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A story of reliance and resilience.Did you call out to us, Johnny, before your small body was dragged down under the water? Why didn't we hear you? I am sorry! I'll never forget.

Louisa Gardener is the fourteen-year-old nursemaid to the young daughters of a wealthy, titled family living in London, England, in 1912.

Despite the bullying Nanny Mackintosh, for whom she is an ex
Paperback, 234 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Tundra Books (first published February 17th 2010)
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Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
No Moon tells the story of Louisa Gardener, who is taken on at the age of fourteen as a nursemaid to the young daughters of a wealthy British family. The year is 1912, and Louisa finds herself on the maiden voyage of the Titanic with the Milton daughters in her care.

This book strongly reminded me of the Dear Canada series, as well as its American counterpart the Dear America series. The narration is undoubtedly similar, as well as the same historical themes. The length is perfect for a children'
Books and Literature for Teens
I'll be honest with you, don't like Titanic stories; never have and probably never will. They scare me. I remember watching a documentary on TV about what researchers uncovered when they finally found the Titanic 73 years later after it sank... ballroom floors covered in moss, a once elegant staircase in shambles, and–the eeriest image of all: a pair of shoes firmly planted on the ocean floor, as if someone just stepped out of them. Every time someone suggests I watch Titanic, I shake my head no ...more
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it
This felt like one of those books where the author had found all kinds of historical information and wanted to share it with the reader - how the social classes were divided, what kinds of fashions were worn, information about the Titanic. So in that regard, it was interesting.

The story was pretty good, a little choppy at times. But I see this book more as a way to get history across to people in the guise of fiction.

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A story of reliance and resilience.Did you call out to us, J
Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it
I became very conflicted after reading this book. The story is interesting. That the point of view is from a teenage girl gives it a special innocence that I enjoyed. I haven’t read many stories that involve the Titanic, but reading Louisa’s perspective about the voyage and subsequent sinking of the ship gave me goose-bumps. I couldn’t help but conjure up images of James Cameron’s Titanic as I read along (which I freely admit added a great deal to my emotional connection to the story)

But, I’m ge
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 7th-10th
Shelves: ya-historical
After 5 year old Louisa Gardner and her older sister forget to watch their younger brother, Johnny, by the seaside and he drowns, Louisa is terrified of the water. As she ages, she wants to have a job like her older sister. When she has the chance to be a nursemaid in a wealthy family's household, she eagerly accepts the position. Unfortunately
her superior, Nanny Mackintosh is extremely strict with both her and the children. The family decides to take a trip on the Titanic and Nanny Mackintosh i
Mandi Murphy
I can't find any fault with this book. I enjoyed it, but it is a story based on a devastatingly sad true event. It was an easy read that I liked, but I also learned from it. I love the authors note in the back sharing facts about the titanic. One other reviewer said something about how the author wanted to share all of these historical facts with the reader and so crammed them into a story. But the truth is that in a story like the sinking of the titanic, the separation of the classes (as well a ...more
Liza Gilbert
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
3.5 stars

This is an excellent short novel about life in Edwardian England. Based on the cover and the jacket blurb, I expected it to be a story about the Titanic. Instead, it was a story about a 14 year old nursery maid who happened to end up on the Titanic. Watts managed to build drama in Louisa's life as it pertained to working in a wealthy household. Watts was then able to use the history of the Titanic as a plot device instead of the whole drama itself.

My biggest concern is about whether or
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Louisa is a young London girl who acquires a job as a nursery maid for a rich family, the Miltons. Although it's a dream job, it comes with hard challenges. The worst is that lady Milton has requested Louisa to join them on the Titanic's maiden voyage. Louisa has a fear of water --- after a fatal childhood experience, and it terrified of the voyage. Other intrigue is stirred up as the story takes course.

For a book written for youth, I found it quite enjoyable, both the fictional and historical
Dec 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Yet again a different take on the sinking of the Titanic. By a simple twist of fate a 14 year old nursery maid is taken along to look after the children of a wealthy family. Well done without dwelling on the horror of the story too much.
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Great story about a young nanny's experience on the Titanic. (I think I could have handled being a mother if I had a professional posse to take care of them!)
Jean Piscopo
Jun 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hear what happened aboard the Titanic from a nursemaid's point of view. Historical with a twist.
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
A different twist on what happened to the passengers aboard the Titanic told from the point of view of a young nursemaid to a wealthy English family
Amanda Kay
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. A quick read and grabs you from the go.
Fourteen-year-old Louisa Gardener is the second-oldest child in a large working-class family living in London in 1911. She left school a couple of years ago to help her mother with housework and caring for her younger siblings, but now she wants to have a real job, like her older sister Kathleen. Louisa is very lucky, as on her first job interview she is hired to be a nursemaid to two little girls, the daughters of a wealthy titled family in London. Louisa has always loved children, having helpe ...more
The night before the picnic, Kathleen and I stayed awake longer after Johnny had been brought to his room and settled in his crib.

Louisa Gardener, haunted by the drowning death of her baby brother 10 years previously, is about to set sail on the Titanic as a nursemaid to a wealthy family's daughters. Overcoming her fear of the ocean to get on board is bad enough, but when disaster strikes will Louisa be able to keep her head and save the children in her care?

I really like reading Titanic ficti
Alyssa Nelson
No Moon is a story about Louisa, a nursemaid who finds herself in charge of two young children while their family sails on the Titanic. Threading factual information about the early twentieth century within a personal narrative format, Watts gives a general overview of what life was like in the early twentieth century within a story that tells of the tragedy of the Titanic. In some ways, I was disappointed by this book, but I can see how that might be useful for introducing children to the subje ...more
Paige Y.
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
When she was just five years old, Louisa Gardener and her sister Kathleen were told to watch over their baby brother while they were on a visit by the sea. But they were both little girls and they let him get out of their sight. His body was found later, drowned in the ocean. Louisa has been deathly afraid of the ocean ever since.
Now Louisa is a nursemaid for a wealthy London family. She loves her new job. It’s hard work and the Nanny Mackintosh is difficult to work for but she knows she is fo
Lana Del Slay
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: done-reviewed
NUTSHELL: About a young teenage girl, for other young teenage girls. Does that very well, though. 7 just because I was the wrong audience.

Another mysterious title. Not so much. There's no moon on the night the protagonist Louisa's brother dies. Nor is there any moon the night the Titanic sinks. Since you know from the back of the book that she'll end up on the sinkable unsinkable ship, you can guess that the story is really about what happens before that.

And what does happen? Like I said, Louisa
Jan 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Fourteen-year-old Louisa Gardener works as an assistant to a strict nanny in a very wealthy household. She loves her job, as it gives her a chance to rise from her poor beginnings. Everything is going well until she learns she has to accompany the family on a voyage to American on the inaugural sailing of the Titanic. This is a problem for Louisa because she has feared the ocean ever since her younger brother drowned when she was five-years-old. This fresh perspective on the events surrounding t ...more
Itasca Community Library
No Moon tells the story of a young British girl at the turn of the 20th Century. As a young teen, Louisa jumps at the chance to become a nursemaid for a wealthy family in London, as it means she can help her parents support their large family. It’s hard work and Louisa quickly learns her place in the hierarchy of the staff. Her dedication to her job doesn’t go unnoticed, though, and she is asked to join the family on their vacation to New York when the head nanny falls just before the trip. Loui ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the characters and the dynamics between the sisters. The book did a really good job setting up London and I found it easy to imagine. It's one of those books where you know what is going to happen and the characters don't. It still shocks me that some people didn't believe the ship was sinking or the fact that they put life boats down without being completely full.

There were two components that bothered me about this book. One, I didn't find Nanny Mackintosh to be that evil. Two, why
Patricia Lusher
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Interesting story, simply written without a lot of the emotions that would have been going on inside the main character. But the writing style suited the setting, early 1900's London. Louisa is from a working class family, a hard, no-nonsense life where kids grow up into adult responsibilites quickly. Louisa becomes a nursemaid to a wealthy family, subordinate to the Nanny, who is overly strict and despotic. But Louisa puts up with her to keep her job. Louisa has to take the nanny's place on the ...more
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Told from the perspective of a servant, this story is about one of the survivors of the Titanic. Louisa works as a nursemaid for an aristocratic British family. She has care of their two youngest children. When she is offered the opportunity to make the voyage she is at first very reluctant. Her younger brother had been drowned and she is afraid of being near water as a result. Since the voyage offers her the chance to advance, her family encourages her to take the position. Young readers are sh ...more
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cheryl, Deborah, Joany, Valerie
Quite a lovely book that starts out with a horrible family tragedy, when little Johnny drowns at the seaside (blame the mother, who tells her 5-and 7-year-old daughters, Louisa and Kathleen, to watch their baby brother, give me a break). Watts uses this event to create some tension many years later, when 14-year-old nursery maid Louisa is told she will be accompanying her employers on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Afraid of the ocean, Louisa knows she must go anyway. This novel for middle gr ...more
Diana S
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I give this book 3.5 stars***!
" I read this book for the 100th anniversary of The Titanic. For those of you, who enjoyed the drama series - Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs may enjoy this book. It's about a young girl (Louisa) who became the nursery maid for Lord & Lady Milton. You experience the ins & outs of the household staff during the victorian times in London, England. A situation happens which led Louisa to be in charge of the children during the maiden voyage on the Titani
Louisa's little brother drowned in the ocean at the age of two. Ever since, she has been afraid of water. When the parents she tends inform her she will be accompanying the family on their voyage on the Titanic in place of Nanny , Louisa is scared. She doesn't know how to get out of it without losing her job, so Louisa goes and makes sure she and the girls knows about all the safety precautions, such as how to wear a life vest and were the lifeboats are. Of course, we all know the fate of the Ti ...more
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
No Moon is a great choice for middle grade students who are interested in the sinking of the Titanic. It tells the story 14 year old Louise Gardner who is a nursemaid for a wealthy British family. When the nanny for Gardner's young charges, Miss Portia and Miss Alexandra, suffers a fall Gardner is chosen to accompany the family to America on the Titanic's maiden voyage. The author mixes historical facts and fictional story lines to tell the tragic tale.
Rachel Seigel
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
A really great historical novel for middle grade that highlights the differences between the social classes, and offers a glimpse of what life was like for a working-class girl pre- WWI. Titanic is always a popular subject with kids, and the bird's-eye view of the disaster will keep them reading. My only criticism of this title is that the last chapter felt a bit rushed as though the author ran out of time and had to wrap up quickly.
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
good story but it was kind of slow. I knew the characters would be embarking on the Titanic but it wasn't until half way through the story that they did. The first half has a lot of details about Lou and her family. The first chapter is very important to understand Lou's fears but I almost felt like some of the other details from chapters 2 though 10 could have been scaled down. However, it's a very good story with a good ending.
Madeleine J
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: qr-2011-12
Do not read the back cover of No Moon, as it gives away most of the story. I thought that it was a historically accurate and good book, but it wasn't a masterpiece. Louisa's brother drowns. She wants to work. She gets a job as a governess. And then...
This was a decent book. I might recommend it to someone needing something to read.
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