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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  428 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Twelve-year-old Mallie's prospects are grim. In her mining town, Coal Top, boys leave school at 12 to work in the mines, and girls leave to work as servants for the rich people. Mallie can't stomach the idea of that kind of life, but what choice does she have? Especially when her family is counting on her wages to survive.

All that changes when Mallie is recruited for a
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Scholastic
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m a r y l i z
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
My heart is full.

Not my favorite Natalie Lloyd book, but it's still a special tale full of starlight & friendship & soaring mountains & constellations.

It will be a while until this smile leaves my face. :')

l o v e l y | q u o t e s

- Denver's hair is curly, soft as dandelion fluff. Wishing clocks is what my mama calls dandelions. That is a fitting way to think of my brother, too--so small and magical to me. A wish come true. From the first time I saw him, I knew I'd never love any
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-in-2019
I read Over the Moon because Goodreads recommended it to me and I thought it sounded good. Not quite was I was expecting, but it was still a good book. (I still can't get the Mountain Girl song out of my head.)
Mountain girl, lift up your eyes,
the stars are shining bright for thee,
reach out and take the silver cord,
braid beauty for all to see.
The story was intriguing. I just wish it was longer because it felt like the ending wasn't complete. Otherwise a good book that I'd probably read again, and
My fourth-grade self would have loved this magical book featuring a dynamically courageous young girl who overcomes her fears and saves her family and her town. Horses playing a key role . . . Bonus love!

As an adult reader, I'd say four stars. But my inner child won the vote:

FIVE ***** Magically Captivating, Realistically Believable, Fun and Courageously Awesome Children's Fiction ***** STARS
Matthew Galloway
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg, fantasy
This was the lovely, beautiful, moving story I thought it would be -- just as the other Lloyd books I've read are. The first thing to note is that this one is more fantasy than on that magical realism line that "The Key to Extraordinary" and "A Snicker of Magic" are. The setting still feels similar to the others and you can just feel the author's love for it -- even when it's shrouded in a cruel dust, infested with monsters, and life is so very hard. It will come as no surprise that while the ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

From beginning to end every moment is captivating. The characters, compelling in every respect, embody all that is right and good and true and shades of the opposite, too. There are many places in our world literally mirroring the book's setting of mountains and mining, dense forests and valleys with rivers. At the same time these places and scores of other locations are figuratively identical in having the Dust, yellow-eyed monsters, and feeling the absence and silence of riders and weavers of
Michele Knott
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely beautiful book that is full of layers that are begging to be discussed. Lloyd has outdone herself with this one - full of gorgeous language and set in a haunting, yet beautiful setting. I have a feeling this one will be well loved amongst readers!
Megan Truax
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Classic Natalie Lloyd. Lyrical, imagery-rich writing, laced with hope and mountain charm. But this book had something else, too: gumption. Moxie. Grit. Courage to stand up and not accept the stories you’ve always been given. Now I can go back to anxiously awaiting her next novel. ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine a world where you couldn’t see the sun or stars. A world where dust covered everything and being close to a lot of it made you sad, angry, and violent. A world where you aren’t allowed to sing. A world of monsters that grow from the dust. Monsters that are a cross between snakes and wolves. A world where the old people say they remember a time of stars, light, flying horses, and happiness.
Twelve-year-old Mallie is tired of being afraid. Tired of all the secrets around her. Tired of not
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd, 304 pages. Scholastic Press, MARCH 2019. $17.

Content: G



Mallie lives a dreary, desperate life in tiny town on Coal Top Mountain. An insidious dust has covered the skies for almost a generation, blocking out the sky, the sun, and stars. Mallie slaves each day in the valley below for a meager salary, but one day she finds an ad looking for brave boys willing to risk their lives for an adventure. This may be
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a fun short read with a strong female lead. Targeted at older elementary kids, I was particularly pleased at the inclusion of a character with a limb difference. I think boys and girls alike will find things they have in common with Mallie and want to root for her throughout. Stories like these expose kids to others that may be different from them, but more importantly, highlight all the ways they are the same. I'm hopeful that for kids and others that read this book they'll keep this ...more
Heather Jensen
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mallie Over the Moon will fight the dust and fly straight into your heart! Natalie Lloyd creates another magical experience for her readers. The power of love, family, friendships, and song shine brightly in Over the Moon.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fantasy
I always start a Natalie Lloyd book not knowing what to expect but being certain it's going to be magical, fun, and full of positive messages. This is probably my favorite of hers as the whole concept of flying horses and weaving stars is quite romantic. I like Mallie's fierce and yet gentle way of protecting her family and searching for truth. I think young readers will enjoy this book and learn important lessons from the characters and their situations.
Elizabeth Appenheimer
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! I'm so excited to recommend this to students.
Melissa Edwards
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not only is this one of my favorite authors, but I did not want to put this book down once I started reading it! I read it on a plane ride home, got home late, and then stayed up even later to finish reading! Natalie Lloyd has such a wonderful way of connecting the reader to the characters. You can just feel her smiling personality come out in her creations!

I got an early copy of this book while attending a reading conference for educators.
Jessica Samuel
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will always be a fan of Natalie Lloyd and this one did not disappoint!! This is such a powerful story about the need to push through the dark times! I don’t know a single person that will not be able to relate to this story!
Margaret Boling
Why I'm interested in this book: Recommended on Twitter by Michelle Knott.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

So THIS seems like a departure from Natalie Lloyd's usual style.....or no, I take that back, from her usual setting.

In other elements it is full of Lloyd's signature style, which I interpret as (among others):
1. The names. I mean, I love them, don't get me wrong. But you gotta admit naming a character Mallie Ramble is unique. (And naming a kid Denver, although that might just have been me. And again, I'm not saying I didn't like it, I love all her names. I just don't think I ever saw
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"You push through it, and you get to the light again."

Mallie Ramble is a mountain girl. Every day she braves the thick Dust that covers her down to go down to the valley, where she cleans house for a rich family. Every girl in her village does the same, while the boys are sent to the mine. Mine work is dangerous - it can make boys sick, and took Mallie's father's voice.

But life used to be different. Mallie's people used to ride flying horses and weave starlight together, singing songs while
Elaine Fultz
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
In a dismal Dust-darkened but fantastical Appalachian-like realm, Mallie tries to save her little brother from the deadly miner’s life by taking part in the sinister town/mine autocrat’s quest for gold which hovers around nearby mountains. Starbirds, thought-to-be-extinct magical flying horses, will have to be quickly trained by and bonded with miner (low class) and valley (rich) boys who will dare to go on risky missions for the gold. One-armed and poor, Mallie is the only girl who boldly takes ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such a good book, in so many ways.

The world the author crafted was amazing. This wasn't even a YA book, it was younger, but the quality was as high as you could want. Set in some fantasy world, the magic has vanished. A substance called Dust has replaced it, and Dust is just about the opposite of magic in every way. Touch it and all your worst emotions will come to the surface. Be around it longer, and you won't have any emotions at all. It makes the whole world dull and drab.

The people
American Mensa
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Natalie Lloyd, author of New York Times bestseller A Snicker of Magic once again brings us a beautifully fantastical tale of friendship, adventure…and magic.

Welcome to Coal Top, where singing is forbidden, and the stars have vanished behind the depressing Dust. Meet Mallie, a young working girl with one arm. Her parents owe debts that may be paid with money, but if they cannot pay, they must send Mallie’s young brother Denver to the terrible mines. Her mute father and hard-working mother are
Megan Schmelzer
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer

I have been a fan of Natalie Lloyd's since I first picked up her book, A Snicker of Magic, several years ago. Natalie is one of the most talented children's fantasy writers I have read. Her ability to construct stories and worlds that I could never have dreamed about reigns supreme among other fantasy books.

In her new book, Over the Moon, Natalie has once again created a fantasy world that will mesmerize her readers.

Set in the town of
Lisa Swope
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you grow up in a coal town, the lack of hope can drag you down like the dust that surrounds you. But once there was starlight here, and there used to be dream weavers. Maybe the outrageous competition (boys only, orphans preferred) is what it takes to bring Mallie from Mallie-of-the-Muck to Mallie-Over-the-Moon.

“[Mama] taught me this trick: When the present situation is abysmal, you go someplace else in your heart.”

“[Papa] reaches for the notebook he keeps close and scribbles messy
Deanna Holdsworth
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the newest Natalie Lloyd Middle Grade book and it does not disappoint.
In Coal Top it is always foggy--you cannot see stars and the town leaders have everyone believing it is for the best. The boys of Coal Top work in the mines and girls are sent to the home of the rich to be servants. Mallie works to help her family as her father can no longer work the mines because of his health and she doesn't want her younger brother to begin working in the mines. When Mallie sees a note inviting all
This one is a 3.5 for me. I liked its originality and its protagonist, twelve-year-old Mallie Ramble, and the way her hometown of Coal Top is depicted. Many young readers in fifth, sixth or even seventh grade will find it easy to relate to the plight of those born in Coal Top, often relegated to grueling work in the mines and economic struggles. But it wasn't always so, and Mallie dreams of a better life for her and her family. Like others, she wonders what's happened to the magic that once ...more
Stephanie Bange
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Note: Reviewed from an ARC

Lloyd’s third novel for upper elementary students is a departure from her previous two magical realism titles; this one is firmly set in fantasy.

Born into a Coal Top Mountain family in the times of the Dust, Mallie “Over the Moon” Ramble is a tween-age girl who must support her family by working as a servant girl for a rich family in the valley. Also, she must work off the debt her father incurred when he “damaged equipment” in the coal mine (he was blinded as a result
M.L. Little
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I had never read a book by Natalie Lloyd until now. If they’re always this beautiful, I want to read them all.
Over the Moon brings us a dystopian fantasy world where the starlight has been blocked for years by a cloud of thick, choking, mind-altering dust. It is the story of what happens when people stop questioning authority. When people accept absolute reality and never ask “what if?” It’s a story of what
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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OVER THE MOON by Natalie Lloyd

Twelve-year-old Mallie lives in Coal Top. Boys work in the mines, and girls are servants to the rich townspeople. Life in Coal Top is dictated by the Dust.

There is no sunlight, there are no stars, there is only the choking Dust. Hope left when the stars disappeared, and local people could no longer
Summer is the perfect time to listen to a Natalie Lloyd/ Cassandra Morris audiobook! Mallie Over the Moon stole my heart, right from page one! She has spunk, heart, tenacity, and an unbending will that make her an incredible character to follow. I never thought I'd find a Lloyd title I loved more than The Key to Extraordinary, but that was before I met Mallie. She has great characters, flying horses, music that calls to the stars, a wolf in sheep's clothing, and an underdog facing a seemingly ...more
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