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What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren
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it was amazing
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An outstanding MG novel that I'm sure will become a favorite of students and teachers alike. I was completely captivated by this historical fiction novel, which takes place during the Depression. Esther is a young girl struggling to get her mom's approval and love. Her mom is very superstitious and these superstitions guide Esther's enter family, determining the good luck and bad luck they'll have. At times, it's frustrating, hurtful, and confusing for Esther, especially when she is forbidden to play with a girl she really likes as a friend.

Readers will move with Esther and her family from Chicago to a farm in Milwaukee. They'll experience hunger, they'll celebrate the holidays with them, they'll go through Esther's illness and recovery. Even though the novel takes place a good eighty years ago, readers will be able to relate to the characters. Family, friendship, and being neighborly are some of the bigger themes of this novel. It'll has a timeless appeal like Little Women and Little House on the Prairie.

This MG novel is a winner!





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Gayle Rosengren
“Love was actions more than words. And not just easy actions like hugs and kisses. It was hard ones, like sticking by someone in bad times, not just in good. It was working for them, even when you were tired. It was putting their needs first, even before your own. It was taking care of them when they were sick. It was forgiving them when they disappointed you. It was protecting them and teaching them.”
Gayle Rosengren, What the Moon Said


Reading Progress

July 17, 2013 – Shelved
July 17, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
December 7, 2013 – Finished Reading
December 10, 2013 – Shelved as: arc

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Liza Wiemer I love this cover and am really looking forward to reading this novel. Part of it takes place in my home state, Wisconsin!


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Gayle Rosengren Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review!


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