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Ginny Moon

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  12,895 ratings  ·  2,091 reviews
Meet Ginny. She’s fourteen, autistic, and has a heart-breaking secret…

Ginny Moon is trying to make sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up….

After years in foster care, Ginny is in her fourth forever family, finally with parents who will love her.

Everyone tells her that she should feel happy, but she has never stopped crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape.

Hardcover, 503 pages
Published May 3rd 2017 by Wheeler Publishing Large Print (first published May 2nd 2017)
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Kai Hunter While I agree that Ginny wasn't being treated her age, many autistic individuals have different mental vs. Physical ages. Ginny was the victim of negl…moreWhile I agree that Ginny wasn't being treated her age, many autistic individuals have different mental vs. Physical ages. Ginny was the victim of neglect and failure to thrive. Though Mr. Ludwig doesn't directly say it, I think Ginny was sexually abused as well as emotionally and physically abused. She was isolated and had little to no socialization in her formative years. So it was like she was just starting her life at 14. She wasn't ready to be treated as an independent 14 year old.

I think this also answers your question of her character being well rounded. She's not. Even she knows that (-ginny). But it's not because She's autistic, it's because of the abuse she suffered through.(less)
Julia Short answer: maybe.

It could be considered a good crossover book for older teens who want to read adult books. I wouldn't give it to teens who aren't…more
Short answer: maybe.

It could be considered a good crossover book for older teens who want to read adult books. I wouldn't give it to teens who aren't ready for an emotionally hard hitting story.

I would put Ginny Moon in the same boat as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It is about an autistic teen girl who is trying to work through childhood trauma, and is really struggling. It explores themes of abuse and neglect.

Bottom line: it depends on the teen. (less)

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May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Benjamin Ludwig has written a remarkable novel that almost doesn't feel like fiction at all. I suspect that is because he adopted an autistic girl and that experience has critically informed his creation of the one and only Ginny Moon. I have read a number of books with autistic boys, this is my first with a teenage girl. It is written from the perspective of Ginny and Ludwig does a superb job in revealing her interior world, a world that otherwise be difficult to unlock for most of us. Ginny ad ...more
Angela M
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

We often hear children who have a disability of some kind, be it physical or mental or emotional, referred to as special. Fourteen year old Ginny Moon is indeed special but not because she's autistic. Ginny Moon is more special than I can describe. She's a heroine, a brave young girl who survives the unimaginable until she was nine years old, when she is taken from her mother. Social Services tries to find Ginny a "Forever" home with a "Forever" Mom and Dad. When the story begins, she h
Susanne  Strong
5 Stars.

Ginny Moon is an extremely special fourteen year-old girl. She is brave, kind and incredibly smart. Now, Ginny thinks she finally has a chance at happiness. She has found her “forever home” with her “forever mom” and her “forever dad”: Brian and Maura Moon. Ginny is autistic and until she was 9 years old she lived with her mother Gloria, whose home she was removed from. Gloria abused her, both physically and mentally. Yet every second of every day Ginny wants to go back there: she needs
Elyse  Walters
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Yes, Yes, Yes......"Ginny Moon", is as wonderful as people are saying!!!!

Oh my gosh -- Ginny Moon, is a "smart cookie"....and if you don't believe me...
ask Ginny Moon yourself!!

Forever Blue
Forever Home
Forever Ginny!!!

Thanks to the many people who read it before me - your wonderful reviews and recommendations.

Thanks to the Saratoga library for the 'same day' ebook Kindle delivery... from the moment I requested it.

Note: it's interesting, once again, that books fine us at the most appropriate
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I’m somewhere between 3-3.5 stars for this novel. I thought that I would really love this book, but the storyline disappointed me.

I fell in love with the main character, Ginny Moon! Ginny is a thirteen-year-old girl who has autism. The author, Benjamin Ludwig, does a fantastic job with Ginny’s character and narrative. We get an inside glimpse of Ginny’s life, routine and thoughts. It was very interesting to be inside her head and I commend Ludwig on his delivery of her characters’ viewpoint.

Always Pouting
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Ginny Moon is fourteen and finally living with her forever parents in a safe home. Her forever mom is pregnant and Ginny is getting a sister soon and so her forever parents get her an electronic baby to get used to the baby coming. When Ginny shakes the electronic baby and shuts it up in a suitcase her forever parents begin to worry about what this means for the real baby on the way. Meanwhile Ginny won't stop asking after her baby doll whom she hasn't seen since she was taken away from her mom. ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ginny Moon = 5 STARS!!!

This book truly took special hold of me. You know the kind of book that makes you forget everything you "must" do. The kind of book that when you finally look up from reading you realize hours have passed by and you didn't even realize it. The kind of book you just can't stop reading because you don't want to leave the characters behind. That's the kind of book Ginny Moon was for me. Ginny swept into my heart from the very first pages and persistently tugged at my heart
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Ginny Moon.

You have captured my heart......."not approximately, but exactly."

Ginny, a fourteen year old autistic girl, has covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. After suffering emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her drug-dependent mother, Ginny has been placed in multiple foster homes by Social Services. The fit just never seems to be there. But, as you will come to know, the remnants of this trauma will slowly tighten day after day. Ginny exhibits a definitely worriso
Diane S ☔
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lor
Be still my heart, Ginny Moon, unforgettable. She is a young thirteen year old autistic girl, now living in the blue house her new forever home, with her new forever mom and dad. But...... she keeps asking for her baby doll, which five years ago she left in a suitcase, under her bed, in the home of her birth mother, Ginny. So the story begins.........

I don't pretend to be an expert, though I do know a few children with autism. This sounded and felt so authentic, Ginny's voice so special and uniq
Dash fan
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
10☆ Utterly FANTASTIC- if there is one book to read this year then let it be Ginny Moon!!

I want to start by saying Ginny Moon is absolutely fantastic!
I also want to applaud Benjamin Ludwig for he's creative, inspiring, beautiful and honest writing.

I want to also mention that I have worked with children with Autism so for me this book was very special and much needed. I am so glad Ginny Moon had been written and it swells my heart.

Benjamin creates the inner most thoughts feelings and confusion G
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig is a 2017 Park Row Books publication.

This is one of those rare novels that everyone should read, no matter which way your tastes in books may run.

I realize the author has some experience dealing with special needs children, which gives him a great deal of personal insight. However, climbing inside the mind of an autistic fourteen year old girl and giving her a voice that is so realistic, is quite a feat.

Ginny will touch your heart in so many ways. She will break
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well darn! I enjoyed this book! Ginny, an autistic child was taken from her abusive parent, and we first meet her at her third forever home. She has been through a lot and is fixated on her "baby doll" that she was forced to leave behind when she was taken from her birth mother.
Most of this book takes place when Ginny is 14 yrs old, and even though there was a lot of sadness in her past, you will find yourself laughing out loud, often, at her thoughts and the things that she does!!
C.G. Drews
I don't read a lot of adult books so I feel like my review shall be a piece of burnt toast. But I thought this book was equally addictive and kind of stressful??? And really frustrating at times. I mostly just want to be fURIOUS at all the adults in this book. So while I think it's a good book, I have to admit I didn't enjoy it. If that makes sense??

• When Ginny's adopted parents have their own baby, the mother just I don't even know??? She
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

4.5 Stars

Poignant. Unique. Unforgettable. Heartbreaking. Heart-mending. Inspired. Lovely.
I was captivated by Ginny Moon’s delightful character, her inner dialogue, her view of her world, her abilities despite her disability. She charmed me right into her world.

Ginny Moon wasn’t always Ginny Moon, but she’s been with her newest set of Forever Parents living in the Blue House for a while. It isn’t her first Forever family, but the last two didn’t, well, last. She was nine year

This was my first non-mystery audio book and I was concerned about whether it would engage me. No worries. The narrator, Em Eldridge, did a superb job of channeling Ginny’s voice. And I was amazed at how quickly Ludwig managed to define Ginny’s perception of the world, so that I understood the black and white rules she used to navigate her surroundings. You see, Ginny is autistic. She’s fourteen and after being taken away from her mom, is on her fourth forever family. She doesn’t open her mouth
You’d like to give Ginny Moon a hug, except she’d probably ”recoil”, as she is fond of saying. Ginny is an adopted, autistic 14-year-old who tells the story in her own words, which are unusual, to say the least.

She was taken from her abusive, drug addict mother and fostered out. Then she had a Forever Home, where she would live forever. But, for one reason and another, it didn’t work out. She did some pretty dreadful things, but to be fair, she was provoked. So she was moved, more than onc
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2017-completed
Lack of clear communication is often at the heart of most misunderstandings and thus the cause of most friction and problems between people.

Take that a step further, into the world of an autistic young teenager, where keeping silent and/or not saying what she thought or learning how to self-advocate (as the term is used in this book) and the problems and friction multiply.

Ginny’s story is told in her own voice so we do get to understand – and empathize with – more thoughts and feelings inside he
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Wrong Reader, Party of One??? Yep, that’s me! I put Ginny Moon on hold at the library because every single one of my friends who read it gave it at least 4 Stars. Now that school has started I’m assigned the task of finding stories my book-hating (I know, the hospital obviously gave me the wrong baby, but he’s grown on us over the years) kid might actually want to read without me tying him down and forcing him. One thing I know for
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

Most people probably don't understand how an autistic person thinks or what goes through her mind. In this fictional story about an autistic girl named Ginny Moon, the author - who adopted an autistic teenager - seems to unravel the mystery a little bit.

The story: When Ginny LeBlanc was 9-years-old the police tore her away from her drug-addicted, abusive birth mother, named Gloria. The autistic girl - who was neglected, bruised, undernourished, and seriously injured - didn't have time t
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very special book about a very special girl. Ginny Moon is 13 and autistic. Taken away from an abusive home at the age of 9, Ginny has been adopted by her Forever family and lives in the Blue House where she attends an understanding school along with a group of other special kids. She adores Michael Jackson, plays the flute in the school orchestra and loves playing special Olympics basketball. All seems to be going well for Ginny until her adoptive parents tell her they are having a ba ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. What a wonderful book. I loved that the author portrayed Ginny as a real person, not as an autistic person. We get to see her doing everyday normal activities like school, playing the flute and basketball practice. But we also get to see her unique thought-processes and emotional issues. Unlike other books with autistic characters, Ginny is not cute and sweet, she is sometimes very difficult to deal with. Her new adoptive parents sometimes struggles to understand and connect with her ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very hard review for me to write. Many of my reading friends who have tastes similar to mine *loved* this book, so if you are considering this book, I'd urge you to read reviews other than mine for some other perspectives. I'll explain why this book didn't really work for me.

Ginny Moon is a 14-year old autistic girl who is living at her third "forever" home after being removed from her neglectful birth mother (note: there is some insinuation of other abuse). The story is largely told f
Brandon Forsyth
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was totally, completely, wholeheartedly won over by this book.
I usually have a problem with quirky fiction, and I think there's a special circle of hell reserved for authors who use precocious child narrators as a crutch. So I approached this title with great trepidation, but as I got a few pages into it, I was thrilled to see that there was more here than just a socially awkward teen saying blunt truths. There's real depth here, an unblinking look at the challenges of adopting, the way a dis
Ginny Moon is the tender, heartwarming story of a fourteen-year-old, autistic girl.

Ginny has had a tough life, being raised and abused by her addict mother and her boyfriends. At age nine she was taken away from Gloria and put into foster homes. But Ginny kept running away.
Now, she's with the Moon's, who've adopted her. They are kind and especially her forever father, Brian, tries his best to understand Ginny, who sometimes behaves strangely.

As it's common with many autistic children, Ginny's co
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: highly-recommend
O. M. G!!! What an emotional, endearing, and bittersweet book!! I loved it. Loved it. Ginny has got to be one of my all time favorite characters. A must read.
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Ginny Moon is a 14 year old adoptee with autism who has a fair understanding of how things work, all things considered; and also no understanding at all. The adults in her life are sympathetic and patient, until they're no longer patient at all. Mostly they're good people doing good things, except for Ginny's birth mother, who I wished would just stay away. Ginny is torn between staying with her adoptive parents and running away to her birth mom. As Ginny Moon would say, it was tedious. She's cu ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Words to describe this book:

***Spot On***
***A must read***
*** Puts you right there in the mind of an autistic person***
Essential if you are a parent, a teacher, a grandparent, a psychologist, a doctor, nurse or anyone who comes into contact with a child or an adult who is autistic. Someday, if not already, we will all have an autistic child within our sphere of influence.

Ginny Moon is a revelation and gives such an all encompassing picture of what it is like to be a
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maria by: Melissa Veras

"I am still stuck at the wrong side of forever in the aftermath and I'm still negative Ginny."


There. I said it. Ginny Moon is a book that needs to be read by everyone. I'm puzzled how this book is not getting the attention and hype that it deserves because this book is amazing. I fucking fell in love with this from start to end.

This book broke my fucking heart. I just cannot deal with the fact that a kid would go through so muc

Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ginny Moon is an impressive debut. The style, sensitivity, humor is all perfect. I enjoyed this one very much. Falls in the same category with Eleanor Oliphant and Curios incidence of the dog..
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Not the type of book I typically gravitate to, I read Ginny Moon for work and was so pleasantly surprised. The story of an autistic teenager sent through the foster care system who has finally found a family who cares for her, but still can't quite let go of her past. I grew to care deeply for Ginny and rooted for her to find peace and happiness in a world that was unfair to her for so long. This is a book to race through, with complex and well-developed characters and life lessons that will sta ...more
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A life-long teacher of English and writing, Benjamin Ludwig lives in New Hampshire with his family. Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism.  Ginny Moon  is his first novel.

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