion, and then someone suddenly stuck a big ugly stick in the spokes of my front wheel. Maybe it's just me, but I honestly don't know what to think.

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Jane is ready for her whole family to hit the road - and their choice will lead them to many adventures with relatives and strangers alike. This book is told through the eyes of Jane. She wants an adventure, but it turns into a family reunion for Ned, her stepfather. When Ned gets a bag of money left from his brother they are off to find him, but can't so they head to Ned's mothers place. Ned's mother falls off a horse and is bed ridden, so Ned calls his sisters to come help. This turns into a f ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-picture
Fabulous!! Polly Horvath has a rare seamless way with simile. So many people use their simile like a sledgehammer--hey, look at me! I just made a simile! Isn't that clever? Not Horvath. Her writing is insightful, tender, and pure. The story is sweet and illuminating. The characters are believable and lovable.

Favorite quote: Most things we think other people do that are bad are merely inconvenient for us. Most people we think are bad have just not acted in a way that was convenient for us. We as
"The first one to arrive is Maureen. She is fat and a lot older than Ned, I think. She looks to be at least fifty and her face hangs in pleasant jowls. She has a farm in Ontario that she shared with her husband for years before he died of a heart attack. She shows us a picture of the two of them standing on their front porch together. He is hugely fat and jolly-looking. I think running her farm alone, the lone fat soul on all those acres of corn, must be very sad for her." Pg. 130 in the hardbac ...more
While I was surprised that Horvath returned to these characters, I am delighted that she has. What a family--with Jane the glue holding the story together. She resents having more responsibility for 8-year-old Maya, while at the same time she worries about her sister's mental health. She loves being an "outlaw" with Ned, but then comes to realize he's looking to get out of places & adventures while she's looking to get in. This is just one of her many coming-of-age realizations.
Horvath's won
Molly Magro
Apr 14, 2010 Molly Magro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-school
Excited to be reading this! Had my dad look at the book cover and he pretty much immediately said "this is such a badly drawn car." upon closer examination, he is of course right. i love that they're using artwork on the jacket, just wish it was better.

This was wonderfully satisfying except for the cliffhanger at the end!! What beautiful worlds Horvath creates in her writing, and what likable characters. I love the relationship between Jane and her (step?)father, Ned, and the true-to-life irrita
Dec 02, 2009 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe better than My One Hundred Adventures. I love the complexity of Jane's inner life. I like her awareness of herself, and the world around her. I like the landscape of this book, the meditative quality of the inner and the outer worlds. I like the lesson of letting people be who they are.

People often seem to find fault in the emotional/lyrical maturity of Horvath's writing, but I find it challenging and poetic and exciting.

In a world where we suspend disbelief about the existence of vampire
Angela Kidd Shinozaki
This is the sequel to My One Hundred Adventures. I have to admit, it didn't quite live up to the first one, but sequels almost never do. Look for moon imagery throughout. As well as the idea of what it means to be part of a family and to make sacrifices. I found the mother character just a bit too lackadaisical, especially toward her daughter Maya. But the portrayal was honest. I think the second half of the book really picks up and is more reminiscent of the charm of the first book as we are fi ...more
Amy Smith
This sequel to My One Hundred Adventures begins after Jane and her poet mother and her three little siblings and their new father Ned are about to leave Saskatchewan. Ned's job teaching French falls apart, despite his excellent teaching skills, when it becomes clear to the school board that he cannot in fact speak French.

But it's okay, there's an adventure calling Jane –– one that includes running out of gas, finding a bag full of cash, avoiding wolves, meeting Ned's long-lost family, and tryin
Jan 23, 2016 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters are great, the setting vivid, but the plot line was very meandering. I loved Jane's character but there was so many extra details that I found the book tiresome.
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Polly Horvath is the author of many books for young people, including Everything on a Waffle, The Pepins and Their Problems, The Canning Season and The Trolls. Her numerous awards include the Newbery Honor, the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature, the Mr. Christie Award, the international White Raven ...more
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