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The Moon Coin

(Moon Realm #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  89 reviews
A childhood full of impossible tales, a mysterious coin, nine moons.

Lily can't remember exactly when she stopped believing in Uncle Ebb's curious tales of the Moon Realm. But now that he's missing, Lily's discovering that, sometimes, a bedtime tale is more than just a story.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 20th 2012 by Gibbering Gnome Press (first published August 2011)
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Richard Due
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
It read JUST like something I would write! It was CRAZY UNCANNY!!! Then, I saw the author's name and I thought: WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF THAT! I mean . . . oh, wait.

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Mia Searles (The Muses Circle)
The Moon Coin by Richard Due is a gem of a children's fantasy novel that I'm, quite frankly, surprised hasn't been picked up by a major publishing company. Then again, isn't that how most great books start out? The first in an upcoming series, the story is centered around 2 children, Lily and Jasper, who receive nightly visits from their Uncle Ebb, which usually results in presents and tales about The Moon Realm. When their beloved Uncle goes missing, the children decide to investigate by snoopi ...more
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH MY GOSH! What an amazing book! The worlds' (moons) of the Moon Realm come to life for us! At first I was a little confused by all the names, but shortly after arriving in Barreth, the names were like second nature to me. The illustrations by Carolyn Arcabascio were just amazing. I read the book on my Kindle, but soon switched to the Kindle app on my Ipad to see the illustrations in color. They truly add to Mr. Due's wonderful story, or is it a tale?
This is one book that will surely be made in
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not usually read or review books intended for children or from the fantasy genre, but I made an exception for this one when the author approached me as it sounded intriguing and it is illustrated. In fact the illustrations by Carolyn Arcabascio are absolutely beautiful even viewed on the Kindle, I guess this is a taste of how story book reading aloud to children of future generations may well be. With no children or grandchildren to test my theories on I think that this illustrated fantasy ...more
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In spite of the fact that I am older than the target age for this novel, I adored it. The settings and characters are intriguing and beautifully described, the characters worm their way into your heart, and the mystery of it all grabs you and insists that you hang around to see it unravel. At a certain point, I found that I simply could not stop reading. In fact, on my first read (yes, I've already read it more than once!) I only stopped when my eyes were burning with exhaustion and the words we ...more
Jen  (In the Closet With a Bibliophile)
Original review published: In the Closet With a Bibliophile

Adventurous and fantastically action packed, Richard Due's The Moon Coin is a story that reminds us of what it's like to be young and that there is so much more to the world than we can sometimes imagine. With nine moons, talking creatures and a traveling coin, we enter the world of The Moon Coin, a story that takes us to the far reaches of ingenuity and excitement, eliciting all the emotions of learning, growing, experiencing and realiz
Nov 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a YA fantasy for a long time. My comeback to this genre is, gratefully, a pleasant experience because of The Moon Coin by Richard Due.

The Moon Coin is a cleverly crafted story of another world linked to our reality, which could most likely be possible due to Due’s masterful storytelling. This vibrant other world, the Moon Realm, starts out as a mere story for Lily and Jasper told by their Uncle Ebb. Nine years after the story is told to them, Uncle Ebb is missing. Lily and Jasper
Book Synopsis

Gibbering Gnome Press Presents a Tale of Epic Fantasy

"Are you going to tell us a story, Uncle?" asked Jasper.

"No. Not tonight, I think." Jasper's small shoulders slumped. "But if you think you're up to keeping another secret, I might be willing to tell you a tale."

"There's a difference?" asked Lily.

"Oh, yes, yes, yes. You see, a story can be made up as easily as you please, or not. But a tale, now that's a moon of a different color. A tale is an account of things in their du
Tara Calaby
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, war, review-copy
The Moon Coin is a fantasy novel for junior to young adult readers. It boasts a richly envisioned and detailed universe and a strong plot that perfectly complements the novel's genre and setting. Although Richard Due's Moon Realm debut is long for the middle grade market, the fast moving action found in the latter three quarters of the novel should ensure that younger readers remain engaged despite its length.

In fact, one of the things I particularly enjoyed about The Moon Coin was the way that
Cassie McCown
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Moon Coin
By: Richard Due
ISBN: 9780983886723
Published August 25, 2011 by Gibbering Gnome Press, A Division of Ingenious Inventions Run Amok, Ink
Available Format: ebook

My Rating: ★★★★★

Lily and Jasper’s Uncle Ebb is full of mystery and fabulously imaginative tales—uh, stories packed with dragons, merfolk, giants, and faeries. But, it is all just fun and bedtime stories, or so they believe. When Uncle Ebb vanishes, Lily and Jasper stumble upon something much more powerful than they could have im
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What first struck me about The Moon Coin above all else, was the illustrations. Even before I read the synopsis, even before I tried the first page, I fell in love with the hand drawn illustrations. Call me old fashioned, but I really miss the days when all illustrations looked like these. Computers are a fantastic invention (without them this ebook wouldn't exist) but I sure do miss the gorgeous fruits of someone talented's labor. Carolyn Arcabascio's illustrations really bring the story to lif ...more
Sher A. Hart
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
I found The Moon Coin free on Amazon and downloaded it because the reviews sounded so good. Too often indie books with a few glowing reviews are disappointing, full of errors and bad writing, so I read a couple of chapters to give them a fair chance and then put them down permanently. Not so with The Moon Coin. It was awesome!

Start with one eccentric uncle who loves to tell tales and make toys that look and act like their fairy tale counterparts. Add in a brother and sister who eventually outgr
Sharon Tyler
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Moon Coin, written by Richard Due and illustrated by Carolyn Arcabascio, is the first book in The Moon Realm Series. It is a children's fantasy novel appropriate for ages nine and older. Lily and Jasper are smart and talented children, and their Uncle Ebb is counting on it. He spends his visits giving them gifts and telling them tales about the Moon Realm, a wonderful world full of magic and amazing creatures. the pair fully believe Uncle Ebb's tales and his tinkering, creating wonderful thi ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Moon Coin is an awesome middle-grade fantasy. I've never read Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events, or any middle-grade fantasy, really (except for The Ear, The Eye, and the Arm, which I don't even really remember), but when I was reading The Moon Coin, I just kept thinking that it's probably on par with the Series of Unfortunate Events. Maybe it's weird to make that association, when I've never read the Lemony Snicket books, but there you have it.

The Moon Coin is engaging from begi
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
Let me start out by saying, I loved the illustrations in this novel. Growing up, I used to love to stare at the illustrations in books...and these were top-notch. So props to Carolyn Arcabascio. She is certainly talented. You don't see illustrations like these every day. Just look at the cover art again and you'll see what I mean.

Richard Due's tale follows the adventures of Lily and Jasper Winter. I loved these characters. Due has crafted an imaginative, entrancing tale that middle grade readers
Allizabeth Collins

If I ever have kids, this will be one of their bedtime stories! Even though this book is labeled for the middle-grade age group, I know that it can be enjoyed by all ages! As I was reading, I was mentally projecting a film version in my head, and adding to the beautiful imagery were twenty-two vividly colored and imagined illustrations by the very talented Carolyn Arcabascio. I took a few minutes to observe each depicted scene on my Kindle Fire, marveling at the accuracy of my own imagi
Courtney Wyant
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for a great Fantasy MG.
The cover for this book looks Middle Grade and that is the audience this book is trying to capture so with that the cover artist(s) did an excellent job. Although it isn't just drop dead gorgeous like romance novels try to get theirs to look like. This one captures the ideas of the story line. So ,yes, I really enjoy the cover on this book. I think it would even make a lovely shelf candy piece ;)

*Quick note to author: I, Courtney Elizabeth Wyant, give you full permission to throttle me for not
Moira & Mina Naveen
06 February 2012The Moon Coin, Richard Due
Nine Moons Make A Realm...An Oft Repeated Fact By Two Young, New Fans Of The Moon Coin

Author Richard Due has written a fabulous adventure for young minds to immerse themselves in mystery, discovery, wonder, and danger. Jasper and Lily are wonderfully created characters, full of personality, life, and depth. This fact endeared the book to me at once, as the brother and sister of Due's making lacked all the boredom, laziness, un-imaginative apathy, and mo
Meg - A Bookish Affair
This book sucked me in from the beginning. This book is another beginning to a series and this is definitely another series that I could get into. In fact, I NEED to get the other books once they come out. The world of the Moon Realm is so wonderfully detailed and vivid that you have no trouble imagining everything that Lily is going through. The book also includes really fantastic illustrations. The world building is really awesome and is most definitely a stand out feature of this book. You al ...more
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 TURTLES: A really great read, I highly recommend!

The Moon Coin was a great read from start to finish. Richard Due’s writing really makes the reader feel as though they are there with Lily as she ventures through the Moon Realm.

When I first heard of this book, I was immediately intrigued by both the artwork and the description. I love fantasy, and especially fantasy that crosses over with Earth. As I read, I was constantly reminded of Narnia, especially when I came to the part with the giant
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world created by Mr. Due is fantastic. It is a wonderful mix of fantasy that will have middle grade readers and teens wanting more.
It does take a bit of time to get into the actual plot. That was my only real concern, but once it does, it really takes off, reader in tow. The characters in the Moon Realm were all very interesting to read about, although my favorite has to be the Rinn. I also enjoyed the two protagonists, Lily and Jasper, who are wonderfully normal which is not the usual in bo
Rebecca McKinnon
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Let me just say - wow.

This book is beautifully written. It's entertaining. It sucks you in until you almost believe you're a part of it. The moons we visit in this book are richly imaginative.

Lily and Jasper have heard tales from the moon realm for years. In this book, Lily finds herself, quite unexpectedly, on a moon she believed only existed in the tales her uncle shared with her and her brother.

I was laughing within minutes
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 9 years, 10 months


Lily and her brother are very worried because their uncle went missing. When Lily and her brother find a clue about where he is, Lily's brother gives her the clue of a moon coin. The moon coin is very important. Lily's uncle always tells Lily and her brother about 9 moons. Using the coin, Lily goes on an adventure through 2 of the moons. On the first moon, the queen of the Rinn's helps Lily get to the next moon. At the next moon, Lily meets
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I was super excited when I started reading this, but sadly I really struggled to get into the book but I did continue to read in the hope it would grow on me.
I have to say the illustrations are amazing it was nice to see some of the story in pictures. As a reader I was introduced to many different characters throughout the book, they were well developed and each rather intriguing. I thought the book in general was rather descriptive, maybe too much so for a YA/Childrens Novel, but the desciri
Diane Greiner
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very good read and is suitable for the 8-12 age group. It would also be enjoyable for older children as well. Richard Due creates a world that children will dive into. He does gets a little heavy in describing scenes and worlds. Although the descriptions are great and you feel like you are there, it detracts somewhat from the actual action and flow of the book. Even with that mentioned, Richard Due has a good writing style and I would recommend this book, and the ones that follow, to any stude ...more
Ruby Converse
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YES, this book is awesome. No, I will not tell you anything more than what you see in the description. I will tell you:

This book made me laugh out loud.
This book made me scream in fright waaay too late at night.
This book also made me hug one of my cats, but I suppose you could argue whether or not that was actually The Moon Coin's fault.

I really hated the end. Not because it was a bad ending, but because IT DIDN'T KEEP GOING.
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: Author
Shelves: reviewed
I was given this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This is a middle grade fantasy book that is very imaginative and well thought out. The descriptions are lush and would draw young readers in. The illustrations are lovely but might draw the age of the reader down. Som bigger kids may think its a bit babyish but for me it helps the visual.

I recommend for advanced elementary students or middle schoolers.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hi i thought it was an excellent book now that ive actually read throught it and finished it i thought it was an excellent book so heres the lesson for today "never judge a book by its cover!" lol it has such a wonderful story line its so amazing i just loved it i thought the story line was very easy going and excellent and very elegant like tea it was smooth and easy going! i just adored this story i cant wait till the next one if u wanna no more u'll just have to read it to find out! ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lost in this story instantly! Its a great adventure set in a unique world full of adventure and mystery. The story has memorable characters that both boys and girls will enjoy. I cannot wait to read the next installment of The Moon Realm! I want to know anything and everything about this amazing place and I highly recommend it as a fun read for your kids!
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A magical adventure, indeed! Lots of action and new worlds to discover.

One of the characters reminded me of my kitten who was recently added to the household. Similar coloring and looks based on the illustrations. Funny how coincidental things can pop up in books.

I liked how the bulk of this story had a focus on a female heroine - makes for an empowering story for girls to read.
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