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Moojie Littleman, a biracial and partially-disabled foundling, lives with his adoptive grandfather. Unable to connect with hardhearted, racist "Pappy," Moojie reaches out to a secret, otherworldly clan. Following a series of trials, Moojie is called to a great destiny ... if only he can survive one last terrifying trial. Welcome to the mythical 1900s world of mayhem and me ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 294 pages
Published November 1st 2015 by Mad Mystical Journey Press
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Kevin Ansbro
"…even rats have families, you know. Even monkeys and fish. Aren’t I as good as a fish?"
—Moojie Littleman

In the aftermath of an earthquake, a baby boy is found tucked inside a wooden fishing basket by the nuns of San Miguel de las Gaviotas. The word 'Moojie' is smudged across his forehead and deemed to be good a name as any.
Author Robin Gregory, in similarity to Neil Gaiman, has the rare gift of being able to re-imagine childhood fairy tales. The book has, at its beating heart, a bygone inno
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Cheese and crackers, I'm stupid."

"Sahib, did you not know? Without being stupid, you will never know love!"

this book is charming and magical and while i didn't always understand what was going on, i don't see that as a bad thing in this type of children's fantasy. there's a certain freedom in just letting the story carry you along and allowing the magic to exist without stopping to try to pin everything down with explanations. in fact, i'm not even going to bother trying to write a review in wh
Kimber Silver
"Only dreamers, artists and misfits enjoy an alternate reality."

Behind the beautiful mystical cover awaits the story of a youngster named Moojie. An earthquake occurs on the night an abandoned baby is found by the nuns of San Miguel de las Gaviotas; the name Moojie is smudged across his tiny forehead. These events set in motion an extraordinary life. Magic swirls around this forsaken child as the nuns watch and worry that the imperfect infant might never find a family. But fate has
Bobby Underwood
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“The problem with science was that it explained how God worked but not how to work with God. The problem with the Holy Scriptures was that they didn’t teach a boy how to capture a Girl with Starlit Eyes.”

Whimsical, sometimes touching, and with a narrative that moves like summer fireflies too quick to catch, The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is filled with enough wonder and magic to capture the imagination of preteen and early teens. While it is clear from an adult standpoint that that i
He arrived on the heels of an earthquake…At a quarter past seven, the candelabras in the chapel stopped swaying. The nuns crossed themselves, went outside and found a wooden fishing bucket on the porch. Expecting the catch of the day, they were nothing short of horrified to see a baby boy bundled in fur and tucked inside it. He had bright black eyes, enormous ears, and his hair was the texture of caterpillar fuzz…The word Moojie had been smudged across his forehead. And that was what they called ...more
Stephanie Collins
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure why, but I decided to do something I haven't done for years and years. I pulled my daughter up onto my lap and read this book out loud to her. I couldn't have chosen a better book to share with her. In many ways, she's my little Moojie - she has led a very improbable life, inspiring many along the way. I can't honestly speak to how much she enjoyed the story - she is non-verbal, after all. I'd like to think she enjoyed it as much as I did. Even if she wasn't able to process the pass ...more
Benedict Stuart
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life as a Wonder!

The story of Moojie Littleman combines elerments of magical realism with some current issues of today's society. Including social problems like complicated relationships between parents and children, death, coming of age, fighting life problems etc. The book reminds of Dickens's novels in a way as well.
Overall, an enjoyable and profound read.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary
Life is making choices and our choices make our lives.
The book just keeps winning award after award. And it deserves every one. Beautifully written, well-paced, magical realism coming of age novel with a message for each reader. “It takes a long while to wake up. That’s why it doesn’t happen to people who are in a hurry.” Because, “life is making choices,” and our choices make our lives. Well done, Robin Gregory, we need more young adult books like this.
Bill Ward
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an ultimately inspiring story of a little boy who overcomes terrible adversity and a difficult upbringing to become a hero! It's an emotional story, beautifully written, with very descriptive prose and wonderful characters. I loved Moojie but also thought his Aunt and Grandfather were great creations. I have to mention the unusual plot, which combines a down to earth story about a terribly disadvantaged child growing up, which would have stood on its own as an interesting story, but the ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers seeking something unique
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
Moojie Littleman has nearly every strike against him that a boy could have when he was born in 1892: He’s biracial, deformed, a foundling. But the boy has mysterious powers, making the local families reluctant to adopt him from the convent of San Miguel de las Gaviotas on the Pacific Coast, where he was abandoned. Even when he’s finally adopted by the childless Littlemans, poor Moojie can’t catch a break, as his adoptive mother dies, leaving him an orphan at 8 years old. Dispatched to St. Isador ...more
Liz Shaw
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Moojie Littleman was abandoned on the church steps as a baby. He grew up with bad legs and a claw hand. His adoptive mother saw his inner beauty, but she died young. His adoptive father couldn't see past his inability to speak clearly and to do "guy" things. He abandoned Moojie to the cranky care of his grandfather, a hillbilly who ran a dairy farm. Moojie grew up angry and his longing for a real family became more crippling than his physical handicaps.

Pappy got Moojie exercising and then saddle
Kimberly Westrope
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book takes the reader on a wild and magical journey. It is a beautifully written story
about a young man’s dream of fitting in and finding love. It is a story of the classic clash between good and evil, but told in such a refreshing, and heart-gripping way. I was so drawn into the story, I actually wished I could have been there and witnessed it first-hand.

This story challenges us to look at things it different ways – things, and people, are not always what they seem. It will test your faith
T. C.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book provided a powerful story that kept me interested throughout its entire journey. The author did a great job creating characters that felt real and showed complex ideas as they tried to overcome adversity. The plot itself was surprising at times and provided plenty of twists, which I personally like. It kept everything fresh and fluid as the plot continued to unfold. I also liked how there were lots of different characters with very diverse personalities. It made the book come to life a ...more
Wendy Slater
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly Recommend to Lovers of Magical Realism and Fantasy!

“The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman” by Robin Gregory is a wonderful, unique and original novel. Gregory’s book can be classified as magical realism, fantasy, and YA fiction. Woven into the story are wonderful characters, beautiful descriptions, excellent writing, and rich dialogue. There is a deep message in the story about staying true to one’s course. Moojie’s tale is about growing through wounds, developing resilience, healing
Anna Maria
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
'In Moojie's lonely world, great warriors were born out of heads and auspicious children had their very own planet.'

This story really touched me. Sometimes the dialogues made zero sense to me but there were hilarious to read. Like calling someone 'one sandwich short of a picnic.' English isn't my first language so I'm not sure if the expressions that were used, exist. Still, they were funny and ultimately I really liked the writing.

Little Moojie was a great character and I couldn't not fe
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Moojie Littleman had a tough start to life. Born in the 19th century, being orphaned, biracial and deformed did not really help his case. When he was adopted by the Littlemans, his mother loved and protected him as much she could. But after her death, his father packed him off to his Grandfather's Dairy Farm. It was like Moojie never had a chance against life until he decided to take control of it by doing his best. Unlikely friendships along with the hardships of life shaped up the little Mooji ...more
Chantelle Atkins
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just magical. One of those rare books you need time to think about after you have finished it. Not like anything I have come across before, I would best describe it as coming-of-age but also magical, or fantasy in genre. It had a lovely old fashioned feel to it, both in style and content, and there were so many phrases in the narrative and in the dialogue that made me smile. The story of Moojie, who is found and then adopted by a young couple, is heart warming from start to finish. Moojie has th ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman by Robin Gregory is a story about a boy, who's life has not been easy since his birth, but there have been good people around him, some showing their love more some less, but he never really have been alone.

For him his life is terrible, he's not like other boys, his legs don't work and his left hand is stiff and he stutters. His parents left him at the church doorstep on a night of earthquake, his new mother loved him but his new dad didn't like him af
Philip Dodd
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman by Robin Gregory belongs among the company of books that I have read which have nothing in common other than that they are odd. Like The Golem and the Djinni by Helen Wecker and Little, Big by John Crowley it is an odd book, with its own strange world, which is why I liked it. Though rooted in the real world, the presence of magical, otherworldly beings in the story made it full of surprises, kept me on my toes, and my last remaining brain cell active. ...more
Mehreen Ahmed
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mehreen Ahmed's review

Robin Gregory's The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is superbly crafted with well thought out diction and bold imagery. Both poignant and optimistic, it is but life's paradox depicted in the character of Moojie Littleman. When the boy's mother dies, he is confronted with all of life's drudgery, but this drudgery does not break him rather makes him into a mature and rounded character, as he develops through the story. Moojie loses his mother at eight but since then, a
Rea Martin
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Moojie Littleman struggles through life with physical handicaps that pale in comparison to the social handicaps of the grownups who are supposed to be caring for him. This is the story of a spiritual coming of age,and the power to heal oneself when one first learns to surrender to the concerns of others. It's about light and love and the moral convictions that only arise from within when we are quiet enough to listen. Moojie, a disappointment even to himself, must, like many of us, look beyond h ...more
Janelle Jalbert
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman is an enjoyable read on many levels. That fact alone makes it refreshing. I absolutely loved the fact that the character had so many strikes against him, yet it is not a pity party. The elements of visionary fiction combined with a classical brit lit approach were intriguing. That being said, there were passages in the middle of the book that seemed to drag and had me forcing a read which detracted a bit from the overall experience until the final third ...more
Anna Burke
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting story with well-developed characters--especially the lead character Moojie! The story is well-written with enough fantasy adventure to satisfy most any fan of the genre. Not all of what this 'Littleman' goes through is fun and games, but the overall feeling conveyed by the tale is uplifting. The story unfolds at a reasonable pace and engages readers on many levels. An entertaining read appropriate for older children and adults. Kudos, too, for the lovely cover! ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one very powerful story. With rich descriptive prose and an intricate narrative the author takes her readers on a genuinely mesmerizing journey. For the story is especially magical as Moojie grows both physically and as a heroic figure through the many interactions he has. This is one book I will be reading again.
Barbara Gillard
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moojie is A+ great

I don't give five star reviews very often, but this little book deserves 5 star and more. This book came to me as a freebie, but it's well worth whatever is being asked. Buy the book - read it - enjoy the experience.
Sandra Olson
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Some of this story is hard to understand, but isn't that true of fantasy in general. I loved the main character. The story is well written. The main theme is that everyone needs to be loved and accepted, and that is never hard to understand.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-2016, reviewed
Mystical lyricism; and a story worth sharing with my Grandchildren
James Conway
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book titled The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman does not disappoint when it comes to improbable adventures. I might compare it to the absurd adventures of Pippi Longstocking or Italo Calvino’s Barron in the Trees. As the title foreshadows the story recounts the surrealistic adventures of the main character. To portray the bizarre and surreal a writer needs to firmly ground the story in reality and, again, the book does not disappoint.

In The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman you wil
Kathleen Schmitt
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman
by Robin Gregory

Moojie Littleman is left in a basket at the chapel of San Miguel de las Gaviotas, where Mother Teagardin oversees his care and his adoption by Katie Littleman and her spouse. His new parents discover the child is disabled and does not grow and learn as a normal child should. His mother focuses all of her energy on the child, whereas the father begins to despair, already dividing the family. When Katie dies in an accident, the father takes
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what this book was about, but was intrigued by the cover and the awards it had won. The voice and the superb writing sucked me in from the first page. This is an unusual but powerful coming-of-age story, made even more surreal and poignant for me because I lost my mother unexpectedly while reading it and so my heart felt even more empathy for the MC. I recommend this book for anyone who has ever felt like a square peg in a world of round holes. You will be encouraged, and you will ...more
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A lover of literature, Robin Gregory has been by turns a lay minister, artist, mapmaker, and substitute teacher. Now, she is now a mom and full-time writer living in California with two comedians, her husband and son.

Her début novel, THE IMPROBABLE WONDERS OF MOOJIE LITTLEMAN (Gatekeeper Press/2015), was published in three languages. It won Best Books of the Year from Kirkus, Eric Hoffer, Gelett B

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