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Night of the Purple Moon

(The Toucan Trilogy #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,902 ratings  ·  359 reviews
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The epidemic strikes only those who have passed through puberty.

Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple. For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.

But nobody has predicted the
Paperback, 200 pages
Published 2012 by Train Renoir Publishing
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Melissa (ladybug)
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The moon turns purple as the earth goes through the tail of a comet. Everyone in the world settles in to watch - with their purple beer and purple pizza to celebrate the great event.

The next morning everyone who has reached puberty has died.

A group of kids are on an island off the coast of Maine - they have to learn how to look after themselves - then they start to die.....

Sarika Patkotwar
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
John Podlaski
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joselyn  Raquel Moreno Burke
I win a copy of this book a while ago, and in one word: Amazing

The book is very entangling and the scenario that it brings forward is pretty interesting.

I watched as how the plot unfolded with all it's good and bads situations, the struggles and how in the same situation one person can change so much or stand they ground.

It's a beautiful tale of determination and courage, I really recommend it for dystopian lovers.

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Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Interesting if very scary idea!

I always enjoy dystopia when it pushes boundaries and makes your skin crawl, wondering if this could actually happen.

The writing was nothing to write home about but overall, I found it to be a decent enough read.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I was approached to review the audiobook specifically, so below is my review on

What made the experience of listening to Night of the Purple Moon the most enjoyable?

The narrator did a great job with the voices and her presentation of the main character.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The struggle to survive and not losing hope made the book interesting. Least interesting, probably the simple way in which the story is told.

Which scene was your
Celine Garcia
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cheryl Landmark
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I found this book too 'young' for me. The characters are all pre-puberty and seem to have a limited knowledge of the real world. I seriously cringed when one kid had to explain to another what CNN was! The thought that some of these kids could suddenly be running their own community and growing food and doing security etc wasn't greatly realistic given the immature behaviour and lack of knowledge they had. I also feel that the kids were a bit on the young side to be involved in the kind of relat ...more
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-freebie
Overall this is your typical apocalypse book, but with pre-teens and younger. Narration does move through time quickly - just touching on the important bits (sometimes day to day or sometimes picking up a month or a few months later).

Anyhow, what lowered the star level is really a result of the characters not speaking age-appropriately. Minus Kevin, the Indian genius, none of the kids spoke like typical 12 or 13 year olds.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Night of the Purple Moon

Author: Scott Cramer

Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Science Fiction

Length: 188 pages

Reviewer: Katie French


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
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
I've had the eBook of this on my kindle since it came out and have wanted to read it since but never found the time. When I saw the audio book, I grabbed it and started it straight away.

When a comet enters earths atmosphere and moves across the moon, it creates a purple moon. Everyone is excited to see this once in a lifetime event and there are parties planned. Abby is going to watch it with her family in their back lawn. The comet passes and it looks so pretty but Abby has school the next day
Crystal  Burns
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
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
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
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-cloud, ya
** 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
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
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Scott Cramer has optioned two screenplays, written for national magazines, and authored four novels: EDEN CHIP and the TOUCAN TRILOGY (Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East & Generation M). Scott and his wife reside outside Lowell, Massachusetts.

Other books in the series

The Toucan Trilogy (3 books)
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  • Generation M (The Toucan Trilogy, #3)
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