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How High the Moon

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,005 ratings  ·  187 reviews
In this tender novel set in 1955 Mill Town, Wisconsin, Sandra Kring explores the complicated bond between mothers and daughters, the pressure to conform, and the meaning of friendship and family.

Ten-year-old Isabella “Teaspoon” Marlene has been a handful ever since her mother, Catty, dumped her with an old boyfriend and ran off to Hollywood. Teaspoon fights, fibs, never st
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2010)
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Even a less than great Sandra Kring book is still sweet and engaging, but this somehow missed the mark for me. The now-required element of a precocious little girl starts out charming and then begins to wear. Many of the characters are caricatures, and I couldn't help but start to worry that Teaspoon's naivete had strained credibility to the point of her seeming dim. OK if you want something cute, but be prepared for manufactured melodrama.
Cori (LovesMM)
I won this book through Goodreads First Read Giveaway.

The book is set in 1955 where the narrator is a 10 year old girl whos 'ma' left to achive her dream of being a Hollywood actress. Teaspoon is left with the boyfriend for 5 years where she suffers come 'afflictions' and joins a group called the Sunshine Sisters where she hopes to learn how to be 'respectable' by Brenda, her Big Sister.

The book was cute in its own way. Teaspoon was a little bundle of energy that you could feel radiating through
It's 1955 in Milltown, Wisconsin, where ten year old Isabella "Teaspoon" Marlene lives. She is a sweet but outspoken little girl, who misses her mother and wonders when she will be coming home. Teaspoon's mother left her with her boyfriend Teddy, telling her that she had "dreams to chase", and she then took off for a career in Hollywood.

Teddy is man who care deeply for Teaspoon. She tells people, "Teddy is the boyfriend Ma left me with", but "Teddy is as good as Jesus". Poor Teddy has his work
How High the Moon is told through the eyes of the precocious 10-year old, Isabella "Teaspoon" Marlene, in small town Wisconsin 1955. Right from the get-go, she is both annoying and endearing at the same time, but you can't help but fall in love with her. Abandoned by her ma (in search for her Hollywood dream), Teaspoon is left with ma's boyfriend, Teddy. Teaspoon is a handful - cussing, fighting and fearless. The incessant talking alone would break even the most patient; but not Teddy, a kind so ...more
How High the Moon: A Novel, by Sandra Kring, was the first book I received from Goodreads' First Reads. Initially, when I started to read the book, and became aware that the story is told from a 10 year old's point of view, I was somewhat skeptical; adult authors generally have trouble portraying the vocabulary, mannerisms, and observations of youngsters, either expressing them too simplistically or with too much of an adult view, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Ms. Kring captured perfectl ...more
I won this in the first-reads giveaway - my first ever ARC, I felt so special :)

Unfortunately I wasn't blown away by the book, though I did enjoy it in the moment. It was entertaining, but extremely predictable and didn't break any new ground. I see this as one of those YA books that teens will love, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to adult readers, because the story has been done before, and better.

Teaspoon was an engaging narrator, though, and it was fun to see the world through her s
Shannon Arehart
Would give 3.5 stars if I could. This book had several things I typically find annoying in a book - a precocious child. Several characters with extraordinary talent or luck and HUGE coincidences. Sometimes an author throws all of that in a book and I feel like it becomes so unrealistic it's unenjoyable. Sometimes they throw it all in and it ends up being a sweet book with some fun characters and nice messages. Fortunately for me, this time the precocious kid + wild coincidences + gifted cast of ...more
Susan Becraft
An engrossing story filled with lovable characters

The irrepressible Isabelle (Teaspoon) Marlene kept me awake all night. I immediately fell in love with her. A ten-year-old tomboy abandoned by her mother, Teaspoon lived with Teddy, her mother's boyfriend. Teaspoon could talk the spots off a leopard, lived a hardscrabble life, but never complained.

As part of a school project, Teaspoon acquired a Big Sunshine Sister, the most popular girl in high school. Neither girl was happy about the arrangemen
Wonderful book with colorful characters. My heart hurt for this little girl and I cheered for the people who helped her to become her best self! I know so many children who have experienced what she did and love the way Ms. Kring describes their stories! Thank you for another beautiful book, I look forward to the next one......
Set in 1955, Wisconsin, I thought this book would be one I'd get lost in but of the Kring books I've read so far, this one took me the longest to get into. I just wasn't feeling the characters at first.
Isabella, who has been called Teaspoon most of her life, is a feisty child who hasn't been disciplined. If she doesn't want to be held back a grade, she must join the Sunshine Sisters and learn to be respectable and get rid of some of her inflictions. Teaspoon tells it like it is, but she doesn't
This tender tale set in 1955 was just a smidge off the mark initially for me--I had some difficulty with the character development. But just wait for it.. wait for it... BAM! Ms Kring sets the hook and we're off for another satisfying story! The main character is "Teaspoon" who is as annoying as she is endearing. Honestly, bouncing between her incessant jibberjabber and insightful observations was at times a wild ride! This is a funny, tender & captivating story and deserving of your time &a ...more
Rori Rischak
I just finished the book, and I'm rather overwhelmed right now (my nose is a little runny from crying just a tiny bit towards the end). Let me just say this: Sandra Kring just may be my favorite author. If not, she's definitely in the top five. I've read three books by her, and I've rated every single one five stars. (And my average book rating is something like a 3.1).

You can tell just from the book synopsis that this book deals with some heavy material. Ten-year-old Teaspoon's mom abandoned he
Morgan F
I was really excited when I won this book on Firstreads because it looked absolutely adorable.

Living in a small town in 1955, 10-yr-old Teaspoon sometimes seems larger than life. She fights, fibs, talks too much, and has a passion for singing. But Teaspoon wants to change in order to be "respectable" for Teddy, the boyfriend that her mom abandoned her with 5 years ago. So Teaspoon joins the Sunshine Sisters, a mentoring program, and her Big Sister is none other than Brenda Bloom, the daughter t
Erica (daydreamer)
I won this book in Goodreads first reads. It was a really cute book about a little girl named Teaspoon. She’s so funny, she just rambles on and on about whatever happens to cross her mind, doesn’t seem to even take a breath, but then she always gets back to the point, and sometimes helps people see things without even knowing. She’s energetic and blunt, always telling people exactly what she thinks. She’s like a jack in the box, wound up, all that pent up energy strung inside her, and then she b ...more
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Sep 02, 2014 Book Sp(l)ot rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Whistling Past the Graveyard -- Teaspoon and Starla have similar characteristics
(This book was received as from Goodreads First Reads)

How High the Moon is about a little girl so lovable, so endearing right from the word go, that you think there has to be some fault to the book given that a large part of why 'Teaspoon' is how she is, is because she's been abandoned by her mother. But, of course, little girls aren't left by their mothers through any fault of their own and that's why How High the Moon is so brilliant--and why Teaspoon is so brilliant.

Ten-year-old Isabella 'Tea
This was a real gem of a book. Told from the perspective of a ten year old girl (nicknamed Teaspoon) growing up in 1955 Wisconsin, it was sweet, funny and refreshing. The characters were wonderful and felt so real, I got very invested in what happened to them and found the book hard to put down. There were many thought provoking themes to the book, such as following your heart, the trouble with conformity, and what makes a real family....its not always conventional. I wish I could really step in ...more
I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun read. I really liked the characters: Teaspoon, a spunky 10 year old, Charlie, Teaspoon's 8 year old sidekick, Brenda, Teaspoon's "big sister," and Teddy, Teaspoon's mother's live-in boyfriend. All of the characters, especially Teaspoon, are colorful and interesting, and really jump off the pages. The plot itself is good - not many huge twists or big surprises, but still not entirely predictable. The book is written from Teaspoon's perspective, which is de ...more
The best word I can think of to describe this book is "sweet." Teaspoon is the main character (her real name is Isabella, but everyone calls her Teaspoon), and after being toted around by her mother, she is left with her mother's boyfriend, Teddy. No one knows for sure where her mother is, or when she might be back, but Teddy, bless his heart, steps into the role of caregiver without a second thought. Sweet. Here is a passage that I really liked: Teaspoon had a wiggly tooth, and when she complai ...more
We see a cast of characters, in a neighborhood, through the eyes of Isabella/Teaspoon (doesn't look like she could hold more than a teaspoon of air in her small frame) during the 1950s. This lovely story paints the picture of an innocent time that held the same struggles we have now--deciphering relationships, making friendships, having a class system, making ends meet. The central plot point is that Isabella is matched up with a Big Sister in her community, Brenda. Brenda may be wealthy but she ...more
Please note: I received an ARC of this book through the First Reads program. The book itself is scheduled for publication 4/27.

I don't necessarily read a lot of general fiction, not because I don't like it, but because as a genre it just seems so broad. When a book could be about anything, how do you pick one you'll like? That said, I'm a real character person, and if the characterization is strong enough, I can like a book on practically any subject, even if my brain has to stay in the present
This is a review of an ARC, won on "first reads" (giveaways).

Set in the 1950s, this is the story of Isabella, a.k.a. "Teaspoon," and the summer following her fifth grade year. Upon reading the initial description of the book, I couldn't tell if it was a book geared towards teens or adults. Even reading the novel, it wasn't clear as to whom the audience was.

The first two chapters read smoothly, but the rest of the novel didn't pick up pace until 100 pages in, literally the page where Teaspoon be
Ann Schwarz
"How High the Moon" is set in the 1950's in small town America. I loved Teaspoon the narrator and main character of this story. The things she says and discusses with her friend Charlie are hilarious and made me laugh out loud. For the most part it wasn't full of any major surprises, though I was surprised by one thread involving Teddy, Teaspoon's guardian of sorts in the story. It was a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a heart-warming story about a little girl just trying ...more
I won this on first reads. :3

I liked this book, it was definitely cute. It is told in the perspective of mischievous 10 year-old Teaspoon, who is living with her mother's ex-boyfriend Teddy. She gets in trouble all the time, and wants to get respectable by curing he afflictions. Afflictions being cussing, getting in fights, and not listening to Teddy. So she decides that she needs to join the Sunshine sisters, and mentoring program for young girls, to get this done.

I enjoyed reading everything
I have read all of Sandra Kring's novels and not been disappointed by a single one. Once again, she delivers a charming, heart-warming story set in 1955 in How High the Moon. This novel tells the tale of Isabella, aka, Teaspoon, who was left with her mother's boyfriend five years ago when she went off to find her dream of becoming a movie star. Teaspoon is a little rough around the edges and is forced to join a big sister group. Her big sister turns out to be the most popular girl in town, Brend ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Katrina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Krings Work
Shelves: adult, fiction, girl-read
Generally being the "good girl" growing up, Teaspoon's incessant talking and singing bothered me. Think Dennis the Menace. Her naïveté was refreshing at times and humorous at others (“taxi cab ladies?”…yeah). I thought Kring did a decent job of telling this tale through an 11-year-old’s eyes, though there were moments when Teaspoon’s statements were just a little too enlightened or irritating (if I never hear the words "affliction" again, I will die happy). And the plot was pretty predictable, w ...more
Maggie Bryan
Sandra Kring writes books that are great "pick-me-ups". This book is no exception. How High the Moon is told in the first person by a great heroine, Teaspoon. Teaspoon is living with her mother's boyfriend in 1955 Mill Town after her mother dumped her to follow her dreams. It would be possible for Teaspoon to feel abandoned and unwanted but Teddy, her mom's boyfriend, is more than capable of rising to the challenge of making Teaspoon feel wanted. There are other characters who are suffering fro ...more
Ten-year-old Isabella “Teaspoon” either fibs by referring to Teddy as her uncle or makes her 1950s schoolteachers all "twitchy" by telling the truth: he was her mother's boyfriend until her mother took off 5 years ago with Teddy's car and a dream of becoming a famous actress.

When Teaspoon and the town's beauty queen become partners in a mentoring program, the two will learn a lot more than "refinement" from each other, they will learn about being true to yourself and following your heart.

The au
Lynn Meinders
I really loved this book. It is populated with strong, interesting and pretty unforgettable characters. It's difficult to choose a favorite character because they all carry such solid and real descriptions and personalities, but I would have to profess a particular love for the main character, Teaspoon. She is a young girl with "afflictions," including cussing and over-talking, and to me, she is the kind of girl who would innocently infuse your life with energy. The story takes place basically o ...more
This was the first book I received through the Firstreads, and was excited about reading it.

The book, written from the perspective of a ten year old girl, was, honestly, annoying at first. She talked alot, and though I know that kids do this, it was not enjoyable for me to read! I was glad that as the book went on, the main character was better about not talking so much! I really did enjoy the book as a whole, though it took a little while for me to stay interested, by the middle of the book, I
At first, I wasn't sure I was going to buy into the main character; a precocious, sassy, high-spirited 11 year-old named Isabella Marlene, more commonly called "Teaspoon". It didn't take me long, though, to get drawn in!

Teaspoon's mother left her at the age of 5 with Teddy, who had been her mother's boyfriend. Teddy does his best to do right by Teaspoon, and encourages her to become a better person. I loved how she went from a devil-may-care punk to trying to become a more refined young lady, t
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