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Over the Moon
Over protests from her family, sixteen-year-old Kate makes a difficult journey to see her beloved older sister, who ran away without explanation four years before.
Paperback, 201 pages
Published July 1st 1987 by Bantam Starfire
(first published 1986)
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I first read this book when I was in 6th or 7th grade...it was on sale through one of those Scholastic book orders. I've reread this book more than any other book I own and have sections of it memorized. It sits on my nightstand--even now--and when I don't have anything else to read, I just pick it up and open to any page and reread a little bit before I fall asleep. It's not a spectacular book, and certainly not a literary achievement, but there's something about the characters and the writing ...more
Perhaps I am rating this high because of nostalgia-factors, but I loved this book when I was in junior high school. It was always a bit amazing to me that a girl could just run away from home like that, and of course nowadays it is just unheard of, but the logistics of the trip are secondary to Kate's quest to find her sister, who has reached out to her after years of silence. A very sweet romance is thrown in there as well.
Sep 13, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
This author is best known for her Iris and Walter readers, but I adore this teen novel that she wrote in 1987. I think I got it from a Scholastic book order! Today you have to ignore its unbelievably cheesy cover. The story is simple and resonant, with some quiet but powerful truths about family ties. Certain images still float through my head, like the one about the sister having "a wild streak" in her. If I wrote a book, I'd hope it would be this good. I feel the same way about Missing May.
This book was okay but didn't take the direction I wanted it to go. I really liked Kate's journey towards Mattie. All the unexpected things that happened to her and meeting Max. It just fell short when she finally gets to Mattie. They don't really talk about anything. You would think they have alot to say to each other. We don't ever find out what happen with Dean, why she left etc. The ending was sad though, in a nice way.
This book surprised me. I picked it up for free at the library when they were getting rid of some children's/young adult books and ended up loving it. I adore the writing style and the simplicity of the story-telling. The point of view is spectacular. I ended up loving most of the characters. Hopefully I'll get to say more later as I dog-eared a number of the pages with material I liked. Definitely one of my favourites now.
I first read this book when I was about sixteen. I fell in love with the characters and the symbols of home and family. The descriptions of character and place greatly influenced my teenage self and I find I am still drawn to the same imagery in the novel that first captured my imagination. It's wonderful to re-read a novel as an adult and be reminded of those feelings of possibility and freedom, and realise that many of the dreams I had for myself at that age have since been fulfilled.
Jul 26, 2015 Tonya Coleman rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorites as a teenager. I parted with it and always regretted it. But found it for ten cents at a book sale and was so excited. I sat down and read it in an hour. Still a great read even though I'm older and somewhat wiser. It was still a cute and innocent story about first love and family with the ties that bind us.