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Footprints on the Moon

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Humans are about to leave footprints on the moon, but what sort of mark can one girl make here on earth?

It’s 1969 and life is changing fast. Sharnie Burley is starting high school and finding it tough to make new friends. As the world waits to see if humans will land on the moon, the Vietnam War rages overseas. While her little cousin, Lewis, makes pretend moon boots,
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by UQP
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Sylvs (NOVELty Reads)
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
ARC kindly provided by AusYABloggers and UQP Press as part of the AusYABloggers book tour

I loved this book and I'm so happy that I got the opportunity to read it! I missed reading middle grade books and really wanted to get back into them. I thought that this was the perfect opportunity and through reading Footprints on the Moon, it really showed me just what I was missing.

Told in verse, the book is set in 1969 and follows Sharnie Burley as she navigates her high school life in an ever-changing
Brooklyn Tayla
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Footprints on the Moon from UQP books in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.
Footprints on The Moon is honestly such a beautiful book, told so poetically and vividly, filled with hope and innocence as conveyed through the eyes and thoughts of young Sharnie, who not only has to navigate through a new stage of her school life, but also coming to terms that her beloved Grandmother is sadly unwell, a Father who’s away working a lot and an elder sister who she
How can we look up
and touch the moon,
when we don’t know how
to look across to our neighbours
to listen and take note
of their opinions?

I had no idea that this book was in verse until I crack open to the first page. And I'm always surprised by just how much an author can get across with so little words. Well, if you've been reading my review, you know I cry a lot - that's usually an indication of how much a book got to me. Did I cry in this one? Gosh, yes, I found it hard to hold my tears at bay for
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by UQP and Ausyabloggers to review. All words and opinions are my own.

Footprints on the moon is a middle grade read that I thoroughly enjoyed! It’s set in 1969 during the Vietnam war and took me around 2 hours to devour. It has a writing style that I have never read before, however, I enjoyed it and would read more in the same style.

It centres around Sharnie and her time in high school all while the war is raging. It focus on a lot of themes that I still find quite cur
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Footprints on the Moon is a stunning fictional work of effortless prose and lyrical stanzas that fill your heart. It is beautifully written and thoughtful, evoking a range of emotions from the reader.

Full review will be posted on my blog (www.bookishintoxicationwrites.wordpre...) on Thursday 25th February.
Anna Davidson
A brilliant family and friendship verse novel set during the 1960s with the Vietnam War and the Space Race as the backdrop.
Nadia King
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Although I readily admit to not being a huge fan of verse novels, I thoroughly enjoyed Lorraine Marwood‘s Footprints on the Moon released by UQP earlier this month.

Set in 1969, the story explores the social repercussions of the Vietnam War set against the backdrop of the first human landing on the moon. Footprints on the Moon shows how divided the Australian community was over the Vietnam War. It slots the war into context with other wars, sending the message that war never seems to bring peace.
Sarah Fairbairn
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loveozya-mg
Set in 1969 this verse novel by award-winning Aussie poet Lorraine Marwood follows the life of Sharnie as she navigates the first year of high school. Not only is Sharnie dealing with everything that happens when you start growing up - Friendships changing, making new friends and losing old, learning how to navigate bullies and the rules of high school - she can also tell her Grandma mind is starting to slip, that's already so much to deal with emotionally, and I haven't even touched on the War ...more
Becky Johnson
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from UQP and AusYaBloggers for an honest review.

What drew me first and foremost to this book was that it was in the pov of a year 7.
I think it is so difficult to comprehend what goes through a young persons mind throughout war or extraordinary events, even as an adult we struggle.
For an author to hit the nail on the head is just the cherry on top.

This verse novel follows Sharnie Burley as she starts high school, experiences bullies, hears about the Vietnam War that was b
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a beautiful verse book I read in one sitting. I really felt I was right there with Sharnie in 1969 as the world and her life is changing and she tries to find her place and deal with what is happening around her. I was also able to talk to my Dad so much about this book as he remembers that time so vividly - being the same age as Sharnie and even sitting in his classroom in 1969 watching the U.S beat Russia in the Space Race and man taking his first step on the moon, meanwhile everyone ...more
Kirren Wilson
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written verse novel set in 1969. Themes of friendship, families, conscription, protesting, effects of war, grief and loss make up this book. I loved how there was a focus on family and school friendships. Very relevant for today as the messages transcend time. Full of metaphors and descriptive language, a story that will stay with you. Recommend for 10+.
Angie Bee
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved the unique style of this book. It allowed quite complex issues to be expressed to a young audience. Not a lot of novels aimed at young people explore the complex nature of protest during the Vietnam War era, but this does to brilliantly. Quick and easy to read.
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
This is a really lovely book that packs in several themes that will resonate with children today, including grief, bullying and family relationships. The verse didn't work for me all the time, maybe a mix of verse and prose might have felt smoother. Recommended 8+ ...more
Liz Derouet
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Sharnie is resilient and thoughtful as she navigates her changing world, excellent for upper primary readers.
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